I'm making a couple-three rag rugs out of blue jeans, and have posted pictures on my blog. I'm sewing the strips together, and winding them on an umbrella swift. From there, I'll load my shuttles. It's a good way to avoid the tangled strips! http://www.villageweaver.com/wordpress/
After i get the loom warped, and start weaving, i'll post more.
I'm almost finished with my "Warping into Spring" Project. So far I have four place-mats and on what is left of warp I am doing a "rag tapestry?" extra mat to use as a center mat to hold serving dishes. It has bumps because of the turns in the rug warp.
Will try again to post pictures later with all the mats.
Hey Mary R,
I like your blog a lot. I also keep getting that reminder that I was going to weave some bags in denim rag! I have a small stash of denim pants waiting to be stripped.
Have a good day!
I have only woven one denim rug in my entire life.......someone gave me a bunch of denim strips all cut an sewn together so all I had to do was figure out what I wanted to weave and get a warp on the loom.....below is a pic.....
The color is all denim.....some was dark, some faded, some almost net, some very purple/black....I just used random strips for this rug and wove until I ran out of a color.......
I regularly weave rag rugs, just not denim. If you want to see more of my rugs, go to my website at www.subudesigns.com and when you get there click on Gallery. Then in the drop down box, choose rugs......
I really like weaving rag rugs, as they are so quick....both to warp and weave, even though the rag prep can be time consuming.
What a beautiful rug! It is rare to see rag rugs woven on anything but tabby. You have created such interesting designs! What kind of loom are you using?
HI Suzy......Thanks....it is a simple two block Single Two-Tie Unit weave (maybe more popularly known as Summer and Winter)....makes a very sturdy rug.
You asked about my loom.....I have a Toika Liisa, 59" wide CM loom to weave rugs. My loom has 16 shafts and 20 treadles, but I don't often use that many when weaving rugs. You can do a heck of a lot with simple weave structures and color and other manipulation techniques when weaving rugs. The loom is heavy and built of very sturdy framing members, so it allows me extra taut tension and the ability to pack the rug extremely firmly. In the rug pictured above, the rag strips were nearly 2" wide (far wider than I usually use when weaving a rag rug, and particularly wide for denim, imho). The loom allowed me to beat them down to 1/4" wide each pick - if I remember correclty. This rug belongs to someone else but I do seem to remember it weaving up at 4 picks per inch. (not counting the tabby pick for Single Two-Tie - a finer thread - a little finer than the warp). This means it was a total of 8 ppi to weave the rug.....it wove up fast....one afternoon. I think it took longer to set up the loom and hem the rug than it did to weave it......
Beautiful! I love the design
I really like your rug - like others state, i think of rag rugs in primarily, plain weave. I think this is the beauty of being a weaver in this age of technology - think of the information, ideas and knowledge we are passing to one another - virtually in nano time! Expanding our horizons... I'm glad you posted your pic!
I went to your website and enjoyed browsing the rug gallery.
What do you use for warp thread on your rag rugs?
Have a good day!
Hi Franco......you asked what I use for warp on my rag rugs......
If I want color in the warp, I will likely use 84 Maysville Carpet warp or the cotton/poly warp. When I want strength and durability, I use 12/6 or 12/9 seine twine. It is practically indestructable. For the Single Two Tie rug in the photo, the warp is 12/6 seine twine. It comes only in a natural color, could be dyed (but would not come out very intensely colored due to the high twist of the yarn), and is stronger than any other warp I could have chosen.
Thanks for visitng my site.....I don't post many rugs as they are not my primary interest in weaving, but I manage to weave a few of them every year.....most end up as gifts......but occasionally I keep one and use it myself!
I have some jeans to rip. How wide do you make your strips? Wondering if you leave the edges showing or try to fold them in and hide them?
My "specialty" in rugs are the denim ones, so I will put in my two cents worth!
I rip my jeans in 1 inch strips. I like the raw edges in my rugs. As I weave I make sure the raw edge does not lay straight in the pass, but twists so that the fuzz comes and goes. It adds some texture and adds another color value to the rug.
I used to cut my strips with a rotary cutter, but wore out too many of the cutters and mats. Plus it took alot more time and muscle.
I am over due in making denim rugs, I am all out of stock so I am collecting and ripping jeans now while I am busy with a run of chenille blanket rugs. Hopefully I will have enough strips ready when it's time to warp blues so I won't have to stop weaving and search for more jeans! The denim rugs are very popular in my area...
Thank you. I have to visit the local spinning/weaving supply (Rumpelstilskins in Sacramento CA) to see if they have that kind of warp in stock.
Have a good day!
The 12/6 seine twine cotton rug warp comes in colors. See them at:
Thanks for that Joanne! I didn't know this wonderful warp yarn came in colors! Now I do.....<G>