I have woven umpteen rag rugs. But never one like this! Eight-shaft satin on the single-unit drawloom brings its own challenges, from managing draw cords to getting a decent shed. Add rag weaving to the mix and we have a whole new experience!
Finishing has its own set of new challenges. My go-to method of tying knots to secure warp ends is unwieldy in this instance because the threads are extremely dense. By quietly doing some detail studies on a sample, I find a way to finish this unusual rug: Secure the ends with the serger. Then, sew two rows of straight stitches on the sewing machine for added security. Sew a narrow bound hem using some of the fabric that was used as weft in the rug. Steam press to finish.
I have another rag rug to weave on this warp. It will still be a challenge. With what I’ve learned, though, I’m anticipating a satisfying weaving and finishing experience.
We know what to do in normal circumstances. It’s in unusual times that we fall into dismay. Private time with Jesus turns confidential fears to confident faith. He treats our challenges like personal detail studies, showing us the way forward. His grace enables us to conquer the next challenge with confident faith.
May your confidence grow.
31 thoughts on “Stony Creek Drawloom Rag Rug”
Thank you for the beautiful description of a beautiful rug finish.
Hem finishes is something I’ve struggled with. My sister works in a medical rehab facility and asked for personal medical masks to be given to staff and residents.. Finished with.my least favorite finish….. binding. And God provided a beautifully done technique for my next rugs..
Now, onto the orchard in transit. The first nursery let me know fruit and nut trees/bushes are on their way to turn the retirement property into a perma-forest.
Will I reap the fruits of the all the trees? Only God knows. But God will make sure a hungry soul will find them. Your posting this morning fed my soul. .
Blessings to all.
Hi Nannette, Rugs can be finished in so many ways. I’m glad you have a use for this option of bound hems.
Thank you for your kind words.
Blessings to you,
Oh Karen, what a wonderful rug! It looked perfect in your lovely home!
Hi Geri, Who would think a drawloom could be used for this? It was a great learning experience.
Absolutely lovely. You have inspired me to do a rag rug in the near future.
Hi Kay, I hope you find rag-rug weaving as enjoyable as I do!
It’s beautiful, Karen! I really like the bound finishing. Bravo!
Thanks so much, Beth! I like the bound finishing, too. It frames the rug just so.
All the best,
Love reading your posts. Thank you for reminding me to find God in everything.
Hi Linda, The good news is that God is near to all who call on him!
Blessings to you,
It’s just gorgeous, Karen! Wonderful job!!
Hi Betsy, Thank You! I couldn’t have done it without your beautiful loom.
Such a beautiful rug. It makes me realize I need to start using the draw attachment on my loom and get to know it better. Your posts are so inspiring.
Hi LJ, Oh I hope you do get familiar with your draw attachment! The possibilities are endless, and it is so much fun.
Thank you, thank you,
Very beautiful rug, you worked hard on this one and it shows. Stunning! Job well done.
Hi Martha, I won’t argue with you. It was a lot of work, but worth it! Thanks so much for your encouraging words.
What a nice rug!The colors, the neat finish…
I just admire the way you work.
Hi Eirini, I am very happy that you like the rug!
Beautiful rug! You do exquisite work, Karen!
Hi D’Anne, It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you so much!
Enduring thoughts concerning confident faith.
Hi Gail, Thank you for your input. I appreciate it!
What a beautiful rug! I’m impressed you could secure the warp threads like that, I really like how it opened up for that beautiful finish.
Do you think the warp ends could be secured like that when making a wowen hem for a regular rag rug, too? I struggled to secure warp ends without tying knots, I tried but wasn’t able to “catch” the warp threads with the sewing machine needle.
Hi Elisabeth, Thank you!
I have had the same experience on other rugs with trying to secure warp ends with the sewing machine. The needle doesn’t catch all the ends. What made the difference with this one is that there are so many threads close together. The serger was able to catch most of the ends. I set a short stitch length on the sewing machine, too, to make even more certain that every warp end would be stitched, with two rows of stitching.
I will still tie knots on a usual rag rug, with the normal 3 epc sett. The sett on this one is 7 doubled ends per centimeter. A big difference.
Also, I’ve learned some things. For the next rug on this drawloom warp I will weave a longer header, instead of the 8-pick header I did on this one. Then, I will be able to secure the ends AND fold it under, which will help to secure them even more.
Long answer. 🙂 Thanks for asking.
Thank you! This explains the difference. I have a problem with a few warp ends on one of my door mats which has a wowen hem. I have been able secure them on the back (not very pretty) and it has endured several rounds in the washer since 🙂
Beautiful and a great piece…saving that and need to give it a try!
Hi Tercia, I am so glad you like it! It would be wonderful for you to give it a try yourself.
Hi Karen, It’s a pleasure to know you enjoy this work.
Having seen a small section of this rug up close and personal when it was on your draw loom, all I can say is WOW when I see the finished piece.
Hi Janis, I am thrilled that your hands had a part in this special rug.