Friday, September 25, 2015

Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tip #2

Friday's Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tips

Tip #2 Fabrics that are the same color on both sides are the easiest to work with.

WHITEHOUSE WHIMSIES AND RUGS Toothbrush Rug Tip #2 by fourelevenrox

Why? Because as you create knots, your fabric strip will twist and turn, often causing the “wrong” side to be visible. To prevent this, you must gently fold the fabric and turn the right side up. This will cause your knotting process to slow down. It is well worth the extra time if you have a beautiful fabric you really want to use, but if you are a beginner, you may want to stick to solids with matching sides front and back.

To see how I fold my fabric as I knot, you can view a quick video on YouTube here: Making Knots

More Amish Knot/Toothbrush blog posts: click here

Happy Rugging!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tip #1

Friday's Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tips

Tip #1 Do-it-Yourself Tool!

When I first started making these Amish Knot rag rugs, I used a homemade tool. You can use a safety pin, or strong wire fashioned into a loop. I have even used a pair of tweezers with tape on the ends. Homemade toothbrush rug tools are not ideal, but until you get a tool, they will work!  

DIY Tool idea from Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

I am now selling Rug Starters and Rug kits. I take care of the hardest part, the starter. You may purchase a mini starter, a mini starter kit, or an entire kit- everything you need to make your own rug. Or you can just buy the tool!

Visit my Etsy shop for options. I add new starters and kits often.

See how I start my round rugs: How to start a Round Amish Knot (toothbrush rug)

Happy Rugging!

*These rugs are referred to as both Amish Knot Rugs and Toothbrush Rugs. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Planting Tips for Tea Cup Gardens

Planting a garden in a tea cup is easy. Keeping the plant alive is a little trickier.

Unless you drill holes into the bottom of your tea cup, your garden will not drain when it is watered. Knowing what plants to use, how to set it up and how to water your tea cup garden is important for your tea cup garden (or mug) to thrive. 

I've had great success with this mug garden:

Four Eleven Rox Mug Garden
This mug has no drain holes, yet it is thriving!
Part of the success is the plants I used.
A Close up shot:

Perfect plants for tea cup and mug gardens
The plants used here are "Baby Tears".
Info on Baby Tears can be found here: Baby Tears

Pilea or "Aquamarine" is another great plant similar to the two in my mug garden. Info here: Pilea
Here is a video showing how I planted this garden and tips for why it is thriving. Enjoy!

If you would like to purchase a tea cup starter kit from me, visit my Etsy Shop

I will be posting soon about the creation of this mug garden, including how I made the law books staircase! Stay tuned....

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Starting an Amish Knot/Toothbrush Round Rug

Amish Knot Rag Rugs are also known as Toothbrush Rugs because years ago they were made from filed down toothbrush handles.

I use 2” – 2 1/2” strips of fabric torn from sheets or yardage when I make my rugs. The strips are attached together at the ends. Using two different strips, knots are tied, one strip wrapping around the other.

There are different ways to create the knots and different methods to get started. This is how I start my round rugs.

I pin my 2 strips of fabric down and make a row of about 4-5 knots. Then I shape the row into a circle and begin tying the knots into the previous knots of the beginning row.
ONE knot should go into each hole created from the row before. Once you have your circle formed, you simply keep going round and round. But, you will need to INCREASE sometimes. To INCREASE means to put TWO knots into one hole. If you do not add those additional knots, your rug will begin to curl up and it will not lay flat. If you put too many extra knots, your rug will become ruffled. It takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, you learn when to add increase knots.

Start a Round Toothbrush Rug

This video shows how I start my round rugs.

If you would like to see what rugs I have available for sale, visit my Etsy shop. Whimsies and Rugs

Visit Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs on Facebook

See other rug information on the Knotted Rug Help tab above or click here : Knotted Rug Help


I now offer Amish Knot/Toothbrush  Rug Starter Kits and Handcrafted Wood Tools and  in my Etsy Shop!  Whimsies and Rugs

The starter kits vary from a mini kit, small kit or full size rug kit with prepared fabric, all you do is begin knotting. Instructions included and a handcrafted wood tool. Tools and written instructions also sold separately. I add new kits and fabric weekly!

Rug Starter Kits on Etsy

Want to learn how to start an OVAL RUG? New Video: Oval Toothbrush Rug

Happy Rugging!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Toothbrush Rug Help: From Fabric to Rug

Recently, a video became very popular on our Facebook page, Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

I'm posting it here for quick reference. I hope it will give you some Toothbrush Rug Help.

