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Forum topic by deesammom posted 05-08-2015 08:12 PM 950 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2015 08:12 PM

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Hi – I made a rug twining frame that I would like to sell in the fabric shop I work at, but I need advice on how to make a couple of improvements.

1. When making a rag rug with this frame, you work a couple of rows on one end and then flip it over to work from the other end. You do this – going back and forth – and meet in the middle. Right now I lean the frame against my coffee table, but I would like to have some kind of support leg/easel that could flip back and forth to support the frame while working on it. Any ideas on how to do this?

2. Would like to have a detachable piece that could be put on and taken off to convert the frame to place mat size; here’s a ROUGH picture (I’m a terrible artist):

Thanks very much in advance for any ideas or advice you all can give me!


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#1 posted 05-08-2015 09:55 PM

Wow! This is way out of my area of expertise, but I will have a go. I need some more information.

First, if I am reading things correctly, there are two separate questions, the easel stand and then the shorter frame modification.

For the easel/legs, we would need to have some idea about the dimensions of the frame and the desired angle. For instance, can one end of the frame rest on the floor and you only need to support it at the proper angle or do you need some mechanism to lift it higher off the floor? Also, never having made a rag rug on a twining frame I have no idea what we are talking about in terms of how beefy the support needs to be. Do you really bang on it to set each row as you weave or is this a gentler process?

As far as the method to adapt the frame for shorter work pieces, I think that the simplest solution would be to make a cross piece with the required pins like I see at the top and bottom of your frame. Place the new adjustable end on the frame at the correct spot and drill a hole through it and into the side piece of the frame. Install a pin to index the new end piece with the sides. I think a short piece of 1/4” aluminum rod glued into the removable piece would work well. You could make a series of holes on the original frame to make it adjustable for several different lengths. From your pictures it appears that the end pieces of the frame are higher than the sides, being simply attached with screws or glue. If this is the case, then there should be no problem with a different height for the movable piece. One thing to think about goes back to how hard you beat on this thing. Drilling holes in the side member of the frame will weaken it. You need to use a piece of stock that can handle any load you will incur.

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 11:45 PM

Thanks kazooman – great advice! To answer your question about the easel support, it does not need to lift the frame off the floor at all, and the weaving is not hard on the frame. The easel stand is just to make it at a good angle for weaving.

Thank you again for your time – I’m going up to Home Depot tonight to get what you suggested!


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