Work in progress: Warp-face wool rug

Part of the reason for me to change my website over to a blog was to publicly humiliate myself. How? By highlighting projects that have been stuck in limbo, thus giving me a reason to get my rear in gear and get the dang thing done. This is one of those projects.

Rug on loom - front view Rug on loom - side view Rug on loom - rear view

Mr. Penney and I need a rug for the entry of our home, so I decided that I could weave it. I got the yarn for the project from R & M Yarns. All of the yarns are either odd lots or mill ends, and remind me of Rugby yarn.

Since the yarn is odd lots and such, I am using several shades of a color together as one color for a warp-face rug. This insured that I would have enough yarn to do whatever design I wanted, and maybe add some depth to the rug. Joanne Tallarovic does this with many of her projects. I used my Fiberworks PCW to work out the design, which went through several iterations. I will get into that in another post.

As you can see, I have actually gotten to the point of warping the loom. This process always seems to take forever with me, but is taking an exceptionally long time in this case. Here are my excuses:

  1. These things
  2. Home projects
  3. Where the loom is, I feel like I am in a dungeon (and no Tim, not that kind)
  4. I am questioning how I am going to do the hems on the rug once it is finished

Now #1 and #2 are understandable. Priorities and everything, you know. #3 is making me realize that I am kind of claustrophobic. Maybe not to the point that one sees in the movies, but I do feel rather closed in where the big floor loom currently is. Problem is that I don’t feel comfortable moving the loom to a new location until the warp is completely on.

#4 is a strangle little tick that I have that probably isn’t that unusual (I hope.) Once a potential problem with a project comes to mind, that project tends to go into limbo, or at least a slow down, until I figure out how I am going to fix the problem. Part of the reasoning for this is that I don’t want to do something that will limit my possibilities for a solution, which is a good thing. The other part of the reasoning is that I get into analysis paralysis, which is not a good thing. Fortunately, I will be picking the brain of Tom Knisely, who knows a great deal about weaving this type of rug, this weekend.