Braided rugs are nostalgic, and have a feeling of home about them, but they are more than just a country accent, or a remembrance of the old frontier days. In past centuries they were a necessity, and using them was a way to make a warming rug, by using leftover dress fabric. However, today these braided rugs have made a comeback, and people realize that they are a way of preserving the environment, of recycling, and of adding a beautiful homemade accent to a home.
A braided knot rug can be made of many materials. They can be made of fabric, old rug material, plastic bags, etc. This is a project that takes some time, so you want to think of it like you think of your knitting, as something to do while watching T.V.
- If you plan on using fabric, then you will need lots of fabric scrap to start, and you will want to find some type of large container for the fabric. You will also need a strong large upholstery needle, and strong thread.
- First, cut thin strips of your fabric, or material, and make those about the same size of approximately 2 inches wide. Place them all into your container so you have enough fabric to start. You can use just about any type of fabric, like cotton, wool, denim or any combination.
- In the next step you want to sew the ends of the fabric together, so you have very long strips. Then you want to fold the raw edges under, fold the strip in half, and then iron it. When you are ready to sew the strips together, you want to overlap them by about an inch and then sew them together.
- Once you have three sewn strips, you want to start braiding the fabric together. You braid the fabric just as you would hair. This means you need to use three strips of sewn fabric. The longer you create the braid the larger your rug will be.
- If you want to make a round rug, then start turning your braid in a circular motion and make the circle tight and then start sewing it in place. When you start lacing, or sewing the braid in the form you want. Don't sew through the fabric, but instead loop the needle around one of the braided loops, and interchange an over and then an under loop, as if you were tying the braid together instead of sewing it.