First off, I need to acknowledge the contribution of Shanan to this piecemeal rug technique; she watched movies, tried different adjustments, and came up with a rug so large that I can barely lift it. Also, Rebecca was willing to be my first real student, and helped point out the design flaws by making fun of me once she became more skillful than I am.
I finally filmed the rug video with my web cam because it was the only way I could upload. Frankly, I’d be surprised if it was very helpful (and, oh, I am so weird on video). I wasn’t able to get good closeups with the web cam, either. Why does amateur p_0_r_n_0_g_r_@_p_h_y look so easy? Must inquire….Essentially, if you aren’t dedicated to the idea of making this rug, this video is like watching paint dry. However, if coupled with some photos explaining details, I think it’s…functional. These rugs are very simple; after you begin the rug with a small braid, the rest of the work is just one half-hitch knot after another. It’s the perfect movie-watching craft.
Oh, dear. I might make another video. I really have taught a lot of people to make these things.
Here’s a gallery showing an (almost) finished rug, the lockerhook tool, and photographs of beginning the rug, making the half-hitch knot, and attaching new strips of fabric.
How to begin the braid – link three strip strips together to begin the braid by looping one strip (the green one) through the holes in the two other strips (the blue ones).
The “four” shape I arrange the strips of fabric in. The non-working (red) strip is pulled straight down, abd the working (flowered) strip, which has the lockerhook attached, forms the triangle of the “four”.
The outer working strip, threaded through the lockerhook and moving from front to back through the top available loop of the rug.
The outer, working fabric strip, moving from back to front through the loop of the four.
Pull the half hitch knot tight against the rug, wrapping the inner, non-working strip.
Attaching one strip of fabric to the previous one…
The two fabric strips, pulled tight to form an (almost) seamless strip.
A closeup of the rag rug…I haven’t trimmed off the little threads yet.
Also, I’ll answer any questions, even if I have to crouch on the desk in front of my web cam and demonstrate knots. Just email me at the blog.
I have some lingering guilt over calling this the No Sew rug, since you need to make about 8 stitches (or whip out a hot glue gun – I fear them). But I liked the little rhyme.
The original photo album, bought (I think) in Cairo.
Les Barre? Lou Borre? Can’t read the caption.
Casablanca? Oh, who knows.
I don’t think they let you do that anymore.
Sailing on the Nile…
Look at the pinup! I thought it was just a stain in the original photo.
Dakar – such a beautiful boat…
That’s quite the…swimsuit she’s got there.
Oh, look – somebody gave them shirts.
The meteorologist at work…
“My crew” – gotta get Nate Dawg…
I love that chicken.
Always finds the pretty lady – I’m not sure you can take pictures like this anymore, either. That guy on the left looks ticked off. The dog doesn’t look happy, either.
Baobab tree – Senegal
Let this be a lesson to you, people – label your photographs. I have no clue where this is, other than in the top half of Africa.
This is a well-polished button.
These World War II era pictures are from my family archive (disintegrating piles of unlabeled photos). Most were taken in Casablanca, Dakar, Cairo and a weather station in the Sahara, about 500 miles north of Timbuktu. I’m about to remove the gold buttons from the jacket of the dress uniform (see picture #2) and replace them with black buttons so I can wear it. That may be vandalism, but it’s beautiful and I want to wear it before the moths get it, and the shiny buttons were too much for me.