For a person who prefers crafts of the 2-minute variety I do seem to be finding myself some patience challenging projects. I mean the doll-house reno lasted 18 weeks! However, I'm am hoping to bring this rug in sooner than that so I've been working on it daily, or have been since I gave up looking at it knowing I had to unpick-the-whole-banana and start again, and just did it!
So here it is, thus far, in all it's straight-edged glory.
Since the banana problem has not reoccurred I can only put that down to not always lacing the braids against a flat edge. I started to get backache leaning over the table so I've taken to kneeling over the inner plank of my dining table extension on the floor).
Look at the lips on that!
I'm not sure why some of the braids have rolled up like that, but I'm certain it will make it a weak spot when the rug is finished. And they're all over. Sigh.
So the laborious process of braiding whilst simultaneously bias binding three thick strips of wool blanket (hair plaiting it ain't) will get even more onerous. But that's OK cause
I'm kind of a perfectionist I AM NOT UNPICKING IT AGAIN!
I'll just aim to have got the hang of it ready for rug #2 which i'm already thinking about...
Speaking of things that take ages, did I mention that the curves require skips in the lacing, at regular intervals, but not in the same spot on each layer (cue much lacing and unlacing), to stop the ends cupping up or scalloping. The pins are to remind me where I skipped.
I'll skip when this rug is finished I can tell you!
Another thing i'm discovering about this American braided rug making lark is how hungry these rugs are.
This is all I have left of the blue double blanket, and it's only a 1/4 made.
All moaning aside, I am really enjoying making this rug, my fave creative project to date defo.
What you been doing lovelies?
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