Does anyone have an idea of how many tshirts I would need for a good sized (maybe 4 foot diameter) rug? I like this idea but I don't have any shirts so I might try to get some at goodwill.
I love what he said about the automatic motion of your hands when you are making – I guess this means I finally have to break from knitting and learn how to crochet!
At first I thought the assignment was 'Make a hug'. This is almost just as good.
Last week I threw my old bed sheet and clothes away…1
Sweet! I have a couple of old stained club t-shirts from high school that I didn't want to get rid of because of their sentimental value to me and this would a perfect way to reuse them. 🙂
I'm very excited about this art assignment! I've been studying a lot lately and when ploughing through the articles my hands keep distracting me – I bite my nails, keep redoing my hair, keep wanting to look up random things that pop up in my head. I've been finger crocheting a simple string of wool to keep my hands busy and keep my focus. However, I didn't want to distract myself by looking up how to make anything but a string. I have a very long string of triple crocheted yarn and now I can turn it into something nice, coming from all my studying and learning! I can't wait until it's finished and showable 😀
I have some coordination issues as well as some fine motor skills issues so I think this might be hard, but it would be a great use of all of the old scarves and shawls that never get worn in my house.
I've enjoyed past art assignments, but I've never been so excited for one before. I'm always looking for things to do with my hands, and knitting cramps them up so much. This looks like the same concept on a much bigger scale. Plus I'm about a year out from getting my own place, so it'd be really cool to have something like this…and I just realized my closet is overflowing, so this really couldn't be any better. I'm so excited to get started =)
This looks like so much fun, I really want to try it out!
This art assignment has come at the perfect time! We really need to clean out our closets, definitely going into a rug!
The idea of adding rings over time is a little like a tree stump.
Welp, now I know what to do with my rags!
That is an incredibly plush-looking rug. Looks like each stitch eats up about six inches of fabric depending on how wide the fabric strip is. If you want to cover more area using less fabric, I would suggest cutting narrower strips of fabric for a less cushy end product.
I really love this art assignment!
I was excited to get rid of a bunch of string but I guess this makes more sense for everyone to pick up. I may do one with string anyway, or just figure out how to combine everything.
How do you change colors?
Well. I'm really glad I haven't thrown out / donated those two bags of old clothes yet. I was planning to do that in the next week or two, so this was excellent timing. I wish I could start it this weekend but I have plans. It'll have to wait until Monday. I've never done anything remotely like this so I'm pretty excited. Thanks for encouraging me to try new things!
Oh wow. This will be a challenge, but I want to tackle it.
You guys should setup some kind of place where we can submit art assignments. Maybe a hashtag or blog or something. Or even highlight some of the cool submissions at the end of each new video, with submissions from the previous week.
This looks fun to do.
It seems really fun and interesting! I wish I could do it. I can't wait to move out, because my mother doesn't let me do anything …
John stands really awkwardly it's no wonder he always sits in his videos… it's adorable
I love those rugs! What a wonderful assignment. My great aunt taught me to read, crochet, and embroider when I was a tiny girl… before Kindergarten; I love that I can still crochet – although, painfully, due to arthritis. I'm working on a throw cover at the moment, escaping into the quiet motion of the hook and yarn in my hands. I hope to someday have the opportunity to make a fabric rug like the ones in this #ArtAssignment Maybe John can send me his old t-shirts.
Ive done a project like this. I knit a bathmat sized rug and traveled with it, had friends camp with it, etc. It has strecthed (I used 2 yarns and oversize needles) into a trapazoid shape almost double its original size, and the colors have faded and bled. I couldnt love it more 🙂
I really want to give this a shot—it just might take me a while to get to. I've got several knitting projects in progress that I need to finish first -_-
Would this work with wovens as well as knits? Am I thinking too much about it? This is my favorite art assignment yet!
As a knitter/crocheter, I LOVE this assignment, and I love that it can be done with just your hands. 🙂 Come on, John, you can do it! You don't even have to manipulate a hook!
wow Hélio Oiticica! o/weird way to represent him, but make points showing the museum of modern art of rio de janeiro in the clip!
I REALLY WANT TO MAKE A RUG NOW.
Wow awesome as usual 🙂
the "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" on the computer always bothers me.I'm sure there is a good reason for it (it's located in the office, etc.), but on this channel of "we should explore our surroundings…" it always smacks against the content of the video.
