Submitted by ClareQ on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 01:28 Hi all, I've been thinking about a rya project. I raise Icelandic sheep and am wondering if I could use locks in a rya rug. Ive seen the knots used, but was wondering the best way to keep the lock structure intact. Log in or register to post comments Comments Posted on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 16:18 Rya knots I have used a fleece, not Icelandic, with a staple length of about 5-6 inches and just laid a lock around every two warps. These were then held in place with several rows of tightly packed plain weave. I'm using the resultant fabric for a loom bench cushion. Sheds somewhat, but I brush it once in a while. You'll have to test the thickness of lock need to use for the effect you want. I have also done rya rugs with yarn, but those were knotted. If you really want a secure structure as for a rug, I would knot the locks just as you would knot yarns.