Saturday, March 26, 2016
First one is an older fabric that was cut on the bias for another purpose (spinning fabric). The second one is the fruit loops fabric with a rust colored rug warp.
I've cut some starry/spacey black fabric. Still looking for the right warp. I have a pale blue that looks gray in the right light. I may try that next.
Monday, March 21, 2016
assorted mug rugs
Wrap a 6" square sturdy canvas art board with cotton rug warp or other weaving yarn. 32 wraps starting half an inch in from one side and finishing half an inch from the other side. Tape the ends. Make marks on the board on all sides for convenience.
front of the board
back of the board.
Slide a wooden skewer under the warp on the side you are going to weave first. Use a tapestry needle to lift the warps so you can easily slide it under.
make a wide curve
this is bubbling to insure an even beat
After the first 4 tabby passes, alternate tabby with the fabric passes. Fabric strips should be about 1" wide, give or take. Do not bubble the fabric passes or there will be too much material bunched up.
start of first fabric pass
Note: I turn the board this way and that as I work on it, whatever is comfortable. The mug rug builds from one end toward the other.
first pass of the fabric weft
You can fold the fabric in half as it goes in so the right side appears on the front and back of the mug rug. Or you can let it bunch up or twist, as you like. I do all of that for variety.
tuck the tag end of the fabric into the first pass
pinch or hold down the start of the weft passes
Beat carefully until you can put a hem stitch in place.
hem stitch every four warp threads
finish each bundle of threads with a slip knot
Beat the weft harder now. You can move threads up with the tip of the tapestry needle. Don't get carried away. You'll find your happy beat with practice.
leave a tail
overlap new fabric weft over old one
Do the same thing with the tabby weft.
overlay tabby and bubble as usual
Weavy-weave. Ignore tail ends. They can be tucked in when you are done.
tuck in the end of the fabric on the last pass
weave four more shots of tabby
first mug rug done
Now flip the board over to weave the second mug rug.
slip the skewer under the warp threads
When you finish, use an exacto to slice the mug rugs apart at the top.
slice along the top of the board
Then cut the loops apart at the bottom.
cut the loops
You now have two mug rugs.
Wet the mug rugs in the sink and press them dry. Do not wring or they'll get misshapen. Leave them to dry on a towel.
Tuck any stray threads.
Friday, March 18, 2016
I was looking for Southwest colors, but this looks more like carnival. Still quite festive. I got a couple more colorways to play with.
Need to get extra tapestry needles.
Working on a couple more colorways for the warp.
Lavender warp and yellow warp
Yellow warp w, white tabby