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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008 05:52:21 AM »

Fabulous, I love it!!

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2008 06:03:02 AM »

That rug is awesome!  I bet it's so soft.  I've been toying with the idea of making a rag rug out of jeans, but can't bear the thought of cutting millions of tiny strips of denim just yet.  I'll have to go through some of the other clothes I was going to get rid of and see if there's softer fabric I can work with instead. 

I love the floating squares in it, too!  I've got a book somewhere that talks about how to do it, I'll have to go and re-read that section again because the happy colors you used make it look really appealing.  Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008 01:26:46 PM »

 That is so beautiful! I am uber impressed with how it turned out.

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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2008 06:30:22 PM »

This looks awesome!  I had no idea this was even possible...I love it!

« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2008 07:46:16 PM »

Wonderful, I love it.

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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2008 09:07:54 PM »

I learned how to twine in a high school weaving class - many, many, many years ago...  However, I have only been working with it again for about the past 6 months.
It is a simple weaving technique that works well with basic frames.  A lot of twined rugs are made on wooden frames that are rug sized, and just have nails for pegs.

I like to salvage everything from the t-shirts that I can, so I typically undo the hems, and use the sleeves too.  In fact, most of the color changes in this rug are because the sleeve strip ended, and I needed to attach another one.  Most of my rug strips are about 1/2in wide, usually about 12in long.     I believe my rug has about 4-5 rows of twining per inch, so it can go quickly if your materials are prepared ahead of time.  Personally, I like to go back and forth between cutting up t-shirts, and twining.

I did my first experiment on a cardboard frame loom, but then I puchased a small sturdy Harris frame loom (B-sized) on ebay.  The Harris frame can make very nice placemat sized pieces.  I think my strips were cut narrower for this frame, but by experimenting you can figure out what works best.

The color blocks in this loom are done using the typical tapestry techniques, but I have to say I wasn't very thrilled with how that part turned out.  I will have to do some more practice of tapestry type twining on my Harris frame before I try it again on a large piece.

Also, my rug is about 1/4 inch thick, which is a very nice rug thickness, and it stays put without bunching up.

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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2008 04:11:46 AM »

Awesome job! It's beautiful. I bet the rug feels really nice too.

« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2008 05:36:54 AM »

I love the texture from the color blending and twining. Nicely done.

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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2008 07:58:15 AM »

Here is my twined rag rug that I just made! I have been making these for a long time but I don't make them on a 4-harness loom I make them on a peg loom. Check out my facebook page: http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1178215901&ref=profile

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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2008 08:36:32 PM »

This project is brilliant, it's beautiful and I really like the ecological angle of using old t-shirts too. I feel really inspired!

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