Archive for February, 2011

If you are feeling crafty

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Making rugs is a long and hard process if you are doing it by hand, but it is also very rewarding! If you fancy making something that your pet can sleep on then this is a good idea for you crafty types.

Do you have a bunch of old random socks lying around in your house/ sock drawer/ linen basket, that need to be thrown out? Then fear not! Grab those old socks and line the up so you can make a square, if it doesn’t quite make a square then you can always chop the ends off. Slide the socks inside each other and then secure down with a pin, now you really need a sewing machine to make it sturdy but if you feel confident doing it by hand then you can do it that way.

Once you have sewn together all the seams then you are ready to let you pet use it for themselves!

So there you have it, one ugly sock rug for your pets!

Designing your own rug

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Here at rug designer we are dedicated at making good quality rugs. If you want a rug that is completely your own then we can do that. We can now carve into your rug and make any shape you want, we can even make different pile heights. With our bespoke rug range you can design your rug and then send it to us, after we have recorded your design, we will retouch it and use our existing colour palette to make you design compatible with our rug colours. We will send the design back to you for your approval.

All of our rugs take 6-8 weeks to be made and delivered to you, for our express delivery it cost £100 more per rug, and will take 3 weeks to be made and delivered to you.

Wooly Shaggy Rugs

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Thick pile shaggy rugs are fashionable, comfortable and beautiful. They keep floors warm and bring great accents to the room. Try a contrasting colour and bring something modern to your rooms. Or if you already have a colour theme or a distinct colour in mind we can do colour matching to get an exact colour swatch if you provide us with a pantone colour or even a sample of the colour you want us to match.

The shaggy rugs that we make are luxurious and will last forever! Our rugs are made to order so all of our rugs are limited edition and if you choose a bespoke shape or cut out then your rug will be completely unique. Here at RugDesigner our rugs start at £99 per square metre so there is no excuse not to have a fabulous rug in your home!

Rugs for all ages

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Is your living room looking bare and cold? Well without completely overhauling your room with new wallpaper and furniture then how about choosing a brightly colour rug or even a patterned rug to add interest to a bare wooden floor, choose art that will compliment your rug and then the rug doesn’t feel like a complete anomaly. A rug is a convenient of making your room look different and also bring the attention to the floor so even if the walls are floor to ceiling magnolia the room will still feel comfortable and warm.

Are the bedrooms in your house looking like they need a make over, then choose a new rug, we have a range of children’s rugs that are suitable for all ages from toddler to young adult. If your teenager is feeling more grown up there are plenty of sophisticated rugs that could suit their tastes.

You may find a rug that is the the inspiration for renovating your room, take a look at our rugs and if there is nothing you like or you have a bespoke idea in mind then please contact sales@rugdesigner.co.uk

Rules for choosing the right size rug for your rooms

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Runners-This protects wood floors while adding warmth and softness to high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways.  The standard size is 2′ 3″ x 8′. To get the placement right, allow at least 4″ of space along the sides of the runner parallel to the walls or edge of steps.
In a corridor, keep a close eye on proportion. Standard runners may be too narrow, so fit accordingly
Just remember that the gap between rug and walls should be no more than one-third the width of the runner.

Accent rugs are small (usually 2ft x 3ft), adding instant color and pattern and they can be moved whenever you feel like it! To position an accent rug the right distance from a piece of furniture, wall or cabinet, take the width of the rug and divide it in half. The number you’re left with is the maximum distance the rug should be placed from the furniture. Think about using two or three rugs in complimentary colors to break up a long, narrow hallway or corridor.

The next best thing to a wall-to-wall rug is a full-size one. If you want to showcase the floors, pick a rug that is smaller than your room. As a standard decorator rule a full-size rug should be placed within 18 inches of at least two of the walls, if you have cabinets or book shelves then measure for the edge of those instead of the wall. The legs of the main furniture pieces should be on the rug. Make an exception for wall-hugging pieces like a large china cabinet; this should be completely off the wall. Picking a full-sized rug in a centralized position in a room helps bring attention to its main focal point.

Handmade Rugs

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
To make an original hooked rug, you will need the following-  wool cloth scraps torn into 6mm strips, a rug hook, burlap or linen backing please not that this should have a design drawn onto it, an embroider hoop or rug hooking frame.

If you choose to go with a prepared kit, you will get rug hooking jute that has a silk-screen design on it, also a color location chart, rug hook, 100 percent wool cable yarn, rug hook and rug binding. One advantage of the kits is a color photo you can refer to so you can check your progress as you are working. Rug hooking is a crafting and hooking technique developed by housewives in pioneer times in America who were trying to create a warmer, more comfortable environment inside their home. Back then the floors were damp and cold and pioneer families would pitch in to help create these rugs.

METHOD

Fasten your pattern (the linen or burlap backing) onto a stretcher bar, hoop or a rug hooking frame. Cut the strips of wool to approximately 6mm wide and at least 20cm long. Hold your hook in your dominant hand and hold the strip of wool in the other hand. Push your hook down through the backing, catch the wool and pull it up through the burlap. Make sure you pull the first end up through to the top of the burlap as well, continue your hooking, loop by loop, making loops all the same height. Space your loops approximately three burlap strands apart so you don’t crowd your loops too much.

Rug Sculpturing

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Can rug hooking be used to make anything other than flat rugs? Well I never thought it was possible but as I was browsing through Etsy- a online folk art shopping website, I stubbled upon a woman who makes sculptures out of wool using the rug hooking technique. If a giant pineapple is not your idea of a centre piece for your dining room table, never fear as there are a lot of other designs to choose for as well as flat penny rugs that she has also made by hand. All of her products are 100% wool and naturally dyed.

I thought that her modern and contemporary take on the old technique is ingenious and I would very much like to get my hands on one of her cool creations, if only I had around $300 lying around.