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Posted in Space with tags , , , , on June 23, 2016 by Aaron

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Bruised Finger Tips

Posted in Crafts with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2016 by Aaron

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For at least 15 years I have been wanting to make a braided rag rug. I never did when I looked into it and found out how much sewing was involved. I am not the biggest fan of sewing.

I’ve avoided sewing so much in my life that I would use safety pins to fix the holes in my clothes and to attach patches to my jackets and bags. Luckily that was stylish for a kid into punk rock.

They taught us how to sew in middle school in home economics class. That was a fun class, we learned about cooking, baking, sewing, washing clothing, etc. I tried washing my clothing at home and shrunk a lot of my clothes. We made stuffed animals and a pillow. We made apple crisp and got to eat it. If I fell in the stream on my walk to school (don’t ask) they would let me dry my clothes in the drier.

In college I took a class called Intro to Design in Fibers. I had no idea what it would be, but it turned out to be weaving and felting. I loved it. The next semester I took Advanced Design in Fibers and I was the only one in the class. This was good because I was able to adjust the schedule and make whatever I wanted. I ended up making two large rugs on a floor loom, one was woven with yarn and had an intricate, flowerish design on the front (but not on the back … tricky). The other was a rag rug. I cut up old clothes that I bought at a goodwill store and used that as the weft (strings [or cloth in this case] that go side to side on the rug. The warp are the vertical strings). You are supposed to sew the ends together so they won’t fall out but I didn’t. I didn’t want to sew and figured that they would stay together from the tension on their own. So far so good. One really cool thing about this rag rug is that it had two simultaneous warps (it is called log cabin style). That is why you see alternating vertical colors in the picture. Looking at the middle section you see blue and yellow. On the other side of the rug it will be yellow and blue, the opposite color from this side. That means I had twice as many strings to set up through the loom. It was worth it though as I think it is a beautiful rug.

Photo on 6-2-16 at 7.16 AM

Now I finally started making a braided rag rug and it takes a long time. Way longer than weaving on a loom. If you don’t sew the ends together with this one it will definitely fall apart. Then you also have to sew the sides together. The bigger it gets, the more I like how it looks though. My finger tips are all bruised up though from pushing the needle through over and over again. I bet a sewing machine would be handy here….

So little have I sewn in my life that for the first time I finished a spindle of thread. You can see my achievement pictured at the top!