Ordinary has never appealed to me. I remember some outfits I wore as a girl that were far from ordinary. For example, I had a corduroy cape with a Peter Pan collar, that had slits for the arms. I wore a corduroy brimmed cap to match, with a striped feather on the brim. Did I know any other ten-year-old girl wearing such a thing? No, not really. But I thought the outfit looked “cool” and stylish.
When I make a rag rug, I am not aiming for ordinary. I like the idea of making a rug that no one has imagined before.
May your ideas be far from ordinary.
12 thoughts on “Quiet Friday: Double-Binding Rag Rugs”
Very lovely rugs, Karen! I like the white background ones, myself. (from this distance.)
Fran, Thank you for letting me know what you think!
I’m glad to hear you like the white background ones since that is something new that I am trying. I’m eager to see what it looks like when it’s off the loom.
Wonderful work. May I ask if there is a pattern in one of the rug books etc? Like yur weavings very much.
I’m very glad you like what you see here! I start with ideas from books, and then I adapt them to suit the designs that I have in mind.
Here are some of the books I use as resources, that include double-binding (or double-faced) rugs:
The Big Book of Weaving, by Laila Lundell, p.96, “Checked Fabric.” This is not a rug, but I have used this draft to weave rag rugs, using a sett of 8 epi.
Swedish Rag Rugs 35 New Designs, from VävMagasinet, p.36 and following.
Happy Weaving, from VävMagasinet, p.64-67.
Rag Rug Handbook, by Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff, p.73-75
I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.
Beautiful rugs! I especially like that top one, what a great and unusual pattern. I haven’t done any rugs — I’m inspired to try now!
I hope you do try weaving rugs. It’s great fun! And thanks so much for the sweet compliment.
Lovely rugs Karen. Wish you lived closer. I’d love to take a workshop with you. You are truly gifted in your work.
Cheryl, what a nice thing for you to say! I’m honored that you think highly of my work. I’m just here having fun.
Let me know any time you are near Houston and I’ll have you come over and we can visit about weaving!
All the best,
I’m a beginner rug weaver! Is there a name for this type of weaving the color changes? Looks like 2 sided something. Do you have a good book or link for me to learn this?
I’m teaching myself Norwegian Rolakan. Wondering at first if you were using this, but no, I see you weren’t.
Welcome to the joy of rug weaving! This weave structure is called “Double Binding,” or “Dubbelbindning” in Swedish. A few comments above this one I mentioned a few resources I have used for learning to weave rugs like this. Any of those could help you get started.
Great questions! Let me know if you have any more questions along the way.
Do you ever weave rugs with corduroy? I’m just starting my weaving journey and I’ve been gifted corduroy. Figuring I’ll cut at 1.5″ strips…but do I need to fold it to keep the pile facing out? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Hi Carla, I have never woven with corduroy. I used a pile-type fabric one time and it caused too much dust fiber in the air for me, so I haven’t done it again. Now, I only use cotton fabric, usually cut in 3/4″ strips, since that is common for Swedish rag rugs.
Enjoy the weaving journey! You’re going to have a blast.