Welcome back to the May Arts Blog! I’m always trying to find new ways to use our beautiful ribbons. Years ago I made a few latch hook rugs. The technique was easy and results were beautiful. While doing some web surfing I happened on some rugs made with strips from T-shirts and a light bulb went off….wonder if I can do that with ribbon?
The answer is a resounding, “YES” and the results are beautiful! The pictures just don’t do it justice. The overall size of this rug is approximately 28 x 18 which is a nice size for a bathroom or beside the bed.
It took a bit of trial and error to figure out what width and ribbon fabric was best and how much to use per row. I tried May Arts Double faced silk in a wide width first because I love the silky sheen and elegance and I thought I could use less ribbon per row; however, the ends frayed more than was practical for a rug that was going to be walked on and getting the ribbon into the holes was nearly impossible.
I ended up using May Arts SX 3/8" Grosgrain. It comes in 18 fabulous colors so you can match any decor, it’s easy to work with and when cut at an angle, there’s almost no fraying. First, I had to determine how long my strips needed to be. I found 6" strips gave me a nice fluffy rug and enough length to work with. Stacking the ribbon and using a rotary cutter was the quickest, most efficient way to cut the strips.
I wanted my rug to be thick and luxurious, so I initially began by latching every hole. After a few rows, I realized the rug would be much too thick so I ended up doing one full row then in the next row, I latched 5, skipped 2-3, latched 5 across the row. I continued with that pattern for the entire rug.
Once the entire rug was hooked, I hand bound the edges with rug binding. I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s a perfect project for long cold winter evenings by the fire and with the variety of May Arts Grosgrain ribbon colors, you may want to make one for every room!
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If you’re new to latch hooking, you can find an excellent tutorial here.
Blog post by: Charlene Driggs
May Arts Ribbon Used:
3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon