Creating something new and useful from something old and worn. The ultimate re-cycle project.
To make this woven rug or mat all that is needed are rags and a ring… basically that is all the pioneers had.
The instructions give complete directions and includes 2 pages of step by step 'how to' photos.
The origin for this type of woven rug was created by the pioneer’s migrating West in covered wagons using the spare steel rims for the wagon wheels and old worn out clothing. Extra rims were taken along because they couldn’t be made on the trail like the wooden parts could be.
The rug is woven using the wagon wheel steel rim as the frame for tying the warp (ie.) spokes. Weaving the base (hub), a ’cross’ first then continuing in the round. This has apparently been documented by finding remnants of rugs still on wagon rims... I was not able to secure that specific documentation.... I did my own research and my validation has been searching out and speaking with elderly folks sharing personal stories about the round rugs their grandmothers and great grandmothers wove on the wheel rims, so I feel this is a valid bit of history and not just a neat crafty idea and a good story.
It is [my] thought that the Wagon Wheel Rug’s basic idea came from basket weaving since most basket weavers understand the beginning concept at first glance. The rug is started like the bottom of a basket. For my rim rather the finding and dealing with the heavy steal ring I used Conduit bent into a circle for the rug pictured... any size ring may be used from a few inches to larger.
Enjoy making a weaving that takes us back into our history and shows our pioneer’s ingenuity....