A New Seat for a Footstool
Written by Mochyn
Last summer I bought a footstool from a second-hand stall at a local show. I need something to put my feet on when I’m knitting or whatever, and this was just the thing: I even paid for it out of my prize money for cookery at the show.
The original woven string top was starting to wear in places so I wanted to replace it, but I wasn’t sure what to use for the new surface: something free, for preference! So I put up a message on the Downsizer.net forum and someone suggested some sort of rag rug type thing. In a box upstairs I have various rug-making tools, so off I popped to see what was there. Eureka! An old brass hook with wooden handle. I knew I also had several worn-out pairs of the old chap’s jeans and a small hessian sack from the Christmas chestnuts, so I was all set, and this is what I did.
Center the hessian over the frame, leaving an overlap of several inches all the way round. Pin through the top, taking up the overlap and tightening it as you go, creating an even tension across the cloth.
The finished article: and very comfy it is too!
This is a method for making hooky rugs which I have adapted for this footstool. Hooky rugs are usually made on a frame to prevent the hessian from changing shape as you work. The other sort of rag rug often seen in Britain is the proggy rug which is made from short pieces of rag pulled through to the front of the hessian giving a tufted effect. Both can be made from just about any kind of cloth and are wonderful!