I am taking a little break this afternoon from all four looms to snap a few pics and jot this blog down... Today I have been cutting fabric up in strips.. using my Olfa mat and rotary cutter. I fold the flat fabric up into multiple thicknesses and cut the width of strips I need for various rag rugs.
Steve and the kids got me the supersized Olfa mat many years ago..... I remember it well. It was Mother's Day weekend when we happened to be camping, and on Friday and Saturday, he had to re-hide it from place to place in the camper, as I kept "almost" finding it!
I later found out:
First he had it behind the clothes in the closet... but then I was going in to get jackets to sit out around the campfire... oh oh he had to rush in and move it before I went in and saw it!
Then I was going in to make up the beds for the kids, and little did I know, he had hidden it in the compartment under the booth seat, underneath the sleeping bags! So he had to rush to hide it again!
The third move was under the mattress of our bed...safe... but then on Mother's Day morning, while the kids were piling on the bed and giving me breakfast, flowers, cards and hugs, we ALL had to get off the bed so he could slide out my hidden present! Ahhhh what fun and what memories!
Next rug up on the list is featuring recycling at it's finest! This rug is made from factory waste leftovers from making upholstery fabric, and is sold in large bales to weavers. I mix up a blend of various colors that harmonize, and weave up some of the most delightful rugs! The ends will have fringes with coordinating colors, twisted into braids that add to the style of the rug.
It is really, really messy to work with, but it makes wonderful rugs! A mask is needed with working with this stuff as it makes a really linty fibery mess as you load the shuttles and beat the rugs. This rug is being woven on my old Union Loom, that has been converted to a 4 harness loom.