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twined rag rug 'how to'

 
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Becky Dane wrote:I liked this thread.  I am a weaver and like to try new techniques and ideas.  I use recycled jeans, t-shirts and other materials that are recycled.  I am also experimenting with different types of wool.  Weave on!



I have made rag rugs on floor looms and by crocheting .. Cant wait to try this
 
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Hahaha! Funny thing that this topic just came up again. Yesterday I had an urge to do something creative so I decided to try my own twined rug. This one is with t-shirt material.  
It's not really on a loom, it's a wooden frame that I found in the scrap pile that I wrapped t-shirt cord around. But so far it's looking pretty good!

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Finished the rug last weekend!
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Finished rug
Finished rug
 
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Beautiful rug Nancy!  
So glad you posted photos here.

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If anyone has any questions about making this type of rug just post them here and I'll try to answer them.
 
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I really want to DO this! So far I have only made three crocheted rug and one tooth brush rug. Yours look beautiful!
 
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Susan Norgren wrote:I really want to DO this! So far I have only made three crocheted rug and one tooth brush rug. Yours look beautiful!



Great!
Let me know if you have any questions about 'how to'
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I'm an Agriculture Educator at a high school in Chicago. I would like to do this as a remote learning project. My email is bapillow@cps.edu Barbara Pillow Sidibeh, Marshall HS
 
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Barbara Pillow Sidibeh wrote:I'm an Agriculture Educator at a high school in Chicago. I would like to do this as a remote learning project. My email is bapillow@cps.edu Barbara Pillow Sidibeh, Marshall HS



Hi Barbara, I'm available in this thread for any questions about these rugs and 'how to'...all of the information is here.
I don't have videos or any other teaching venues although I think I could guide someone here if there were any issues?
Let me know what you might like to do either posted here or through the less public PM's available called 'Purple Moosages'.  Click on my name and look for the 'envelope' on my profile page, click on that and you can send a message.
 
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I picked up a 3' by 5' old picture frame with such a project in mind. Had a hard time to get that inside my car! I need to check the tools for nails, not sure if I am able to space them so evenly and straight.
 
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May Lotito wrote:I picked up a 3' by 5' old picture frame with such a project in mind. Had a hard time to get that inside my car! I need to check the tools for nails, not sure if I am able to space them so evenly and straight.



Nice size! That was a great find

There are ways to avoid nails all together that will work if you are careful to space the warp evenly when winding it on the frame.  
I don't have photos of everything I've tried but one that could work for you is just winding the warp continuously around the frame...when I've done this I've added a cloth pad on the wood itself so that the warps have something to embed in and stay in place better.  
Once you begin twining the edge, depending on the thickness of the frame (preferably, a half inch or less) it might take a few rows for all of the warps to be on the same plane and will also serve to tighten the warps nicely.

...and because the warp is continuous you will have to cut the fringe ends to remove from the frame...
I have a lot of flat sticks I used to use to wind warp on my floor looms and these have come in handy on a frame to tighten the warps, just slip between the warp and the frame...easy to remove to let off some tension if necessary.

My early window frames and the ones I made for my first classes did not have nails and were all warps wrapped around the frames themselves, some I added enough sticks I could remove some and pull the rug around the frame, retighten and twine a complete rug the full length of both sides of a deep frame...

I'm not sure this is clear so just ask...I still have the images in my head of these early old frames and rugs but no photos so might be hard to understand from just my text.
 
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I need to check the tools for nails, not sure if I am able to space them so evenly and straight.



If you use nails, be sure they are small finishing nails, with no head.  

It helps to drill a very small starter hole after first measuring the spacings and marking them with pencil.
I usually use an awl to indent just enough that it's easy to keep the drill in the right place.  All of this might seem kind of fussy but in the end makes for more accuracy and prevents splits.

I like to hold the nail with a pair of needle nose pliers for the first few whacks of the hammer to save my fingers...these nails are so small there is not much room for fingers to hold anyway.
 
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Thank your Judith, that's very helpful. I can picture how to do that without nails. I prefer this way since i got small kids in the house.
I used to braid fabric yarns and sewd the strips together but it was hard for thicker fabric and the threads looked messy. The twined ones will look much more polished and stay stronger too.
 
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This has reminded me of another 'early' frame...a nice plain oak mirror frame that fit just perfectly between the uprights of an old spool holder (for warping floor looms) ...removing all of the rods but a middle one I was able to fit the frame there by drilling holes horizontally through the long sides of the frame and running the rod through.  It worked wonderfully...I could sit at it and angle the whole thing for my comfort.

Whatever you end up with, make sure that you have some options for changing position of yourself and the rug frame. Sometimes I would twine standing, put the whole thing up on the counter or table....I had hooks on a door that worked for some frames.  It's slow and the worst thing for us is too sit too long in one position.
 
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Wow!  There is no way I would have the patience to do that but it looks like an incredible skill.
 
                  
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I have made all my looms.  The last for placemats was from a tv tray.
 
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