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« on: March 17, 2008 08:44:26 PM »

Hello -

This is my first post with pictures, so let's see if I can make it work!
Anyway, I just finiished my largest twined piece yet... It's a rug, 30" x 4ft.

I wove it on a tapestry loom using T-Shirts from the Goodwill bins.
The tapestry loom is a vertical 30in wide loom.



This was the first time I tried twining, with a tapestry style technique to weave blocks of color.
Here is the rug at 12inches...



And finally, here is the finished rug.  The photo I took distorts the image a bit...The edges are straighter than the picture shows.  Instead of leaving a fringe, I wove the ends back into the rug.
I think it turned out pretty well, for a first time larger effort.  The colors shown in the pictures are pretty accurate.



I actually got the idea of twining rugs using t-shirts after watching my Mom crochet rugs... Then I started making rugs with a "Knifty-Knitter", and then I decided to move to twining using a real loom.

I am amazed at the colors that are available using t-shirts!
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008 08:51:36 PM »

This is awesome! It makes me want to get my own loom.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008 08:57:57 PM »

I've always wanted a loom! I think this is fantastic and it looks like it would be so much fun to do!
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008 09:58:17 PM »

That is gorgeous!  I am so impressed with your idea to use old t-shirts!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008 10:47:01 PM »

This is beautiful!  I love the color blocks and the overall look...

I need to stop visiting the weaving board.  Weaving envy!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008 11:00:08 PM »

LOVE IT! Does it take a long time to do that? My only experience with anything near that is a little 8 inch square loom we used to make potholders on when we were little tykes. Did you make the frame too?
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008 12:06:16 AM »

This is totally amazing! I love the colours! Wisted!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008 12:07:06 AM »

That is really cool!  I love the colors and the use of shirts.  Great idea.


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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008 04:24:42 AM »

Absolutely wonderful!  I love your loom; it is so pretty!

I was wondering how you weave different colors on a row.  Do they just go back and forth and not connect or do you loop them together when you change from one color to the next?
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008 05:37:51 AM »

So neat! I heard a lady speak at my weavers guild recently about twined rugs but they were all big and heavy- this one looks so light! How wide didi you cut the strips? Another use for old tee shirts- how great!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008 05:52:21 AM »

Fabulous, I love it!!
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2008 06:03:02 AM »

That rug is awesome!  I bet it's so soft.  I've been toying with the idea of making a rag rug out of jeans, but can't bear the thought of cutting millions of tiny strips of denim just yet.  I'll have to go through some of the other clothes I was going to get rid of and see if there's softer fabric I can work with instead. 

I love the floating squares in it, too!  I've got a book somewhere that talks about how to do it, I'll have to go and re-read that section again because the happy colors you used make it look really appealing.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008 01:26:46 PM »

 That is so beautiful! I am uber impressed with how it turned out.
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2008 06:30:22 PM »

This looks awesome!  I had no idea this was even possible...I love it!
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2008 07:46:16 PM »

Wonderful, I love it.
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2008 09:07:54 PM »

I learned how to twine in a high school weaving class - many, many, many years ago...  However, I have only been working with it again for about the past 6 months.
It is a simple weaving technique that works well with basic frames.  A lot of twined rugs are made on wooden frames that are rug sized, and just have nails for pegs.

I like to salvage everything from the t-shirts that I can, so I typically undo the hems, and use the sleeves too.  In fact, most of the color changes in this rug are because the sleeve strip ended, and I needed to attach another one.  Most of my rug strips are about 1/2in wide, usually about 12in long.     I believe my rug has about 4-5 rows of twining per inch, so it can go quickly if your materials are prepared ahead of time.  Personally, I like to go back and forth between cutting up t-shirts, and twining.

I did my first experiment on a cardboard frame loom, but then I puchased a small sturdy Harris frame loom (B-sized) on ebay.  The Harris frame can make very nice placemat sized pieces.  I think my strips were cut narrower for this frame, but by experimenting you can figure out what works best.

The color blocks in this loom are done using the typical tapestry techniques, but I have to say I wasn't very thrilled with how that part turned out.  I will have to do some more practice of tapestry type twining on my Harris frame before I try it again on a large piece.

Also, my rug is about 1/4 inch thick, which is a very nice rug thickness, and it stays put without bunching up.
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2008 04:11:46 AM »

Awesome job! It's beautiful. I bet the rug feels really nice too.
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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2008 05:36:54 AM »

I love the texture from the color blending and twining. Nicely done.
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2008 07:58:15 AM »

Here is my twined rag rug that I just made! I have been making these for a long time but I don't make them on a 4-harness loom I make them on a peg loom. Check out my facebook page: http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1178215901&ref=profile
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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2008 08:36:32 PM »

This project is brilliant, it's beautiful and I really like the ecological angle of using old t-shirts too. I feel really inspired!
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2009 09:34:29 PM »

I like the tee shirt rag rug!

Using the tapestry loom is a wonderful idea!

Thank you for posting that!
Have a joyful day!
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2009 07:05:58 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2009 12:54:54 PM »

Wow!  What an award!
Thank You, Craftster!

I haven't been spending much internet time lately looking at all of the crafty endeavors, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested... I just do plenty of computer stuff at work, I don't need to do even more of it when I'm at home.

But now that the work load is lightening just a bit... maybe I will spend a little bit of time...
Unfortunately my camera is broken and I have made so much progress on my newest rug projects that I would like to share...  guess I need to do something about that!
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