Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Creative Space-braided rug update


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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18 comments:

  1. Wow it's coming along nicely! I like quick crafts and if I can't learn it in the first 5 minutes I don't do it. x

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    1. I'm exactly like that as a rule, i don't know whats come over me!

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  2. Where did the early makers of these rugs get all the blankets? It looks perfectly lovely!

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    1. Traditionally these rugs featured a lot of black, as worn out mens woolen suits and coats were used. I daresay back then the knew how to spin, knit and felt there own fabrics rather than op-shoppying!

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  3. How big are you planning to make it? I like the rug a lot.
    If I would ever decide to make one how wide strips should I rip?

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    1. Hmm, good question. I'm currently in denial about the fact it might be too big for the space i want it in. As a rule the finished rug is 3x the length of the first braid. My strips are a finger length wide, but they could be narrower or a bit wider. As long as theres enogh to fold it ala bias binding and for it not to bunch up when braided i think, but a narrow strip would take a very long time to rug form from!

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  4. I admire your patience greatly. Not only that, the speed at which you've mastered the technique. My fine-motor skills never got honed as a child/teen and everything I make looks thrown together
    I'm impatient to see the finished result, so keep braiding and be proud of what you're doing with your spare time. I'll feel extra guilty when I spend my spare time sitting around watching Extreme Couponing on some obscure American channel now!

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    1. But with a spot of extreme couponing you could then afford to buy a cool rug on which to recline whilst watching EC. I'm thinking obssessed grannies with attics full of baked beans the bought on special in 1997?!!am i right?

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  5. You are one seriously talented lady! I LOVE this, the colours are just beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished!

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    1. We could be quite old by then, but by then granny chic will be even more appealing!

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  6. Oh Max, it looks fabulous. Can't wait to see it finished in all its glory either. Craftwise, I'm doing a big round zero at the moment!

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    1. Thanks Loo! Your big round zero sounds intresting, did you crochet or macrame it?!!

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  7. It looks lovely, and quite thick. It's always fun seeing how things turn out, isn't it, and despite the challenges of this one, the result looks pretty good.

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  8. It is thick, it would be an accident waiting to happen if i had it by a door way i think but this ones going in our bedroom in the drafty corner where we cant get under the floor to insulate x

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  9. It's looking really good! You are so patient with it. I have spent the arvo trying to get a knit fabric to lie still so I can trace out a pattern and cut the fabric. Sigh. No luck yet. Maybe after the kids are in bed...

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  10. I am mightily impressed with your patience, problem-solving abilities and perserverance, not to mention the rug itself! It looks lovely, well done you! xxxx

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  11. I used to do this as a kid - I'd long forgotten until I saw this post! This has got me thinking about making new bathmats now! xx
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  12. And who would have known braiding a rug could be so much hard work! I did a doll carrying basket and I feel you pain...... the rug is looking gorgeous though :)

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