Monday, June 03, 2013

Raffia Granny Rug

I know what you’re thinking…she reappears and then disappears again! Well, I do have good reasons for my latest absence. Firstly, Steve and I moved from our Westside apartment to a loft in Downtown LA. This was a huge adjustment, but I’m happy to report a positive and much needed change. In addition, virtually simultaneous to the move, I decided to take a new position at another firm after almost 13 years of working for the same company. Talk about turning one’s environment on its head! Okay, so the transition(s) was a bit trying, but I’ve come through all the change no worse for the wear. New job at a place that doesn’t really rank on the drama meter and a spectacular new space in which to live and work my creative fingers to the bone, a winning combo to be sure!

Studio stuff organized and easily accessible, I have begun working (needleworking that is) again. As such, what does one need when moving into a place with lots of wooden floor space? Rugs of course! So, I made one...

Raffia Granny Rug 1

Sure, I could buy a rug or two (and I have), but I thought it would be really fun to carpet my naked floors with floor coverings made by my own hands.

Raffia Granny Rug 2

As I already have several wool rugs, I wasn’t necessarily interested in making more woolen floor goodies. Nonetheless, I knew that I wanted my floor art to be fun, colorful, relatively lightweight and able to stand up to foot traffic.  Enter, synthetic raffia…

Raffia Granny Rug Detail

This stuff comes in a wide variety of colors, can be spot cleaned with water and a gentle detergent, takes the heat of an iron with no problem and will withstand a plethora of feet atop its worked surface. Oh, and it’s pretty nice to work with too!

Obviously, I’ll have to do a bit more experimenting, but so far I’m pretty happy with my raffia floor grannies...

7 comments:

Michele said...

How absolutely clever. I love it....raffia...hmph...who knew. ;)

forgetmenots blue said...

So lovely I love the colours you've used Mx

Regina Rioux said...

Thank you!

Gwen said...

Great idea -- and even better end result!

Regina Rioux said...

Thanks Gwen! Yeah, I really like the way it turned out!

Cyndi - YaYa said...

I love it.. who would have thought? Must make one .. now to find the raffia... haha

Carole Morga- Split-Site PhD said...

Welcome back. I am very in love with the fact that the rug matches the chair which is both an awesome bright colors. This is beautiful.