Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Creative Space-American Braided Rug





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.


29 comments:

  1. looks awesome Max. Love that you did a course, creative courses are so cool

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    1. They are, i used to do so many night classes pre child that I've been quite in withdrawals until now x

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  2. It's looks great so far - cant wait to see the end result!

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  3. It's going to be a show-stopping rug, Max! I would NEVER have the patience... xx

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  4. Beautiful :) Fabulous effect. Kx

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  5. You've made great progress. It's looking lovely. x

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  6. I LOVE it Max! It looks so warm and inviting! Can't wait to for the final reveal...

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  7. It's always fun to learn a new skill - this one is definitely on my to do list. Your first rug is looking lovely so far:)Cyndy

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    1. Your right, it is. i've wanted one of these for an age too!

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  8. Oh my goodness! A towel one for the bathroom has been on my to-do list since the beginning of last year (you know, those never-ending lists...). I am loving your rug - especially the fact that they are old wool blankets. Care to show us more on how it's done? :)

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    1. Will do, the only really hard bit is lacing the first row, i still couldnt tell you how i did it!

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  9. It's a lovely rug you're making Max...and when you've finished Claudes and the bathroom's, you'll be able to make a teeny-tiny one for your dolls'house!

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    1. ooh, good thinking, ooh, I REALLY want to make one now...MUST WAIT MUST WAIT...

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  10. It's beautiful! I've always wanted to make one of these rugs but they look so time consuming!

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  11. Wow Max I just love it, so so snuggly. The colours you picked are just right.
    Love v

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  12. OH wow it's looking awesome! I couldn't really picture how it was going to look but I love it. Great colours too. xx

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  13. I love it! It will be amazing. You cut the strips with scissors, or do you have some more sophisticated way? Because when I made the crocheted rug, I think the cutting was the biggest job.

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    1. no, cutting the strips is the easiest biut. once you've snipped to the width you want they just tear, really easily!

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  14. Snap! I have just finished a rug which I have posted about today too! Yours is looking great, love the colours.

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    1. Your rug is fantastic, i am in awe!

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  15. Oh Max, it's gorgeous and yes I can imagine very therapeutic to do. Thank you for the heads up on the bodkin. I've got one (it was in a sewing stool inherited from my partner's mum) and I've never known what the devil it was for!

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    1. hmm, bodkins main use is something else, the grannies on the course told me but i'm buggered if i can recall what!

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  16. oh this is really nice! am looking forward to seeing more.x

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  17. Oooh that looks so cosy and comfortable. :)

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  18. Oh Jealous! this is going to be so cozy under your toes... happy stitching :)

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  19. very cool! can't wait to see it finished! it looks so cozy already.

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  20. This looks amazing - I've always wanted to do one. Love your colour choice. Do you have it laid out flat while working on it?

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