This week I started another rug using Aunt Philly's Toothbrush pattern. I have already made 2 of these rugs - you can see rug #1 from 2012 here and rug #2 from 2013 here. They are great scrap eater projects, are fun to make, and I enjoy having them in my home.
It's time to start rug #3 for 2014!
But I can never figure out the starting instructions and always consult with my friend Louise to help me get started. Two crafty brains are better than one! Last week I went to her house for a visit and some help in getting started. Even after starting so many rugs, we struggle each time. We read the instructions, we look at the diagrams, and we say "is that how it goes?" about 100 times! It's tricky! And it never looks right, until all of a sudden it starts to work.
We had a lot of distractions (never a dull moment on her farm!) but still we managed to get two rugs started while being entertained by the chickens and the non-stop activities of the children!
Today I am going to put more stitches in my new rug and remember sitting on my friend's porch, laughing at the antics of the chickens, having great conversation and food, and always wishing the visit was longer.
What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below and share your project with us.
I remember your other rug though I went back to the link to look at it again...sounds like a nice visit :)
looking good, well if using green you cannot go wrong in my eyes, checked back to see what the previous ones are like so I could see what you were doing.
Love those rugs you have made... and the one you are starting.. perfect for sore feet to rest on or pets to enjoy too! Love that :) Kathi
I've seen some lovely crocheted rugs that have the same look as these colourful rugs you've made/are making. You need a big chuncky crochet hook to do them though!! I have also seen a different type of rug using scraps that is called a Shirret Rug.
I liked the Yellow one you made last time. Good luck with this one :)
I have not seen a rug like that.
It was nice to spend the day doing binding today. The good bit is I got it finished ready to gift it tomorrow
I used to have one of those toothbrush tools but gave it away for the exact same reason you struggle in starting. You can purchase a starter section so you don't have to struggle so it must be a common problem.
I will look forward to seeing your rug I know I didn't see the first one in progress
Looks like it might be a landscape. Started with green and adding blue.... you might go that way.
Crocheting memories - I like the idea.
This looks like an interesting technique and I would love the rugs too. How long does it take?
Sounds like such fun! I've never made one of these rugs, but many of my friends have - they turn out wonderful and are so useful when you're done!
Those rugs are beautiful. I would love to make one of them someday.
Love the colors you've started out with. Hope you got lots of stitching in today.
That is very interesting and I've looked at the others you did, they are very lovely too. How long do they last? or are they just for decoration? Looks like you had a lovely day.
Sounds like a wonderful day spent with a wonderful friend! I would like to try my hand at one of these rugs someday. The colors for this new rug are very pretty!
LOVE LOVE the picture with the chickens in the background! And THANKS! You're right! It's time to start a new rug!!!! I have some red fabrics that I don't think I'll EVER use in a quilt! I think tearing them up for a rug would be perfect. Question: what width do you tear/cut your strips? I haven't made a rug in a year and can't remember what width I used. 1.5"ish?
Sounds like a wonderful day! Can't wait to see the completed rug. Happy sewing.
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