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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Location: North-east PA, United States

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Double Binding Rag Rugs&Butternut

That is not an error running through the middle blocks. Interesting how that shows up.

This is a fascinating technique. I used very narrow strips, 1/2" or a bit less. Depending on the treadle pushed one color or the other is dominant on one side or the other. As with my past few rugs, they are thinner, mat-like more than rug-like. I've been reading several English reading Swedish rug books and all call for narrower strips than what I am accustomed to using. However, when reading the poundage of weft called for in their patterns, my rugs don't weigh close to what they call for. One of these days I'm going to follow one of their patterns to the letter and see what is going on. Or not. As the case may be.

This is Butternut....she is named after the creek that runs through the farm. She followed the flock across the creek the other day, and as they do at least once a day. She must have slipped and got carried by the current down stream, then snagged by a branch. Bob found her half frozen, unable to walk. He dragged her to shore and brought her back to the house in the bucket of the skid steer (spell check insists this is two words. I'm not so sure.). I dried her off the best I could and took a very old, very valuable Hudson Bay blanket and covered her up and rubbed her down until my arms ached. A few hours later she stood up. Many lambs and kids live inside this time of year, but never a yearling.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tear Out My Hair Rugs

Color chips -vs- dye

Clasped rug
colors: blues to lavenders to pink
single weft rags
36" x 72"
set at 8 epi doubled (16 ends/inch)

Detailed view

Same colors but adding a new color as one ran out.
Doubled weft
36" x 70"


Yellows and greens with Laura Ashley print
36" x 60"

BarnE Cat and his rooster

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