10/5/15

SanteFe Rag Rug and Junk Jewelry

Twenty-five years ago this coming December, this SanteFe Junk Necklace was a 25th Anniversary gift from my husband.  Even though it is called a 'Junk Necklace', it is not made of junk but precious gemstones, shell, turquoise nuggets, silver and brass beads.
 It is the perfect piece to compliment my second 'Twined Rug' along with a 'Pine Needle Basket' I made about the same time as the SanteFe trip. The basket was made from needles from a Pine Tree that was in our front yard...more about that in a later post.  These items, the basket and necklace, are included in these photos as a way to document them as well as enhance the 'SanteFe Rag Rug' with it's beautiful southwest colors.
This rug is 18 inches by 24 inches...a perfect table top mat.  As the second piece made on my new Loom, I tried out the third warp peg bar that makes the loom so much more versatile in creating different sizes of rugs.  I really liked working on this size...it worked up in a couple of days.  Again, it was another learning experience with several things to note...#1 pull tighter on turn strips that wrap around the rod.  And #2 warp with darker color when majority of strips are darker prints.  This will eliminate the warp peg ends from showing.  This is how I solved the problem on this rug....
.....crocheted an edging through the warp loops and space between each one.
Definitely something to 'Tweet' about.

9 comments:

  1. This is such an enjoyable post...enjoyed it enormously! The southwest is so beautiful...the muted colors of age, the stones, the sky...your rug is beautiful and the necklace a sweet reminder. Isn't it amusing how what we once thought of as "junk" is now precious? Especially when compared to the junk jewelry of today...plastic, plastic, plastic. The little basket is too sweet.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post. I have a special love for all things southwest and really enjoy sharing it here on my blog.

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  2. your rug is just beautiful, love the colors. The necklace is such a treasure. Headed down to Boerne for vacation next week, so will be checking out the Texas vintage finds.

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    1. Thanks Ann. Great place to vacation and Boerne is a favorite place to vintage shop. Not far down the road is New Braunfels with scads of antique and junktique shops. If you get a chance visit Gruene...spectacular shops, food and scenery.

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  3. lovely
    new post:
    http://melodyjacob1.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-to-wear-denim-button-front-skirt.html

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    1. Thanks Melody. Good to see you here.

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  4. All of the colors are perfect Southwest. Just need a Georgia O'keefe cow skull to complete the picture. Very nice work and I can tell you are really enjoying the new loom. Glad you are sharing the joy with us.

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  5. So beautiful. Always such fun to see what you are up to. Have a beautiful weekend dear heart.

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  6. Even though this rug screams Southwest, it would look good in my lake house that is more "contemporary cottage" because my color scheme is turquoise/aqua with pops of orange.

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