Weaving 101

image from: greensquiltingandweavingshop.com

Rag rug image from: greensquiltingandweavingshop.com

There are different methods of weaving such as the simple basket made out of wicker or reed both of  which I have had little practice making. However, people throughout time have found ways to manipulate raw materials through weaving to form various textiles, baskets and products to improve the quality of life.

This past week I took the opportunity with the aid of a partner to weave a rag rug on a Sears and Roebuck loom at the local art guild. At first I  was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the loom,  it seemed a difficult contraption to configure/work. Yet after planning, gathering and cutting down our rags. The task of weaving began with the help of a guild member.

Working the loom can definitely be a workout for all four appendages; hands work the shuttle & beater while your legs work the treadles. Luckily the warp had already been setup before we started.

It was fun to see how the rag material came together. Many people use all sorts of materials in these rugs including: sweatshirts, panty-hose and plastic bread sacks. It took us around three hours to weave an 55″x27″ rug. Overall, this was a fun process I can’t wait to weave another!

Image from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/concise-images/72190.htm

Check out this video from a real – weaver! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd43O9qUcWs

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