Recently I started my second small circular rug. I loved how it looked on the loom! I took it off and suddenly it scrunched up and wouldn't lay flat. I was super angry and frustrated that I'd spent so many hours working on something that just didn't work out. I became increasingly upset which led to me actually trying to stretch the rug, where I broke one of the warp strands (what holds the stitches together)! David came home during my episode where I was stomping on the rug hoping to flatten it. I wanted instant gratification and this time I didn't get it. I complained to him about my failure and frustration and he told me that it wasn't a failure because I had learned something from the experience. His optimism only frustrated me further because I didn't yet know what it was that I had done wrong.
I didn't look at the rug again until the next day when an idea struck me and I decided to turn this failure of a rug into a success by turning it into a pillow where it didn't need to lie perfectly flat.
If you want to make your own rug, I used this tutorial by Rachel Denbow. I made my first circle rug using her tutorial and it was perfect! I love her weaving tutorials and am super excited for her upcoming book about weaving. Nothing is wrong with her tutorial, I obviously made a mistake along the way.
I ended up removing the textured yarn and some black cord in hopes that this would free up the some space and look more cohesive.
Step 1. Find a solution. This happened to fit perfectly over a pillow I already had. You could buy batting or buy a pillow specifically for your weaving. If you are stuffing it, I would recommend sewing a lining to help keep everything tidy.
Step 2. Cut your fabric (I used felt so I didn't have to hem!) I traced a slightly larger circle than my pillow.
Step 3. I cut a half circle the same size. Then I cut the end off my original circle. You will end up stitching these together to make the pillow case with an opening in the back so that it can be easily taken on and off your pillow.
Step 4. I needed to add all of my tassels. See Rachel's tutorial if you want to know how to add tassels.
Step 5. Fold all of your tassels inside as we are getting ready to sew! Pin your two circles together so they make a perfect circle and lay over your weaving (right sides of felt and weaving together). We'll be flipping it right side out after we sew.
Step 6. Stitch around the outside edge. You'll want to stitch through the first row or two of your weaving to make sure it's sturdy. I used a matching, but bright yarn. You could use something more subtle, but you can't see hardly any of my stitches anyway.
I hope to remember this silly episode and to work towards turning other negatives into positives. I'm starting another rug this morning, have thought about what I think I did wrong, and will have to wait another couple of days to find out if it works :)