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WhatCameFirst

Rag rug

Last weekend I met up with my sister and we went to Wonderwool at the Royal Welsh showground.  I was very much taken with peg looms and when I got home I asked OH if he could make me one.  He could and it was finished by Thursday. On Thursday evening my step daughter said her middle daughter would like a rug for her bedroom. Well, there was a challenge, and here is the result!  The end looks strangely curved in this picture, but it isn't..

Digindeep

WCH...that takes me back....can remember sitting with my 'ole Nan, hessian potato sacks , She would wash in the old dolly tub, cut up old shirts, sheets or any old rags she could get hold of.
She would sit of an evening producing hearth rugs,  door mats and so on...for anyone who needed one.
Can remember stepping out of bed in the morning, cold as it was, lino over the floor boards, onto Nan's Rug mat.....  

Great Memories.......

PS...that looks wonderful by the way......
Seabird

Very nice - lovely colour combination too.

I've never had a go at a rag rug - you've inspired me now!
horace

I can remember my mother making one of those it lasted a good length of time
kat_lewis

That is brill   colour combination is lovely. Can you post piccies of the peg loom?
I did a rag rug for a christmas pressie in the pattern of the texas flag. I have now started one for our lounge.
NZPOME

 Awesome! And yep can we see a photo of the loom please
Mo

That's lovely!  
Rena

Very Nicely done!!!!!!
WhatCameFirst

So by popular demand, here is the peg loom. It is about 1m long, the dowels are 9mm and are an inch apart at their circumference and a delightful mix of imperial and metric.
freckle

Oooooo, excited now, am booked on a rag rug course next month so will see if my efforts come anywhere near yours! Very nice!
kaz

That looks great
I think that you have kick-started an old craft and we will all be having a go
Mari wen

What a great way of remembering favourite clothes and the times in your life that they conjure up. So glad I'm the kind of person who never throws things away (on the other hand, the cupboard under the stairs looks like something from that series about problem Hoarders)
chicken feed

 lovely
lainey

I hope to spend some time this weekend using my pegloom, I have a sack of wool which I hope to transform into seat pads.
bodger

Last night there was BA on the telly and the weather was lousy, so I rooted out this DVD that I bought a couple of years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj7lqtZ_Eow

I don't think that I really appreciated it the first time around but last night I really enjoyed watching it again. One of the topics that they touched on was that of rag rug making. It got me thinking that I might like to try my hand at making one. Karens always saying that I need something to do on these long dark nights.
The first thing that I need to do is to find myself a half decent hessian sack. They're something that you just don't see that often these days. We'll have to see how far my lack of staying power gets me with this project.
lainey

I purchase hessian sacks from a shop in Shrewsbury. They sell coffee and tea related products, the coffee beans arrive in the hessian sacks, they are good value and really sturdy.  
I also use them to put the grandkids pressies in at christmas.
bodger

Thanks for that Lainey. With our youngest moving that way to live, we might be able to drop in.
WhatCameFirst

Making a rag rug is very warming for the knees in the winter.  
lainey

I am hoping to spend some time over the christmas holiday making a new peg loom rug for the fireside.  
Woodburner

Very nice! The granny squares are nice too.

Bodger, that's where peg looms come in handy; no need for sacking.  
bodger

How big an item is a peg loom?
Grandma Bodger

Is it possible to have some pics of a peg loom In war time I made a few rag rugs use to scraps T shirts from the mills in Congleton  lovely bright colours,  
12Bore

Some plans and instructions here Bodger:
http://www.woollywormhead.com/blo...ow-to-make-your-own-peg-loom.html
bodger

Karen has a friend in the local knitting club and I think we're going to go along and have a look at it.
WhatCameFirst

Mine is just over a metre long but makes only small rugs.  (Well, rug, if the truth be known).  I'm going to make a bath mat next, it's just about bath mat size.
kat_lewis

Well after having read the posts about peg looms I smiled sweetly and fluttered my eyelashes at OH    I showed him the link provided by 12bore and guess what appeared next day  
Over the christmas holidays I have made new curtains for our motorhome so used the old curtains to make a 'yarn' to use with the peg loom. I have to say I am impressed with how quickly the rug grew and it was a very rewarding endevour. Thanks for the info about the loom
12Bore

 


Should I post a link for a new Land Rover?
kat_lewis

Yes please a lwb county if you can find one  
12Bore

Something like this?
Best of luck!!  
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...s-cabinet-wifi-mood-lighting.html
kaz

I think I'll stick to a peg loom

The one that we saw demonstrated at the knitting group was only about 45 cm - I was thinking of getting one about 60cm

What yarn/string are you using through the pegs?
WhatCameFirst

kaz wrote:
I think I'll stick to a peg loom

The one that we saw demonstrated at the knitting group was only about 45 cm - I was thinking of getting one about 60cm

What yarn/string are you using through the pegs?


The string I used for the rug at the top of this thread was just ordinary household string.   45cm would be great for smaller projects like scarves.  The loom in the second picture is a metre or so wide. But the rug's the size of a bathmat.
kaz

WhatCameFirst wrote:
 The loom in the second picture is a metre or so wide. But the rug's the size of a bathmat.


Do you think it is to do with the fabric used because the 45cm one that we saw made mats the width of bath mats
kat_lewis

Kaz I made a yarn from curtains....... there is plenty of info on youtube for tshirt yarn to show the basis principal of where to cut. Experiment with cutting with weft or not for the fraying of the material you are using. Apart from that I use waste wool. As with knitting if you pull too tight the tension will pull the woven item in so can decrease the final width. Hubby made me a loom1.5m in width and I find that is great for a variety of items  
colour it green

My OH made  a peg loom too - we made a rug using uncarded wool
kat_lewis

oooh pretty    
WhatCameFirst

kat_lewis wrote:
As with knitting if you pull too tight the tension will pull the woven item in so can decrease the final width.


I expect that's what I did.  It was my first (and only   ) outing with it.  But I will try another one soon because my wool stash is taking over my fabric stash space so I need to reduce it.  
kat_lewis

Lol I have two sheds for my stashes - one for wool and one for fabric, oh and one to just 'do' in so I can leave it out  
WhatCameFirst

kat_lewis wrote:
Lol I have two sheds for my stashes - one for wool and one for fabric, oh and one to just 'do' in so I can leave it out  


You live in stash heaven.  
kat_lewis

Nearly (but don't tell OH) a friend has a knitting shop and THAT is stash heaven as she can order anything she fancies and 'test' knit with it  

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