Saturday, March 12, 2016

Toothbrush/Amish Knot Rug: Preparing and Joining Strips

Here's a quick post to walk you through preparing and joining fabric strips to make an Amish Knot (aka Toothbrush) Rug.

I generally use sheets, trimming all four sides to be sure all of my tears will be straight. (Why do I tear and not cut? Find out here)

After trimming all four sides, lay out your fabric on a board for easy measuring. Measuring off 2" or 2 1/2", depending on your preference for the rug, make a small cut with scissors, about 1'-2' long.

Lay out your fabric and make a small cut at every  2" or 2 1/2" interval. Your cut should be about 1"-2" long.
fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs
After making the small cut, tear your fabric at each cut about 8"-12" long and then lay every other strip upwards, onto your fabric. It should look like this:

getting ready to tear fabric strips for a rug.
fourelevenrox via Whitehouse Whimsies and Rugs

Grab all of the strips  on the bottom in ONE hand. With your other hand, grab the remaining strips on the top. You will have half of the fabric in one hand, the other half in your other hand.

It is best to go outside to tear the rest of the fabric. Tearing fabric creates A LOT of dust.

If you have help, give one of the handfuls of fabric to your partner and you keep one handful in your hands. Using hand over hand motions or simply walking away from each other, each of you should PULL away from each other until all of the strips are torn. Then, simply rake your hands thru the strips to destring them, which means to get rid of all the loose threads you have just created.

If you don't have a partner to help you tear fabric, there's an alternate method in the video below.

Once you have torn your sheet or fabric, the end of the video shows how to join the strips using the slit method. You also use the slit method to start a rug. How to start a Round Rug here: ROUND RUG




I hope this blog post and video was helpful.
Happy Rugging!








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