Friday, October 16, 2015

3 Reasons Toothbrush Rugs Curl Up

Is your Toothbrush Rug curling up?


Here are three possible reasons why:


Amish Knot/Toothbrush Rug Tips

The number one reason your Amish Knot/Toothbrush rug is curling up may be not enough Increases. Remember, to increase means to add an extra knot. Instead of creating one knot - CREATE TWO, side by side.
How do you know when to increase? For a round rug, when your next hole seems to be too far away, increase. The key is to keep your knots at about the same length apart from one another. There is no formula, no set pattern.  (Oval rugs are different. I will be posting a video soon for them.)
Think of it this way, every time you go around the circle, you will need to add more fabric in order for the circle to grow. The buttons below may help illustrate the idea. Each time a row of buttons is added, more buttons will be needed in the new row.




Here is an illustration with the start of a rug:

Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox

Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox

Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox

Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox


Another reason your rug may be curling up is pulling on the core strip. The core strip should not be tight. It may sometimes get caught up in the knot, so to pull it gently is OK, but don’t pull it tightly. Anchoring your core strip may be helpful. Tucking the core strip under your work surface, leaning against it or using your arm to hold it down while knotting are all ways to do this. I will illustrate this later.


Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox


The third reason your rug may be curling- Are you working on a flat surface? This is important. I work on a table top or if I am sitting on a sofa, I use a lap desk as a flat surface.  As your rug grows, you may need to fold it over while working, but always keep the section where you are working on a flat surface.


Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs Toothbrush Rug Tips by fourelenrox
If you are working on an oval rug, the same principles apply, but increasing is very different in an oval rug. In an oval rug, increases are added only on the ends. See where at this post with a video: Oval Rugs


Happy Rugging!


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