Saturday, 29 September 2012

Recyling - Baler Twine and Fortrel Clothes Woven into Floormat

This mat is made out of old  fortrel clothes and baler twine.  First the twine is put on a loom. After the fortrel is cut into strips, folded and ironed, it's woven into the twine. Finally the mat is sewn along the raw edges and trimmed a few inches from where the weaving ends. Perfect for the kitchen or bathroom! Fortrel mats are not only practical and pretty, but wash and wear well, too. These days though, it's difficult to find this type of fabric, that is durable and doesn't fray.
 
I'm sure there are many people besides Hutterite who make beautiful floormats from recyclables. Do you have a favourite rug story to share?

9 comments:

Kaye said...

Glad to see the recycling. Looks like a really sturdy rug.

Alyce said...

Sounds like a great way to make a strong and long-lasting rug!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I love when I see people create something new from something old -- nice!

Katie Troyer said...

This was one loom I could handle and I made about half a dozen rugs while I still lived in Ontario.

Susan Lindquist said...

Cool! Love seeing things recycled!

edgar said...


I learn about fortrel today reading your blog.I did not know that there is an interesting fabric called fortrel.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

I always thought it would be fun to make a rug, and there are a lot of how-to books at the library, but I'm sure those wouldn't be this kind of quality (and are probably braid or knot rugs of some sort). I like the colors in that rug, too.

Christine Harding said...

It is very colourful. My Snapshot is http://goo.gl/DncFP

Linda said...

Thanks for all your kind comments! Always good to hear from my readers!