Braided Rug

 

basket of strips

basket of strips

A friend gave the Hittys a bag of nice silk and cotton fabric strips, hand dyed with cochineal, logwood  and madder…

 

 

slice at each end

slice at each end

Coincidently we were just thinking of making a braided rug.  Since the strips were quite short, we looped them together into long strips of like colours.  For the purposes of showing how we make the loops, though, I’ve used two different colours.  First cut a little hole in each end…

Thread one through the next

Thread one through the next

Then thread a second strip through the hole in the first one.

Thread it's own tail through

Thread it’s own tail through

…and loop the tail of the second strip through its own end….

ease the knot tight

ease the knot tight

…and ease the knot closed.

Spools and elastics

Spools and elastics

I’ve wound the strips around wooden spools, and held them in place with an elastic.

Offset knots

Offset knots

and offset the knots so that giant lumps don’t form in the braiding.

weigh the ends

weigh the ends

The end is weighted down (you don’t HAVE to use a section of railroad track), and the strands are braided up till you reach the end.

stitch the braid

stitch the braid

Then you stitch the braid together in a coil…

Keep stitching

Keep stitching

…and keep stitching…

Cats approve

Cats approve

Until it is done.

It is so easy, you probably didn’t really need any instructions, but we thought we’d show you what we’ve been doing  in our spare time  this week!

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14 thoughts on “Braided Rug

  1. Ah, dear Mary Ann…what a lovely tutorial you’ve helped present here…the colors are so soothing. Thank you once again for your spectacular instructional for a nice quiet Hitty project.

  2. oh no…the Country Hittys are now clamoring for their own braided rug. That is a new to me joining method..thank you . Your rug is quite delightful…and of course it is now Cat Approved!

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