Weaving

Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends On A Rag Rug

(1.)Tie up loose ends Verb (Idiomatic) To deal with the minor consequences of a previous action; to tidy up, finish, or complete. “Removing her name from the mailing list was her way of tying up loose ends.” Wiktionary It’s an expression most of us have heard or used at one time or another. But do…

Flax Straw Waiting To Be Rippled

Flax Straw Waiting To Be Rippled

Rippling Will Remove The Bolls & SeedsThe flax straw from this summer is waiting in the barn for me. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to “ripple” it this week. Rippling is the process by which the bolls and seeds are removed from the flax. If you don’t already know, a boll is the rounded seed…

Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

Rag Strips For A Rug

I’m making a few rag rugs for the kitchen. Rag weaving makes good use of old worn out sheets, old clothing and leftover fabric pieces from past sewing projects. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast. The rug in the…

Growing Dish Towels In The Garden

Tied Flax Shock Against Fence Post

A couple of days ago I harvested the flax that I planted in the early spring. This year’s flax crop did very well because we’ve had plenty of rain. Lots of moisture is of benefit when growing flax. But rain is also a benefit to unwanted garden weeds. The flax plot this year was very…

A Few Basic Weaving Terms

Sleying A Reed Using a Sley Hook

I’ve been weaving off and on for about 20 years. In fact at one time I had a part-time weaving business. There actually is a very small living in some types of custom weaving – especially rag rugs. Rag weaving is one of my favorite types of weaving because it makes good use of old…

A Small Plot Of Flax For Home Grown Linen

A Small Plot Sown In Flax

In spite of all the moving/not moving craziness, I managed to sow a small plot of flax for cloth . The variety that I planted this year is called “Marylin”. From first sowing the seed to harvest is about 100 days. I used a garden spreader to sow the flax seed instead of just broadcasting…