Krokbragd Rug

I started this back in September, so it’s been a long project. Partly that’s because each row of the pattern takes three picks, but there’s also my usual fidgety nature to blame. At the time of warping I’d put something on every loom, both in a bout of startitis but also in the hope I’d be capable of doing some of the projects between eye operations. So I worked on a lot of other projects at the same time.

It’s been a cobbled together sort of project. The thick carpet yarn came from a second-hand shop and the Guild textile bazaar, and I used rag shuttles because my boat shuttles are way too small to put the thick yarn on. I had to put clamps on the boards I have my loom raised on so the heavy beating wouldn’t walk off them into my lap again.

If I was to do more of this sort of rug weaving I’d need to find a reliable source of yarn and buy large boat shuttles meant for rug weaving. I’m not 100% sure my loom is up to the job, too. So I was kind of hoping I’d conclude that Krokbragd was fun while it lasted, but I’m not interested in doing more.

Except… I loved it. There was something very fulfilling about watching the shapes form and grow, and it has the same attention-holding effect of knitting self-striping sock yarn – what colour will I do next? It’s very easy to warp the loom, and the strong beating is satisfying.

The resulting rug… wow! I love it. Paul loves it. Everyone I’ve shown (not many people yet admittedly) loves it.

I like the back, too:

Though I have to say, I didn’t love sewing in the warp ends.

So where to go from here? Can I find a good source of rug yarn? Will I order a trio of big shuttles? Is my loom going to stand up to more heavy beating? How am I going to do other kinds of weaving if my floor loom is constantly taken up with slow rug weaving?

Maybe I need to buy another loom…

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