This rug uses Herdwick wool yarn I bought in Cumbria, England when Mrs. Daylight and I were visiting in 2006.
It is from the Herdwick breed of sheep. I never used this yarn because I kept wanting to save it for something special, or that I deemed myself not yet worthy. So I finally decided to just make something with it already. The wool is tough and somewhat bristly, and maybe not so good for a scarf, but great for a rug.
While the colors are obviously dyed, the light and dark grays are the natural color of the wool.
I used a plain weave because that’s what’s was ready on the loom, and because the design can be simple, highlighting the texture of the yarn. I did add a section using a tapestry technique called “clasped wefts” and a simple design element. I have to remember that curves and clasped wefts are not friends – I had to un-weave about 2 inches of rug and re-weave it to get it just how I wanted.
The yarn is probably hand-dyed, as you can see the variations in color in the orange section. To me, that makes it more personal and unique.
Detail of the curve section. Subtle, but I like subtle.
Next Up: probably another rug.