I need to tell you about another thing I've been up to during my prolonged silence... I've been peg-looming!
You might remember that for Christmas D gave me a beautiful peg loom that he'd made himself. Although I wanted to start a rug there and then I didn't want to rush into this project without considering:
a) the size of the rug
b) the right materials (the string to use, the fabrics)
c) that I had enough fabric
d) where to work on this presumably quite lengthy and also quite bulky project
e) a good time to start the project so it wouldn't languish in the corner of the room, half-finished because of other more pressing commitments
I did fairly well with most of these points. I waited until I had enough waste fabric (the moment came when our childminder arrived with 2 bin bags full of old bed linen that she had sorted out and offered to me for use in the rug), I sourced and bought enough strong string, I considered the size of the rug that I wanted, I found that the dining room table was ideal for the task, and that when not in use the project could be rolled up and tucked away quite nicely against the wall of the dining room. The only thing I wasn't so great on was timing.
Of course this is not usually my strong point, so this is not too surprising.
That said, this rug-weaving is a lot quicker than I anticipated.
It's also quite messy. The dining room isn't looking its best...
The boys thought it was hilarious and they played 'cave' under all those sheets all day (believe it or not, there is a boy under there...). Ocasionally one of them crawled out and helped me rip strips of fabric. I think they quite enjoyed the fact that they were allowed to rip fabric to pieces...
Bus as I said, it's fairly quick as a project. This picture was taken a couple of hours after I started:
I at least waited until a relatively free weekend about three weeks ago to start this. It's not finished yet, but I suspect that if I hadn't been quite so busy these past few weeks it would be finished by now. It's taken an insane amount of fabric, but I'd like the rug to be nice and thick (this has the added bonus of really squishing that fabric together so you can't really identify all those ugly 1980s sheets anymore!).
I anticipate another two or three hours of work on it before it's done.