Beginner Rug Weaver

Hi everyone!  I am just starting to make rugs!  I have a large Macomber loom.  I am looking for any tips and advice I can possible get on the subject as there are no classes where I live.  I would like to make Rosepath rugs.


Posted on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:14

Karen Isenhower has a rosepath rug in the March 2017 Handwoven magazine, with instructions.


Posted on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:14

You might get more response if you narrowed your field somewhat.  What specifically are you looking for help with?  There are quite a few books out on weaving rugs; that might be a good place to start.  I'm not sure I would start with a weft faced weave on a jack loom.  Macs are nice heavy looms, but the tension may be hard to get.

Posted on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:51

I should correct my eariier post.  I was confusing rosepath with boundweave (a senior moment, for sure).  Rosepath is not a weft-faced weave.  You may want to search  weavo for jack loom rugs for some of the issues seen weaving rugs with a rising shed.

Posted on Mon, 12/25/2017 - 03:50

Merry Christmas all!  I hope you all enjoy your winter break/holiday.

I am sort of tired of weavers commenting that it is difficult to weave a nice tight rug on a jack loom.  I have woven hundreds of rugs in my fourty+ years of weaving, and they all have been on jack looms.  I have sold every one of them save the few I have around my home.  Twill threadings make excellent rugs (including Rosepath); Mary Atwater included a Rosepath threading in her rug monograph, published more than 50 years ago.  You have to use the correct warp and spacing (epi), and a good sturdy loom to weave a good rug.  Currently, my rug loom is a J-Made 60 inch 8 harness beauty.  I use 8/5 or 8/6 linen for warp, and more and more often, my handspun yarn for weft.  Also, boundweave is not a threading, it is a method of weaving a weft-faced heavy fabric that completely covers the warp but is firm enough to withstand foot traffic without having the weft move around at all.