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Topic: the FAAAAHBULOUS rug-weaving I've been doing--holy cheese it's image crazy!  (Read 7882 times)
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JoyousBohemian
« on: January 18, 2007 08:46:21 PM »

So this past summer I apprenticed at the Portland Fiber Gallery in Portland, Maine, my hometown.  I came back from school this past semester dying to weave, and so whipped out three rugs during my winter break.

Here's the first one I made, which is about 3 feet by 5 feet and made entirely from fabric in my mom's quilting stash (the brown is the center, contrary to the proportions of the first picture):

and a close-up of the weaving:

And artistically arranged on top of my cat:


The second one I made was for my boss at the Fiber Gallery.  She gave me the yarn, told me roughly how much she wanted of each color, and then left on vacation for a week and let me design the pattern myself.  The yarn is a mohair/wool blend by Wilde and Woolly, and the rug is about 3 feet by 7 feet.
See, you can kind of see my cat in this picture (he's the lump on the right):

first closeup of the stripes:

second closeup of the stripes!


The third rug is what I like to refer as a floor sweepings rug--it's some yarn we wanted to get rid of at the Gallery, and some strips left over from my rag rug, and the warp that was left after I finished my boss' rug.  About 3 feet by 4 feet:

Close-up:


Thanks for looking! It was a great way to spend winter break!
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007 08:55:03 PM »

those are fantastic!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007 09:07:33 PM »

WISTed!  Amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007 09:43:25 PM »

Nice work....very rustic!
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007 10:35:09 PM »

Stripedy rugs always make me happy!  They're lovely!
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2007 10:41:02 PM »

Those are absolutely beautiful - I'd buy them in any store for sure! Nice work!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2007 10:43:18 PM »

These are awesome. You should open up shop. I especially like the first one.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2007 10:43:27 PM »

Oh I love those!!

Great stuff like this reminds me of just how much I would love  to learn how to work a loom.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2007 06:24:04 AM »

You are absolutely right - they are FAAAAHBULOUS!  I'd love to have one hanging on the wall.
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2007 09:06:07 AM »

Awww, thanks guys! Positive feedback always makes me feel all warm and squidgy inside!
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2007 10:27:37 AM »

oh wow, this is inspirational.  i just dream about making rugs, but it looks really fun, love the colors-could you estimate a cost/time
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2007 02:05:13 PM »

oh wow, this is inspirational.  i just dream about making rugs, but it looks really fun, love the colors-could you estimate a cost/time

Hmm.  It's difficult to say, seeing as how I barter time at the Portland Fiber Gallery--I got to make my rug and didn't have to pay for the warp or the loom time if I finished up the rest of the warp for my boss.    I know the Wilde and Woolly was about $8.50 a skein, and I used about eight or nine skeins (That's the middle rug).  As for the first one, it was all fabric that my mom had accumulated over thirty years, and was dying to get rid of.  So it was free, basically.  The third rug was just leftover bits of yarn from various projects that my boss wanted to get rid of, so no idea of costs on that.
Timewise, the rag-rug took the longest because it wasn't on a shuttle; each strip was hand-threaded through the shed.  That one took about twelve hours.  The other two went much faster, with the second one taking about eight hours and the third about four.  They're so much fun! You should give them a try!
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2007 03:19:20 PM »

thank you, it does look fun.  i thought about trying a back-strap type loom, or the kind they peg into the ground, you know home-made.  Back in the days before internet I thought about this for months and came up with the idea of a heddle, and was really proud of myself until I realized this invention had been around for a couple thousand years.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2007 12:09:19 PM »

Those are super. I have no clue how to weave so I am in aww.
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2007 08:41:52 PM »

I love the colours you used. I would totally have this in my apartment! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2007 11:38:01 AM »

Timewise, the rag-rug took the longest because it wasn't on a shuttle; each strip was hand-threaded through the shed. 
The weaving is faster if you join the strips beforehand, because then you can use shuttle.

Take strips 1 and 2, fold them about 1 inch from one end and cut about half inch in the middle of the strips. When you unfold them, they'll both have a hole in one end. Pull strip 1 through the hole of strip 2 and then pull strip 2 through strip 2. Pull the strips and they'll be kind of knotted together. I made a picture in half a second with Paint, hope that helps.


Also, when you are cutting the rags, cut them like in the picture below, so the strips will be longer. My example shows how to cut old shirts (after you have cut all seams out), but of course you can cut any fabric like that.
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2007 07:11:13 AM »

Hmm... I have some fabric scraps I'm ready to get rid of. perhaps I should make a rag rug too.

The loom I have is a table top loom, and it's only about 12 inches wide. I might have to sew some strips together.

Your brown rug is very inspiring the way you have the colors organized.
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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2007 04:40:29 AM »

Lovely rugs, the first rag rug really catches my fancy.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2007 08:01:24 AM »

Oh wow! I don't know much - okay, anything - about rug-weaving, but it certainly looks like you have a real talent for it, JoyousBohemian. They. Are. Amazing.  Cool
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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2007 02:21:38 PM »

beautiful work!
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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2008 01:09:05 PM »

CONGRATS on being one of the top 5 crafts of the YEAR 2007 in your category!!!!!

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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2008 05:03:04 PM »

*boggles*
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« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2008 08:03:00 AM »

These are fabulous, JB.  I think I'm going to like weaving.    Grin

Thanks for the inspiration!
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