This is a journey of a rug from start to finish (started February 2014)
We’ll start here…..
I’ve selected a variety of bits & pieces of roving ends to go thru the carder to make multi coloured bumps which shall be used to spin up into singles & the navajo plied, on my Ashford Country Spinner, for my rug yarn.
Here, we see the rovings being fed onto the bump winder to form the centre-pull multi coloured bump.
The resultant bump – notice the different shades
Now for spinning
Here is my Country Spinner – fabulous for rug yarn.
I am spinning singles to be later plied to my rug yarn
After I have spun up enough singles, I then ball wind them by hand to be plied Navajo style into my rug yarn.
Navajo Plying can now begin.
This is a means of keeping all if the variations of colour nice & separate as it is plied.
By only using the one strand & looping, the colours stay in line & not blended.
See how the colours stay the same resulting in good lengths of one colour, & then graduating onto another.
Now we have the basis of our rug yarn.
Trial pieces will now be woven on my Ashford 8 shaft table loom.
This is done to decide on the correct sett and style of weaving.
The loom is threaded in straight 1,2,3,4 at 4 doubled ends per inch.
I have chosen Basket Weave which is 1,2 then 3,4. I insert the colour at each lift.
Now that I am happy with the trial piece, I can now start winding the warp for the actual rug. This will be woven on my 8 shaft Sheridan Floor Loom.
Winding the Warp
Winding a linen warp 2.5m long
Onto the LOOM..
Here we have the 4 sets of warp chains ready to thread
Rear view showing spreading the warp evenly with the lease sticks in place
With the raddle in place, I wind the warp onto the back beam. I can now start to thread the heddles
here we have the groups of doubled warp ends threaded through the heddles and ready to thread through the reed and tie off to the front beam.
This is the back view of the loom with the warp all threaded and tensioned
Weaving can now begin…
This is the first few inches – note the weft bubbling to avoid draw-in
Also notice the white temple (at rest for the photo) This keeps the edges nice & neat.
We’ll see this more later on.
Closeup of the stick shuttle going under the warp ends where the colour appears
10″ so far All good. Nice easy weaving in design-as-you-go style.
Fast forward in time – its now 28th August 2014 and the rug is now ready to take off the loom and finish the ends off.
The edge of the rug is finished off using the Taniko method as shown in Peter Collingwood’s Techniques of Rug Weaving Book. This uses extra yarn, twined around the warp ends. The warp ends are then sewn back into the rug creating a neat and durable finish.
The finished RUG – all ready to go to the AAA National Show & Sale