Happy New Year! 2020 It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, I’ve been busy. I love rugs and I really like learning to make rugs. Traditionally rugs are woven on beautiful heddle looms, which can be found in a variety of different sizes. I do not have a heddle loom, though someday I may. For now I have enough to keep me busy. Below are some completed projects I want to share.
Crochet round rug, it took me some time to learn how to crochet in the round and maintain the circle to stay flat. Those increases had me going crazy but a friend helped me so thank you friend now I can crochet in the round and make flat circles. For this rug I used Bonnie’s Craft 6mm cord, purple and jute, single crochet – it measures 24 inches. It’s not a perfect circle but it’s flat! lol
This rug I used t-shirt yarn that made. It’s called tarn, tarn is a wonderful way to use up old t-shirts, you can make anything from rug to baskets, totes, anything your creative self can think of as long as it works well with thick yarn. Usually your cuts should be an inch to 1.5 strips. Like Sharn (Yarn made from old sheets) and Plarn (Yarn made from plastic bags) you can re-purpose which helps eliminate waste and makes great items for your home, gifts or business.
Of course Ms. RavenPip inspects every rug I make for approval. This is a single crochet rug made from Bonnie’s Craft 4mm cord, burgundy, jute and black border. It measure 57″ x 40″ and is in my living room keeps the paws warm.
I used the Zippy Knitting Loom to make the above rug. Great for the bathroom or a chair cushion as well. This one sold at a market I vended at, I actually forgot I sold it lol. I used Harrisville Loops that I have a ton of. They are not inexpensive, but they are a great quality and make strong anything. Normally people use them for pot holders, which is great but you can only have so many pot holders. I made pillows, place mats, purses and have decided to use the rest for rugs.
When I tied the fringe on I thought it looked like grass, it still looks like grass to me, but I’m ok with it. It’s 4 foot in length, neutral tone loops. The grassy fringe adds to the earth colors I was going for. I’m very happy with this rug the loops were very easy to work with and the rug feels really great under the paws. It’s thick and durable and can be machine washed and dried on light cycle.
Using acrylic yarn is tricky with twining on my twine loom, I learned this the hard way making the above rug. You must sew the ends with acrylic yarn, no way around it and even though I plan on making another small rug with crochet strips I’ve been making, It will take time to twine it because I will sew the ends as I add on another strip. Other wise I will make too many knots which I did making the above rug, way too many knots. I was disappointed after I made it but live and learn. The problem with an abundance of knots is that knots can come undone if they are not tight enough and using bulk yarn with a ton of knots does not make a good quality rug, believe me I’m not anti-knot lol They have a ton of good uses but for this purpose I like the least amount of knots as possible. I decided to make crochet strips and spool knit cords and will be playing with them for rug making soon.
There is not much difference between weaving and twining, both are over/under the warp. The difference with twining is twisting, if you can braid three strands, you can twine. Over and under still happens you just twist the weft and seem to focus on the under while the over occurs. Below is a video you can check out :
When I first started to learn about making rugs I started with rug hooking. Remember latch hook? It’s still popular today. But I didn’t like the shaggy rugs, sometimes I like them but I wanted to learn how to make a tight rug and before you know it I was reading and you tubing and learned rug hooking. The above rug is made out of rug hook canvas, Rug hook tool called a locker hook and sheet yarn.
I have multiple type of rug hooking tools but for the rug above I used a locker hook. It’s called a locker hook because you thread the eye of the crochet hook with warp ( thread, yarn, twine) and as you pull up the yarn through the holes in the canvas you then weave the tool through the loops and the warp locks the loops in place. It’s easy and tricky because your material gauge needs to be right with the mesh you are using.
The above tool I used with the above rug. The rug hook is best used with weaver’s cloth, monk’s cloth, and rug hook canvas.
So many ways to make rugs, I didn’t even touch on Punching a rug, Tufting, Braiding, etc. as I learn new methods I will share- thanks for reading!