If it said, "and please don't break the law" or "This Machine Kills Fascists" or "This Machine Pwns N00bs" it might not feel so wrong. Every week I feel the Eye of Sauron glaring, "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH."
Holy crap. That's a really cool way of making a rug. I didn't think to use crocheting methods and old fabrics to do that. Totally not artsy, but I'm going to make one for my new apartment!
This is a great assignment! I love how this is even more hands on and tangible than I think all the previous ones. It was great seeing Sarah on the Education on YouTube panel at VidCon! You brought a whole different perspective that worked very well with the conversation..
My mother is a seamstress and I've been looking for a project to use up al her scraps … I think i've found it!
My grandma used to crochet rag rugs before I was born. I wish it was possible to do this with her and my mom.(Wow, that was a downer.)My niece is very crafty; maybe I'll involve her in this. 🙂
I kinda want to buy new stuff so I can use my old stuff for this xD such a fun idea.
I need to go through my wardrobe and get rid of a lot of clothes I no longer wear anyway. This would be the perfect thing to use it for.
Wow, the idea of using old strips of fabric for crocheting has blown my mind. I really wanna try this if I have the time, but now I'm thinking of what shirts I can cut up into small strips for making scarves when it turns autumn or winter ^^.
As a knitter, sewer and all around textile loving person, who is currently going through my wardrobe to throw old clothes away, I am most DEFINITELY doing this art assignment! This is perfect for me. Might not start immediately since I have a couple of knitting projects I need to finish, but this can be an endless project anyway.
(Also, HOLY SHIT, Youtube almost gave me a heart attack when I tried to comment and I thought I had lost all contact with my account for a moment.)
What happens on the rug , stays on the rug
If anyone is finding the crocheting too difficult, there's another rag rug making method using a hula hoop that's more of a weaving kind of technique! Just google hula hoop rug if you want to check that out!
Omg I am super excited to do this properly. I just cut up a few t-shirts I was throwing out to give it a try and I'm hooked. I think I'm going to start over to make it neater now that I've figured out how it works, but yay 🙂
I really love this one. I especially love that he included the specific instructions! I love crocheting but I've never tried it in this context before. Now, I just need to find some old clothes I can cut up and make into a rug! I donated a really large amount of clothes when we moved into our smaller apartment, but maybe I'll have a party and get my friends to bring some of theirs.
This is arguably the best Art Assignment yet. Love it!
new idea for performance art: do this art assignment while wearing a hook (like captain hook) and crocheting with it in a public space. i like it.
How do you add on the next strip of fabric do you tie it on or sew it on?
I really love this assignment. I love working with fabric, but I've never done crocheting before so that will be a cool 🙂
Now that I'm on summer break I am definitely going to be doing this one! I'm super excited… Although I just donated a bunch of old clothes so I think I am going to have to do some digging. I think I have some old fabric scraps in my attic that I could use.
Thanks Fritz Haeg for a engrossing assignment. Your rug is like a portable spirit – catcher that gathers the essence of the participants interactive experience thus increasing vibrationally as well as growing physically as it journeys around. Cinnamon is his own personal rug ! 🙂
Sounds like John may need his Mom's help making a rug. I've never met a goat soap maker who wasn't good with their hands.
Some larger thrift type stores have items they can't sell that they offer for free or cheaply. I enjoyed this video very much.
Best art assignment yet!! I love this project and want to try it for myself. Thank you!! 🙂
I have never done an art assignment before… but I think I will have to do this one, it's a great idea, and I can make a sort of "family rug" from the discarded shirts of my family members. I love this idea.
Now I regret that I frequently throw out old clothes.
for once i thought this might be something i'd be able to do, but no. this is complicated as fuck
I've got so much scrap fabric from different sewing projects, this would be awesome to use them for.
What's eerie is my fiancé and I have literally been making a crocheted rug for about three weeks now. She's a crafting wizard and we have a whole bunch of remnant fabric. We've been using a big fat crochet hook (a 'Q' size I think) and ripping strips of fabric at about an inch and a half wide. Sitting next to each other, she does the actual act of crocheting while I connect the strips. I love it because it's using all of our old scrap fabric and creating something we actually can use and enjoy. So far after 3 weeks of about an hour each night our rug is 3 ft in diameter. I'll have to post pictures to the Instagram and such.
wooooo fellow Minnesotan! 🙂
this seems genuinely amazing- cant wait to get started!
