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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new bags! on: December 07, 2009 06:12:40 AM
the colors of the fabrics together is so beautiful! of course.... im a sucker for purple  Tongue

i love the varied patterns of the fabrics, very nice job! i know quite a few ladies who would love to carry something like that
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun chair redo on: December 04, 2009 06:35:10 PM
LOVE IT! that bright blue with the black and white really pops! great job, i would love to have that chair Smiley
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beatrice Ruffled Headband, Olivia Necklace, and Blueberries and Lemonade; new on: December 02, 2009 06:46:34 PM
gorgeous! love that first purple headband!!!
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm finally done! Two hand-tufted fabric scrap rugs on: December 02, 2009 05:36:39 PM
what kind of tool is a tufting tool? and how do you keep the tufts from pulling out? I clicked the link you posted and it says to clip the tufts. Did you do that to every lil tuft?

I posted a diagram and a few more pics in the original post to better show the tufting tool. to keep the tufts from pulling out you apply a VERY thin layer of polyurethane onto the backside of the fabric to glue the tufts in place.

I did not clip my tufts, I liked how they looked as loops. When they professionally tuft carpets and what not they will clip the tufts but it's not necessary.

thanks for the feedback guys, I presented it yesterday and my teachers loved it Smiley
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilt..... "The Lucky Forest" on: November 30, 2009 08:18:00 PM
Beautiful! I love the off-center rectangles in the middle of each square
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I'm finally done! Two hand-tufted fabric scrap rugs on: November 30, 2009 07:54:49 PM

teaser pic...

Ok so I havent posted anything to Craftster in a loong time, I have been so busy with school! I am getting a BFA degree in textiles, and for one of my classes this semester we did a rug tufting project. Tufting involves using a tufting gun to insert fabric strips or yarn between holes onto a backing fabric and makes loops on one side of the fabric. It's similar to hooking rugs.

here is a link that explains it better : http://www.erug.com/learnrugs/learn_detail/weave/lrn_weave_tufted.htm

and here is a diagram of a tufting tool: http://flooringamericatville.com/rugs/handtufted.gif

I chose to do my rug project based off of early Southern American quilts. I live in Georgia and quilting has quite a history here! I did a lot of research and ended up writing a paper about it in another class. I wanted to emulate those women making the quilts, who maybe didn't have the resources to buy all new fabric and used what they had- old clothes, scraps, feed sacks, etc.

The rugs are tufted with hand-cut fabric strips, I cut up all my old clothes that didn't fit anymore. It was a LOT of work, cutting the strips took almost as much time as tufting the rugs did! I would estimate that about 100 hours of work went into each of these rugs. Except for the backing fabric (I used burlap), I, proud to say the rugs are made of all recycled materials!

Ok enough backstory... here are the pictures!

the first rug i made, it is a little over three feet square (About a meter sqaure)

each sqaure was done on a frame and then sewn together, here is one sqaure finished and taken off the frame and one frame stretched and ready to go!

I backed it with an old bedsheet and embroidered my name and the year in the middle

Here is the second rug i made, it is about the same size as the first

all the squares not sewn together yet!

one tufted square... front...

... and back!

EDIT: here are more pictures of the tufting tool:

a tufted sqaure, the tufting tool is at the bottom with the fabric strip threaded through

here is the tufting tool, i was being silly so ignore my face Tongue

I hope you enjoyed my post, comments and criticism welcome! I go to present it tomorrow in class, then I will be done with school for the winter break!

47  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Ghostly Paisley on: September 24, 2009 08:47:15 AM
I saw on Spoonflower you won the Halloween fabric contest!! Congrats!!!!
48  UNITED STATES / Georgia / Re: ATL Craft Group on: September 23, 2009 07:17:00 AM
Yeah my dad lives on Thornton Rd in Lithia Springs... Thornton road is an 8-ft deep river right now! I've missed school and work for the past 3 days because I-20 is impassable! Thankfully we didnt lose power or water, and no water got in our house... we're very lucky! Almost all my friends had flooded basements and lost power/water.  I hope everyone is safe!!
49  UNITED STATES / Georgia / Re: ATL Craft Group on: September 20, 2009 07:25:43 PM
I live in Douglasville, but I go to GSU in downtown ATL. I have a pretty hectic schedule but let me know whats up!
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Birds birds birds Swap Gallery on: September 18, 2009 10:39:26 AM
those matroyshka birds are fabulous!!!
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