Thursday, January 27, 2011

What I am working on today

Today I finished threading the Union loom. I had decided I wanted to make some shaggy rugs and use up some of my stash. These are made of the selvage ends of upholstery fabric. These kinds of rugs take extra time to weave. A good friend of mine gave me some pointers on the best way to weave these. After I throw the shuttle I straighten out the selvage strip. Then I close the shed and  I comb the shaggy part towards the beater to straighten all the shaggy ends.  Next I take the comb and back comb the ends so that they stand up. Then I beat it into place.




I need to mention that weaving this is very messy and dusty.  If you have never tried it you should wear a dust mask. I also recommend you run a box fan with a furnace filter mounted on it. While weaving is very enjoyable we need to remember to   stay safe.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                           



Linda

5 comments:

LA said...

I would venture a guess that those rugs also feel fantastic under your bare feet!!!! Thanks for the tips.

Tina J said...

So soft looking, I have never woven with that before! Thanks for the tips.

Bonnie said...

Looks great. I have never woven with that. Thanks for letting us see it. Looks like fun.

Maggie said...

Shag rugs are fun! Different technique than I used, but I can't wait to make more!

Roxie said...

Do you run it through the washer and dryer? Sheets of dryer lint!