Rug Testing

Little Dandelion Floor Rug in product testing phase.

Little Dandelion Floor Rug in product testing phase.

Little Dandelion Floor Rug in product testing phase. I'm always thinking of ways to expand my range. I love tinkering with my raw materials too. So I came up with an idea of making a woollie chain and stitching it together to make a floor rug. I have made two now. One for the little people's bedroom and the other for our entrance area. We have deliberately placed them in high traffic areas to see how they will wear: always a concern with my delicate wares. So far so good.

This is how the rug began its journey:

silver chain 1
silver chain 1

It is so luscious and soft but just too soft to stay in this form. So, I have to felt it.

silver chain felted
silver chain felted

This is the silver chain drying on our balcony after it had been felted. It is hard to do these things in winter as the sun has no warmth. Bring on summer when I tend to be much more prolific in my woollie production.

Once it is felted, I then started stitching the rug together by hand.

rug 1 30:8
rug 1 30:8

The amount of time this takes is incredible. Having never done one before, it was all a bit of an experiment. I figured that it could take me a while but, oh my goodness, by the time I had completed the rug, I felt every one of my 39 years.

Rug 30:8
Rug 30:8

Almost there.

Rug 4 - 30:8
Rug 4 - 30:8

Me trying to keep a check on my posture.

Anyway, I think it looks lovely and we are all enjoying having the rug underfoot. Fingers crossed that it will wear and wash well. If it does, you'll able to have one in your own homes soon.

rug prototype with teddy
rug prototype with teddy

This is the one I made for the little people and friends.