Nothing Says Fall Around Here Like a Wooly Bear Caterpillar

 

Brent and the Wooly Bear

 

Brent and the Wooly Bear Pic 2

 

Brent and the Wooly Bear pic 3

 

Wooly Bears usually curl up into a ball when you pick them up and they are frightened. After this Wooly Bear had been visiting for two hours or so and moved over to a McMansion ( from his starter home in the above picture ) he ceased to curl up and was quite used to us, crawling everywhere quite happily including on us. Yes he was released later on, much to his relief I am sure. The good news is that despite what the Farmer’s Almanac predicted, according to the Wooly Bear, winter will just be average this year :)

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Making a Rag Rug on a Loom

I have thought for quite awhile that Making a Rag Rug on a Loom would be an interesting project to try.

I recently ordered a loom from Dru over at The Country Farm Home to make a rag rug .  I know that some people make their own looms but the advice that I read was to get one from someone that knows what they are doing first, then make your own if you want to later on. Well being a technical idiot I certainly ordered one! :) Within a few days it arrived, nicely packed up in a Fedex tube, with basic instructions and a handwritten note in regards to assembling it. I just needed to put a few screws in and the boards were even labeled A-B-C-D.

I had an old fitted sheet that I cut up and used for the warp. Actually I tore strips and when my grandson and some other little kids were over here I asked if they wanted to help and believe me, tearing strips of fabric to 3 and 4 year olds is a very fun thing to do ! Their little eyes lit up and they had a blast ! :)

 

The loom is warped

 

On the day that the thrift / mission store had 50 % off linens and ‘bric-brac’  I went in and got lucky. Someone had donated some lovely sheets and curtains recently.  Here is what I came home with :

 

Linens from the thrift store for the rag rug

 

The red blanket with the black stripe is not for the rag rug. It is 100% wool, and knowing the price of wool at the fabric store and that I could use this in crafts if I felted it I could not  pass it up.  I had hoped for a gold fabric for the rug but these yellow sheets are 100% cotton, made in India, and so soft and smooth. The green is a denim-like heavy curtain, the coral is a heavy cotton, and then I picked up a pair of burgandy nursing pants and a red smock. All fabrics are either cotton or polyester.

Hopefully I will  do this correctly and it won’t all fall apart at the first washing : )  Here is a picture that I took when I had been doing the weaving  ( or whatever it is called : ) for awhile. When I did the “warp” I had the loom laying on the dining room table. Here it is on top of the steam radiator and I had been standing to do the weaving at this level.

 

Starting the Rag Rug on the Loom

 

The view from the window while standing and working on this is pleasant. While I have much crisper and better pictures on this blog of the goldfinches HERE and HERE, you can get an idea of how nice it might be to work on the weaving and see this from the window as the little bird serenades you with its’  song. To me it sounds as if they are chirping “So Sweet” or “So-Weet”.   This picture is taken from the dining room window when I photographed the loom.

 

View from the window while working on the rag rug

 

And along with little kids liking this…someone else does too : )

 

Kanga and the Rag Rug Project

 

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