Featured Rug of the Month--
Waste Not Want Not Rug 31"x20"
Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor
We all have leftover yarn from knitting, crochet, weaving and rug hooking projects. They gather in bags which are pushed under tables and shelves, because we think we will someday get the inspiration to do something with them. This rug was just such a project for me.
To tell you the truth, I have several of these bags lying around my house. I swear the yarn has babies when left alone for long enough, because it seems like no matter how many "hit or miss" rugs I make, there is always more yarn!
I took this unmatched, yucky yarn from various knitting and hooking projects, and I separated it randomly into three piles. All of the yarn that was in balls I made into cross-tied skeins first so they would not become a tangled mess in the dyeing process.
Then I threw the prepared piles of yarn into dyepots, each containing a light dye of red, pine green and golden brown. The result was a very attractive array of yarn, still very much "hit or miss", but now they looked like they all went together nicely.
I chose the simplest "hit or miss" style, going in straight lines, with perpendicular sections, but there is really no limit to the way I could have filled in the main background. I could have done squares, log cabin, diamonds, basket-weave, stars, lambs tongue, primitive flowers, swirls, zig zags... you get the idea.
The rug was an absolute delight to hook, and I didn't have to buy a scrap of yarn to make it!
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Bag of leftovers, un-matched... blah
Same leftovers, overdyed... yum!