|My Stash of Romney Rug Yarn|
Once I had the yarn in hand, learning how to work with it became my next task. Doing a trial run on own, I discovered that I needed more information about rug construction. As carefully as I wove my first rug, I unwove it, saving all of the yarn. For my birthday, my husband gave me some private weaving lessons with a local weaver named Susan Rockwell. Through my trial and lesson with Susan I learned much about rug weaving:
|Double Warp Threads of Strong Cotton|
|Weighted Tapestry Beater Packs the Wool|
- Use a dark colored warp thread.
- Run two strands of warp thread through each dent in the reed.
- Weaving a strong header is crucial.
- Using a weighted tapestry beater packs the yarn tightly so that the warp thread disappears into the wool.
- Weave at a high tension on the warp.
- "Bubbling" the weft with each pass allows the yarn to have more depth in the warp, making a softer feel to the rug.
Yesterday, I pulled my first rug off of the loom!
It is amazing! The rug has much loft and feels quite soft under my feet. Mmmmm....what a luxury!
I can see how this could become quite addicting. As with all the fiber arts, I love the feel of the wool through my hands, the unfolding of rich color as I work, and the satisfaction of knowing that the wool from my own sheep has turned into a lovely, useful item.
"She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands."
|Bubbling the Weft|
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