Monday, January 21, 2013

Denim Rag Rug on the Farmhouse Table


I absolutely love the new Two-in-One Loom John made for me! 


The weather was very cold and rainy the end of last week. . . .John was off working--as was my feline companion Boo (yes, he has a JOB, too), so I spent my time weaving in front of the fire. . . .It didn't take long to finish this denim rug--a lot less time than using the larger loom. . . .only used five denim shirts in various sizes. . . .

. . . .John's already asked if it was his? He loves blue and denim . . . .As it turns out, he will use it--as a placemat. . . .so big and roomy. . . .it should catch all his crumbs. . .


What a nice setting it makes. . . . a white ironstone plate on top of blue and white transferware, a jeans pocket to hold the napkin. . . .a couple of crystal shrubs. . . .a cute chick egg holder. . . .




  
A simple farmhouse style for the table. . . .
Now, I need to get busy and make three more placemats in case "company" shows up!

The denim colors combine well with blue canning jars, too. . . .They make a charming combination. . . .




So far, I don't use my Rag Rugs on the floor, but they would certainly be a welcomed addition in front of the sink or at the door. . . .



As I've said before, weaving these rugs is addicting. There's a calming rhythm to it and such a feeling of accomplishment once it's done. . . .I find myself planning my next rug as I weave. . . .I also find myself thinking I'll weave for a few minutes and end up working for a couple of hours before I know it--hating to quit even then. . . .

Since I was on a roll, I also finished a large Rag Rug started months ago. . . .You can see the difference in size. . . .


The larger Rag Rug was woven entirely from old cottage curtains from the 1960s. My Mom made them years ago for a trailer I lived in while going to college. I put them in their estate sale but no one wanted aqua. Not one to throw anything away, I laid the curtains aside for a while. I knew I'd eventually repurpose them.

The rug turned out so pretty--reminds me of water or the seashore--with a few mountains thrown in for good measure. . . .


What's next? So glad you asked. . . .John was playing in the shop one day and put together a hot pad size loom. . . .So cute and talk about a fast project. . . .I made a hot pad yesterday in two hours total--from tearing strips to weaving. . . . If I can talk John into making another one (no problem there), I think I'll have a give-away soon. I've almost hit 400 followers. It's time to celebrate! Be watching in a couple of weeks or so!

I'll also be sharing another tutorial soon--with some more detailed weaving instructions and tips I've gathered along the way.

Rag Rugging is certainly catching on. . . .Many thanks to everyone who is keeping this almost lost art form alive!

 Beware, though--It IS addicting. . . .


. . . from my farmhouse to yours. . .


50 comments:

Cindy said...

I love the denim, so simple, yet eyecatching the way you have it set

Kim Gibson said...

You do beautiful work! I SO want to try this! But where to start? I guess I need to buy a loom...Any suggestions?

Melanie said...

You make me want to learn to do this!!! Love the denim, what a perfect placemet!!

Florida Farm Girl said...

That's a great placemat. My DH needs a big crumb catcher, too!!

Old Time Cindy said...

It does look addicting...a perfect craft for the winter months. Love the blues, of course! (I have that denim pocket idea in my 'to do' file somewhere.)
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Granny said...

The denim place mat is pretty but my favorite is the rug with the turquoise. I'm saving for one of the large looms John makes. I make the crocheted rag rugs but like the woven rug better.

Blondie's Journal said...

it's so nice to find something that you love to do and that makes the time fly because you're lost in it! This must be so gratifying to you, using things from the past to create treasures for now. I just love the place mat and rug, beautiful colors and the pocket napkin holder is so clever!

Have a wonderful week creating!

XO,
Jane

camp and cottage living said...

I love both your rug and the placemat! I've done a bit of rug weaving too, but yours has the look of crochet. Do you mind me asking what your tecnique is that makes it unlike the standard straight across weaving?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The denim makes a great placemat and goes so well with the blue and white place setting!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh my this is so awesome. I love the place setting. You need to sell these babies. I would be your first customer. I love that you take old pieces of fabric history and loom them into something new. Right up my alley. These are so great. I can't wait for your give away and congrats on 400 followers. Your blog is fantastic so no surprise you have that many followers.
Kris

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Love it! I have always wanted to get into weaving, so I will look forward to an up close look at it!

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Adore the rag rug...I will have to learn how to do one, it is beautiful! Love the jars as well. I have a collection of bottles in the same color. Beautiful things galore! XoXo Pam

Carol Ann S. said...

So pretty! This is something I think I'd like to do. I'll be watching for your detailed how-to post!

Egretta Wells blog said...

How very charming your place mat turned out! I love the aqua rug, as well.

Susie said...

It's beautiful !! The pocket napkin holder is so darn cute. You have me thinking. That is a pretty shade of blue too. I like the bigger rug also. xoxo,Susie

Dawn said...

I love them both, and can just see you weaving in front of the fire. Very homey feeling:) Beautiful work!

