Knitting Fabric Rugs
28 Colorful Designs for Crafters of Every Level
by Karen Tiede
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC (July 28, 2015)
Stuck in a hat/shawl/sock/cowl rut? Looking to take your knitting skills in a bit of a new direction? It's easy - just arm yourself with a copy of Knitting Fabric Rugs, some colorful strips of recycled fabric, and a pair of size 10 needles!
Trends come and go, but colorful accent rugs seem to be a new staple of contemporary design. Unfortunately, some of these fun, little pieces can sell for hundreds of dollars - not exactly fitting into everyone's budget. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thought "why would I spend $300 on that when I could make it myself?"
So, why not make it yourself? You probably have all of the materials you need hanging in your closet... collecting dust. It's time to upcycle! Don't toss your old clothing into the donation pile, reuse and repurpose it into colorful, fun, knitted rugs!
In Knitting Fabric Rugs, Karne Tiede teaches an innovative technique for creating fabulous designs. Karen was inspired by handwoven rag rugs and bags. Combining her love of these DIY projects with her background in knitting, Karen created her own method of upcycling fabrics into beautiful rugs.
Knitting Fabric Rugs starts off with a lovely introduction entitled "Knitted Rugs - The Backstory" and is followed by eight knitty-gritty chapters all about materials, the process and techniques:
- Materials: The Heart of a Fabric Rug
- Color! Rules of Thumb
- Process: Rug-Making Nuts and Bolts
- Earn Your Stripes
- Tantalizing Tessellations
- Log Cabin Design and Beyond
- Spirited Spirals
- Inspiration: Going Free-Form
Instructions for 28 different rugs are included, many of which draw inspiration from traditional quilt patterns. Karen also discusses her own inventive approach to color blending, spiral patterns and freeform design.
Perhaps you're a beginner knitter wondering how on earth you could create these beautiful rugs? No worries... you don't need to be a master knitter to create masterpieces! The rugs require a knowledge of just the simple knit stitch and are worked in modular sections, which are later sewn together. This helps to make the projects portable (which is something all knitters love) and easy to work on.
Knitting Fabric Rugs has inspired me to take a second look at my Goodwill pile and rethink what I can do with some favorite, but well-worn, t-shirts. While I haven't started a knitted rug project just yet, I look forward to working on one... most likely over the winter, after the holiday knitting rush slows down.
About the Author: Karen Tiede markets her rug designs on her website, Rugs from Rags. In addition to doing her own design work and teaching, she is also a weaver and woodcarver. Karen lives in Moncure, North Carolina.
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