A friend gave the Hittys a bag of nice silk and cotton fabric strips, hand dyed with cochineal, logwood and madder…
Coincidently we were just thinking of making a braided rug. Since the strips were quite short, we looped them together into long strips of like colours. For the purposes of showing how we make the loops, though, I’ve used two different colours. First cut a little hole in each end…
Then thread a second strip through the hole in the first one.
…and loop the tail of the second strip through its own end….
…and ease the knot closed.
I’ve wound the strips around wooden spools, and held them in place with an elastic.
and offset the knots so that giant lumps don’t form in the braiding.
The end is weighted down (you don’t HAVE to use a section of railroad track), and the strands are braided up till you reach the end.
Then you stitch the braid together in a coil…
…and keep stitching…
Until it is done.
It is so easy, you probably didn’t really need any instructions, but we thought we’d show you what we’ve been doing in our spare time this week!