Monday, September 24, 2012

A Woven Ticking Rug


I'm travelling today. I found this woven ticking rug at an antique shop in Iowa and thought wow! I've not seen a rug like this before. And the thrifty price was so good I decided to take it home and try to follow it to make one of my own.











It measures 22" across. The torn ticking strips vary in width - 1/2" to 3/4".  The center seems to start with strips laid across each other, then the weaving begins.











As the rug gets larger, extra strips are added (see left). The strip is folded at a space where there is room (so 2 strips extend outward), then the weaving continues.
















This view shows 2 points where strips were added - one just outside the center, the other about 7 woven strips later.



The maker finished the rug by zig-zagging the edges on the sewing machine.

12 comments:

  1. That looks like a fun idea to try. Looking at it, I am thinking that you could criss cross the rows going out, like a spider web and maybe tack them down int he middle, then weave around those?

    Debbie

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  2. Great find! Thanks for the close-ups.

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  3. Debbie - you have just the right idea. Good description!

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  4. Great rug! You might be able to use a hula hoop as a frame to help get the rug started.

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  5. what a good idea! I'm thinking I need to pin it to a foamboard too, to start at least ...

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  6. wow, I love it ...anything made of ticking always catches the eye.

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  7. What a great find. I'll be anxious to see the rug you'll make.

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  8. you are my craft muse. the kids and I started one tonight!

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  9. Deb,
    That's a beautiful rug. Ticking fabric has been my favorite for years. May be it is time to pull it out of the stash and use it?

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  10. I found a hula hoop that comes apart for storage. Then you wouldn't have to cut the rug off the hoop...and i could store the hoop when not rug weaving. Deb, you show us the best stuff~!

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