Sunday, April 27, 2008

Two denim kitchen rugs

These denim rugs were finished on April 27, and they measure 16" x 28", and 17" x 28". Yes, that is green grass you see. They are calling for another snowstorm tomorrow, but it won't stay long, just like the one last night.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yellow, brown and hunter green rug

Finished this one on April 9, and it measures 26 1/2" x 35 1/2". Another polyester rug, and there is enough material left to make another one about the same size. Update: finished the second one on April 11, it measures 27" x 32 1/2".

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Blue rug

Here's the finished photo, it measures 27" x 65", more like a runner, but didn't want any material left over, so that's what it ended up being. Made from polyester pants, for the church group and finished April 5, 2008.

Friday, April 4, 2008

On the loom

This is another polyester rug, in navy, medium blue shades and a blue/white plaid. The loom is a Union 36, bought at a farm auction by my oldest daughter and I. We didn't even know if all the pieces were there, there was just a pile of parts laying on the ground, complete with a temple and many rag shuttles, not that we knew what they were at the time. Luckily all the parts were there, and we didn't forget anything with all the trips to and from the van to load it all up.

We both have used it, and she received a best of show and blue ribbon in the youth division for her first rug at the fair a few years ago. She had looked in the yarn stash, picked out two skeins of Red Heart acrylic; black and Monet ( lilac, pink,blue, yellow and green variagated) and wove that up.

I have been weaving about four years now, (or is it five?) and my favorite rugs are hit and miss. The most enjoyable part of it is the color mixing, putting unusual color combinations together and having it turn out completely different than it looks on the loom.

I was recently gifted with some large pieces of white knit fabric, and have plans to tie dye them for weaving. That will be fun to have up on the clothes line. Between the drying fleeces laying on the grass, and dyed roving hanging from the line.. after our years in 4-H, you never knew what you might find in our yard. We have done stepping stones, tie dye and the kids would even bring clothes from home to do.

My favorite materials are sweatshirts and sweatpants, t-shirts, then woven fabrics.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool

This is the result of a winter storm that came through last night.