The American braided rug is under way
The course was great, and already, only two days later I feel like I'm really getting the hang of it.
The strips of wool blanket are folded in on themselves, like a bias binding, as your braiding. The fold opening is always to the left, and it's braided tight. The lacing is done as you go, row by row. I'm quick on the straights but so slow on the corners. You lace using a bodkin. Bodkin. Great word. I had heard of them but had no idea what one was. It's like a needle with no point.
I'm going to warm up the rug with this fawn in place of the beige after another round.
Then maybe pink, and red (if I can get an old red wool coat of something similar),
It's so relaxing.
Which is good as it will take at least 6 weeks, working on it a bit each day, to make this one for in front of the fire. (Then I'm going to braid one from old towels for in the bathroom; make one in bright colours for Claud's room and...)
But right now I'm just looking forwards to having it big enough to sit on as I braid in the next couple of weeks.
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