Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Increasing on a Toothbrush/Amish Knot Rug

Another Technique

Several weeks ago, when I posted a video and blog post to show how to increase on a Toothbrush/Amish Knot rug, I mentioned that I have another technique for increasing.

I don't recommend it to beginners, because it can get tricky with some fabrics. I'll explain shortly.

Here is a link to the most common way to increase, placing two knots into one hole: 

This video shows an alternate approach to increasing for any shape rug.

What's the difference?
Well, with some fabric, putting two knots into one hole may create a larger hole than you'd like to see. The alternate approach closes the gap better.
However, you must be careful that you don't allow the rug to curl up, and you must judge whether you should add the extra knot into the "3rd space". See Below

Increasing on a knotted rug
The "3rd Space", or section, is the area from which you inserted your tool before going back into the previous space to add the increase. Once the increase is made, generally, you should create one more knot in this space. BUT, if the fabric has filled the space, DO NOT ADD A KNOT THERE. Move onto the next space. Otherwise, you will have added too much of an increase and your rug may ruffle if you do it often.
ALSO, if you DO NOT add the knot into that "3rd space" and there IS room, your rug can begin to curl up. You may notice that when you first "go back" into your previous knot to add the increase, you are pulling the row of knots and your rug may momentarily curl up or buckle. Once you have added the increase, it should settle back down flat. If it doesn't become flat again, adjust the knot until it does. You may have tightened it too much or you may have pulled the core too much.
A perfect knot will cause the rug to lay flat.

It takes practice, but once you are comfortable with making a rug, you may just love this technique. It certainly does make for a neater rug!
BTW, I use both methods on all my rugs depending on the fabric and how the rug is progressing. It is a learning process.

For more rug making tips and information, click on the Knotted Rug Help tab above, or click here:

Happy Rugging!

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