Monday, March 6, 2017

Starting Rugs

Weaving rugs is a slow process. Sure, you wind a warp, get it on the loom and just weave away on rugs. Sure. However, it's much more than that! 
If you're weaving loopers, you have to clean them. You spend hours outside shaking the loopers to get rid of strings and tiny bits of thread. Loopers are waste products from the production of socks. They're thrown away unless someone can use them. It's truly fun to know we're rescuing something from the dump but, it's work. Lots of work..
Another thing is selvedges, more waste product but this time it long narrow strips of "fabric" that were part of the production of afghans, upholstery, etc. They come in great bags of piled up strands. They're not as messy but you still have to find the end and then roll up balls of them.
If you're using fabric or jeans, there's lots of cutting, sewing and then cutting narrow strips to then weave into rugs.
So I've spent the last week or two just getting ready to weave.
I just got going. It's nice to have a few done, ready to serge apart and then sew hems.
It's nice to see the start. The next few weeks I'll be weaving more.
Should have pictures next week!
Until then, keep weaving!


LA said...

Prep time for rugs takes awhile!!! But, rugs weave quickly...that's the trade off.

Tina J said...

Wonderful bright colors on that rug!

Theresa said...

I never much cared for rug weaving, but I do love all those colors on yours!

Maggie said...

Looks like a jar of jelly beans!