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Traditional Braided Wool Rug

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Category Other
Style Retro / Vintage, Casual, Eco-Friendly, Traditional
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What materials did you use? 100% repurposed wool from garments and blankets.

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What are you most proud of? I am so happy to be able to continue an age old hand craft that results in a very useful and eco-friendly home decor item. I have saved all of the labels from all of the garments used, and will arrange them neatly on a matt and have them framed. They will be a part of the history and charm of the rug. I only used 100% wool fabrics. The three strand braid is 1"wide. The rug thickness is a @5/8" thick. As my grandmother would say, "You can never wear out a wool braided rug. They 'ugly out' before they 'wear out'." God bless my grandmother for teaching me so many wonderful craft disciplines.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Get as many garments as possible. There will be quite a bit of waste, but the end result is so rewarding. I got my garments at the thrift stores for a quarter a piece. So far I have around $2.50 invested in wool. I want to make it much larger, so will have to go on another 'thrift store run' soon. A wonderful project . In years past our grandmothers braided rugs as far as they could go with the wool they had, tucked the ends under and used the rug on the floor until they got more wool, and then kept adding until it was completed. My grandmother had one that she worked on for 4 years. So it is a good project to pick up and put down and be able to use all the time. One last thing, because a braided rug is 'laced togeether' and NOT SEWN together, the rug is reversible. This attribute makes the rug a very desireable addition to the hom. Lacing is also makes assembly very fast and extremly strong. Basically the only tools you need is 2" rug strips, thread to sew the strips in one long strip of wool for each braid leg, large safety pins, a lacing tool (which can be made from a popsicle stick), and lacing cord (linen is best, but I also use hemp), and I also like to use beeswax to draw my lacing cord through to make it more waterproof, and to give strength to the cord.

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I have had trouble with a bulge when lacing rows together. I suppose I pull the lace too tightly. How do you decide where to 'skip' a loop to keep it flat? It seems flat as I lace, but bulges as it is used.

01/05/2014 Flag

Send me an e-mail at dottyeb@live.com and I will try to send a photo of some pages in one of my books that might help you. Otherwise, this may be of help: http://colonialsense.com/How-To_Guides/Crafts/Braided_Rugs/Making_a_Braided_Rug.php

01/10/2014 Flag

A braided rug is laced together by going through the braid of one row and attaching the braid of the loose braid. To lace an oval rug, begin at the double turn end of the center braid. Lace through two loops and knot securely. Lace on the wrong side of the rug, making sure that the open edges of the braid face inward. Do not pierce the material; rather, lace through the loops. Lace every loop for a strong rug. In order to allow the rug to lie flat and not pucker pucker v. puckered, puckering, puckers v.tr. To gather into small wrinkles or folds: puckered my lips; puckered the curtains. v.intr. , it is necessary,v to increase on the curved ends only. To increase, you lace through two loops on the braid to one loop on the rug. As a general rule, six increases are needed on each round as you lace. It is best not to increase at the same spot on the curve-stagger the increases. You may wish to use safety pins to mark your increases.

01/10/2014 Flag

I don't know how to end my rug. What's the best method to use?

03/23/2014 Flag

This is fabulous! I wish there was a video course on this skill!

04/13/2014 Flag

Here is a site that has videos/DVDs on braiding rugs. Marge makes beautiful rugs, all from NEW wool. Her techniques are impeccable. There is a sample video to preview. http://margesbraidedrugs.com/video1.htm

04/18/2014 Flag

Here is a site that has videos/DVDs on braiding rugs. Marge makes beautiful rugs, all from NEW wool. Her techniques are impeccable. There is a 'sample' video to preview. http://margesbraidedrugs.com/video1.htm

04/18/2014 Flag