Saturday, March 27, 2010

Standing Wool Rug

Chelle asked what a "standing wool rug" was so I wanted to post a picture. This one is in process and is made from a variety of wool that is torn or cut to 1/2" strips. Those strips are then rolled and secured to form the mat. I use a long thin needle and thin crochet cotton to sew it together. I sew through the center of the strips to secure it to the "base" and you don't see the threads at all. If you want I can post pictures of how I sew them together.

There are a variety of ways to create different looks, including beading (small rolls), and shirring (folding the strip on the row). This is an old pre-1850's technique (before rug hooking was popular) and creates a plush mat that is sturdy and great as a chair pad or hot plate mat. You can play and create as you patterns! You can use a combination of wools from thick blanket weight to thin and thready. Great for scraps!


  1. Wow! This is really beautiful....I'd love to make some coasters like this....I'd love it if you'd share more "how to" pictures.

  2. That is gorgeous! Thanks for posting and letting me know about the standing rugs. I would love it if you share more pics and let us know how to do it.

  3. Very interesting and yes coasters how unique.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Gayle -

    Love your wool rugs - I really need to get going on mine. I have a Maggie B. pattern that I am working on. Your blog inspires me to at least THINK about digging it out and get going on it. Keep the photos coming! I am getting excited for my missionary to come home. Mother's Day phone call right around the corner!!!!


  5. Beautiful, it's really standing wool rug. I need just such as wool rugs.

  6. Gosh this is gorgeous, I'm really impressed, and it would be really durable too!
    One day I'll give it a try!

  7. This is really beautiful! I would love to see how you sew it together. I am a wool rug lover who does not quite have time to get to it....but someday! Thanks for joining in my blog...looking forward to seeing your future posts!