Navajo Rug… DONE!

It’s done, finished, completed, off the loom, Duffy approved and waiting to be hung.  The last four to six rows took FOREVER to weave. I was using my tapestry needle to weave individual warp threads.

Here are pictures showing the last stages of weaving.  I was using a large crochet hook and a bamboo dowel to work the last of the grey background.

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With the last black border to be worked, I was still able to weave more than one warp thread at a time.Image

This is the Pathway or Spirit Line that is traditional in many Navajo rugs. The last background weft is woven all the way past the border to the edge.   If there is a spirit in the rug design, the break in the border allows the spirit to leave if it wishes. The book I used, “Navajo Weaving Way,” by Noel Bennett and Tiana Bighorse, has a quote from one of the weavers, Tiana Bighorse, Tuba City, Arizona.

It’s your own Path.

It’s for yourself.

It’s for peace for your future.

It’s for the weaver.

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Now I am weaving one warp thread at a time using a tapestry needle.

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Finished!

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Duffy approves, he thinks it’s for his pleasure, but not this time.Image

All of the yarn was my own hand spun wool.  The center design had yarn that I had dyed from pecan hulls (the outside brown), rabbitbrush with iron (green) and rabbitbrush with alum (yellow next to the green).  The black and grey were natural wool colors.  The maroon in the corners and the rust in the center were commercially dyed.

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I never kept track of the hours spent spinning the yarn and weaving the rug. That wasn’t important.  I wanted to learn more tapestry weaving techniques and to use my yarn.   I can’t wait to start the next one!

See ya,

Sandy

ps: I want to say “Thank you” to my very patient husband, Pat, for not minding the fuzz all over the house, hours spent spinning and weaving and being so proud of my creations.  Love ya, Sweetie!

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About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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4 Responses to Navajo Rug… DONE!

  1. Now that is an accomplishment to be proud of! It’s beautiful!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Congratulations! That is so awesome! I love it! And, the fact that you hand spun all the yarn in it makes it even more special. Wow!!!

  3. I love it! I have loved watching the pattern grow. Just think of all your thoughts that have gone into that rug.

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