Dawn said...

Thanks for linking up at the Cabin, I know others will want to see your beautiful work:)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You had me at denim! I love denim and ironstone and transferware and mason jars and blue....so no wonder this is so appealing to me. Gorgeous. I would love to learn to do this one day. I currently use my denim for quilts, pillows and Christmas stockings.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Your rugs and mats are so neat. I can't believe it takes so little fabric. I create rag rugs...but it seems to take quite a bit of fabric to me...I crochet them. It is rough on the hands.
I love denim ANYTHING. So these with the pockets and hankie are cute!

Pat

Carol said...

This is so great. I love that you are so passionate about what could be a lost art form, and such a pretty one, too. The denim is so pretty and I adore the pocket for the napkin.

I just had to PIN your tutorial on the denim apron -- that is just darling!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

I love the mats you've made but the pockets stole the show!! Love it all! :)

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the placemat and the rug!! Love the pocket on the dish too. I've been putting old denim pockets on to the tote-bags that I'm making...just love how they are turning out.
hugs,
Cindy

Maureen said...

Love the denim placemat and the jean pocket utensil holder!

Jacquelineand.... said...

This is lovely, and you're right, the aqua rug does have seashore colours.

Hmmm, weaving rag rugs...that's something I could definitely enjoy; even when I'm tremouring. Thanks for the idea!

Jan said...

I LOVE the denim effect...so homey. Now if I could only get myself to the place where I could cut up my denim...

I'm working on it!

Jan

Lisa Tucker said...

Ohh..I want to learn how to do this!! Your rugs and placemats are
beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!!

chateau chic said...

The colors you used in your rag rug are beautiful. Lovely place setting combining your pretty blues!
Mary Alice

Pam said...

Oh I love how these turned out! The denim is wonderful and the pocket is adorable with the placemat!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

The Boston Lady said...

I absolutely love how this turned out. What a pretty addition to an already pretty table setting. Rugs!! I love rag rugs and have never made one. They are my favorite to put on the floor in the kitchen, as you said. Just beautiful. Ann

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Beautiful! It is tempting to learn another craft form but I've already got too many irons in the fire :)

Sandy said...

I'd like to see how you weave these. It looks so much like knitting.
I'd love to make some kitchen
rugs that look as good as yours!
Sandy

Debra said...

Lovely / that would be fine to learn to do! :)

MMW said...

Love the Blue, so fresh! I use rag rugs on my wood floors, they just go together like peas and carrots, and with the fur people, its great they can be washed! I'm in for the potholder size loom!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I had a denim rag rug that was purchased at a craft fair. I love them. Mine is still at our cabin. They last forever.

Jann Olson said...

I love it Dru! Weaving denim, what a great idea. I love the aqua one also. I always wished I knew how to weave. I can just see you sitting by the fire weaving. What a wonderful sight! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
hugs,
Jann

Tanya Rachelle said...

Fabulous! A new way to use collected fabrics and clothing fabrics saved and saved!!! Thanks for a beautiful post. You have a new follower!
~Tanya

atnumber29 said...

beautiful rag rug. I haven't seen this process in a long time! lovely! I'm pinningthis.

Lil said...

SOOOO adorable! I love your place settings and the jean pockets too!

New fan via I should me mopping and I've added you to my rss feed!

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bj said...

Just as cute as can be. Rag rugs are perfect for a Country Farm House. :)

SmilingSally said...

Good idea to make a rag placemat, and of course, I think you chose the PERFECT COLOR.

I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

Happy Blue Monday!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty and it goes so well with your table setting! Love the denim pocket to hold your napkin.

Cindy said...

I need one of those looms, I would love to learn that craft. I want a rag rug in my kitchen, it would be perfect in there.

Luna Miranda said...

i love the denim pocket napkin holder--what an ingenious idea. love the blues here.

GardenofDaisies said...

Hi! I just found your blog. I LOVE LOVE LOVE rag rugs! And I love your gorgeous blue tablesetting. How wonderful that your husband puts the looms together for you! My daughter has a small loom and she wove a little rug when she was a kid. It was so much fun for her. I have rag rugs at the front and back door, and in my bedrooms. They truly are my favorite.

Maria Gagliano said...

This is a lovely assortment of blues. That place setting is adorable. Please visit my blues here if you have a chance

Chubskulit Rose said...

Those are beautiful blues. Catching up with Blue Monday.

My BLUE, come and see.

Your comment is always appreciated.

Cafe au lait said...

Love your blues. A late visit for Blue Monday. Hope you'd find time to visit mine here and here.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Wow! I'm so impressed you made these! They are so pretty and of course I love the blue. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

luv2teek said...

I love this place setting--country blues are one of my favs...this is what inspired me to buy your looms and try my hand at this art form...thanks for visiting my site!

Cindy Williams said...

I can't wait for pay day!!! Hoping to order the looms soon...love all the colors you choose.

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