Rugs R Us

Although I crafted quite a bit when I was younger, once I passed my mid teens my main creative outlet was cooking. I had a brief dalliance with cake decorating in my early 20s, but it wasn’t until I gave up working full time a few years ago that I had the time to explore card making. Originally, I just wanted to be able to send a nice card that didn’t have a cheesy verse and did feature the obscure interests of my friends. I soon discovered a love of paper and stamps though, and an obsession was born!

Since falling love with card making, I’ve endeavoured to make time to try out a new craft every year. As goals go, I realise this is pretty modest, but when you work in crafting, it’s surprising how hard it is to find the time to work on a project that doesn’t have a deadline! Some of the new crafts (beading, quilling and cross stitch, for example) have become firm favourites that have made it into my ‘normal’ crafting repertoire, whereas others, like pyrography and clay modelling, were interesting and fun to try, but have failed to grab me in quite the same way. I’ve chosen knitting for 2012’s new craft, and I’ll be amazed if I don’t become completely addicted to it, especially with little Bob to create for. First though, I had some unfinished business from 2011 to deal with. Last summer I finally got round to trying rug-making, using a little kit I bought in a sale a looooong time ago. It pushes many of the same buttons as cross stitching (relaxing, portable, limited mess, a potentially useful end product, and possible with a sleeping baby on your lap!), but scaled up so you get a great impression of progress. I only got halfway through last year though, as the kit got packed away so we could redecorate the craft room, and it’s taken me this long to find it!

This week I managed to do the last few lines while Bob snoozed, and I’m really happy with the result. All I have to do now is figure out how to finish it off, and it’ll become a wall hanging for the nursery. The kit doesn’t help with edging – other than to say “put a nice edge on it”, so if you have any advice of how to do it and where to get the bits, I’d love to hear about it.

In the meantime, I’m planning my next ruggy project. My Nanna once told me that she made rugs out of worn out clothes in the War, so I’ll figure out a design of my own and take a look through my wardrobe. No slightly tatty clothes will ever be safe in my house again!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emma goddard
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 04:43:40

    brilliant, so cute xx


  2. Carol Tadden
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 13:40:47

    Hi Emma Love the rug and so pleased you’ve got it finished. It always feels like an achievement then . I have done quite a bit of this in my time, when my twins were little…..16years ago. This is how I use to finish off, hope it helps.

    TTurn and pin all the raw edges in to the back and tack roughly with running stitches.

    You can buy, e.g. in John Lewis haberdashery something that looks like a binding. These vary in widths and if you explain what it’s for they will know. They produce this in various colours also.
    Pin this to the back of your rug and use tiny slip stitches on iether egde of the ‘binding’. This makes every thing neat and also strengthens the edges.
    If you wish to hang it later, they also sell small ring which you can attach to the binding and threadd with ribbon, cord wire etc. Your choice.
    Hope this will help, let me know please.
    Happy crafting and thanks for letting me view your lovely blog..Keep it up!!


    • mand44
      May 04, 2012 @ 21:30:21

      Thanks so much for your reply Carol – it’s great to have an excuse to visit the JL haberdashery dept 🙂 Maybe they’ll sell the rug backing too? I keep looking at my old dog walking and decorating clothes 🙂

      Love your gallery btw!



  3. Carol Tadden
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 13:45:37

    Sorry I called you Emma not Amanda…..apologies!!!
    Carol Tadden


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