Make shaggy Rag Rugs
An Introduction to Rag Rugging by John Corey
Not so long ago someone, someplace, realised they are able to tear up old towels and weave the bits into a rug and people have already been carrying it out from the time. Differing people found different ways; not one of them had been appropriate, and not one of them had been incorrect. Some were more productive than others now we have a number of recognisable cloth carpet types. This page explains making the traditional shaggy rugs which were therefore well-known in Britain, while the remainder of Western European countries, when it comes to century or even more until the midst of the twentieth century, when people preferred new-wool rugs and fitted carpets took over. There are other methods of course, but more happens to be discussed them (especially cloth 'hooking') so 'Shaggy rag rugs' sticks to shaggy rag rugs. You can find different names of these rugs in various places. Included in these are: clip mats, peg mats, proggy, clootie, proddy and rag mats or rugs. When you yourself haven't heard of every of these names your granny probably features.
Before we get further this bit will let everyone else know in which they stand. You could make a shaggy rag rug with a-sharp stick should you want to, but it's a lot quicker and simpler to use an objective made device. Just such an instrument was developed by a Victorian blacksmith called Mr Brown and then he appears to have done really well from it for quite some time, but their company stopped manufacturing sometime in the center of the past century when cloth rugs briefly went out of style. Similar, but newer, resources are now readily available once more and I cause them to become; so that you will not be surprised to find that, unless usually claimed, I written the whole lot assuming that every person whom reads it uses one of these. They're today known as cloth ruggers, in addition. Inside nature of equity, but the section on 'how it's done' additionally describes just how to do it utilizing home-made resources, like sharpened pegs or old option hooks. Simply cannot blame me if you end up with blistered hands and a bitter hatred for rug creating.
Just how it is done
Although a rag rug could be a stack of old fabric joined up with collectively by any means whatsoever, there's a particular way to obtain the shaggy finish associated with old-fashioned ''working rug''.
Essentially short pieces of rag tend to be threaded to the weave of a hessian backcloth making sure that both finishes stick-out on a single side. Usually, the hessian utilized had been an old sack. Hessian sacks are now actually difficult to find, but ''sacking hessian'', exactly the same material in sheet type, is still available ( see ''materials'' ). The cause of using hessian isn't just that it's cheap, although that is a one. Sacking hessian is extremely loosely woven making use of a tough bond. The bond used is jute, and it's definitely worth the effort of earning a rag carpet simply for the opportunity to smell the things. As hessian has these types of a loose weave you can poke bits of cloth into it; the hard threads just move apart without breaking.
The key of rag rug making will be fill the hessian backcloth with components of cloth through to the slackness inside weave is taken up and all the bits tend to be squeezed in firmly. The theory would be to pull a quick strip of fabric through backcloth from one part to the other then right back out once again making sure that both finishes for the strip are on one part and a squeezed up little bit in the center of the strip on the other (see image above).
Different people choose different sizes of cloth pieces, but a good standard is about 1 inches (25mm) broad by 3 inches (75mm) very long. This size is broad adequate to be gripped in backcloth and long enough to make certain a thick pile. It's also long enough to let you add it in somewhat casually; if you don't all of the finishes are identical length it generally does not show in finished carpet ( because it has these types of a shaggy appearance anyhow) and faster stops it's still for enough time to not ever pull out. Longer pieces are generally too much time to face up collectively in addition they flop over alternatively which means you aren't getting a deeper pile for all your additional cloth. Still, this really is a free of charge and easy craft and so the dimensions are just a guide.
Obviously pulling a piece of fabric now is easier than pushing it, like a piece of sequence. This is how the rag rugger will come in, the point is pressed under two or three strands associated with the backcloth so it may be used to grab the termination of a cloth strip in its jaw; when it isn't obvious, pressing the small handle to the big one starts the jaw and releasing closes it. The strip can then be taken to the hessian by just pulling the rugger away once again. Catching any part along one end of cloth strip does but the work is simpler in the event that you grab one place as this permits the cloth to retract into a more streamlined form once you pull it into the hessian.
If the strip is halfway through, only ignore it; it doesn't have to be knotted. The next piece must certanly be taken in only 4 or 5 strands, in the hessian, out of the first in any path, utilizing the same strategy. Providing the backcloth eventually gets loaded with bits of fabric, making sure that there is certainly virtually no slackness left within the weave, it does not matter whether you operate in rows or otherwise not.
This technique requires utilizing the cloth rugger, or the old Brown's resources if you have one, but there are various other ways to take action. The wide range of names that this craft had covers the majority of the options (names like peggers, prodders etc.).
You are able to pull the brief strips in to the backcloth with a hook: you wrap the end of the strip round the hook and wriggle it through. The greater amount of typical ''home-made'' method, however, requires pressing the strip through, surprisingly. The backcloth was fixed securely on a frame and each end for the quick strip ended up being poked through the backcloth using point of a sharpened little bit of timber, generally a ''dolly peg''. Thus giving the exact same result as with the rag rugger, it's just that you work from back. Obviously this pushing strategy is a lot more difficult and reduced, but it works.
An alternative means would be to fold the backcloth and press one end for the fabric strip through the fold. Theoretically this should be twice as fast as focusing on a-frame but in practise it becomes extremely tough, and so sluggish, if the backcloth begins to fill-up and start to become bulky.