I invited a few friends over at the weekend to celebrate the launch of my book – The Knitted Nursery Collection – but it was mostly an excuse to show off my newly finished rag rug!
I started working on this about two and a half years ago when I redecorated my living room and the room now finally feels complete!
My front door opens directly into the living room so I lose quite a bit of space to the stomping through to the kitchen area. I decided to make the rag rug circular because I thought it would make the rest of the room feel cosy and separate it from the stomping path. It works really well!
When I started working on it, my friend (who’s mum is an expert rag rugger) recommended that I used fleece blanket type materials so that they wouldn’t fray. I half listened to her! I used a mixture of cheap fleece blankets from Ikea alongside some cheap curtains from Ikea, some old faded curtains I already had and an old tweedy skirt. The fleece has worked brilliantly but the other bits are fraying and I seem to be constantly covered in little bits of fabric! I’m hoping it will be like using a yarn that sheds whilst knitting and then settles down when you start wearing it. Fingers crossed it will stop shedding soon!
I really like the back of it – it looks like pebbles. It was slipping all over the place when I first put it down, so I’ve sewn some non-slip backing on and it’s amazing – I’ve tried dancing on it and it doesn’t slip at all!
Because the rag rug felt a bit like a mammoth overwhelming project, and was perhaps less relaxing than knitting – I declared Sunday night as rag rug night and it was a great way to chip away at it bit by bit.