Monday, 4 November 2013

Another rag rug...

Although I am still working on a rug for beside the bed, I thought I would do an experimental one. For both these rugs I am using fleece. I find the stretchy side of the fleece and cut it into 1" to 1.5" inches strips (depending on their thickness). When done, they are stretched (makes each strip 2 times or so longer), and joined together.

Inside the inner front door (from the conservatory to the inner hall), lies a little brown mat. Nothing wrong with it but since decorating, it doesn't gel colour wise and can be used elsewhere.

For this experiment, I decided to see if garden mesh would work and give me a rug that can be thrown into the washing machine.  I usually use rug canvas which has become very expensive and cannot safely be washed as it occasionally falls apart.

Here is the garden mesh having just been cut into shape:
One square is then turned over and over-stitched into place. This was more difficult than rug canvas as it was very floppy and the fleece kept catching on the pointed bits!

Then onwards, normal locker hooking done. It has a slight tendency to curl on one side as they were oblongs and not squares to work with. If I had thought about it a little more, I should have missed out one row to sort out the tension. Hey ho, live and learn.

Here are a few more pictures as it progresses:

I have just done another single row of purple (really wanted shell pink but couldn't find it) plus am also now doing 3 rows of green.

7 comments:

  1. Ingenious! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

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  2. Pretty! Can't wait to hear how the mesh does.

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  3. Lynne and Shara - so am I - it has a slight ripple in the mesh that hasn't yet been filled but I am hopeful it will be okay.

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  4. It's looking good up to now :-)

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  5. This looks good - impressed by your ingenuity with the mesh!!

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  6. Sue and Angela - Thank you and at the end of the day, you just have to try don't you?

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  7. Such a great idea DC and can't wait to see the finished result.
    Patricia x

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