So I made a thing. It's been a while since my last post, it seems like a lot has happened and also not very much! My textiles work had taken a bit of a backseat in the past 18 months whilst my husband and I worked hard to get a home of our very own. We moved in last year and I now have 2 dedicated loom rooms and space for all of my yarn! I am starting to get back into the rhythm of weaving and loving having the space and freedom to work.
Before I’d even moved into my new home I knew I wanted to weave a rug for the space. I decided on a hall runner as there is a long hall in the house and the width I wanted it would fit perfectly on my floor loom. I’ll admit it took me longer than I planned to get started with it, all of the moving and settling in took a while. I also have to admit there was also a bit of anxiety associated with starting such a big project, that I already had so much invested in emotionally. I really didn’t want to stuff this up!
I’ve never woven a rug before, I usually lean more towards super fine, lightweight yarns. I actually started my testing with finer rug yarns, but as you will see I quickly embraced the chunky fibres! It was also a bit fun to warp up with a nice wide sett and not have to thread 1000’s of fine warp yarns through the heddles!
I didn’t really have a plan to be perfectly honest, i just picked natural yarns that I liked and had a play on my test warp. Initially I thought I’d keep it simple, plain weave with some colour blocking, but it wasn’t long before I was messing about with point twill patterns, my favorite style of weave.
I know its good to venture outside your comfort zone at times, and I did with these samples! That said, my final design was very much in keeping with my signature style, which makes sense as I was designing a weave for my own home.
So my final specs were:
8/3 Linen rug warp (natural, undyed)
37 inches wide (92.5 cm)
6.5 m warp (allow for 5 m weaving length)
My weft yarns were from String Harvest, some beautiful vintage rug wool alternating with the textural black fair trade jute. I wove the pattern with the jute and a plain weave background with the vintage wool to provide structural integrity and soften the heaviness and darkness of the jute.
I’m not going to lie, I am really happy with the result, but I also greatly enjoyed the process. SO much so that I am keen to dive right back into some rug weaving. I am looking around my house for any spaces that could use a rug! I am also considering making a small collection of rugs available for purchase if there is any interest. Let me know what you think!