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« Reply #90 on: December 03, 2010 12:28:21 PM »

I got a chance to take a pic and post it sooner than I thought Smiley  This is the second rug I've started, along with the coordinating fabric, which hasn't been converted to yarn yet.  I put the coke can next to the ball of white yarn for size reference.  It's been downsized a LOT already.  Weighs at least 5 pounds.



I'm having a lot of fun with these rugs, though I wish I could find some darker cotton fabric.  T-shirts would take forever and I don't have enough anyway, and I couldn't get denim strips to tear properly.  Sigh. 

How's progress for everyone else?
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« Reply #91 on: December 03, 2010 12:53:00 PM »

I found my toothbrush rug that I was working on, I may start it again...I am not wild about the colors but I had to waste anything and I refuse to rip it out, lol.

I'm also still working on piecing a denim quilted rug for my living room.  It's really heavy already and I don't have a sewing table big enough to support it, so I have to move everything into the dining room when I want to work on it...and so far that has been just too much work to bother with...Cheesy

So essentially I have not made any progress since this CAL started.  Nice.  Oh well, I love watching what you guys are making!!
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« Reply #92 on: December 03, 2010 01:50:06 PM »

I'm looking at a basket of sheets that need to be cut up, one done, 3 to go! 
I was looking through craft books from the seventies and came across an interesting rag rug made from sheets that is beyone the simple circle.  I'll give it a go with these sheets after the holidays are over!
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« Reply #93 on: January 07, 2011 05:11:41 AM »

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas. My biggest gift was a spinning wheel, but hubby also surprised me with this book on rag rugs that I had been wanting:
http://www.amazon.com/Crocheted-Fabric-Tapestry-Rugmakers-Handbook/dp/1931426295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294401489&sr=8-1

I haven't had time to read the whole thing yet, but like her other books, it's packed with information. She recommends that strips for crochet be folded over to hide raw edges. This sounds like a pain to do, but it would probably make the crocheting itself less hard on the hands, besides making a nicer rug. I'm going to try ironing them using the method in  djinn_3wishes's great tutorial, but unlike bias tape making, you do not want to cut your strips on the bias, or your rug will stretch out over time. In my new rug book, she talks about rugs that were made with bias-cut strips, and how once they stretched out of shape, they never could be fixed and ended up in the attic or out in the barn. I will see if Ian wants to help me rip up some sheets (I bet he will!), and then I will iron them while watching something on Netflix. I think I will use 1 1/2" strips.
Skip to the ironing board part of this tutorial. Our rug strips are cut or torn on the grain instead:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368861.0

I finished my T shirt rug! I had to stop before it got too heavy to be machine washable. As soon as I can get batteries, I'll put up a pic.  Smiley

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« Reply #94 on: February 12, 2011 03:51:27 PM »

I got my rugs done in time for Christmas!  I made two and gave them both to my mom, and she loved them.  We put them in the kitchen and she had to make sure every visitor that came over saw them.  It made me really happy she liked them.



This is my favorite one.  I forget how big it is exactly, but I believe it's around 24" across.  It's in front of the stove and definitely makes it much nicer to be standing there, since the back door is right nearby and the floor tends to get pretty chilly even when we have the thermostat up.





The second is a lot smaller, the perfect size for a kitty to relax Smiley

I'm thinking my next project will be to take what's leftover from these rugs and make a scrappy outdoor mat for the dogs to have on the porch when it gets warmer.
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« Reply #95 on: September 18, 2011 09:21:02 PM »

Good to see rugs made in the round.

Here's my latest, took first place at the fair.

http://www.craftforum.com/f2/august-crafting-thread-5516/index2/
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« Reply #96 on: September 21, 2011 02:49:25 PM »

I'm kind of late in seeing this, but I think I'd like to join. My grandma loves these kinds of rugs, and I think it'd make a great Christmas present for her. She owns some big ones made of braided and sewn fabric in an oval shape, like the ones in this tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/how_6646753_make-sewn-rag-rugs.html. I can't wait to scour the thrift stores for some old bedsheets!
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« Reply #97 on: September 22, 2011 05:39:35 PM »

Hi Ashgrim! Yes, please do join! I'll be getting active in this thread again soon. Have had a bit of a rough few months that impacted my crafting. Now that the cool weather is coming back, I'll be ready to have a thick rug in my lap again.  Smiley

pinokeeo, that is awesome!!!!
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« Reply #98 on: October 17, 2011 08:24:57 AM »

That is a really great rug, pinokeeo.  I can see why it took first place, it's extremely well-made.  Congrats!
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« Reply #99 on: October 23, 2011 08:43:04 PM »

Check out this how-to for making a rug using a hula hoop as a frame! Now this I could do...

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/hula-hoop-rug-995304/
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