Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Traditional, Retro / Vintage
recycled wool clothes
What was your inspiration?
I have always wanted to make a rag rug. I love the look of the rugs with the mix of colors. I have tried to make a braided rug for many years and always seemed to pick the wrong fabric, too slippery or frayed too much. I got a box of wool from an elderly woman's closet. The wool was all about the same weight. However the yellow tweed caused the rug to not lay as flat as the other wool.
What are you most proud of?
I finished it!! I love all the colors and I hope it continues to lay flat. I steamed it to get it to flatten some more and my dog found the rug warm enough to lay on afterwards.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
To read a few books on braiding rugs. Pick the same weight fabric, wool. Take it slow and don't stitch too tight so that it keeps buckling. In fact skip a braid or two when sewing together to help it stay flat. I washed all the wool and dryed in dryer. Using reclaimed wool is a lot of work to take apart clothes. If you can use new or wool that was from the bolt, that would be better. Also, Toby made me a big table to use for my rug. You need a large table to keep it flat while sewing it together. He also made me a stand to hold the fabric while I braid.