Hi everyone!  I am just starting to make rugs!  I have a large Macomber loom.  I am looking for any tips and advice I can possible get on the subject as there are no classes where I live.  I would like to make Rosepath rugs.


Joanne Hall

Karen Isenhower has a rosepath rug in the March 2017 Handwoven magazine, with instructions.



You might get more response if you narrowed your field somewhat.  What specifically are you looking for help with?  There are quite a few books out on weaving rugs; that might be a good place to start.  I'm not sure I would start with a weft faced weave on a jack loom.  Macs are nice heavy looms, but the tension may be hard to get.


I should correct my eariier post.  I was confusing rosepath with boundweave (a senior moment, for sure).  Rosepath is not a weft-faced weave.  You may want to search  weavo for jack loom rugs for some of the issues seen weaving rugs with a rising shed.

Deirdre King

Merry Christmas all!  I hope you all enjoy your winter break/holiday.

I am sort of tired of weavers commenting that it is difficult to weave a nice tight rug on a jack loom.  I have woven hundreds of rugs in my fourty+ years of weaving, and they all have been on jack looms.  I have sold every one of them save the few I have around my home.  Twill threadings make excellent rugs (including Rosepath); Mary Atwater included a Rosepath threading in her rug monograph, published more than 50 years ago.  You have to use the correct warp and spacing (epi), and a good sturdy loom to weave a good rug.  Currently, my rug loom is a J-Made 60 inch 8 harness beauty.  I use 8/5 or 8/6 linen for warp, and more and more often, my handspun yarn for weft.  Also, boundweave is not a threading, it is a method of weaving a weft-faced heavy fabric that completely covers the warp but is firm enough to withstand foot traffic without having the weft move around at all.

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