Yesterday I felted the sleeveless nuno top I was promising Patricia and this morning Sylvia arrived to discuss the large rug I will be making her. We looked at samples and completed small rugs in the studio before she decided on an abstract design based largely on the blue and white seat pad I felted the other day. Sylvia wants her finished rug to measure 2.4m x 1.5m which means a lay out size at least one third bigger using Mehmet’s base if not a little more. Thinking about the logistics of the rug I am going to have to stitch (I know!) two long pieces of the base together in order to get the width that I require and even by putting three of my new large tables together I am not going to get enough space to lay out everything at that height. Because I have a slate floor in the studio working on the ground is not a problem but I am conscious that I need to be careful of my back so am kind of thinking I may try and extend the three tables somehow. Two side by side are actually just wide enough I think so maybe with the third table at right angles on the end if I borrow a couple more tables I might be able to extend things enough to make it work as a temporary measure. I know that I could scroll the rug like I do sometimes with long scarves but to date when felting rugs I find that they are difficult enough to roll up tightly so I think that either working on the ground or extending the tables is my best option. I am open to suggestions ……………..
Good morning Nicola,
Whew! What an undertaking. As far as the layout, I definitely would think if you could arrange to have your tables situated in a way that would allow you not to be down on the floor for all of that time, it would sure be a lot better for your back. I’m just thinking of the times I’ve been out in the yard weeding for long periods, and the next day I feel like I’ve been run over by an elephant! Also, I have a friend, who was telling me how she rigged some PVC pipe up behind her truck in a way that it would roll, and then rolled her unfinished felt around that and took it for a ride. Ride over, Voila, felt finished. I’ve read of other people doing that, too. If you’d like, I’ll contact my friend to see exactly how that was done (she may be reading this as I gave her your link recently). Just let me know.
Will look forward to hearing (and seeing pictures, too) about your experience with this rug.
You are brave!!! I just cannot imagine working on something that big and that heavy. Keep us posted. Take care of your back