Monday, July 11, 2016

F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D! Yes, It Is!

It's done! Weighs a ton, feels like a luxurious, unbelievable lush, thick, velvety, shag-pile, roll-around-on-it marvelous thing. Quite happy with it actually!

The rug is 74 x 140cm and is made using mostly silks, rayons and otherwise exotic fabrics. I've used cloth from my vast stash or op-shops, plus a tiny bit I bought new because it was the right colour and it's my money! 
The strips were cut slightly off-grain, to avoid fraying as I've not used any stretchy materials. 

I cut them between 2 and 4-5cm wide, depending on how thick the cloth was, then about 5cm long (by winding the strips around two sandwiched 2.5 wide cardboard strips and slipping the scissors in between to cut one edge, like you would a pom pom).
 I joined the '10 minute a day' group over on Rug Hooking Daily, which was effective because I made sure I did at lest 10 minutes, rain or shine, and that (of course) translated into 20 minutes or 3 hours! Plus it kept my interest.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process once I stopped cramming my progs so close as to be difficult and slow! I'd wondered if it'd be the only one I ever made! But now I can't wait to start another.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Fleur-de-lis Rug

The back of proggy's is always clearer huh.

Fluffy softness for my feet.

My proggy rug is nearly done (even more so, as I write this). My sciatica will hopefully move on when it is, as I spend way too much (potential cleaning) time at it after dinner in the evening and the sciatic nerve is making me pay. Pretty-well every night, I get sucked into it. It's killing me. 
My hubby is going to make me a standing-up pair of trestle legs, so I can either prop on a stool or stand up to work. 

A couple of nights ago I sacrificed my over-pj's-wear kimono because it's exactly the right colour for some background. It was wearing out in any case, so...gone. I did like wearing it though... hmmm.

I've discovered audio books. This rug has seen me through the entire 8 Outlander books and now I'm onto 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. Wow! What a book that is. Amazing account and so human.

The audio's are good for making vacuuming a 'nothing' rather than a bore too. Excellent!