The studio is located outside the beautiful town of Charlevoix, Michigan, about one mile from Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tips For Rag Rug Hems
I was curious how my rugs turned out, so last night I cut them off the loom after using Kati Meek's method of securing the warp for the next rugs.
I showed the start of these quite a while ago. The first one is a little nondescript unless you get up close. Then it looks kind of interesting, because the fabric I used had quite a bit of color in it. From a distance, though, it just looks boring tan.
This rug was woven with five fabrics, with strips approximately 13-14" long and 3" wide. I seamed them together in a set order, although I think I reversed it a couple times. My loom was warped at 12 epi, in a 12 dent reed. That allows me to weave a hem on harnesses 1-3 vs 2-4. I weave the rags with harnesses 1-2 vs 3-4, which gives me doubled warp at 6 epi. I had a friend teach me this technique, and I think it makes a good sturdy rug, with hems that don't pull in too much.
Oh, and another technique I use with the hems is to arch the weft, instead of just angling it. I play around with the amount of arch until I get it where it isn't pulling in. If I owned a temple, I probably wouldn't have to worry about it so much. I made the mistake of weaving one hem on this rug the way like I wove the rags with the doubled warp. The doubled warp hem pulled in a bit.