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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made a boucherouite rug!!! on: February 29, 2016 04:35:00 PM
So this is a rug I made out of scrap fabric and old clothes! It's fluffy and cozy and colorful and I'm very proud of it!

In progress on the "loom" I rigged up:

Up close:

It's made through a process involving a row of knotted fabric (torn up old clothing, fabric scraps), followed by a few rows of weaving. I kinda figured out a way to make a makeshift loom out of an old wire shelving unit, and pieces from a collapsible hanging rack. And tape. Lots of tape.

It turned out smaller than I expected, so if you want to try making one, just remember that it pulls together as you're weaving it.

Here's some more information about this type of rug - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/our-favorite-sources-for-moroccan-boucherouite-rugs-214511
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mixed washed and unwashed fabrics on: December 14, 2015 12:31:15 PM
That sounds really fun! I have a quilt I made with both washed and unwashed fabrics, and I haven't had any issues with shrinking. I did hang it up to dry the first time I washed it, just to be safe. Oh, but also, it's hand-tied instead of quilted, so that might make a difference.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is this rug-making technique called? on: December 11, 2015 10:20:08 AM
That's what I thought at first, but then I found this close up photo and now I'm thinking maybe it's done on a loom because you can see the weft threads in various colors.

(bigger: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/50384089559259377/)
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / what is this rug-making technique called? on: December 10, 2015 10:43:19 AM
Does anyone know how to make a rug like this? Or the name of the technique so I can google it? Smiley Thanks!

might look bigger here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/18225573468225875/

5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Boucharouette Pattern/Tutorial/Instructions (Moroccan Rag Rug) on: December 08, 2015 06:35:44 AM
I started making one! Smiley

It's kinda small, but I'm totally in love with it. I "built" the "loom" out of parts from a clothes rack and a wire shelf thing. I was hoping the rug would come out wider, but it really tightened in as I was weaving. So anyway, if you were thinking of trying to make one, it's definitely doable so you should rig up some sort of loom and just go for it! Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue 7637 in Wool on: September 24, 2015 07:07:09 PM
Fabulous job!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Can you stain a couch? Why yes you can! on: September 24, 2015 06:58:43 PM
Fascinating! I'll have to keep this in mind! My little second-hand off-white Ikea sofa is looking pretty dingy these days...
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not your average t-shirt quilt on: March 22, 2015 09:09:43 PM

I'm really excited to finally share this! It's my own version of the Anthropologie rosette quilt, made from old t-shirts!

It's gloriously soft and dangerously cozy. I used only the softest old tees from my stash. Remember back when those slinky "tissue tees" were really trendy, even though they were awkwardly somewhat see-through and lost their shape after a month? There's also a dress and a skirt in the mix too. (Nothing like a colorful quilt to justify my hoarding issues! Wink )

Each patch is sewn on top of a square of woven cotton (cut from old button-down shirts), which stabilizes the jersey so it doesn't get stretched out along the seams. The backing and binding are super-soft jersey fabric from Mood. It makes the quilt a little heavy, but I love how it's all drapey and decadent. It won't lose its shape though thanks to the stabilizing squares inside, which also allowed me to skip the batting.

Okay so, confession time... It's not exactly a legit "quilt" because it's tied (with multicolored ties!). But if we're going to be technical, the binding at least is "quilted" through all the layers, so that means I can call it a quilt if want. Right? Right? Wink

Confession #2: I actually finished the quilt about a year ago, all except for the binding. Now I know most quilters tend to put their projects aside for a while before finishing (I like to call it "aging" the quilt, like a fine wine). However, with this quilt, during that year without binding, I... uhhhh... still used the quilt once in a while, even with safety pins all over the sides. Not my proudest moment, haha. But now I'm very proud to finally show off the finished product! And use it without guilt! Wink

Confession #3: I'm already dreaming up the next one! It seems like this design could work with any light-weight fabric, so I'm thinking I might try a full-size version in mixed satin prints... Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first "Real" Quilt on: March 15, 2015 09:03:45 AM
Cute! What a lucky lady!

I haven't done a "true quilt" yet either. What kind of quilting foot do you have?
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Sunny Vintage Quilt on: March 15, 2015 09:00:11 AM
Awww, it's so happy and charming! I want to snuggle up in a sunbeam with it!
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