"Happy Dance" is an Amish Knot Rug created from a popular sheet set sold in the 90's, or so I'm told. I used 3 twin size sheets (2 flat sheets, 1 fitted) and 6 coordinating pillowcases. I also used an extra white sheet for the core. It is 35" round.

The Process - From Fabric to Rug

In the Amish Knot Rug, also known as the toothbrush rug, fabric is torn into strips and knotted together using 2 strips at a time. For this rug, 2 1/2" strips were used. I have posted about the complete process and you can find these rag rug instructions under the Knotted Rug Help tab. For now, see the before and after photo below and watch the quick toothbrush rug video below to see how the rug is made, one knot at a time.
35" Amish Knot Rug aka Toothbrush Rug  from Fabric to Rug
See how the knots are made:

For more information about how much fabric is needed to make your own a Amish Knot or Toothbrush Rug, you may want to see this post, click here.

If you'd like to purchase one of my rugs, visit my etsy shop. Click on the tab above, or go to the shop directly here: Whimsies and Rugs

Ready to start your own rug? We have tools, kits, written instructions, too!

A video for how I start my rugs is here: Start a round rug

Happy Rugging!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Planning for Your Amish Knot Toothbrush Rag Rug

This post will give you an idea of how many T-shirts or sheets you will need to make an Amish Knot (toothbrush) rag rug.

How much fabric does it take to make an Amish Knot (Toothbrush) Rug?

When I first started making rag rugs, I used T-shirts. Since then, I have moved to using mostly bed sheets and sometimes fabric yardage.

Starting out, it was difficult for me to plan a rug because I didn’t understand how many T-shirts or how much fabric would be needed. I remember taking many trips to thrift stores and raiding my husband’s closet the first time I got a special order. I kept running out of T-shirts! I had no idea how many I would need.

I won’t be using math or measurements, just experience with visual aids. The photos below include size, shape, type fabric and how much fabric created each rug. This is not an exact science. Each sheet/t-shirt is different depending on weight and thickness, but you should be able to see some consistency and I hope it helps you plan your rug.

Happy Rugging!

Autumn Bouquet is a 30" Round rug. It took 2 flat twin size sheets and 1 full size flat.

30" 2 Twin Sheets Flats, 1 Full Sheet Flat
 Step Softly is a 32" x 20" Oval Rug. It took 1 queen size flat sheet and 1 twin size flat.

32" x 20" 1 Queen Flat 1 Twin Flat
 This 37" Custom T-Shirt Rug took 14 T-shirts various sizes from women's small to men's 3x!

37" Round 14 T-Shirts various sizes
Forget Me Knots is a 2 piece rug set. Each rug is 30" x 21" oval. It took 3 twin flats, 1 fitted full, and 1 queen flat to make this set. You can also estimate 2 Queens and 2 twins to get 2 rugs this size.

2-30" x 21" Ovals 3 Twin Flats 1 Full Fitted 1 Queen Flat
 This black, white and red rug is 36" x 24" Oval. It took 2 twin flat sheets, 1 full flat and some some extra white (maybe 1/3 a twin?) inside the core to bring it to a full 36".

36" x 24" 2 Twin Flats 1 Full Flat (extra fabric for core)
 In the Meadow is a 26" round rug made of 1 Twin size jersey knit sheet set. I had some scraps left over.

26" round 1 Twin Size Sheet set, jersey knot fabric
 This 5' Round Rug took over 11 sheets! The sheets were various sizes from twin to king, with at least 3 of them being king size flats.

5' Round over 11 sheets from twin to king 12 lbs!

UPDATE: You can also plan for your rug by using weight. It has been my experience that most small rugs weigh about 2.5 lbs. That would be anywhere from 26-28" for a round rug and about 30 x 20 inches for an oval. 3 lbs will give you a 30"-32" rug, round and a 36" x 24" oval. All approximate of course. One day, I will create a post that explains the fabric yield in yardage. 

fourelevenrox how much fabric to make a toothbrush rug

You can see more of my rugs by clicking the tab to my etsy shop and following the link to WhimsiesandRugs. Or just click here. I'm happy to tell you how much fabric it took for any of my rugs or help you plan yours!

You can also see a video of how I make my knots here: One Knot at a Time - From Fabric to Rug

How I start my round rugs can be found here: Start a round rug demonstration

In addition to selling rugs, I also sell Rug Starters and Rug Bundle kits! The hardest part is starting, and the most annoying is prepping sheets. With these starters and kits, I take care of those for you! Click Here: Rugs, Rug Starters, Rug Bundle Kits 
I am always adding to my inventory so check back often!

Happy Rugging!