||[Jan. 7th, 2004|08:50 am]
Cutting a Rug
I think I forgot to mention that I tried making a toothbrush rug a few weeks back, following these instructions. I was using old t-shirts, and was disappointed because the rug kept twisting. I found the yahoo nalbinding group (toothbrush rugs are a subset of nalbinding), and asked what I was doing wrong, to which the answer was, "using knit fabric".
So don't try making a toothbrush rug from old t-shirts. I'll be trying it at some point soon with woven fabric, and I'll post about it then. I'll also post a little movie on how to do it, because all the instructions I've found take some deciphering! Various things I've read suggest that it's easier face-to-face, and I think that a little video might be the closest to that.
In other exciting news, I'm expecting to get my grandmother's knotted shag rug loom later this week! I'll post a photo when it arrives, and will try writing up some instructions. My plan for this coming year's Christmas presents is to make everyone trivets out of recycled wool fabric, using a different rug-making technique for each one.