PRODDED RUG MAKING
This doormat was hooked in 10 oz hessian from
dyed wool blanket.
Prepare your hessian by pulling a thread along the
edge (width and length) as a guide when cutting to ensure a straight
edge allowing one inch all round for your hem.
- Make a 1" hem by hand or machine. The mat is
worked right up to the edge through the double thickness of the hem
and there is no further finishing to do as the strips of material
flop over the edge.
- Draw your design with thick felt pens with the
rough side of the hem towards you.
- Oversew the hessian centrally into the frame with
strong thread used double with the hem facing you on top.
- Wind the hessian onto the frame until about
18" to 24" is exposed then stretch in the frame anchoring
in place with the pegs.
- Cut clippings 1/2" to 5/8" wide by
2" to 3" long. Lighter weight materials should be cut wider
and doubled. Experiment with different widths and lengths until you
are satisfied with the result.
- Make a large hole with your prodder and poke the
end of your clipping halfway through the hole. With your other hand
underneath the hessian, catch the clipping and pull down to half it's length.
- Make a second hole about 1/4" away from the
first and poke the other end of the clipping through this pulling
down from underneath to even up the two ends.
- Poke your second clipping through the same hole
as the end of the first clipping.
Follow the design as you prod to give movement to pattern.
- When you have finished your rug, carefully snip
the stitches to remove it from the frame so as not to damage the
webbing. Trim the surface of any long ends to give a neat pile but do
not try to obtain a completely flat surface.
- You may wish to protect your rug by spraying with
Scotchguard and prevent slipping, if used on a wooden floor, by
coating the back with Copydedex or other latex.
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