2017-056: Hoop Rug Mandala

DIY Hoop Run by FlaxAndTwine.com
DIY Hoop Run by FlaxAndTwine.com

This Week’s Theme: Hoops

I love EVERYTHING about today’s MotD! The colors, that it repurposes this week’s theme, the size, the shape, that it repurposes t-shirts, and that there are instructions on HOW TO MAKE IT!

Anne, of Flax And Twine, shows us how she made this delightful and practical hula hoop rug with lots of photos and clear details; and here’s the cool part: you knit it with your fingers!

About Anne:

Clean and simple design thrills me. I make things for home, for play, for gifts or for fun. More than that, I love showing others how to make them, too! I find peace and happiness in making, but understand the challenges of finding the time as a busy mother of three. Wanting happy making in my life inspired me to start writing this blog and then, to leave my life in investment banking behind. Stay a while and let me bring a little of my happy handmade life to you!

About the rug:

The rug was made on a hula hoop loom, using an old t-shirt for the warp and a massively huge ball of finger knitting for the weft. I based this project on an incredible t-shirt hula hoop rug I saw on the Disney Family Fun site, where they used strips of t-shirts for the weft. I’ve been wanting to try it with finger-knitting ever since.  B had completed most of this ball at school during read aloud time so I had no idea what I would find in there. What a joy to see the ball unwind and uncover its hidden textures and colors.  I haven’t done a lot of weaving in my day, but I must say, I think it is very satisfying. Something about the way it builds on itself snugly and the way it revealed its character with each new stretch of finger-knitting inordinately pleased me.

Inspiration for Today

“The day will come when you will review your life and be thankful for every minute of it. Every hurt, every sorrow, every joy, every celebration, every moment of your life will be a treasure to you, for you will see the utter perfection of the design. You will stand back from the weaving and see the tapestry, and you will weep at the beauty of it.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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