Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Twining Class

Twined rugs on display
Fremont County Fiber Arts Exhibit
Fort Washakie, WY
June - July 2015
The rug and frame (shown above) at the Fiber Guild exhibit in June drew some interest from those eager to learn the process. Dates and times were determined, and the first session was on September 12, 2015 in Fort Washakie for three students. Another lady joined us at a work night held two weeks later, and others may join at the next scheduled class meeting in October.

Ingrid T. tightens the eyebolts on her rug frame
 Students assembled their frames: nails were pounded, corners squared, and eyebolts affixed. 

Lorre H. loads the warp on her frame. 
After the frames were built, denim was stripped and sewn into strips so the frames could be loaded. The process of twining was demonstrated and then practiced by the students. Before leaving for the day, they had at least two - three rows started at the top and bottom of their frames. The class would have a "work night" again in two weeks to check progress and to revisit technique for those who hadn't quite mastered it.  

Clarinda T. made a lot of progress on her rug at home.
She enjoyed twining in the evenings. 
Ingrid falls into the rhythm of twining
Since the follow-up meeting was a "work night," I invited Sheri to go with me and work on the rug she had just started.

Sheri H. works on her first twined rug

Over the last seven years, I have taught nearly 30 individuals how to twine. I hope they, in turn, have taught others so this technique of rug making can be kept alive.


  1. I think I would enjoy learning how to twine a rug.

  2. How wonderful that you are doing this. If I were in your area I would come:)

  3. I'm glad you're doing this too. These rugs are wonderful.

  4. I have a frame and I am planning on getting started this winter. Not sure how fast I will be since teaching myself. But I will do it one way or the other.

  5. I wish I lived close enough to attend your class. Once I get all this settling in accomplished at the cottage, I'm going to learn this craft. I have a friend who wants to learn, too. We'll do it!

  6. OK...learning to twine is definitely on my list! If Wyoming wasn't so far from New Mexico, you'd have me sitting on your doorstep!

  7. Very interesting! I've seen this type of rug but didn't know how it was made.

  8. I would love to do this. I too wished I lived closer.

  9. Oh this looks like such fun. I love seeing everyone together. Ever the teacher, Nancy :)

  10. I was fascinated by this process before, but now that I see the bigger frames/rugs I am madly in love! You could actually do an almost carpet. I I ever get my sewing/craft room set up I may have to try twining.

  11. Im so happy to see that you are teaching how to make twined rag rugs I learned it many years ago from my great grandma and I Love teaching people how to make them I do two different events every year showing people how they were made I don't want it to be a lost art so I teach people too.. I LOVE the rag rugs ....


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