Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Braided Rug

I finally sat down and finished my rug today. It isn't that wide, but it sure is long, 144" long.
Lots of braiding and sewing in this one. I did traditional braid with 2" strips, sewing each piece by hand, as I went along.
I do not like long strips, they tend to tangle around each other, as I braid. So, I braid and sew the next piece on, when I reach the end. I had to lighten the image, so you could see it, so of course the colors are off. The outer edges run into the darker colors and the middle are brighter, but they don't pop and look so white. The hallway is a dark area, so I can get away with brighter colors;)



I used scrap wools, including flannels, thinner and thicker, and even some worsted weight. I have to admit, the worsted gives it a more solid feel, but the flannels make it too cushy. I prefer a thick heavy rug to walk on. But for now, this one will do. I may even take the ends and cut across and make it into a rectangle rug. Just doesn't look right in that shape, in that hallway?
We still have to finish off the flooring, but we are putting up wainscoting, so it will go in a bit at a time.

17 comments:

Nancy said...

WOW, that is one big rug...well, LONG rug...very well done. I would have given up long ago...

cynthialeedesigns said...

Wow...you did a great job on your rug!!!

Brenis said...

WOAH Debbie!! That is one gorgeous honkin rug!! You are so multi talented! And i swear.. if you mess with those ends, I am going to find you and beat you up!! LOL!! LEAVE IT BE!! Let it be gorgeous the way it is!! You goober! Way to go getting that done - huge accomplishment me thinks!!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

I love it and it looks just perfect.

Jacque. said...

Hey Debbie...WOW. That is a gorgeous rug...and BIG! Ya done great!

A Quilter Awakens said...

It's perfect; P E R F E C T ! !

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Awesome Job Debbie! Love the runner..

Anonymous said...

Debbie,
Fantastic!
I, too, love it just the way it is.
Just out of curiousity, how long did it take you to make it?
God bless,
Helen(grammea)
grammea22@verizon.net

Gayle said...

That is such a beautiful rug! And it looks perfect in the hallway. Before I discovered and became addicted to wool, I made a braided rug using polyester doubleknit fabric! It looks good and will never wear out, but isn't as lovely as yours!

WoolenSails said...

It took me longer, because I stopped a lot to work on my other projects. I could probably do it in a week, if I just did that.

Debbie

kathy said...

wow I love your rug. Is there a pattern or book out there tilling how to do this with wool? Kathy

WoolenSails said...

There are lots of books for braiding, so I am not sure how good the other ones are. I got mine from the library. It is called "The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art by Norma M. Sturges and Elizabeth J. Sturges." It has beautiful color photos and examples of the best in rug braiding.

Debbie

primitivebettys said...

You just amaze me Debbie! WOW!

Lori said...

Debbie,

Your runner looks gorgeous in your hallway. I wouldn't change a thing either. You really are multi-talented!

Lori R

Cotton Eyed Jo said...

Debbie, the rug is a beauty! Love the oval ends, it makes it look older anyway with that shape, doesn't it?

A week? When you say if you weren't doing anything else, does that include sleeping? LOL Jo

Brenda said...

I'm lovin' the rug! I can't believe you made that; it's just mind-boggling! I have one like it, but mine came from Sam's club, LOL! No home made treasure rug for me... I love, love,LOVE braided rugs. They make me think of old slatbox houses and wood burning stoves... Congratulations on finishing this one, I'm in awe of your talents, B=)

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