Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Raw Locks Bedroom Rug- Part 1

Laying out raw wool in concentric circles...
...with the tips that were outermost on the sheep facing down.



Covering the locks with orange wool/silk roving.



Filling the center with white wool roving.



Topping the layout with a layer of cheesecloth.



As I think you may already know...

...I've been having a bit of a love affair with raw locks, lately!!

I wanted to make a piece using wool from my dwindling stash...

...of Black Romney, Jacob Hoggett and Icelandic fleeces.

I thought a new bedroom rug would be a nice project...

...fun to make (not too large) and super cozy on my toesies! :)

I laid out raw locks in circles...

...making each ring from a different breed of fleece.

Black Romney wool looks the most grey and tan...

...Jacob Hoggett locks show up as 'poufs' of black, brown and white...

...and the black and white Icelandic wool is 'doing the wild thing' and sticking out everywhere!!

I covered the surface of the locks with a layer of blended silk and wool roving in my favorite color (plus white for the middle)...

...and wrapped the whole shebang with a layer of cheesecloth.

Next time...

...how the project looked during felting...

...and the finished rug!

15 comments:

FeltersJourney said...

Ooo Heather this is going to be GORGEOUS! I love the concentric circles and the orange & white are a fantastic hit of colour against them.. I cant wait to see the finished rug!
I have my 'wild & wooly' raw fleece rug in the bedroom & its been a blessing through the winter I can tell you
x

Kelly said...

this is going to be soooooo pretty! I cannot wait to see the final rug! Is the cheesecloth for the bottom?

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah! Your rug with the red background was actually the inspiration and final push for ALL of my 'fleece-in-the-grease' projects! I decided that if you were strong and brave enough to try it, I might be able to manage it, too!!
(Mine is quite a bit smaller than yours, though! I'm 'working up' to a big one!) Giggle.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kelly! Yes--the orange and white are on the bottom, and you don't really see them in the finished rug. Because I had made that Black Romney doorway rug http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/2010/11/fleece-in-grease-throw-rug.html and wasn't happy with the white roving around the edges, I wanted to put something pretty on the bottom this time, in case it showed!

vilterietje said...

it SEEMS to going to do great, hope no ovals or eggs in this eastertime:)
i love the use of material and colours

Deb at Merciful Hearts Farm said...

Love it! And I am sure all the creatures in my house would love it too which is why I don't dare make one unless I call it a cat bed or dog toy rather than a rug.....

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Riet--No...nothing seasonal this time! :)
Deb--I know! You'd need to use yours as a wall-hanging if you intended it for 'the humans' in your house!

Viltalakim said...

will be great!! I am sure....

Ginny Huber said...

what a fantastic project; can't wait to see how this turns out-no doubt will be as beautiful as it will b e warm!

Patty Biermans said...

I'm soooooooo curious to see the finished rug! Can't wait!!!!!!! Hugzz...Peebee

Mariana said...

can not wait to see this one finished! lovely colour combination. Now, the silk-merino will go underneath or on top?
Beautiful!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies! Yes--it's nice and warm.
Mariana--The raw wool is on top and the silk/merino is on the bottom. You don't see too much of the orange once it's finished...just a little bit around the edges.

Rugs and Things said...

I enjoyed reading your blog ~ thanks for posting such useful content.Nice article and great photos. Very nicely done! I really love these wool rugs !

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, R.a.T! I'm glad you stopped by!!

Janee Lookerse said...

Woah... This looks like its gonna be good!

xoxo
Janee
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