Rugging in Portugal

Making rag rugs on the road again


Another day, another rag rug, or so the saying goes! Just another quick, small project on the road to replace an older green-and-yellow rug that has seen better days. The rug needs to fit in an odd section of the van…a T-shaped section of the floor leading from “the entrance hall” to the “hallway”.



Vanlife campervan tiny house soft furnishings

Around about here

As for the green-and-yellow rug? It is likely I will pull it apart and cannibalise the fabric into another rug, sometime soon in the future, and after a wash. To make the new rug, I am using one of my favourite rugging techniques, a real fabric-eater. Good! My cupboard is too full of fabric scraps as it is, and I need to do a fabric-eating textile project to give myself more space in our tiny house.


Making the rag rug

I started by cutting out a capital D-shaped piece of rug base. I got the template by folding the old rug in half as it is about the right size. After I have the base shape, I crocheted single-stitch into the hemline, basically creating a crochet version of the overlock stitch. This should stop the base from unravelling, peeling apart and shedding my fabric pieces in the future. I went very deeply into the base with my crochet, as this rug is going in an extremely high traffic area.



Rag rugging hessian based textiles craft
Rag rugging fabrics technique travel

The material I am using for a base is a mystery, I found it in a bag next to a skip!

The fabrics I am using for the rugging itself are the usual blend of odd fabrics, too old to donate, too good to bin. They vary from red velour tracksuit bottoms, different jeans that have lost their crotch or the leg parts of cut offs I have made, that pre-cut fabric wool kindly given to me because the benefactor did not know what to do with it (yes please!) underpants, laddered tights, ripped tshirts, stained aprons…

Reuseable fabric crafts rug making vanlife
Like the last rugging project, it is a small rug, and this is a fast stitch so I am knocking this up fairly quickly (I would estimate it will take a few hours a day, for about a fortnight).
Travelling creativity vanlife boondocking rag rugging

It is going fairly well. The colours are not necessarily my first choice (gotta work with the rags I have first) but overall, pretty happy with this simple horizontal line pattern.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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