Funny Farm

A fearsome foray into my fiber follies. I talk about weaving, knitting, spinning and dyeing. Some chatter about the sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Prep work for rag rugs

Here are some denim strips sewn together for a rug. I have more to go. I'm not crazy about cutting old jeans. There is a lot of waste and they're difficult to cut probably because of the ground in dirt that never gets washed out.

I wish I would have taken pictures of this process. This will be a "hit or miss" rug. Three pieces are joined into a tube then cut in a continuous strip. That took most of Saturday. That is, the sewing together, folding, pinning and drawing the 3" strips.

It took all day yesterday to cut. And cut. And cut.

To complain further, it took all day to do this.


In the future the length of each panel will be considerably shorter. I think my panels, two were bed sheets, are too long, which will give me longer lengths of the same color.

I finally got the painted green warp onto the loom. This view is from the warp beam.

This view is from the breast beam. I don't remember leaving any white areas, but there you go..........some white. I like it but I think the rest is all painted in greens, blues and a smattering of violet.
I didn't use all the bouts that I had painted. I wanted to weave some narrower pieces.
What will it be? I think there are 6 yds including waste. Maybe there are 7 yds. Could be a lot of dish towels? A wide scarf or narrow shawl? My spinning a weaving is more process than project. In the end, it all becomes "something". I think once I weave about 24" I'll know what I'm doing. Or maybe not!


Blogger beadlizard said...

Rug prep always feels as if it takes forever, but it's a fragment of time compared to the decades the rugs themselves will be enjoyed. It's worth it!

That painted warp is gorgeous.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Bev said...

Gorgeous, as usual! I love that you put the violet in. Wonder what a splash of apricot would do?

5:51 PM  
Blogger Jobe Makar said...

Nice work mom. And happy Mother's day again!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

It wasn't until the Saturday guild meeting and seeing a rug that one of our members had woven from flannel that I realized what you did and are doing. I want to do it too - but need to say on track to finish the lap blanket from our sheep. Then I want to do that too. I need to keep a "want to do" list.

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Blogger Leigh said...

That warp is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I was set up to paint some warp.

And about photos for the rug process, I vote YES!

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