Roger's Rug (24" X 12")
Just finished this little proddy rug for Roger, one of the boaters. He saw a rug that his friend had bought from me which was made completely from wool plaid fabric remnants from a Scottish kilt factory. He wanted more reds in his.
Roger's Rug detail
Here’s a close-up. The plaid is lovely to work with but frays a good deal. I had to work with a sheet draped over me and the floor to catch the bits.
Roger's Rug Reverse
Reverse of the rug (above) and my label.
Roger's Rug reverse detail
Following our move from the narrowboat to the house there was a pile of sheets and duvet covers that had seen better days and needed replacing. I washed and dried the old bedding and stuffed it away in plastic crates.
Now it’s all come out of the crates, has been torn into 2 inch strips and is being crocheted into a big rug. More on this when it’s finished.
I began last night to make a seat cushion for the little chair. So far, so good.
I began by drawing the outline of the seat pad on to hessian and then cutting it out allowing approximately 2 inches all round for turning. The cut edges are folded over to the front side and I am prodding through the layers to secure them.
It’s a bit of a pain working through multiple layers at the corners and the cut edge tends to fray annoyingly, but this method does make a good edge without bulky corners.
This child’s chair has been handed down through our family for many generations. I have a photo taken in about 1902/3 of my great great grandmother surrounded by her grandchildren. One of the children is my grandfather, aged about 5 or 6, wearing a sailor suit. On the right of the photo his little girl cousin is sitting in this chair.
We think the chair began life as a child’s high chair, as there are holes through the arms for a security bar. The cover on the seat pad is faded and worn but I don’t want to replace it as that is part of its history. What I am going to do is make a rugged seat pad to fit it – so watch this space, folks!
I’m busy making a crochet rag rug from an old sheet and some caravan curtains bought in a charity shop.
I tear the materials into 2 inch wide strips and join the strips together, winding them into a ball. I use a 7mm crochet hook. This may seem like a small size hook for the thickness of the “yarn” but it does work as you only need it to pull the yarn through. The stitches are worked much more loosely than in normal crochet. It’s quite hard on the hands but I’m gradually getting better at it.
If you are interested in crocheting rugs with fabric this book, “Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs” by Diana Blake Gray is very informative. (I think I found my copy on Amazon).
Bags and bags of materials!
Only a week to go before my next proddy workshop here at 12 Barton Turns, so I’m busy preparing all the fabrics. There are still a few places left – give me a call on 0792 151 5320 or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us.
My lovely pink and green diamond proddy rug is for sale through my online shop at Tiddleyworks on Folksy at £49.00 (plus £7.00 p & p).
It measures approximately 12 by 18 inches and is beautifully soft and cosy, making it an ideal cushion for your feet or a chair seat pad. For more details check out Tiddleyworks on http://www.folksy.com/shops/rozzynanty.