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« on: April 02, 2011 11:40:51 AM »

So I LOVE this ladys potholder rug designs

http://crispina.com/2011/02/682/

and I want to make a huge one like 7 ft by 7 ft.

I want to go to her class but I am tight on funds and live in ohio and couldnt afford the trip. I understand how to make the loom and have made many potholders. My question is on the t-shirt material itself. Can you help me?

1. how should i cut the t-shirt into loops horizontal? vertical? just not sure which way to go based on the grain of the fabric and stretch of it

2. how thick should the loops be?

3. how is the best way to join the loops? obviously I wont have a 7 ft loop so I have to join them together somehow and i want this to be cushy and comfortable so I dont want a trillion hard little knots

4. about how many t-shirts do i need to gather to make it? Based on a web search Im thinking about 60

I have found tutorials on how to make a bunch of little potholders and sewing them together but I really want to do it the way Crispina does it and make it rainbow colored throughout. The thought of making 49 square feet of mini potholders makes me die inside. 
I really hope you can help!
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011 09:43:40 AM »

It has been (mumblemumble) years since I worked with a potholder loom, but I can give you some advice on working with the tshirts. I cut them up and weave them into rugs. The best ones are ones that have a minimum of the stiff plasticky pics on the front. Start at the bottom and cut the hem off, but when you get around to your starting point, curve right and just begin a spiral that goes all the way up your shirt.
I have pics of the process on my blog: www.sonderbardesign s.blogspot.com, but sorry, I don't know how to get them on here.  Undecided Feel free to comment on there with any other questions. Hope that helps a tiny bit!
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