Friday, January 27, 2012

the magic carpet



I did it! I did it! I made a magic carpet. I've wanted to make one of these for an eternity, at least a year. What gave me the final nudge I'm not sure, other than I tend to turn to crochet when I need a meditative escape. Just rows, nothing else. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth until I get bored. Then someone gets a blanket out of it.

But this time I wanted a rug, and I wanted to make it with my kids' blown out clothing, and I wanted to make it in a circle. So I went here to figure out how to make a circle. And here to learn how to cut the strips and join them. Then I fumbled my way around and around and around the circle with their well worn tights and leggings, the shirts I loved but they didn't, the pants that split when they fell; I added stitches where the carpet seemed empty, and stretched it out like pizza dough along the way to keep the circle shape.

The toughest part? Getting over the horror of dissecting the clothes. It felt wrong and illegal, just like my first night out on the town after being sequestered inside for months when my kids were newborns. And I became fragile over the deconstruction of a few pieces. One navy dress in particular both my girls had worn, and outgrown, and I got teary every time the scissors went near it. I had to wait until the end of Wednesday when they were both driving me crazy and then I felt no guilt whatsoever dissecting it. Once I got past that dress, my scissors coveted everything, and I chopped with impunity.

When I ran out of material just shy of completing the rug, I made an emergency trip to the thrift store and finished it off with someone else's bottoms. Imperfect my magic carpet may be, but I'm thrilled I was able to make it from rags to stitches with my own hands. And now I plan to fly away on it. Wearing Jess Swift's boots, of course.


Buffalo Lucy said...

Ahh! I love it!! What a great way to hold on to all those special clothes. Nice job!!

●• Thereza said...

WOW! you crafty wizz.

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

Oh my gosh. You never cease to amaze me. Love it!

Alice Braga said...

YOU are the magic. What a beautiful way to give those clothes a new life. And as always, I admire your craft as a writer as well as a visual artist. Brava!

heather noye said...

what a great use for those "well loved" pieces of clothing. it looks beatufiul

Lisa Gonzalez said...

Ah! I effing love this. Not just the rug itself (which is stunning), but the story :) Rock on, sister.

Christie said...

It's so beautiful and meaningful and creative and colourful! To echo previous commenters, the story is every bit as magical as the carpet itself. So inspiring!

Pattyskypants said...

GLORIOUS! I'm really impressed you've done it so quickly! Mine take a bit longer. xxoo Patty

rachel awes said...

magic indeed.
(of course. this is
of your hand + heart).

cactus petunia said...

What a perfectly artsyville carpet! It's beautiful, Aimee!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome little magic carpet! It's downright rainbowlicious :)

Raychel said...

I love it Aimee!!! I have a feeling that if I learned how to crochet in a circle, I'd never stop. Could be good or bad.

Michele said...

Wow! Awesomely amazingly cool!

alarmcat said...

i love it! it's so colorful!

suzanne cabrera said...

Beeeeaaaaauuuuuuutiful! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I seriously can not get over how awesome your rug looks Aimee! I'm inspired!!

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh my goodness! WHAT a treasure!!! An heirloom!

Pointy Pix said...

is there no end to your talents? this is gorgeous and all the more wonderful because you made it from your children's clothes. i really love this and totally want to make one as well so am off to find out how!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

this is so beautiful! I want one of my very own. I love that you used your kids old fabrics. so meaningful.

Lorinda said...

The carpet is wonderful! What a beautiful and cozy way to treasure memories of your kids.

Love the boots too--I ordered them in the other pattern :-)

Ravelings said...

That rug will look great with wicker :)

painted fish studio said...

it's so fabulous!

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

Marvellous... Far out!

la ninja said...

you' ve outdone yourself, lovely.
such a fab history-preserve-cycling piece and such bombastically bright colours and doodlelicious texture.

hats off to you (and it's rather nippy over here...)

Marcia (123 blog) said...


If only I were crafty like this I would SOOO do this!

Thanks for linking up your beautiful magic carpet.

Randi said...

The bright colors are beautiful!

soulbrush said...

saw it on fb, and it is quite glorious- magic one I am sure!

Bella Sinclair said...

Take me with you! Oh, the fabulosity! This is a colorful mandala of memories. I love it!

Beth Niquette said...

I adore your magic carpet! I made one years ago from all my old sox. Only I braided mine, then sewed them all together. Back in the 1970's the sox we wore were quite bright. (grin) Brilliant blues, reds, purples, etc.

Your carpet is indeed magical!

Marcie said...

Gorgeous it!

aimee said...

thank you everyone! i took lots of virtual voyages on my magic carpet this weekend -- i curled up with a glass of wine & a book on it and sailed away into other universes :)

Inner Toddler said...

holy crap this is gorgeous. as are the JS boots. you stylish devil...

Nicky Linzey said...

Looks pretty near perfect to me.

Writer J said...

So jealous! I love your homemade carpet :)

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