Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Goin' Around in Circles
So I really love Penny Rugs but I have had another little obsession lately to learn to crochet rag rugs. I have never had enough patience to learn to knit, my Mother tried to teach me when I was younger but being left handed it always felt awkward. I had not patience for it either, all that counting and patterns etc....to many restrictions for my little short span of attention. When I am making art it has to have no rules and be a really free flow thing. That is why I enjoy painting with acryclics as well as hand sewing my pennies.
I had never crocheted anything in my life either but for some reason I just LOVE rag rugs and NEEDED to figure out how to make one. I combed the internet and Youtube for help and have spent the last few months since the New Year making rugs through trial and error. My first few rugs were all over the place, wouldn't lie flat etc. Then I tried Naalbinding also known as Toothbrush rugs, worked a little better but still wouldn't lie flat and I was constantly steaming the heck out of the work while making it to get it to lay down. Then two days ago I re-visited a Youtube video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYw5ZvRdhPQ ) that I had watched and dismissed ages ago because the lady is working so fast and is right handed but I gave it another shot and stopped the video every couple of seconds numerous times and after a long obssesive session of stopping and starting and ripping out 4 or 5 starts I started getting the hang of it! Finally a rug was nice and chunky and laying down flat as I was making it! YAY! I felt such a sense of accomplishment and I really like the results. Now only if I could stick to the pile of Laundry in the Laundry room like that..........