Most of my creative endeavors lately are something I might sell. Even if I don’t plan on selling that particular one, it’s a tester for something I’m considering selling. I did make a new necklace for myself, but that’s in a way to help me sell. It’s embarrassing to go to a networking event, say I make jewelry, and not be wearing a fabulous statement piece that I made.
This new project, however, is just for me (and my cats, really)! I had a funky thrift store rug the cats loved to sleep on. It was thick and comfy in the afternoon sun. But the last time I washed it, it really shed a lot, had more obvious gaps, and still smelled weird. Time to toss it.
I don’t know what I saw, but I suddenly thought I should make a hooked rag rug. Not a braided one, but one with lots of little tufts. I’ve raided my fabric stash and come across fabulous, bright colors. Cutting them into strips 1/2″ by 3″ is the hardest part, I started with my pinking shears so there would be less shedding, but it was taking even longer and hurting my middle finger knuckle. Regular scissors it is!
As my husband says, this is going to take forever, but I’m not worried. I’m two rows into a bazillion of them. I have a little latch hook that helps me tie the strips into lovely little knots. Right now working on my rug is the closest I can come to relaxing. (I really do suck at relaxing).
The little bit that I have done already feels nice when I step on it. The cats are already laying on the rug, even though it’s bare canvas webbing. Milo really liked being underneath it and popping again. Sorry, I didn’t get a picture, I was too busy laughing at him.
Sure, I needed a new project like I needed a hole in my head. But it’s a present for me and I deserve it. And my cats deserve it, too, I guess.