Sunday, July 08, 2012

Rag Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom


No embroidery this week, I had a craving to start something I could actually finish, something that wouldn't turn into my life's work.  I warped my rigid heddle loom with kitchen cotton (worsted weight 100% cotton yarn) using the 7.5 epi heddle.  If I had a 5 epi I would have used that. 


I have plenty of strips to work with, including this is a ball I strung together with knots some time ago.  For the next rag project, I'll eliminate the knots by overlapping my strips with a bit of glue stick.  This and other tips on weaving with rags are outlined in Jane Patrick's project page "Recessionista Rag Mats," included in this pdf newsletter from the Schacht company.


Bunny thought she was helping.


This is what I got at the end of the afternoon: a runner for my kitchen table. The nitty gritty: finished size 14.5 x 38"  I used both 3/4 inch folded strips and irregularly cut strips under 1" and beat them with a wide toothed comb.  Warp: about 130 yards, 62 warp ends on 7.5 epi heddle.  Warp length: 74".
 

So the cats don't try to claim it as their own personal magic carpet, the violets are anchoring it down.

8 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

I recognize a few of those strips in the 1st picture! Yep, looks like a great project for selvages and thin strips. Holler if you need more-like when you start your living room rug!!

beth said...

Ooh! I love this!

Suztats said...

Very nice! I've always wanted to learn weaving......I've done off-loom, but it's not the same.......

ladyhawthorne said...

That's gorgeous. I love rag rugs.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I won't pretend to understand a lot of those terms you are using, but I think the resulting table runner is beautiful. You cat and those flowers are beautiful also. Your weaving looks like it would be fun to do.

Magpie Sue said...

I'm catching up... Bunny is beautiful! Your table runner looks lovely with the violets, and what a great way to use up strips! I bet weaving is something one could do in front of the TV when the brain is not up to much else!

beebee said...

what a great project......I have always wanted to try using a loom. What would you suggest for a beginner beginner beginner like me. do you know where I can find a simple loom to use. I will have to teach myself so I need an easy one to use.
thanks
beebee
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Gwen said...

I love the table runner. I'm a beginner rigid heddle weaver and I just completed a rug using yarn made from old T-shirts...I'm ready to try strips of fabric next. Looks great!!