Sunday, January 15, 2012


Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac is having a Rug-a-Long and I have come along to play. I think it is a great way to use up my stash. I am going to have bands of set colours and working in groups of 3 for each colourway. This is the first time I have done something like this and this is how I have started it. Curtain fabric stash left over from Halloween costume and school play. First I have picked out my 3 colours.
I have torn them into strips and have them ready to go in a box. I have used a shiny fabric, a tapestry fabric and a stretch velvet fabric. All the pieces are in manageable lengths and will be joined in like with like as I need too. There is no sewing involved just plaiting and weaving in the plait as I go.
This is how I am joining in each strip. First i make a slit in both the end and the start of each strip.
I them add the new strip by putting the slit end of the new strip through the slit end of the old strip.
Through the slit in the new strip I put the other end of the new strip through this and pull tight.
They are now joined.
As go around in a plait I am weaving the end nearest the mat through the outer edge of a plait made before. This eliminates the need for any sewing.
As you can see i have put the yellow in the printed layer of the plait already done.

Plait a few more and curving at you go attach to the layer already plaited as before. I will continue with these 3 colours then adding another 3 different colours then back to these 3 colours creating different bands.

Meggie and Mat.

Meggie playing with the curling ribbon from her Christmas Present from my daughter. She loves it!
All the while she is trilling. I took many pictures of her playing with it and this is the least blurry of the group.
Meggie is sitting on the mat while I am sewing the black binding on it, Not easy!
The classroom door mat is finished.