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ambear
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« on: February 03, 2008 08:48:09 AM »

I completed this back in the fall, but hadn't posted. the story goes as follows:
i hosted a clothing swap at my place and about twenty friends came with ridiculous amounts of swapable stuff. at the end of the night though, i was still left with at least 4 garbage bags of stuff no one wanted. i salvaged some for crafting and brought the rest to goodwill.

for this rug i cut up t-shirts, a long skirt from a friends trip to Central Africa and a pair of pajama pants.
then i braided it together and sewed it in place. while its the right size for a bath mat, i can't bear the thought of stepping on it, so it decorates the back of my comfy chair.

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 08:53:38 AM »

nice work, i'd definitely have a hard time stepping on this rug Smiley
did you really just braid the fabric and then sew the braid to itself in a spiral??  i always thought these were kind of 'french braided' to connect the rows of braids together... if that makes any sense.  i'd love the inside scoop, you've inspired me!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 08:59:28 AM »

you can't bear to step on it because it'd hurt your feet, or you can't bear to step on it because it was hard work?   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 09:40:08 AM »

OK-  so did you just cut strips and not worry too much about the frayed edges?  or did you bother to sew them up?  maybe if you just rolled them into themselves.  hmmm.  how wide were your strips?
this one made my list of things to do
i started a rug once that i made out of ugly polyseter that i scored at a yard sale.  it didnt frey much. 
i crochetted it with a bigassed hook.
(i wonder where that is?  it was at least two moves ago. big mystery)
anyway-  it looks like its probably LOVELy to step upon, but you just dont want it dirty? 
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 10:12:44 AM »

To make it, I cut more or less one inch strips of fabric, braided them into a long stand, sewed the ends in and the sewed it into a spiral. I am positive there is a more energy efficient way of doing this, but i had an idea of how I wanted it to look exactly and went with that. I had never done anything like this before and just sort of went for it.
It is very comfy to step on, but I put so much work into it, I have no desire to see it get mucked up. Instead it leads a re-purposed life as decoration, cushion. neck massager.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 10:21:10 AM »

it's a really good idea, i just thought the edges might hurt.  i want to try one of these but the instructions i see for them are always for crocheted rugs, and i can't crochet... so you've given me hope!  i'll just braid one Cheesy

did you braid as you went, or just make a superlong braid and then sew it once that was done?

p.s.  i love the book in your avatar - used to have it, someplace... hm...
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2008 12:31:29 PM »

This is great!  It looks fantastic.  I hope to give it a try soon.   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008 12:05:48 PM »

i braided many super long braids and then sewed them together at the end.

also, ruby-soho, that book is my favourite too! also, nikki mcclure is probably my favourite living artist.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2008 06:05:16 AM »

Antimacassar!

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2008 01:02:55 PM »

Your rug is great! 

I WILL MAKE ONE SOMEDAY!  MARK MY WORDS!
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