Sunday, June 19, 2016

Watch it Grow Rug Series #5 It is Finished!

The oval rug I've been working on is FINISHED!

The completed rug is 61" x 42".

I am so glad that I decided to do this series because blogging about the process slowed me down enough to record important information that will be so helpful for future rugs.

I started with 12 sheets:
1 Queen flat sheet
2 Full flat sheet
9 Twin flat sheet
(Fabric strips left over were approximately the equivalent of  4 sheets.)

5 hours TOTAL time to prepare all 12 sheets for the rug. 
That's measuring and ripping the strips, cleaning the strings from the strips and organizing them all for easy access.

23.5 Hours Knotting Time
I worked on the rug 20 different days taking 30 minutes - 2 hours each day depending on my schedule.

Adjusted Time and Amount of Fabric Used:

23.5 hours knotting time
3 hours fabric prep time (adjusted to reflect the use of 8 sheets)
It took 26.5 hours to complete a rug 61" x 42"

fourelevenrox Watch it Grow 61" x 42" Oval Rug

I used the equivalent of 8 flat bed sheets, various sizes - mostly twin = 33 yards (approx.)
12 colors were used in the rug. 11 pastels, with mostly a cream runner or core strip.

So hard to get a clear, crisp photo of the full size!

Thanks for watching this rug grow with me! Now we all know about  how much fabric and time is needed for a 60" oval toothbrush rug.
If you would like to see the process from the beginning,
click this link: Watch it Grow Rug Series

Saturday, June 18, 2016

ToothBrush Rug: How to Load or Thread Your Rug Needle

This week, I've had two requests for explaining how to put a fabric strip onto a toothbrush rug tool, a/k/a Amish Knot rug needle.

Here's a quick video to explain:
How to load or thread your rug tool -

If you would like to see other tips and tutorials, click on the tab at the top of the page, or use this shortcut -


Happy Rugging!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Altered Magnet Miniature Art

This broken refrigerator magnet has a new lease on life in a peaceful little miniature scene.

Tip: To remove a magnet, try using a heat gun. Apply heat for a few seconds. Often, the magnet will slide right off. Then, sand lightly.
A great way to recycle any item into a miniature scene for fairy gardens or shadow boxes!

Broken eaves

Serenity by Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
This sene and other miniature scenes, fairy gardens and tea cup gardens can be seen at Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs