Friday, December 11, 2009

Rugs on the Brain

So I may have mentioned this before, but I have a thing for rugs. When I was looking to buy a rug for my current apartment, I must have looked at at least 2 or 3 hundred rugs before I decided on my current rug. While I love it, it's a bit constraining as to the color choices in my room, as I bought it to go with my caramel colored chesterfield loveseat.


Lately I've been thinking of making my own rug. A little crazy, but I've put some thought into it. My first thought was that I would weave my own rug. I found a technique that does not require a humongous loom, rather just a frame-type loom, called Soumak. Boyfriend talked me out of building a 6' x 9' frame on which to weave this rug though, which is probably wise. I did make a mini soumak frame though, and have experimented a bit. Once I finish up some of my myriad projects, I think I will work on this.

Next I thought of just crocheting a rug out of really heavy thick wool yarn and possibly felting it. I thought about how much that type of wool costs though, and thought I would be much better off buying a ready-made rug. I had given up on the making of my own rug, at least until I have room for a loom.

That is, until a couple of days ago. Apartment Therapy had a post on a crocheted doily rug that was made using cotton rope. This is preferrable to the yarn for cost reasons, as well as it is really thick, and therefore is a lot speedier to crochet. I wouldn't make a doily rug, but I may be making a solid area rug in the near future.

(Doily rug photos courtesy of Apartment Therapy)


Bromeliad said...

Wow. that's crazy but cool. My worst DIY project ever was the time I tried to make a rag rug. Although I haven't entirely given up yet.

Alexis L. of One Grand Home said...

Making a rug is hardcore. The most I even contemplated was making a painted floorcloth. Best of luck to you. I would love to see you succeed.

The Accessory Lady said...

That's amazing. I've never seen such a large crochet stitch and without a hook!

McLaura said...

Thanks for the comments! I'm planning on making a trip to Home Depot or the like next week to see if I can buy a massive roll of rope. Stay tuned in January for an update!

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