With all the excitement of Camber’s arrival last week, I completely forgot about the next step in the rug! So I’ve been to church this morning, Rick is in Houston, it’s about 90 degrees outside – what better time to sit in the AC and start the rug?
I assume you have your frame warped so please turn your book to page 5, step 3, Weaving Row #1.
I am going to make my little runner with t-shirt knit and since I have an abundance of yellow strips (it was a sheet), one of my twining strips is always going to be yellow. I will add different colors as I go. The first row will start with one yellow strip.
This is when the rubber band is helpful – it keeps the warp on the nails while you twine that first row. After that it can be removed. Push the twining up close to the nails. Continue going over and under the warp across the frame. Watch the DVD for a very clear demo of this step. When the one end of the yellow strip runs out, add a different color.
Continue to twine to the upper left corner and refer to Step#4 on page 7. This is titled **Very Important Step for a good reason. If you miss this one step, your rug will simply come apart after all your hard work!
You must go through that loop you hung on the first nail to secure the twining strip to the warp! Double check this or you will be sorry. When you twine the first row on the other end, you will go through that loop as well. I put the letter opener through the loop so you might see it easier.
When you reach the right side pass the twine under the rod, wrap the other twine around the rod and start back the other direction. Both twining strips must always combine the last strip and the rod so that when you pull the rod out, the edge of your rug will be straight.
Turn your frame upside down and repeat working on both ends and finishing in the middle.
Here was my boarder yesterday – Ginger and a visitor named Natalie who just loved to carry her around.
Big week coming up – good friends coming to sew, talk, laugh and soak up the country air – can’t wait!