I checked my rug book and it looks like we started weaving row #1 on July 30 but I’m not sure that post reached any of you so we’ll talk about it again.
Start on page 5 in the lower left hand corner. Be sure to start your ONE strip in 2 unequal halves to you won’t have to add strips on at the same place creating a bump.
Always treat the rod and the closest strip as one unit – this is what keeps the edges of your rug straight.
When twining from the right side to the left side of your rug, always throw the right hand strip OVER the left hand strip and then pass it under the warp.
Continue across the top row being very careful not to pull the warp strips off the nails – that’s where the rubber bands come in very handy. After you’ve twined a row or two on each end, the warp strips will not easily come off the nails.
The next step was scheduled for August 5. It’s found on page 7 and it’s got 2 stars beside #4. If this step isn’t done correctly, your rug will come apart.
Remember that loop we hung over the first nail on the upper left corner? The strip that passes over the left in that corner must go through that loop! MUST! ABSOLUTELY MUST!!! After it goes through that loop it will pass under the rod.
The remaining strip also encircles the rod and now you’re ready to twine from left to right which means the strip in your left hand will pass over the strip in your right hand and then go under the warp.
Watch this chapter on your dvd and I think all your questions will be answered. Page 9 that is referenced was from a previous edition of the book – in the 3rd edition the step is on page 7. And if you do still have questions, ask in a comment and I will answer.
Your assignment will be to get at least 6 rows on each end of the rug. I’ll check back with you one week from today.