Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rug for the Mud Room

Jackie brought another amazing rug to our meeting on Tuesday.  She wove this rug for her mud room and you won't believe the effort that went into this stunning piece.

First of all, the materials used in the rug are from worn out T-shirts, polo shirts and other knit tops from her family.  She designed her weft plan and then put it on a spread sheet to calculate how long each knit strip should be and when to sew in a dark piece for the meander pattern in the rug. That's right, each strip was calculated individually.

Jackie says she would never use red in her household furnishings, but since she had the red rug warp and it was going into the mud room, she went ahead and used it.  She didn't expect that the rug would swallow the red color so completely.  Yes, it does alter the overall color and appearance, but it certainly doesn't look red.

She encountered a few problems with various knits stretching differently and wasn't too encouraged that the rug would be flat, but somehow after it went over the breast beam, everything was nicely tamed.

She had more warp and more knit strips, so she wove two smaller rugs to go with the large one.  No dark pattern, but they are still interesting because of the varying fabric colors.



Ingrid said...

She did put a LOT of work into it, but the results were really nice. Makes me think of all of the rags I have waiting to be woven.

Beryl Moody said...

Ingrid found this link to a technique for cutting up T-shirts for use in projects like this one.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Hello, just found you from a Pin. Subscribing in Bloglovin' and missing google reader. Hope to learn from your blog. I am a new weaver in this lifetime altho I feel I have woven in my past somewhere.