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Topic: Ongoing Rag Rug Craftalong--Make any rug you like!  (Read 32091 times)
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« Reply #50 on: August 25, 2010 06:14:43 AM »

I woke up this morning with a crazy idea in my head. I was reading Diana Blake Gray's book on rag rugs, "Fabulous Rag Rugs From Simple Frames". I feel asleep shortly after reading about a technique for warping a frame for twining that is called the "cheaters warp". She cuts a big piece of fabric into strips, leaving the ends of the fabric uncut, then she uses a staple gun to affix it to her frame. I think that is great for making a twined rug (more on that later today).

I was thinking, though, that not everyone has a wooden frame, or a staple gun, or wants to staple their frame. Then I thought about sewing the ends into a casing, like one does when making curtains. Then you could slide a dowel into the casing at each end, tie the dowels into your frame, and start twining your rug. Then I fell asleep.

When I woke up, I was dreaming about twining a rug like this, but instead of tying the dowels to the inside of a big frame for tension, I had made it into a back-strap loom contraption. One piece of rope around a tree, and the other piece of rope at the other dowel was at my waist. I wonder if this would work. I had to type it out before I forget it. I forget my early morning ideas all the time. Cheesy I don't have time to try it today, but as soon as I pick up two sturdy dowels and find suitable fabric for the warp in my stash, I am so trying this. If it works, it would be a portable way to make twined rugs that you don't need to buy any lumber, don't need nails, etc. You would need a stable surface to attach your loom, and that's it.

One downside to this is that when you are done, the edge, where the dowels were, would probably have to be sewn down under the rug, so it would not be reversible. 

Wish I had time to figure this out today. Smiley
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« Reply #51 on: August 28, 2010 11:28:45 AM »

I haven't had time to try making a back strap loom for a twined rug project yet, but I read on in Diana Blake Gray's book, and she did mention that you could twine a rug in that way. The book is extremely packed with information, but not many pictures, unfortunately. I am learning tons about rugs from it, though. If you can find any titles by her at your library or through inter-library loan, you should check them out and see what you think. I will probably end up buying all of her books eventually, since they are like reference books with so much info, and I can see myself going back to them a lot. Some of the methods she documents are almost forgotten, and can't be found anywhere else.

I was looking at this rug on Flickr, and noticed that the maker had posted how she did it. She used 2 or 3 weaving sticks, and rolled them up into this amazing arty rug. Weaving a rug this way would be a wonderful TV project. If you wanted to join your strips of weaving later, you could take a couple of sticks with you to work for on your break, or leave a set in the car for weaving while waiting. I'm thinking of doing this with Owen on our next road trip. We can make the strips of weaving en route, and I can lace them  together later. Stick looms can be made from 2-3 soda straws, if you don't want to buy one somewhere.

When I lace them together, I will use carpet warp, because it is strong, and what I can afford.
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« Reply #52 on: October 04, 2010 10:32:33 PM »

so.. I finally got my ass in gear!
Remember this? I started it ages ago in a Q hook, and decided to tear it out this past week, redo it in a N hook.

I ran out of yarn about half way through, so have been making t-shirt yarn like mad at the same time.

Currently I am trying to go all the way around in black about 6 inches worth on each side. I hit up a thrift store bag sale today.. and got a bag of black t-shirts for three dollars to cut up.
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« Reply #53 on: October 04, 2010 10:33:50 PM »

Oh! currently its about 6 feet by 3 feet
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« Reply #54 on: October 05, 2010 03:49:27 AM »

Oh! currently its about 6 feet by 3 feet

Yay! The perfect size for a sleeping mat to go camping in the woods with!  Wink
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« Reply #55 on: October 05, 2010 11:41:39 AM »

Pixieval-- I love it! I think I'll see if I have an N hook in my stash, because I'll be starting on my crochet rug soon. I like the way it looks with that hook.

I'm still working away on my knitting loom rugs, but haven't gotten any woven ones done. I am trying to get lumber for making a Navajo style frame loom, but our contractor keeps needing most of the lumber for jobs, so the scraps have not been big enough for my frame. Hopefully soon I can justify buying lumber for making myself a crafting toy.  Cheesy

 The last month and a half has not been a good one, with expensive roof repairs on more than one of our houses. Weather-related, but not quite enough damage that we wanted to make insurance claims and make our insurance go up. We just have been emptying our bank account to take care of it ourselves. Needless to say, all the crafts for the rest of the year will have to be frugal, and using recycled materials. I'm looking forward to getting back to work on the rugs.

I'm so glad autumn is here, now I can work with a big rug in my lap and it will keep me cozy. Summer lasted too long this year. Smiley
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« Reply #56 on: October 05, 2010 11:46:43 AM »

I had my husband help me stretch the rug a little last night, and he was like "Holy shit! this thing is heavy! You've been crocheting this?" lol
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« Reply #57 on: October 20, 2010 05:53:56 AM »

Hello, all!  I've been lurking here lately... Wink
I just got back from visiting my sister and helped her tear up sheets for her rugmaking.  I had to give it a go and have put together my first ball of fabric.  I've crocheted rugs from yarn and have several, but this would be a first in fabric crochet. 
I rather like the idea of the t-shirt yarn, but that will wait for awhile! =]
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« Reply #58 on: October 20, 2010 07:36:03 AM »

 Hi Kittymom13! Nice to meet you. Smiley

I have been a bit quiet lately, due to a bunch of non-crafty real life stuff, but I'm looking forward to getting back to my rug projects. Once I can catch my breath a bit, I'm off and running on the projects again.

It has also been so lovely out this fall, that I keep doing outdoor things. Once the cold weather hits, or we have a chilly rain, I will want a heavy rug project in my lap to keep me warm. Cheesy

I still want to try the back strap loom idea I mentioned somewhere up-thread, once I have time to measure out the warp. The Navajo loom is still on hold. We keep needing the lumber to fix things. I hope I can make one before winter, though.

How are your projects going these days?

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« Reply #59 on: October 20, 2010 08:31:58 AM »

Nice to meet you, too, LaughingLark!  I have been enjoying our new home in the country w/ dropping pine needles, spiders, stray kitties and doggies, acorns and hickory nuts...whew!  Been outdoors, at that doesn't even cover the flower beds!! =]
I just got back from a visit to sisters' homes w/my Mother and had plenty of time to knit and crochet.  I took some sheets up to one sister and helped her rip fabric strips from them.  She had given me one of her rugs earlier in the year.  It is so nice to have under foot while doing dishes, I would like to try it.  So I have one ball complete and another to put together today.  Maybe tomorrow I'll take up the hook and stitch.  I noticed on a local newsletter that there were a couple of looms that needed homes...I wonder what kind they are.  I've not tried to work with one, but it sounds interesting. 
Other than all that...I too am looking forward to being holed up to knit, crochet and sew at my hearts content!!
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