It is light green, dark green and white…not so much from choice, but because the walls are vitrolite historic structural glass.
I use them under the Christmas tree, or on a table that has houseplants on it. They can be machine washed and dried.
I did not like how wavy the fabric got when I tried tearing it. My strips are fairly narrow, about 3/4” wide.
I fold the fabric and cut a point at the ends, so I can overlap the strips during the weaving and not have a big lump.
Bright green fabric with large pink frogs was very dramatic when woven, but I felt a little cruel squishing the frogs into blips of pink!
I love the way striped fabric looks when cut across the stripes. Like a tapestry design but much much easier!
Some of these fabrics were purchased for 39c per yard, about 20 years ago.
They were in the scrap bin at my favorite fabric warehouse, Lorraine Fabrics, in Pawtucket, RI.
The Kokopelli fabric was upstairs with the $1.99 quilting fabrics. I love knowing that those tiny specks of black are little kokopellis hiding in my rug.
They had special days when you could buy a bag full of clothes for $3. It was a pain cutting them up, but the wool did make nice rugs, heavier than my cotton ones.
I was a bit perplexed, as I thought I was making something beautiful, but I guess it’s hard to appreciate the lovely patterns on the fabric when it’s cut up and woven.
In case you don’t already think I’m a bit obsessive, I lay the fabric strips into the shed very carefully to make sure the right side of the fabric is always facing up (most fabrics have a definite right side). So my rugs have a right and a wrong side. One can twist the fabric in the shed to make a pattern of light and dark, but mostly I just like the dark (printed) side up.
I also like to overlap in such a way that the new color nestles under the old color and it makes a nice kind of a pointy join. I guess we all have our little obsessions!
I really enjoyed playing with the colors and patterns of the fabrics.
The only problem was that it was so noisy weaving it, using a beater (and you have to beat HARD for rag rugs), in the room right next door to my baby’s room.
The only time I had for weaving was when she was napping, and my weaving would waken her immediately, so I got very little done.
I discovered soon after that weaving a tapestry, Gobelin style (using leashes instead of harnesses and treadles) could be completely silent, and that’s part of the story of how I became a tapestry weaver.
Sara Hotchkiss weaves gorgeous rag rugs and tapestries, and exhibits them at her Old Point Comfort Gallery in Waldoboro, Maine. The annual Studio Open House is August 6th and 7th, so if you’re in the area, check it out.
I still don’t understand how she makes her joins without messy lumps, which was a problem for me.
Sara weaves rugs in all sizes from small mats, to large room-sized rugs, and she will custom design and weave whatever you need for your house.