A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled onto a tutorial for how to make a woven rug using a Hula Hoop and an old t shirt. I thought that the stars had aligned and the heavens sang. But alas my journey did not come a happy ending.
Now I do think all of this was MY problem, not the problem of the tutorial. Though perhaps the tutorial doesn’t go enough in depth as I would like it to…but I’m kind of weird like that. I want a discussion on how stretchy the knit should be, a guide for the gauge of the weave and other crazy things. But I want to share this with you because I think some of you could get this to work and if I had the time I would experiment more with cotton strips vs knit.
It all starts with a t-shirt…. (and I cheated and cut up yardage of knit fabric for the weaving)
I followed the directions and cut 1.5″ strips. And I think that is fine for the fabric you wrap around the hula hoop. But for the fabric I wove, it ended up being way to skinny. I think the bulk of the problem lay here because this made my weave too tight.
And next came the hula hoop….
wrap those strips you cut from your t-shirt around the hula hoop. I thought that they would move around a lot, but they actually stayed right in place.
And then you start weaving… and weaving… and weaving… in and out, in and out. over, under, over, under… stop when you are ready to shoot yourself. Cut the knit spokes and knot around the edge of the rug.
And if you are lucky, then you end up with a rug. I however, due to major tension issues, ended up with a sort of baskety bowl. But not strong enough to be an actual basket mind you. Then I could count this as a success.
Hmm.. it’s not quite right. Oh well. The colors weren’t making me happy either. I quickly decided to emotionally let go of this project and hand it over to my daughter to enjoy.
I think she is channeling her inner Jamaican. lol
It may actually have found some use as a nest of sorts for a few precious stuffed animals.
Well, you can’t win them all.