Monday 30 January 2012
Here are the materials for my latest project. Looks a bit of a mess doesn't it!!! There are three old tablecloths in that pile.
I should have taken photos of the three old tablecloths, but you can get an idea from the strips above. I'm guessing that the bottom fabric is cotton or maybe a cotton blend. The second one is a seersucker. I don't know what the blue fabric is, but it's much heavier than the other two and that tablecloth cost considerably more when I purchased it many years ago.
I'm joining in with Jodie, over at Ric Rac for her Rag Rug Along. This is all new to me as I've never made a rug of any description. I've just been over to the Rag Rug Along Flickr group. Do I have a lot to learn about rag rug making.
I started my rug before I looked at the Flickr photos and I'm glad I did, otherwise I might have been somewhat overwhelmed. Have you ever heard of a Toothbrush Rug? I certainly hadn't, but I've seen photos of some. There are all sorts of new to me techniques being discussed over at the Flickr group.
Here's what I've done so far. I began by tearing the brown tablecloths into one inch strips. Unfortunately, I can't tear the blue tablecloth, so I'm cutting it into strips. Yes, that is taking quite a while. I suppose I could have found another tablecloth, but I do like the blue.
I'm plaiting the strips into one LONG plait and will then sew them together. The blue tablecloth is fraying a lot. To start with, I was cutting off every stray piece of thread and was being very careful with how I plaited. I've since decided that loose threads will be part of the rug. Yes, I will cut off the threads, but there will be fraying showing.
I don't know if it will be possible to sew the plait into a rectangular rug, but that's what I'm going to attempt to do. I'm a bit doubtful about the ends sitting correctly, but I'll give it a go. If a rectangle isn't possible, I'll go for oval.
Funnily enough, I'm finding the plaiting a little addictive. Tearing the strips and the plaiting above, was all done in the one sitting. I was able to plait and talk at the same time. It's actually quite therapeutic...
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