Saturday, April 12, 2008

Towel Rug

As much as I love working with yarn and fiber and fabric, I love using odd materials to make things. I spot items when I'm out somewhere or just suddenly have an idea and the next thing you know I'm gathering spoons at a flea market to make windchimes or buying an armful of $2.00 towels at Superstore to make a rug.

Towel Rug

I had this idea in my head for a few days so last night I picked up some cheap bath towels at Superstore, cut them into 2 inch strips and voila*.

*voila includes: warping the loom, weaving, having the stick I warped on break when I was on my last weft strip, trying to salvage the warp, using duct tape to hold the warp to the cross bar of the loom and finishing the ends.

Towel Rug

I originally intended to put this in my bathroom, but it turned out bout 4 inches too long. I still haven't gotten the hang of measuring the length of the piece as I'm going. It's about 36 inches long and 20 inches wide (27 inches wide if you include the "fringe").

Towel Rug

Before I started I thought I was going to have to twist each strip in order to get the effect you see above. Turns out that it did this all on its own when I beat the weft strips into place. Other than the length it turned out exactly how I had envisioned.

Yay!

9 comments:

  1. Wow! What a neat idea - I really like it!

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  2. Ack! That looks like the bestest, fluffiest rug evah. I'm going to totally steal this idea because I need to make some rugs for my bathroom. :) I'm so glad you made your loom because you're making me all weaving-inspired.

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  3. wow! the rug turned out awesome and so did the baby blanket below!

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  4. I took a break from blog-reading and come back to see weaving!! It looks so cool! And I love seeing all the sock-yarn squares laid out. I think I like them on the diagonal best but they look nice either way.

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  5. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm really enjoying watching your weaving progress!

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  6. I love love love it. How long did it take to make? I think there would be a market for those.

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  7. Oh my goodness that is fantastic!

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  8. Hi. I found your blog by following links. Your word is lovely, but I really like this towel rug. Very clever

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  9. Whoa there, Nelly!

    That is so awesome! I love that you used a soft/solid warp there. Leaving the edges out makes a sweet selvedge.

    Some people say you can't weave rags on a rigid heddle. I don't think those people ever considered towels!

    You are a beacon. Keep lighting the way for us!

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