The Community Outreach office at the local community college approached me to teach a rug-twining class this spring. I have been making the rugs for many years and use numerous ones in my home. I have made them as gifts for friends and family.
It is a fairly simple process, not braiding or weaving, but using two strands of fabric and twisting (twining them around the warp). It produces a strong and sturdy rug.
I don't "plan" the rug. I pick the colors that I want to use and then reach into the basket and grab them randomly. I think it makes a pretty rug. I have made some that have definite stripes, but I don't like them as much.
I work on both end of the frame and meet somewhere in the middle of the rug. I think it helps keep the rug's tension on the frame equal, and it is more motivating. It would be terribly difficult to end the rug at one end because the last rows are very tight and awkward to finish.
Once the rug is completed, the side rods are pulled out so the rug can be removed from the frame.
My mother used to make the rugs, and they were abused in the porch of our farmhouse. The rugs wear like iron and lay flat.
These rugs are the ultimate in recycling: I use old sheets and clothes for the weave fabric and use blue jeans for the warp, so the rugs are not expensive to make. They just take a lot of time. I can usually make one in a week, but I have been known to finish one in three days. I don't advise doing that, as it can and will cause blisters on the finger tips.