Knotted Rug Help


THE 411 ON MAKING RUGS


The knotted rugs that I make are called Amish Knot Rugs a/k/a Toothbrush Rugs. Historically, toothbrush handles, with a hole on the end, were used to create the tool to make these rugs. The brush section was sawed off and the handle filed down to create a blunt tip.

I have written several tips and tutorials, made a few videos, and posted photos of rugs. This page will be a SHORT-cut to find a post, like a Table of Contents. There are many variations to making these rugs. This is how I make mine.

CLICK on the blue highlights to follow the links!

Planning to make a rug:



How much fabric do I need?

Designing your rug - (Includes a video) Designs and How to use a starter.

How to prepare your fabric for a rug:


Overview with photos

WHY? should you tear, not cut fabric strips

Preparing and joining fabric strips (Includes a video)

Using Knit Fabric for a Rug (Includes video and pictorial guide)

How to start a rug:

How to Thread the Tool (Includes video)

Tip: 
Ovals are easier to start, but harder to maintain shape.
Rounds are more of a challenge to start but easier to maintain shape, plus you are not limited to the end size of your rug.


How to Start an Oval Rug (Includes 2 videos)


How to Make the Knots


This is our most popular video. I have no idea why!

How I Create My Knots. (video included)


Trouble shooting:

Increase on a Round Rug (includes video)

Advanced Technique to Increase on any shape rug (includes video)

3 Reasons Why Rugs Curl UP (round rug)

Tips and Tricks:


Examples that show what the fabric looked like BEFORE and AFTER the rug:

bright colors with polka dots and stripes
small floral print (scroll thru photos to get an idea)

Photos (No links)


Extra Tips:


Mark your start

Coasters and small bowls

Solids are easier than prints

DIY TOOLS!

LOSE THE STAIR STEP in your rug when changing colors (includes video)

How To End A Rug

The End of a Rug (includes video and brief explanation of losing the stair step)


WATCH IT GROW RUG SERIES a series showing progress, time and fabric used for making an oval rug about 60" long. Includes tips!

WATCH IT GROW

MAKE BASKETS!!


You can even make baskets with this technique! See more info here:
Knotted Rug Baskets



Happy Rugging!















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