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« on: November 16, 2007 09:40:31 AM »

This is my first attempt on a rag rug, inspired by a picture of a very nice antique rag rug in a magazine + also an attempt to reduce the size of my fabric / old clothes piles.   Roll Eyes

It's a bit wonky, and I'm not sure if it looks too 'stripey' in the centre, kind of prefer the outer layers where the colours are more mixed up, but I like the rustic look of it, and it's really nice as a rug -- thick and soft.

I've left the end open so I can add to it when I get more scraps -- it's using up a LOT of fabric!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007 09:43:02 AM »

That is very nice.  I've been thinking of making one myself, but just haven't started yet.  May I ask what size hook you used and the width of your fabric strips?

« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 09:47:05 AM »

Nice job!  I have wanted to try one of these.  I don't think it should be perfect, it gives it so much character to be imperfect a little bit, unique.  Thanks for the inspiration!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 09:48:05 AM »

Very cool!
It looks like primitive art--and I mean that as a compliment, just in case it doesn't sound like one...

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007 09:55:21 AM »

Very interesting, it looks great.  I really want to make one now.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007 09:59:02 AM »

Well, I've had a lot of problems with the hook -- first I broke about 3 of the 8mm plastic ones. Then I got a very expensive 10mm Jenkins wooden one which broke too after 3 rows  Shocked (I should probably have gone for a bigger size?!) I also broke a rug hook!! (Turned out to be a very expensive project although I was using recycled materials!!... Wink)

In the end I used the largest metal hook I could find, which is only 4mm, but actually worked quite well -- my tip would be to make the loops quite loose, or the next row gets very hard to do!

The strips are about an inch or 2-2.5cm, I mainly used cotton fabrics like old shirts and bed linen. I guess narrower strips might be easier to work with, I might have done that if I had started again!

Good luck, let us know how you get on! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007 10:28:07 AM »

That looks great!  I was thinking of making one out of old blue jeans - this will be my motivation!

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007 11:15:52 AM »

It looks good! My mom tried to make one of those last year, she ended up frogging it and giving up when it was around 12". I know that her strips were about 1/2 and inch thich, and she used a plastic Q hook (no idea what that is in mm) and it never broke.

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007 11:21:11 AM »

lovely work!
i've used the plastic Q hook for a couple of rugs with the strips about an inch--a couple out of tshirts and one from sheeting from an old duvet cover.
i had the same ambivalent feeling about the "striping" in my first tshirt one (though i like how yours looks!) and i tore it out and made it with rows instead of working out from the center, but it makes it more likely (for me) to have uneven edges.  of course, if i could count and remember how my turning chains should work i probably wouldn't have that issue!

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2007 11:25:12 AM »

Thanks so much for the encouragement!

I was happy about the comment about primitive art, because I really like the freedom in old rugs and quilts when they just used whatever materials they had and didn't worry too much about colour theory...  So I was aiming for that kind of look, trying to just grab whichever piece of fabric was closest (although sometimes couldn't help choosing a combination I really liked...) Anyways, many thanks for the comments!  Smiley
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