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