Having finally found the Shepard’s Rug book, I was anxious to try making one. I decided to make a ‘rugette” to practice my braiding, felting and sewing.
First I gathered my roving. My inspiration for wanting to make these rugs is 3 boxes like this of roving (see this post). All you newbie spinners, heed my advice and do not randomly take wool from the person who has a friend who has some sheep. The staple length on this was not great, nor was the crimp, and I was not enjoying spinning it when I tried it. The wool is from Suffolk and Hampshire lambs. Options were to give it away to the school perhaps for an art class, or to try to find something that I could make from it, I had paid for the processing after all.
Start by picking your 3 strands, all should be…
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