Weaving Fascination by Melinda James

Weaving Fascination by Melinda James


Rag Rug Weaving on ole’ Brownie

Over a year ago, I decided to try my hand at a weekend weaving class in which I would weave a scarf. I was really excited. The first weaving class I took was Weave a Scarf – Intro Class with instructor Elaine Bradley. It was a fast paced class and ended up with a beautiful woven scarf using a crammed and spaced weaving technique.

Fast forward to this past week. I was a student in Rag Rug Weaving, instructed by Christine Rogers. This was my first time weaving a Rag Rug. I had my prepared fabrics and had in my mind what I wanted my Rag Rug to look like.

Sunday evening all the students in our class got acquainted and talked about our weaving experiences. Our class had beginners and seasoned weavers that were great inspiration.

Monday and Tuesday were the decision days.  First, we discussed different types of weaves, and then decided on the size and type of weave that we would use to make our rugs. We selected our carpet warp yarn colors and wrapped our warp boards and readied our selected loom to warp. I spent Tuesday warping the loom with a beautiful purple and teal colored carpet warp yarn. To be honest, I was tired at the end of the day but looking forward to finally getting to weave on Wednesday.

I was throwing a shuttle with my strips of fabric rags using a plain weave on Wednesday afternoon with anticipation of what my rug was going to evolve into.


Rag Rug


By Friday morning, I was wide open trying to get the rug done so I could cut off before the end of class and get the rug hemmed. As everyone in class worked on completing their beautiful woven pieces, they already were chatting about what weaving class to take next.

So if any of you think, I can’t possibly do that… Yes you can! And I plan to continue with my fascination of weaving.

If you are interested in a week or weekend weaving class visit our website for more information.  www.folkschool.org