I am often asked by other rag rug makers my opinion on their projects and my process for designing my rag rugs. It always comes down to personal preference, what is on my shelf for sheets and what has inspired me to make the rug. Your experience will be somewhat the same.
I see so many absolutely gorgeous rag rugs, many I would have never even thought to have made. I will give you a few ideas of the thought that goes into my planning and designing and provide a link to one of my videos that might help you as well. This is just a beginner guide to help you create your gorgeous, fun and personalized rag rug.
I like to create a color palate in my mind. Examples:1. Neutral with earthy tones 2. Pink color family 3. Blue tones 4. Two or three color tones (like blue, green and yellow) 5. The list is endless
Next, is the shape. (Oval, Runner, Runner with a pattern like with a Spin or Caribbean Breeze, Etc.) Sometimes the shape is first and the color palate is second.
Choosing the center or beginning color is very important as well as the final or last color. They need to make a statement. Very light, bright, interesting or dark are what I shoot for. I also try not to put too many solids or too many prints one right after each other, however that is not a rule.
Something important to consider when choosing the sequence of your sheet yarn for your rag rug design is how much you have of each color. If you only have a small amount of a certain color but still want to use it in your rag rug, that color must be added to the beginning rows, center or used strategically (intermittently) throughout the rug.
Be open to following your own road to creating rag rugs that are true to you and your spirit.
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Here is 1 of my videos that you might find helpful to designing your rag rugs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-S8v3Ucupw
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Until next time happy rag rugging!