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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Housekeeping Done...

Yesterday, when I was looking for things to put back in the corner room box, I picked up a few of the baskets that I make with needlepoint canvas...

One thing lead to another.  I needed a rug for the box.  The other one strayed away to another part of the country.

I started making one of the bunka rugs.  I didn't like it.  
Then I went through my unfinished rugs and decided that it would take too long to finish one of those and besides, non of them really went well in the room.  Too formal.

This is a garden room.  I decided on casual.  I put on my thinking cap.(I hate that phrase)  I don't have one.  I think best when I am bare headed...
I looked at the canvas baskets and wondered if I could make a rug with the same method... It worked.

I cut out a piece of Penelope canvas, the size that I wanted the rug and put a line of glue around the outer edge.  I did the narrow ends one row in, so that there would be a stiff fringe on those.

After I let it dry, I started at one end, with Threadworks overdyed thread and did a simple over and under stitch all the way across.  When I reached the other end, I simply turned it around and kept going In the alternate stitches.

The third photo shows you the back.  As you can see, I had to weave in the ends of the threads on the back every so often and start anew.
I did two of them in less that three hours.  I am liking this! If you want contemporary This is a fast way to get what you want.

This morning, I put the room back together and now it looks more like it originally did.  I can live with it. The rug still needs pressing and I did notice that the wood on the edges could use some re staining. I think I did this box about 1990.
Tessie even approved.  Or maybe she just wanted to get into the photo...  After she realized that I had closed the box and walked away, she was not too happy. 

For once, she didn't panic.  She zapped herself out and back to Daisy's place. 

She and Zar are still trying to finish the endless cake... Good luck with that...

I am going back to working on something quiet.  The storm never really hit yesterday, but outside it is all black and gray...

This kind of day just makes me want to sit and knit or do cross stitch... Maybe another rug.  These are fun.

They could be done into striped rag rugs for a kitchen, with regular floss.

Back to work...

See you tomorrow.




8 comments:

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: great carpet. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

Lucille said...

I love your carpet and it goes so well with your tile floor!

Emjay McKarney said...

What a great idea for fast rugs. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.
emjay

Hannah said...

Thats a beautiful carpet!! Hannah

Shellby Hildred said...

The rug looks fantastic and so effective for something so simply made.

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
It looks great in the room! Perfect against the tiles.
Big hug,
Giac

Fabiola said...

The rug is perfect in this room.

Julie Benningfield said...

Cool idea. I have never made a rug, but this looks like something I could do. Thanks!