August 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

This is the second braided rug I’ve worked on and completed this summer. The first one is in greys and black, and you can see it here. Working with colour made it more challenging to come up with a colour scheme and make it look good. I had many more colours of t-shirt yarn available to me but I decided to stick with blues, oranges and reds.

For the grey rug I managed to only use materials made from Boris’ collection of startup/tech conference shirts, but for this one I used a few shirts sources from Value Village because I wanted specific colours. If you’re going to buy second-hand shirts to make yarn, I highly recommend mens extra large shirts to maximize material.

Completed Braided Rug

Completed braided rug - detail

I made this over a three week period, which included making four or five additional balls of yarn. It was a great project to work on in the evenings while binging on Netflix.

The tutorials I used to learn how to make t-shirt yarn and the braided rug can be found in this previous blog post.

August 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

Last night I decided to take apart and redo the centre of the braided rug. I disliked the colours I started with and the farther along I got with the rug, the more it bothered me. I was hesitant to do this because I wasn’t sure if the process of undoing the braids would somehow mess up the rest of the piece. Thankfully it worked out fine.

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The centre of the rug was a mix of red, navy blue, and orange yarn, and it was the orange I decided to replace with a bright blue. I think it ties in better with what is currently the blue outer edge but will eventually be just another stripe of colours in the rug.

Work in Progress: Braided Rug
Before

Work in Progress: Braided Rug
After

The new colours make the centre stand out better, and toned down the overwhelming orange. There will be more red and blue in the rest of the rug, and a few other colours I haven’t decided upon yet.

I have a lot of work left to do because the braided rug is currently only twenty-two inches wide, and I want it to be about five feet.

August 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Boris and I were over on Bowen Island for the long weekend, and I brought along the materials to begin work on my second braided rug project. I want this one to be colourful, and a long oval shape.

My biggest struggle with this one will be figuring out how to make the colours flow. I started working with the orange yarns because I have three balls in various shades and I will use these and the red one to carry throughout the entire piece. I wasn’t expected to make an orange rug, but now that I’m this far along with it, an orange rug is what it’s going to be.

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To give you an idea about the scale of this (because it looks small in the photo) the centre section above is about ten inches long. The colours are way off in this first photo, but the third photo is closer to what it actually looks like.

Work in progress - second braided rug

Work in progress - second braided rug

I’m pleased with how much progress I made on this over the weekend because I also spent a lot of time outside walking, swimming, and reading a book. I would love to finish this rug by the end of August and have it brightening up our bedroom floor in the fall.