Christine here. On to another type of rectangle: the Strip Rug.
For this year’s spring braid in, I signed myself up to teach a multistrand strip rug. (Registration info for the braid in: www.ValleyForgeRugBraidingGuild.com: click on 2015 Braid in). I often sign myself up for teaching topics that intrigue me but that I haven’t really done a lot with. I made a multistrand rug of all 5-strands a couple years ago but I wasn’t very happy with it: the colors I chose really didn’t work. In the photo, I haven’t yet trimmed/fringed the right side.
As you can tell in the photo above, I tried to get a diamond pattern going with the hot pink, but it got lost in the confusion of too many colors. I decided that when I made another one, I would limit my color palette and keep the contrast strong. And not use hot pink with gray, green, and lime.
Since then I’ve been eternally writing a book on multistrands (I really am finally making some progress on it) so when I taught a zig zag patterned purse (just 3 strands, in a spiral of two braids) at the Methuen braid in last year, I thought about using the 2-braid spiral technique with multistrands also. Here’s a 4-strand tote bag made with one strand slanting left, and one strand slanting right. The advantage of using two braids slanting in opposite directions is that e-lacing isn’t necessary (except for a couple short stretches).
So, this time I kept the color palette restricted and focused on creating constrast. The pale white plaid and dark olive drab colors are… pretty boring. But the technique was fun. I plan to make another one in colors that are more vibrant.
I had so much fun with the 4-strand zig zag that I decided to make one as a class sample for my Multistrand Strip Rug class. Here it is so far:
The center colors are a dusky rose and pale cream; I plan on having a few more rows of the cranberry/cream before moving to a burgundy or dark brown with cream at the edges. This rug also avoids having to e-lace anything — if you can’t tell, I’m not fond of e-lacing.
I’m always attracted to really strong patterns, and this rug is turning out to be a lot of fun to make. For my next one, I plan on using similar colors but placing the cream only in the left-slanting strips, with a camel in the right-slanting strips. I’m hoping that using the 2 slightly different shades will make the rug appear textured — as if the ridges are 3-D.
I thought this multistrand strip class would be a really simple class to teach, but I’m having a lot of fun with this simple idea. I just hope I have enough time to make all my ideas before the class!