Sunday, November 6, 2016

Amish Knot/ Toothbrush Rug Basket or Hot Pads

This is just a quick post for those who may have purchased a gift set basket and want a visual aid for forming the knots in a basket.

When you are creating a rug or hot pad, you will be pulling OUT to create the knots. for basket making, when you are creating the walls of the basket, PULL UP and your walls be defined better and the outside rows will look much nicer.

See a video on my Facebook page here: Making knots on a basket

If you want full instructions or a nice gift set for learning how to create rugs, hot pads or baskets, visit my Etsy Shop. Kits come with fabric and instructions.

Whimsies and Rugs on Etsy

Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rugs Gift Set Starter Kits by Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

Happy Rugging!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Add Fringe to Your Knotted Rug

When making a knotted rug using the Toothbrush or Amish Knot technique, you can add fringe to the outside edges for a whole new look!

Rug by fourelevenrox (Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs)

Here's how:

Extra ideas and tips:

*Adding an EXTRA KNOT after you attach each piece of fringe will help to secure it during washings. It may not be necessary, but with some fabrics it will help. If your fringe doesn't knot tightly, go ahead and add that extra knot.

Use several colors or choose one color to compliment the rug.

Using fringe is a great way to extend the size of your rug if you are running low on fabric.

You can increase the size of your rug by 6" when added fringe.

Make your 8" fabric section as wide as you can. Then, cut the 1" strips.

8" strips = 2.5" fringe tails

The rug in the video was 22" before the fringe was added. 100 strips of fabric were used to create the fringe. Finished size with fringe is 28".

Don't forget to check out the other videos and tips for how to create these washable, durable and beautiful rugs! Go to the Knotted Rug Help tab at the top of the page, or just click here:
  More Rug Info

Happy Rugging!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Lose the "Stair Step" in your Knotted Rug

When making a knotted rug with the Toothbrush or Amish Knot technique, you must remember that you will be working in a spiral. Each time you come to a full round, you will not meet up exactly with the previous row of knots.
This is no problem when you are creating a rug with many colors in a mixed pattern, but if you want a rug with distinct bands or rows of colors, you will develop what we ruggers call the "Stair Step".

It can be visually distracting for those who want a more even transition with a change of color.

How to lose the stair step in a knotted rug
I've put together a quick video to show how make the color change without the "Stair Step" look.

Each time you want to change colors, You END THE RUG, and then add a new strip/color as above. If you want two different colors, one for the working strip and one for the runner, add the new runner color at the end of your "tail".
To see how I end my rugs, visit this blog post:
End a Rug

Here are some rugs where I have used this technique:
No Stair Step look on these Toothbrush Rugs fourelevenrox - Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

It works on oval rugs too! The trick is to change colors in a different spot each time. This will avoid to much bulk, in the same area of each rug and make the transitions smoother.

Happy Rugging!