I must say on this project, I thought several times that it could be the stupidest thing I have tried to make. I plugged along though and in the end I think I like it. The RUG. I am able to cross it off the list of things to get done before baby arrives in about 2 weeks.
It all started with a little book from Country Threads that I had on my shelf called Rugs From Rags. I built this wooden frame all by myself…yes, I am proud…and warped it with an old sheet. I wanted to make it a wool rug so that it would be extra cozy on the feet. I also wanted to use what I already had on hand so I attempted to dye my wool stash. The colors were supposed to be red, teal, and gray. Well, the orange wool I tried TWICE to dye red is still orange, but I now have a red dryer. Lovely.
Here I am at the start of the weaving process. I think this is where I am thinking that this might be a really stupid project. Plus, I am sweaty and largely pregnant so I don’t think that helped.
Finally, after a few nights of hot weaving I finished! I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough wool and I ended up being just short. I ran downstairs and found a white tweed wool sweater to get me by. I think the wool sweater might be one of my favorite things about the rug.
I had a horrid time trying to get the rug off the frame. I pulled and heaved as much as I thought a pregnant girl should, and then I decided that I would have to call in the man-power the next day. It didn’t take him too long to get it. What a sport!
So, the rug is complete and “relaxing” in the babies room. I walk on the edges every time I go in there to try and help it lay flat. It will…eventually.
There will be more rugs in my future, but for now I am good with this one. And wool rug making may be a winter project for non-pregnant people. Just a thought.