Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clasped weft.

I know you can't wait to learn this. Just kidding.
But this is for a few interested parties who have asked me how I do these rugs.
First, you have to say 'clasped weft' several times really fast.

OK, seriously. This is an easy way to weave really colorful rag rugs. The only thing is that you have to cut your strips of fabric half the width that you would normally cut them. Since you are going in the same shed twice, the end result will be the same.
I love this method. It is a great way to use up bits of fabric, and end up with a rug that looks like a patchwork quilt, well, kind of.

You might want to turn off my music.

And the end result is like this.

From Crazy as a Loom

And that's pretty much it for today.
Sweet dreams are calling me.

Just a little warped,


Anonymous said...

Please take that dumb Obama mug down...

Btw... I really love that rug second to the last. So pretty. I think it would look really good in my bathroom. What? I'm just sayin'.


LA said...

Thank you so much for doing the video! I've read about that technique before, but watching you do it makes it so much better! I can't wait to try that.

Hilary said...

Thanks, Morg...and no! I am not going to take my Obama cup down.
Didn't anyone ever tell you that mother knows best......?????

Anonymous said...

And I've been mulling over how I was gonna figure out how to get that pattern... Now I know! Gonna try it sometime - thanks!

Unspoken said...

Interesting to learn about.

T said...

Cool and that rug has the perfect place waiting for it in my front hall. just sayin....

Delighted Hands said...

Thank you for the video; I feel like I have learned one of the secrets of the universe!

weaverpat said...

Hi Hilary,
Nice video! And the rug is lovely! Please, keep the lessons coming. I certainly appreciate it for future use if I ever make a rug.

Gail said...

I love this rug, good job.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you ARE warped. But in a good way thank goodness!

(Love the look of these rugs!)

'Zann said...

Just catching up on your blog - first, hope you are getting better & better every day! I love clasped weft, I was introduced to it through the Saori-style weaving I'm playing with. Your rugs are wow!
I know exactly what you mean about never being bored. I'm not either!
And I hope you're enjoying your iTouch. My son convinced me to get that when I decided I had to get technologically upgraded (I was actually hanging on to cassette technology!)
In any case, my discovery of reading books with the iTouch is what makes me love it. There's lots of almost-free classics as apps and there's Kindle for iTouch, which allows you to buy and read Kindle books. There was an adjustment, for awhile I was always aware of the technology as I read, but that has shifted.
It blows my mind that with this little gadget, I can walk around with more than 200 books in my purse, play a game alone or w/granddaughter And if around wifi check my email, google something, check out your blog! Oh, yeah, and listen to my favorite music or audio book...
sorry to go on for so long! 'Zann

Sharon said...

Thanks so much Hilary. Your illustration is very clear and pretty much what I thought you had described to me. I am frustrated that neither Blogger or Bloglines notified me that you had updated. Technology!

tea4too0 said...

Hi, I am new here, and I am enjoying your site very much. I got to go with my grandmother to the weaver. Granny had a large box of fabric balls all ready to go. I wish I could remember the lady's name. I was fasinated with her work. She made rugs that lasted a very long time. I would really like to learn to weave one day, thank you for allowing me to visit your site.

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