New Rug

Since we changed the carpet in the living room our hearth rug ddoesn’t match and we’ve struggled to find something we like within budget. So I suggested to Hubby that I made one using fleece in natural colours, no design so that it wouldn’t clash with the stripes. We have an open fire so do need it to be a reasonably dark colour.

I laid out raw BFL x Jacob fleece then two layers of Shetland followed by a further layer of raw BFL/Jacob.I wanted a longer and narrower rug than our current one. At the part way stage I was worried it wouldn’t shrink down enough but it has. After lots of rolling I did a final cold wash and rinse in the washing machine. I just love the finished item.

It’s not yet dry but I couldn’t wait to show it to you. The natural colours vary from grey and caramel through to dartk brown.

Bit of a dark photo – sorry. Looks quite smart, great natural colours, wool is self extinguishing so a good choice in front of a fire, goes well with the stripes and will no doubt be much beloved by the cats. Rugs are quite work intensive but I enjoy making them, can feel another one coming on.

2 Replies to “New Rug”

  1. Hi Angela, I just came across your site as I was browsing, it’s so interesting. That rug is beautiful! I’m an amateur feltmaker and have never tried anything as big as a rug. Good to know it can be finished in the washing machine. Please could you tell me roughly what weight of fleece you needed for something that large? The other thing is you mentioned something called wool paper, in an earlier post, did you ever put up a tutorial for it? I ask because I’ve made prefelts before but they tend to be quite fluffy/thick and quite tricky as you said to get definition so I’d be very interested in an alternative. Thank you so much!

  2. Welcome Gaynor. For a rug of this size you’d need approximately 1kg of wool. Wool paper is easy to make using wallpaper paste although a non fungal paste is best. You don’t need fancy equipment a bit of net (dressmaking net, cheap to buy) and some paste is all it takes.Put down a piece of net, lay the fibres out either in two fine layers at 90 degrees to each other or in one fine random layer, cover with 2nd piece of net then apply the paste with a brush pushing it through the fibres. Flip over and check the back to ensure fibres are wt. hang to dry. When dry, peel away from the net and voila! you have wool paper

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