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Issue 31 (October 2019)

How to Make a Woven Bedspread or Rug

by Val Hill

Woven bedspread and rug.

1) Equipment.

Sheet of cardboard, folded tea towel, Scissors, pins, lengths of narrow ribbon, piece of iron on interfacing.

Equipment required.

Explanation of interfacing.

[If you have used interfacing before, skip this paragraph.] Interfacing is used in dressmaking to stiffen areas of garments such as collars and cuffs. It is sold in different weights; light, medium and heavy, and in two types; sew in and iron on. For this project you must use iron on, and light weight would be best. When you hold interfacing up to the light you will see that the two sides are different, one is dull, the other shiny. The shiny side has an adhesive which is activated when heated by an iron.

2) Preparation.

On the card, draw two lines, one horizontal about an inch from the top, the other vertical about an inch from the left side. On the dull side of the interfacing draw the outline of the size you want your bedspread to be, and cut out leaving it about an inch bigger than you need on each side

Lines drawn on card and interfacing.

3) Start.

Put the cardboard onto the folded tea towel. Place the interfacing onto the card shiny side up , so the left hand top corner matches the junction of your two lines.

Positioning of interfacing on card.

4) Start to weave.

Warp threads. Cut pieces of ribbon ,about 1 ½ inches longer than you need and pin the first just above the horizontal line and next to the vertical line. Push the pin all the way through the card and into the towel so it is secure. The second piece as close to the first as possible without overlapping. Continue until your marked area is covered.

Warp threads.

5) Weft threads.

The first thread can be very fiddly, but it gets easier. Start the first one over the first warp ribbon,  then under the second until you reach the end, then push it up until it is along the horizontal line and secure with two pins. The second piece of ribbon is threaded starting with under the first, over the second until the end is reached. Push this one up until it touches the first then keep repeating until your area is covered. As you fill up the area, keep adjusting the work, smoothing it with your finger tips to keep it level. You might find it better to pin a few in place.

Weft threads.

6) Fixing.

When the area is covered and you are satisfied with the pattern, heat up the iron. Use an up and down movement and press hard until the work is attached, then remove the pins and give it a final press.

Fixing the woven threads to the interfacing.

7) Finishing off.

When you are sure the fixing is secure, turn the work over and cut out along your marked outline. Turn back over. You might find that some edges need a little glue. Finish the edges with some trimmings.

Edges finished with trimming.

All photos copyright Val Hill.