I had a pile of my children’s t-shirts from high school, all x-l. There must have been one from every activity. They represented a good chunk of money. I thought I could transform them into rugs.
I used my rotary cutter to make 2.5″ wide continuous strips and rolled them onto cardboard tubes. I got 18-24 ft per shirt.
I had done some reading about weaving and knew the basics. The wonderful people in the chat room encouraged me to grab my daughter’s 20″ rigid heddle loom, any kind of warp thread and go for it. That is just what I did.
I warped 5 per inch with crochet thread that was laying around. Grabbed a balll of shirt and wove. I used the whole ball just to see how far one shirt would go.
Rug#1 finished 15″ x 32″. Not great but looks good infront of my washer.
Rug#2 finished 17″x 32″. I controlled the draw-in better. The colors were planned.
The dishcloths are 10 epi and are made of cotton yarn. If your monitor isn’t too bright you just might see the pastel colors. they are app. 11×11 inches.
The quilt isn’t woven, but I thought I’d show it off, too.
Sakiori is a traditional Japanese technique of rag weaving.
In Japan, rag weaving is known as Sakiori and has been used to weave traditional kimono.
The rag strips are cut quite finely and woven into a tweed-like fabric.
Sakiori in Nishinomiya
Gramma Ashiwa tears vintage cotton cloth into strips and weaves them into beautiful sakiori
fabric. Sakiori and Sashiko
Sakiori is woven from strips of old fabric and is commonly used for work clothing.
Saki means rag and oru means to weave. This site describes the warp as being a fairly
heavy weight yarn. The cloth strips are cut in a zig-zag fashion, about 1/2 inch wide,
starting from the selvage edge, to within 1/2″ of the next selvage, creating a long,
narrow strip. The strip is rolled and used as weft.
“Someone asked me what a Catalogne is. Here is the information I sent: a catalogne has its origins in Europe, L’encyclopédie de l’artisnat :Bois et Textiles, 1975, says that it would hold its name from Sieur de Catalan who lived in the 17th century. At this time the catalogne was a carpet. It has been brought here in Quebec as a carpet (most of our ancestors are French) but it was turned into a bed blanket in the area around Quebec city. A traditional catalogne is made out of old clothes while the commercial one are of new material. It is woven at 24 threads of coton 2/8 an inch.
This is my work, I wove it with an experienced women only four months after I started weaving! The design is my own creation, no experience except for some calculations to make it fit. You probably can figure out that I love weaving.
The weft is strips of fabric of 3/4 to 1cm wide. My aunty uses even smaller but does not use cotton weft threads between the fabric as I did. She says it is not the traditional way of making catalogne. She bases her comment on my great grand-mother and grand-mother’s way of working. I guess this is a really godly source to call something ‘traditional’. I did not know that when I wove mine.”
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