I dont not have an am not going to buy the necessary material to do this 😛 Sorry.
oh, I think this is my favorite art assignment so far! will do it, but it's probably gonna take a while.
and I'm so happy to see the Parangolés shown in the video 🙂
Hélio Oiticica! <3 my favourite artist!!
Dog bloopers! 😀
I just got back from dropping off my old sheets and clothes to Goodwill, and then watched this. This is the 2nd time I've thought to myself, "I need that stuff I just got rid of for this weeks Art Assignment!!" At some point I hope to learn to stop getting rid of things and just plan to make art out of everything from now on.
From my crocheting background I know that's a slip stitch he's using except with his fingers! this is awesome!
i really wanna do this woah!!
I'm excited about this one, love to crochet and knit. Only, I'm not quite sure how to open it up to include others. Any ideas?
This guy gives me the creeps, it's like a human being went backwards into the uncanny valley.
My favorite art assignment and favorite artist on the art assignment 😀
Don't cut the shirts like he does it's easier to cut a spiral out of the shirt and make striped to tie together. MAKE STRIPS
My rug is about 3 ft in diameter and growing. Ask someone who crochets for help in making it
I've been wanting to do this. I guess this is my motivation. Though I think I'll make my rug with a big hook.
3:06 that stare, john isn't too happy about this
Interesting to stumble upon, since I started a new crochet afghan today. 😀
I've been crocheting since I was a kid, but never thought of it in this context. I'm definitely gonna give it a shot!
I'm just curious: is there a distinction between craft, and art? Or is that just an unhelpful divide?
"Yeah, but I don't think I can make my hands do the motion that creates the thing." I feel you john, but ima still try xD Great video guys!
Well, I am still a bit confused about how to do the rug, but that really is an amazing way of doing it! I have always wanted to have a rug at house anyway. Will do it, as soon as I have some old useless shirts!
Wow I had to watch this video three times to notice the black dog
finished! The Art Assignment 10: Make a Rug
I've been trying to do this and it works well up to a point. After a while it starts to curve upwards and looks more like a hat than a rug 🙁 Does anyone know any tips for this, or should I just keep going and let it flatten itself out? I'm not very creative, but I'd really like to manage this art assignment and I'm starting to find it a bit disheartening. Help please!
Don't know how I missed this when it went up, but I was inspired none the less. grabbed my box of dead clothes and started tearing. less than a 1/4 of the way through the box and my rug is ~3ft across. A word of warning… denim is difficult to work with, but of so pretty when its done.
I just saw this today, August 8, 2014, and realized that a year prior to the release of this video, I had crocheted my very first rag rug. While it is not made of my old clothes (those were donated to people that could still use them) it was made from old cloth, with stains, tears and life-wear. I made them into strips and hooked them together using a 25 mm hook of wood. I had many contributors to it: those that had used the fabric before and its nonverbal story, friends and family that saw me work on it, and various animal companions (dogs and cats). It saw me through job search, tough times, moving and my new home and job. It lays dormant for now, in my bedroom, reminding me each day and night that my troubles, dreams and so many lives got me to where I am today. May it live on and grow in the future.
I had a lot of fun making my rug. I made a video about it, too. So yeah. I'm just going to stop plugging my channel in the comments now.
This would be a fun group project while I'm at BurningMan! Oooh, gotta make that happen…
Does anyone know why mine is a bowl? I'm not sure how to fix it. Any advice appreciated!
How would you wash these rugs?
Okay, I'm going to try this now. I'll probably fail, but then at least I can say that I tried.
Sarah and John truly are the epitome of relationship goals.
People in the comments: thoughtful response to actual contentMe: PUPPY!!!!!
The instructions on how to do this are so vague.
For me, the instructions were too fast & too vague…
I love this! I started a similar rug project in 2014 using crochet and yarn, and am still doing it… It's titled "Borrowed Space and Time". I have shared the work at some places, and the whole process is the most wonderful! Here's my work: https://www.facebook.com/karen.mitchell.167/media_set?set=a.10152346660216337.1073741845.560951336&type=3
You sound like Carrie Brownstein! 🙂
When I saw the title I was like, mmmhh maybe later. But when I actually saw the episode, I screamed out loud. Must do must do must do !!!!! Love this assignment.
Wonder how you can just keep making great inspiring assignments like this.
an interesting individual
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