WIPWednesday 4-4-18

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This photo was from Friday, before I finished this project. I had fallen Thursday morning and scraped the palm of my left hand which is why I put it on a frame. I prefer to use a sashiko-like technique and am always turning the work so I prefer to work without a frame if possible (and I don't do the sort of large pieces that *require* a frame. I couldn't hold the fabric with my left hand and keep the bandage on it though, so by adding the frame (which I *could* support with my left hand with no need for dexterity) and using a stabbing motion instead of a running stitch I was able to move forward at a pace that surprised me.

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I guess this is the "big reveal" of what had better be the final design for this carpet. Once again I'm not using a frame. I don't want to spend what it would cost to buy a large enough frame, do the prep work required to attach it to a frame without warping the burlap, or take up the floor space that even a collapsible frame would require. Instead I apply the small amount of tension required by either holding a corner against my body or by sitting on an edge, which apparently was how some of the New England rag hooked rugs were done as well according to YouTube.

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This is a sample of 4 strand braid-in rag rug using the medium length strips of t shirt yarn. I learned the technique from a YouTube channel that focuses on different types of rag rugs, and I really like way it works as well as the interesting pattern created by changing colors one strand at a time. The next color will be white as the only four colors I had when I started were navy, red, white, and burgundy and I didn't think the burgundy would look good next to the red. I'm thinking now that I should have gone with burgundy, white, navy, red as the progression, but I don't think it bothers me enough to start over.

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