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.