Robbie LaFleur

From Mystery Ball to a Home for the Wild Thing

Last year my sister Terry was excited to give me a big ball of yarn, “already-woven yarn;” she was sure I would like it. It was a dense, heavy ball of fabric strips that were pressed and folded, and even sewn together — way over the top rag preparation.


I decided that after completing a time-consuming weaving I would finish up the warp by weaving up the mystery ball.  My “rule” was that after weaving a nice striped pink and linen header, I had to use the fabrics as they came off the ball. I thought that fate decreed that the random result would be pleasing in the old-fashioned hit-and-miss rag rug tradition.



It didn’t work, and I thought the resulting rug was stupid, just not appealing.


IMG_5647After the snowy January day of the photograph the rug was rolled up, unfinished, in my closet.  Fast forward to July.  I realized that I didn’t have many pieces to enter in the Minnesota State Fair because my newer pieces are in a Co-Curators Pop-Up Exhibit at Norway House, part of the “Traditional Norwegian Weaving: American Reboot” show.  I looked at the State Fair categories and noticed “Tote Bag,” and decided to make the rug I disliked into a toy-storing tote for Fitzgerald, who will be arriving in October, son of my daughter Margaret and her husband Jeff.

What a time-sucking endeavor! I almost tossed it out shortly after I began, but I was determined to redeem my weaving time.  It became a challenge. Below are photos of the finished tote, along with details showing the straps, top edge, and the bottom balsa-wood filled base for the bag.  I won’t be making any more rag rug totes.







4 comments on “From Mystery Ball to a Home for the Wild Thing

  1. Robbie LaFleur
    August 14, 2017

    Fitz’s bag

    Robbie LaFleur


  2. Kelly Marshall
    August 14, 2017

    Great job redeeming that rug!!!

  3. Mary York
    August 15, 2017

    It’s an adorable bag, Robbie!

  4. Väva! Veve! (@vavaveve)
    August 16, 2017

    Good Save!! Well thought out pattern and composition!

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This entry was posted on August 14, 2017 by in Minnesota State Fair, Rag Rugs, Uncategorized, weaving.
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