This time I will try to send some pic´s of my latest project- a rag rug
for the first time in many years. It goes on 12 shafts & treadles. I
have been working with the design for quite a while – and 2 days ago
I finally got it exactly as I would like it to be.
In this rainy windblowing greyish country in the north of Europe –
Weavers are a very ingenious and thrifty lot. We don’t like to waste anything, especially our own handwoven items. I think for this reason, twice-woven cloth has been a popular method of recycling in many countries. Fabric is cut or torn into narrow strips and used as weft to make rugs, clothing and other useful articles. Different ways of cutting, folding and reweaving the cloth have developed into techniques unique to each country.
In Japan, rag weaving is known as Sakiori and has been used to weave traditional kimono.
In France or in Quebec, thin strips of cloth are woven as weft and made into bedcovers.
In Finland, narrow cloth strips are called Poppana and are woven into clothing and table runners. Poppana is a Finnish technique of cloth strips that are cut on the bias, and rewoven as weft into cloth.