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A Video Medley of Recent Projects

This cold and snowy winter has been great for my creativity! Here is a quick video of some recent projects. Hope it inspires you to your own beautiful creations.

Happy Rugmaking 

🌀 Aimée 🌀

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New rug style!

So I decided to try this many-mini-rugs-knotted-together style. It came out very cool looking but it was a lot of work! The beginning of rugs is the trickiest part and just as it was getting easy Bam! you have to start a new one. The knotting together took a much longer time than I thought it would but luckily with the stormy winter we have had in Connecticut, I had plenty of free time available. 

I am very happy with the color combo here. It reminds me of the ocean and sky and I will probably make a regular big rug with these colors soon. 

Here’s a close up of the connecting stitches. You make the same basic knot but through the new rug on the left, too. 

If you decide to make one of these rugs make sure you leave plenty of extra length in the strips at the end of each rug. You will need more than you think to connect the rugs together at the end. Be sure to take pictures of how you want the final product to look so that you can reference that again and again. Mine ended up slightly different than I planned out originally but I am still happy with the randomness of the final design. 

This rug is only about 2 feet across total. Next time I make one of these styles I will make each individual little rug larger. The smallest rugs are 3 inches diameter and the largest are 7 inches. I would probably make the smallest no less than 5. It will take more t-shirts too obviously. This rug took 4 t-shirts. Luckily gray is a very common t-shirt color so using that as your main color would be fairly easy to do, especially if you used a few different grays. I used 2 different grays here and I really like how they play off each other.

Hope you like this one!

🌀 happy rugmaking 🌀


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The Sweetness Rug

Each rug I make has a word or mantra embedded in its energy. This rug is Sweetness. I think the brighter colors and bolder dark blue are a little unexpected but perfect because being sweet doesn’t mean being a pushover. Being bold with sweetness is empowering. It reminds me of friends that I have who are unapologetically, unabashedly kind to everyone they come across. It’s a lovely way to interact with the world!
This rug is 2ft in diameter made with 100% cotton secondhand t-shirts.


I hope you like it!

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Rainbow Chakra Meditation Mat

I just finished this rug last night!


I made it 2 ft wide, the perfect size for a meditation mat. I used 7 t-shirts but had leftover fabric from all of them. In total, I used 269ft of fabric strips to make this rug. Two of my kids are working on their own mats right now, too.

I am becoming more and more intrigued by the history of rug making. Historically women were almost always the fabric and rug makers. This holds true worldwide, across many, many cultures. Rugs, fabric, weavings always held the energy, symbolism and intentions of the person or persons who made them. In that same way, I listened to corresponding chakra meditations as I worked on each color to help the mat hold my intentions in it.

Happy Rugmaking 🌀

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Increasing Knots

A YouTube watcher asked me to clarify how and when you increase knots in a toothbrush rug. Increasing knots is how your rug grows out rather than up! If you don’t increase the number of knots, you will soon have a cloth bowl which is actually pretty cute but not what you are aiming for here.
So here is a pic of where increasing is needed

I have already done one new knot in this loop but there is definitely space for another new knot before moving on to the next loop. This is the spot for Increasing!
In the beginning of rug you will be doing a lot of increase knots. As it gets bigger you will be needing fewer increase knots. If your rug starts to bowl up, add a knot. If it is really curling up, you may need to undo a few knots. Luckily that is easy to do 😀

Hope that clarified your Increase questions!

Happy Rugmaking 🌀

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Finished Peacock Inspired Rug

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I am in love with this 5 ft round rug that I recently finished. I was inspired by the colors of a peacock and wanted to loosely stay to that color palette. It took me about 2 months to complete but it was during the holidays so it could have been completed earlier. I used 24 t-shirts to make this rug and had very little excess left over as I often just continued on with a certain color until it was 3

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This rug is made entirely of cotton t-shirts that I found at local thrift stores. I am having fun exploring the color possibilities and any idea, like a peacock feather or a sunset or a flower, would make a good starting point for a rug. If you are going to thrift stores yourself looking for material, bring a reference image with you as you are choosing the t-shirts to buy.

Hope you like this rug as much as I do!IMG_7452

Happy Rugmaking,


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How to Connect Fabric Strips

How do you connect those fabric strips? It is super easy!

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Watch our Rug Making Tutorial Video

Looking for a video describing how to make a toothbrush rug? Here is the video showing how to start your own rug. The beginning of the rugmaking process is the trickiest so don’t give up 🙂 Once you have it started it is so easy to keep it going. The hard part will be deciding when it’s finished.

Hope you like the video and find it clear and helpful!

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