Sunday, May 6, 2012

the rag rug

Months ago - after a large closet clean out for the entire family, I decided to embark on creating a rag rug.  Inspired by Amanda Blake Soule, I set out to whip this puppy up.

Well, To be honest, I restarted it 3 times. Yes THREE times.

It got to the point where I left it in the spare room and kept away from it for a while.  After we re-vamped Baxter's new room it has been staring at me. Calling out to me to be finished and fixed.

It was a bit "bubbly" in the middle - ie: too tight and it bubbled up in 2 spots.  I had an epiphany the other day to just cut out the middle.  So I did.  It was either that or pull the whole blasted thing apart again and start over.
Off I went with the shears...

hacked out the middle few rows...

pulled together the middle to get rid of the bumps...

and weaved it back together.

(photo's by Gretta)

Happy once again - I've added 3 rows of bright blue to the outside rings and we're not stopping there!  Unfortunately sitting on the floor - which you have to do when it gets bigger - is the WORST thing for my back.  I've been in pain for 2 days (not to mention that I did eat nightshades on my whirlwind trip to Melbourne for 500 baby chickens and some egg boxes with 2 sick kids...)

So, I might pop it to the side until I can find a way of doing it without becoming a painful monster.  But,  I can't wait to get it finished.  I envision it running to the dark blue to purple to orange to red on the outside.

My pointers for rag rugs:
1. do the braiding LOOSELY - if you don't there won't be give in it to make it sit nicely on the floor.
2. attach the strips by cutting slits in each end of strip and pull through each other to connect.  Do not use knots.  And sewing them??? You've got to be kidding - you'll be there for years.  
3. cut heaps of strips, with the slits in each end for connecting.  then do heaps of braiding, and then do the weaving it together.
4. If I were to start this rug for the 4th time... I would have made the middle strip about 2-3 feet long.  Not 12 inches.  I think it would make for a less bumpy finished product - getting around the tight corners take a bit of finesse.  


Happily growing the baby bump by the way, and totally happy that we're having a fourth baby (finally!)...  Have now decided to have this baby in Foster in a hired birthing pool with a doula at the Hospital.

I would certainly be having a home birth if it were not going to cost me upwards of $3000 - shame on you Australian Government for making it so difficult for the Independent Midwives.

The hospital has been very accommodating to my hippy ways, and I'm happy with my decisions.  I guess in the end - that is the most important thing!  Besides - staying in the hospital with my meals being brought to me for a couple of days sounds more appealing that getting back home to 3 demanding, lively, lovely children with a baby on me!

Kiddos are all being very cuddly and sweet.  Talking through my belly button to the baby. Nic took these pictures this morning after breakfast.  They were clobbering me and we were talking about where they might choose to go when they have their 10th birthday holiday with their momma.

When they were little babies I decided that I would take each child individually to a country of their choice for a 10 day holiday with just me.

So far the bets are in -
Baxter: Russia to see the Kremlin and to wear wooly hats
Gretta: Camping in South America (I was hoping for Paris, but I love this option too!)
Monty: Mexico & Italy (in hopes to find his mate Fermin!)

Happy Days to you and yours... xx


Fiona said...

I just love your rug Amy. Can you tell me roughly how wide your fabric strips are before you start braiding. And can you explain how you weave the braids together. I thought you would have to sew them.
Would really love to have a go at this.

Han & Moo said...

I am IN LOVE with the rug. Seriously gorgeous and even more so since you have put your tears and pain into it! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Also IN LOVE with the photos of you and your babies. You look glowing and I can't wait to hear of Baby #4's arrival. X

Jane @ Shady Baker said...

Wow, the rug is clever Amy!

Great photos of you and your kids. The holiday plans sounds very interesting. Also, I think a few hospital meals sound like a good idea. Enjoy your week x

Dad said...

Hows my girl? I love seeing you happy and busy creating things. I'm so proud of you, in all the things you do. We are excited to have another Grandbaby on the way. Keep us posted. Hello to Nic, sure miss being there working and visiting with you. And those kids! I want to hug and tickle them so much! Lots of hugs for all y'all. Happy Trails I L U Dad.

dixiebelle said...

It is gorgeous! I can so understand the frustration of a craft project like that, and would have cut and redone the inside part too! Love the tips too, very useful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
The rag rug looks great, it will look lovely on your wooden floor. Love the photos too.
Love Bronwyn

sharon said...

Hi Amy, have been thinking about your rug since I first saw this post, but I am with Fiona, I can't work out how you join the strips together without sewing (although I LOVE the idea!) Is there a tutorial you followed, or book? would love to hear more! Hope you are keeping well, ran into Jen (Kealy) very briefly the other day, it was at a funeral so we didn't catch up.