Where the Weft Is Vulnerable

The outside rows of a rag rug are vulnerable. Twining secures the weft, making it a good way to begin and end a rag rug. I cut a length of rug warp thread two and a half times the width of the rug. Starting on the left side, with the length of thread folded in half, the top half goes under, and the lower half goes over each successive warp end.

Twining at the end of a rag rug on the loom.

Twining separates the warp ends evenly and secures the weft. At the end of the row I weave in the ends, and then, beat twice with the beater to push the row of twining firmly into place.

Is it really necessary to secure the weft? When the rug is under tension on the loom it seems like everything is holding together just fine. It is tightly woven, with the weft firmly packed in. Yes. It is necessary. The rug will start falling apart the minute it is cut from the loom. Twining keeps the most vulnerable place of the weaving intact.

Faith is the vulnerable spot where you allow yourself to be loved by God. Wrapped in his mercy and his grace, our weakest point is no longer our entry into failure, but where we are kept in his security. Your faith is the point of access, the opening, for your maker to show his strength to make you complete.

May you rest secure.

Etsy Announcement!
My new Etsy WarpedforGood Shop  is open! I would love for you to come and browse. As my tried and true blog friends, your feedback means a lot to me. Please let me know what you think!

You may remember seeing the progress on some of the items in the shop, like the Warp Rep Rug, the Rosepath Rugs, and the Cutest Little Loom Rugs. The rugs you see on the loom now will be posted in my Etsy shop when they are finished!

Your Friend,
Karen

4 Comments

  • Laurie Mrvos says:

    Karen –
    Bravo! Your shop looks terrific. Great pieces. Makes me proud to be a weaver, and I want to weave like you when I grow up! I bet they’ll get swiped up quickly!
    Laurie

  • BARB MUELLER says:

    GREETINGS KAREN
    I JUST STARTED DOING A LITTLE SELF TAUGHT WEAVING. I THOUGHT RATHER THAN SPEND $$ ON A LOOM, I WOULD TRY IT WITH THE HOOLA HOOP. I’M HOOKED. I FOUND IT FILLS THOSE TIMES WHEN I AM ALONE. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING TO FIND A PLAN ON MAKING A SIMPLE LOOM. AS I GET TO WHERE I CAN MASTER THE LOOM, I WILL WORK MYSELF UP. I HAVE MS AND IT HELPS TO FOCUS ON COGENT THINKING AND EYE HAND COORDINATION. PLUS HELPS THE ARTHRITIS. I PRAY I WILL STILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE MAKING CRAFTS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS.
    GOD BLESS
    BARB

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