Saturday, March 21, 2009
Last summer, I spent two afternoons striping piles of blue jeans (about 20 - 25 pair) for the rugs that I make. I do the striping outside because it is so messy with lint and strings going everywhere. Very little of the jeans go to waste. The denim strips are ripped about 1 - 1 1/2 inches wide from the cuff to the pockets. All of the loose strings are removed from the strips.
Yesterday, I found the bag of strips in the garage and began the process of sewing them together. The bag was stuffed with the strips. The strips were chain-stitched and placed in a crate.
As the pile of strips in the crate grew, I could not see the bottom of the bag. Was I making any progress?
Then, the end was in sight.
The crate was filled, and the bag was empty. The crate filled with strips turned into this. . .
Four balls of denim strips (enough to make four rugs) ready for the rug frame.
I fold the strips in half as I roll the ball, and by the time they are needed, the strips lay flat. On the frame, the "pressed" strips make it easy to work with the weft.