Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'm still here!

Hi everybody. I finally finished my books, and picked up a needle again. Of course, it was a toothbrush needle, and I threaded it with cotton fabric, torn into 2 inch wide strips. You can read all about it here: Aunt Philly's Toothbrush Rugs. Click to look at the picture of her sitting on the 16 by 20 FOOT rug! (This one is about 15 inches.)


I still have to weave in the working "threads" but then it is done.

I like the stitching. (It's done in a sort of a "buttonhole" stitch, and is quite relaxing when you pick up the rhythm.) I'm going to make a rug for the front door (and I will be accepting donations of cotton fabric in browns and greens... it takes 35 YARDS of fabric!). Any ideas where I can find yardage for less than $5 a yard? But the finished rug is reversible and washable, and I really like the look. It stitches up quickly too.

Tonight is music practice (for DH) so I go along and crochet in the free time. I'm still working on my mittens. Then Thursday I want to dig out my thimble and temari stitching supplies. I ordered the silk threads for the thimbles! I can't wait until it gets here.


TemariAddict said...

That's cute! My mum made something like this a few years ago. I had no idea it was called a toothbrush rug. I looked at the link that big rug is amazing!

MOM said...

Glad you're back. If your local WallyWorld still has fabrics, they often have a table of $2-$3 a yard. I'll look at Fields down the street. You probably can't wait until their tent sale. (I expect they will be selling a tent again this summer, DH!)

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Lelia said...

Locally, Hobby Lobby - JoAnn Fabrics did have some under $5, too. Maybe they will have a big sale soon!

that is really interesting!!!

Lelia said...

I have to ask --- how do you start it? I get the sorta buttonhole, but how do you start? That is just very kewl

Lelia said...

I was on Marjorie's blog & saw her mats - very very kewl!

Anonymous said...

Knew you'd have this done quickly. Can't believe the amount of fabric it takes to complete!! The finished product is quite nice though.