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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Braided Rug: Part 2

I wish sewing machines could count mileage. I must've clocked so much time just sitting there, sewing round and round and round...

But it looks so good! The rug got so big that I had to move my ironing board to the floor to iron it. 

I also used my stats textbook to keep the center flat. Who knew education had so many practical uses. 

And this is what it looked like when it was finished! I made sure to get some pictures holding it to give an idea of the scale.

Because all the fabric is braided, there's a really cool texture when you walk on it with bare feet. And the colors came out so well - can you believe this is all recycled materials??

You may have also seen the picture I posted on Instagram as I was finishing the rug: 

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From far away, you can't see the stitching, but it starts to pop out as you get closer, which I love! I tried to match the thread as best I could, but it still had great contrast in areas with several colors. 

This is what it looks like in the studio: 

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I just used this technique to make a little bowl too - I think there are more projects like this in my future!

And summer break is starting next week, so I will begin posting every week starting next Wednesday. Hopefully I can actually keep it up for the whole summer this time!
-Taft WK 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Braided Rug: Part 1

Over the last year or so, I've had the wonderful opportunity to work at Little Artistas, a children's art studio in my neighborhood. The owner recently hired me to sew them a rug for the studio from recycled fabrics - and it's been so much fun!

I don't have pictures of all the materials, but I started with several balls of strips of fabric in a variety of colors. The plan is to start with the warm colors (pink first) and slowly swap them out with cool colors until we get to gray. 

You might have seen the beginning of the project on Instagram: 

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Since then, I've just been braiding and sewing! Thank goodness for my industrial machine, there's no other way we could have sewn this rug without it. 

Here's another picture from Instagram:

A photo posted by Taft Weber-Kilpack (@taftisseamstress) on

I got a batch of extra large needles for my machine - and they're awesome! It made the sewing for this project so much faster because you don't have to worry about the needle breaking. 

Here's all the warm colors....

And we've started to get to the cooler colors!

It kind of reminds me of a sunrise...

There will be another post in a few weeks about finishing this project - I absolutely love how it turned out!
-Taft WK