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    Senior Member Sherryquilts's Avatar
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    What I am doing during a quilt break..

    I have been so busy with non quilting things - life, work, family - that I just haven't gotten around to quilting. I had to do something creative so - I decided to design and build a rug frame that would work for me. The actual building was done by my handy husband. The result - (hopefully will be shown in photos below) I am having a great time using up old sheets, pillowcases, clothes, ugly fabric scraps, etc. My FIL passed away this winter and we have spent a lot of time at his house getting ready for an estate sale and I have found a lot of 'materials' that work well in the rug (ok, well I have plenty of those types of 'materials' of my own, I can't lie). I don't have too much left before I can remove it from the frame and we will see if it will hold together LOL.
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    I'm very impressed with your weaving. Great use of color and misc. fabric. Love it!

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    Good job. There's nothing better than a hand made rug. I grew up with them.
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    That is going to be a beautiful rug! Very nice way to use up funky fabric.

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    This is a great idea...and what a lovely way to keep some old memories.
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    Are the vertical strips a special material or just strips of sheets or misc. fabrics?
    It's neat to be able to see how they're woven. Very nice and totally washable, too. Wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Are the vertical strips a special material or just strips of sheets or misc. fabrics? It's neat to be able to see how they're woven. Very nice and totally washable, too. Wow
    You guessed right, they are strips of sheets. It has been really fun to use up some discarded materials in this rug. I really need to clear our some stuff that for some reason I just can't seem to part with - you know, too good to throw away. The white sheets really didn't seem appropriate for the weft - but good for the warp because they will be mostly hidden when they are woven with the weft. Thanks for checking it out!
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    Wow this is really pretty - I would love to learn this - note to bucklet list "make room for one more". Thanks for sharing, hope your sale goes well and my condolences on your FIL.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Those rugs are so pretty and they look like they would be fun to make. I love to reuse, recycle, and remake!

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    Oh, I am jealous! Wonderful job!
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    I love what you are doing here to use up the fabrics from the too good to toss things. May I make a suggestion? Have hubby make you a wooden shuttle to make your weaving a little easier. Just a fairly skinny, long smooth wooden one with an eye to thread the fabric into would work wonders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222 View Post
    I love what you are doing here to use up the fabrics from the too good to toss things. May I make a suggestion? Have hubby make you a wooden shuttle to make your weaving a little easier. Just a fairly skinny, long smooth wooden one with an eye to thread the fabric into would work wonders.
    Acually I have used a loom with a shuttle, but this is a different technique called twining. The 2 strips of fabric are being - for lack of a better discription - wrapped around each warp, one in front and one in back and not really woven in a traditional loom. This is really an easy technique - soothing, and just what I needed for my cleanse my crafting palate. I am accomplishing something in very small amounts of time(sometimes 5 or 10 minutes) and I am repurposing/reusing/recycling some stuff that would normally be discarded, so kind of cleansing my sewing and storage space as well.
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    That looks like fun and a great way to use up fabric scraps. Thanks for sharing.

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    Eco friendly and beautiful....what more could anyone ask for. Love it!

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    I have a frame like this .I love it ! Thrift store sheets are the best fot the foundation . I cut my strips with a curvy rotary cutter blade . I used to just rip them but there are much less threasds involved with the curvy blade . You are gonna love these rugs ! Mine can be adjusted to make things as small as placemats. Nice heavy rugs that do not fall apart with a few washings. Nice and thick so they don't scoot around on my wood floors and my dogs Love them !
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222 View Post
    I love what you are doing here to use up the fabrics from the too good to toss things. May I make a suggestion? Have hubby make you a wooden shuttle to make your weaving a little easier. Just a fairly skinny, long smooth wooden one with an eye to thread the fabric into would work wonders.
    I just use a cut hanger taped at the end to form a loop . Although it would be awesome to have a hubby that would make me a wooden one

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    Thats going to be a great looking rug! How clever, good job.
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    What a great idea, love your rug....
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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    I have a frame like this .I love it ! Thrift store sheets are the best fot the foundation . I cut my strips with a curvy rotary cutter blade . I used to just rip them but there are much less threasds involved with the curvy blade . You are gonna love these rugs ! Mine can be adjusted to make things as small as placemats. Nice heavy rugs that do not fall apart with a few washings. Nice and thick so they don't scoot around on my wood floors and my dogs Love them !
    Yours is adjustable - is it made with a pipes at the top and bottom? I thought about that way too, and I am thinking of having HH make one like that too for the adjustability factor. I can't believe how much fun I am having making this rug! I ripped sheets this time as well and I like your curvy blade idea, I will have to try that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherryquilts View Post
    Yours is adjustable - is it made with a pipes at the top and bottom? I thought about that way too, and I am thinking of having HH make one like that too for the adjustability factor. I can't believe how much fun I am having making this rug! I ripped sheets this time as well and I like your curvy blade idea, I will have to try that too.
    No,it is all wood lt looks just like yours . I made it from a book I bought that had the pattern I will see if I can find the name of it . I no longer have the book but here is a link to the one I used http://shop.countrythreads.com/home.php?cat=68
    I used a wing nut on the top bar to move the position to vary the size of the frame.
    Last edited by raedar63; 06-21-2012 at 07:09 AM.

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