Handwoven Rug

I’ve been quite infatuated with [Peter Collingwood](http://www.fiberartgallery.com/pages2003/mayjune.html) for a while now. Maybe it’s that he left medicine to be a weaver. Maybe it’s that he wrote [the bible on rug weaving](http://www.petercollingwood.co.uk/trw2.htm). No idea. Or maybe it’s just that fiercely beating a weft into submission is pretty darn enjoyable.

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Recycled denim rag rug

This rag rug was woven on the 45″ Leclerc countermarche loom at Place des Arts. The warp is 132 ends of plain ol’ white cotton butcher string and the weft is old jeans ripped or cut into 1/2″ strips. Sometimes, I cut the jeans with sewing scissors… other times, I got tired and started ripping the cloth… and other times, I used a fancy Olfa rotary cutter. There were a couple different colours of denim and they all blended together and created a bit of a mottled result. I wove for about one yard and cut the rug off the loom, finishing the ends on a sewing machine.

It’s such a good feeling. Save your denim. Recycle something. Get a workout. All at the same time!

I think it took only about three short sessions of weaving at Place des Arts to weave this up. At times, I think the loud banging from the loom as each shot was whacked into place frightened the other students in the class. I heard someone whisper, *”Felicia Lo. She can beat the snot out of you.”*

  • Sarah

    That brings back memories! My grandmother and uncle had a home-based business weaving and selling these kind of rugs. They used cotton string to warp and all of their materials (wefts) were repurposed – jeans, wool pants, t-shirts, even plastic bags (which made a great doormat!). My sister and I spent many a day at grandma’s cutting or ripping clothes into strips, or sewing the strips end-to-end to get a nice long ball… Sometimes we even got to weave a little, too!
    Yours looks nice, and very familiar :)

  • Sarah

    That brings back memories! My grandmother and uncle had a home-based business weaving and selling these kind of rugs. They used cotton string to warp and all of their materials (wefts) were repurposed – jeans, wool pants, t-shirts, even plastic bags (which made a great doormat!). My sister and I spent many a day at grandma’s cutting or ripping clothes into strips, or sewing the strips end-to-end to get a nice long ball… Sometimes we even got to weave a little, too!
    Yours looks nice, and very familiar :)

  • http://knitability.blogspot.com/ Mrs MJW

    Wow. What beautiful weaving!!! The colors are fabulous.

  • http://knitability.blogspot.com/ Mrs MJW

    Wow. What beautiful weaving!!! The colors are fabulous.

  • http://talkingaboutweaving.blogspot.com/ Peg in South Carolina

    Peter Collingwood has been my hero since I first started weaving. I, too, was entranced by his medicine to rug weaving story. And I started out weaving some small rugs. I don’t weave rugs anymore, but anything Peter says I find to be pure gold.

  • http://talkingaboutweaving.blogspot.com/ Peg in South Carolina

    Peter Collingwood has been my hero since I first started weaving. I, too, was entranced by his medicine to rug weaving story. And I started out weaving some small rugs. I don’t weave rugs anymore, but anything Peter says I find to be pure gold.

  • http://thymeformom.blogspot.com/ Lavender

    I saw your rug in progress at PdA. I love the idea of reusing old material to make new things. Beautiful work!

  • http://thymeformom.blogspot.com/ Lavender

    I saw your rug in progress at PdA. I love the idea of reusing old material to make new things. Beautiful work!

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