Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shams And Rags

By Leigh

I finished my quilted pillow shams!

Machine quilted pillow shams from bedsheetsThey aren't perfect, but I think they look well enough with the comforter.

I've also been cutting rag strips for the matching rag rug.

Matching rag rug rags strips also from bedsheets.If you recall, this is going to be a summer & winter polychrome rag rug. This means that I will use a S & W threading, but will throw two different colored pattern shots between tabby shots. The whole thing is straightforward enough that I don't need to make a full drawdown for it. The threading will be a 2-block (4-shaft) summer and winter.

Polychrome threading draftMy sett will be 16 epi, and I want the squares to be the same size as those in the shams, 4 inches. That means each square will have 64 ends. With a threading unit of 4 ends, each block will be 16 units. I haven't calculated the width yet, probably four feet, for which I would need about 12 blocks and 768 ends. Length needs to be about 6 feet, which will probably require miles of rags!

Treadling will alternate two colors per block, following the same sequence as my pillow shams:

Pattern shot - blue
Pattern shot - green
Tabby a
Pattern shot - blue
Pattern shot - green
Tabby b
Repeat for four inches

Pattern shot - green
Pattern shot - brown
Tabby a
Pattern shot - green
Pattern shot - brown
Tabby b
Repeat for four inches

Pattern shot - brown
Pattern shot - blue
Tabby a
Pattern shot - brown
Pattern shot - blue
Tabby b
Repeat for four inches

Repeat

Rag cutting is rather slow going, I admit, but I can't get to my loom anyway, until we get the dining room floor down (which is next on the indoor project list). I started out measuring the width of the rags, but quickly abandoned that in preference to the eyeball method. It's faster and it will be close enough!

To be continued ........ one of these days.

Posted 12 November 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

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Summer & Winter: Polychrome Rug 1
Summer & Winter: Polychrome Rug 2

8 comments:

  1. The shams look great!!! I keep meaning to make some for our bedroom too - but I'm glad I waited because I love the idea of a coordinating rag rug! Very cool!

    Installing a dining room floor....that does sound like a pretty big obstacle. Hopefully it will go smoothly. You guys are amazing!

    Sue

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  2. Great shams! They work perfectly with your bedding and that will be some nice rug to match. What will you be using as warp?
    It sounds like you and your loom will have quite the reunion once you can cross that new pretty dining room floor!
    Glad you guys are okay after Ida BTW, meant to leave a comment and then, got spirited away on something or other. Good thing about taking those trees down!

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  3. Your weaving is going to be fun to watch. I'm looking forward to it.

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  4. I'll be watching this project. I've been thinking about a rag rug myself but am not sure where to start. I don't even know how much fabric to buy.

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  5. Wow! Your house sounds like mine. I'd love to be able to get to my looms!

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  6. Very cool shams and matching rag rug. I love the colors they work so well together.

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  7. Hi - if you have a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what's going on with my first rag rug...

    I'm using old sheets from the resale store and there's a lot of lookse threads at the edges where I've torn the rags. Do you think that these will still work? Or is this a sign that there's a lot of polyester, or that these might not be the best to use?

    And what's your take on needing a temple, which I don't own?

    Oh, guess that is it...hope that you are enjoying the holiday season!

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  8. Janet, I have to fess up and tell you that this will be my first rag rug.

    I can tell you though that if the possibility of polyester bothers you, take a small strip of the fabric and burn it. Polyester doesn't burn, but melts, so I would think there would be something hard or beadlike if it contained polyester or acrylic.

    Still, getting sheets from a thrift store is an excellent idea! I would do it and use them for rag rugs.

    I do own a temple, two of them in fact, but I've never used them. I've been weaving for about 10 years, so obviously they aren't needed, but they do help folks with their selvedges. I think it would be a useful tool to own, so maybe someday I'll see if I can't figure mine out.

    Do let me know how your rug turns out!

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