Monday, April 22, 2013


I have been gone for a little while.  I took a trip to the other side of the world, and in a matter of hours the wonders of modern transportation have taken me from the third world, back home to my shower, my bed and to Dear One!  Most of the story is not mine to tell, but I think I will be ready to do a post this friday over on the Tuesday Weavers blog.

Re-entry has not been as bad as it could be, I tried to initiate a normal sleep pattern during the return flights so that when I got home last night, I was able to go to sleep around 9:30 and I slept all the way to 7am!  Now if my brain would catch up to my body, it would be perfect!

I did a few 5 minute room rescues, to straighten up the place just a little bit, and  I have had several cups of coffee and hot tea to keep hydrated, and jump start the day a bit.  I have already used a fantastic machine that I have, a couple of times today.  I don't know if you have heard about it.  You put soap in it, add your dirty laundry, turn it on and in 20 minutes or so all those clothes are clean and ready to hang out to dry!  It is wonderful!

This morning, after the laundry was taken care of, I went upstairs to the studio and wove a couple of inches on a hand towel, when I noticed that my beat was off and that I might have to take it out.

 I stopped immediately, deciding to make that decision later, when I wasn't  in a fog, and grabbed a stack of t-shirts to process for my next rug. 

That is now done and it is time to make some lunch, Dear One is joining me today, and then off to watch the in town grand babies!  Back to my normal life!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, April 5, 2013

T-Shirt Demolition!

After a little trial and error, this is how I do it anyway!

I take a t-shirt,  this one is left over from youth retreat a couple of years ago, but any old t-shirt will do!

This one happens to be a kids size medium, which is great for taking pictures, but really, the bigger they are the more I like em!  (Bring on the 2x!)
 The first thing I do is cut the shirt from armpit to armpit.
 Then, see that underarm seam, cut as close as you can to it, so that it opens up the top of the shirt to lay flat.........

 like this.
 Take your best shears and cut just under the hem to open it up without having to take the time to pick out the stitching, though the serging on this hem is huge, and I may have been temped to take a seam ripper to it!

Normally they are quite small so I cut them.

Now do the same thing to the other sleeve.
 Then overlap the 2 opened up hems and stitch them together so that you form a circle of fabric.

The last step is to cut out the crew neck, I do this so that I am not tempted to cut into it while I am at the strip cutting phase!

 I opened up the hem on the body of the t-shirt, so now I have  2 tubes of fabric ready to strip!  I will to do this to about 10 shirts that I want to make into a rug.  Then I will use my Frazier rag cutter to cut all the strips before I start weaving. 

When I did my second t-shirt rug, I thought that 7 shirts would be enough, but it took 10!  I did have some left over that I can use in my next rug, but it took a time away from the weaving, and I had to work late one night.

Here is what is left over from the demolition process.  There will be a triangle or two left over when I cut the strips, but not much at all!

I hope you enjoyed the show!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina