Saturday, 26 January 2013

I'm getting there. Rug update.

Here's a progress report on the raggy rug. It is sometimes called a peg rug, or peg mat. It has grown quite a bit over the last week, and I am getting close to the edges. My kitchen floor has squares on it, which is usefull for checking if things are square or if they have gone off course. You think you are working in a straight line but when you check you can find it has gone all wonky.
At this stage I decided to turn under the edges using the squares as a guide. I tacked lengths of string across with a big needle, tying off the ends. All I need to do now is keep going and stop when I reach the edge. The string won't need to be removed. I reckon another week or two should do it.
I have found some information about making rag/peg rugs/mats. It's very interesting. It was taken from a crafting web site, but the link on this article appears not to be working, so thanks to Bradford District Council, we can read it here.
We had another heavy snowfall last night. The snow was piled up against the back door this morning, I had to free up the cat flap. It was funny watching Heidi try and walk across the garden, every time she put her paw down she sank six inches into it. This is a visiting cat, perched on the corner of the table outside the back door.
According to the news reports it's absolutely chaos on the roads. People abandoned their vehicles on long stretches of the M6 motorway last night. Mountain rescue teams were called in to rescue some of them in the worse affected areas in Lancashire. There are a lot of road closures due to high snow drifts, especially in Yorkshire and the Lake District. Even though I am keen to go out somewhere, I think I am better off staying here for the time being. I shall be hunkering down untill it has all gone away.
Anyway, lunch time, the last of the spinach in an omlette I think. Might make a pan of curry later, I've got some peppers and a swede to use up. Have a nice weekend. Toodle pip.

23 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I didn't hear about the motorway chaos! Stay at home where it's safe and warm! Or go for a walk if you're getting cabin fever!

    Your rug is looking great! Will it be a bed for the cats or an actual rug? :)

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  2. The snow has all gone here now Ilona, but still on the South Downs.
    The rug is looking good.

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  3. That rug looks great I love it! I'm itching to make another proddy rug now :-D

    No snow here, all gone thankfully.

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  4. The rug/mat is looking wonderful! Can't wait for the finale!

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  5. The rug is coming on so well, the colour look wonderful together.

    Our snow is finally starting to melt, just as everyone else's is arriving it would seem, how nice it is to see some grass again, I'd forgotten how fresh green looks compared to white :-)

    Sue xx

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  6. Your rug is an inspiration and i love the colours. Lovely xxx Lizzie-Tish.

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  7. Thanks for the rug link! Your rug's looking very good so far :o)

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  8. It looks GREAT Ilona ! It will be fab when its done. I have to laugh, you guys are getting more snow than we are in Chicago. We have broken the record for having the least snow of any winter. Still there is February to come.............

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  9. Wow you are getting on so quickly with the rug. You must be very focused. I like the random colours. There was a tiny bit of snow yesterday in my corner of Lancashire and it was gone this morning. I am not complaining, I think we are lucky round here.

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  10. The rug looks great, I am very impressed.

    Toni

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  11. Looks fab Ilona, I really fancy having a go at a rag rug, I might make a little one to start with
    Twiggy x

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  12. I like the colors in the rug very much! The effect of the darker tones mixed looks just right :)
    The weather conditions sound treacherous, Ilona - by all means, stay in and stay safe!

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  13. I feel inspired to make a rug too! Yours looks so lovely.

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  14. How well it is growing. I remember one mingled like that when I was a child, although I know my gran used to draw designs and work to them. She used old coats, skirts etc and as she was a tailoress, working from home and making things for people plus the family she had lots of offcuts!

    Yes, we had quite a lot of snow but not so bad as the M6 where it was blocked, that's not too far away, only about 8 miles. I think it is because it is on a hill, and the wind had blown it, added to there not being much traffic to get rid of it.

    Cats are really funny in snow, ours won't go out at all, too cold for him.

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  15. You're doing a great job with the rug, I vividly remember my Nan making them when I was a young girl. Happy memories!

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  16. Loves the colours, Ilona. Reminds me of a Jackson Pollock painting or an Aboriginal painting.

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  17. Your rug is looking gorgeous. I feel inspired to have a go myself now

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  18. Heidi's rug is coming along nicely...good for you Ilona.

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  19. Wow you must have been prodding night and day. It's looking great.

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  20. Those kitty paw prints in the snow gave me a laugh :)

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  21. Are you experiencing spring fever at the moment? :) When do you start planting in your area? The rug is looking very nice. Such a great way to repurpose.

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  22. The Wayback Machine is great for dead links. Copy the web address in the box with "http://" on it, then press the "Take me back", and chose the first date it appeared. Sometimes you may want to check newer dates, if it may have been updated.

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