Toothbrush rug demonstration- working on a blue jean rug

July 8, 2011 by
Filed under: Blue Rugs 

It was suggested that some would like to see the person doing the tutorials. I don’t know what my Ichabod Crane like visage adds to the pedagogical process, but why not. In these videos I show me working on a blue jean rug which is almost done and which I hope to sell, while discussing some of the aspects of the craft. I recorded two other segments to this series, but since Youtube’s multifile uploader which SUPPOSEDLY lets you upload files up to 1G in size won’t take my .asf files, you’ll have to view them at Veoh, Google Video, or my blog which is


23 Comments on Toothbrush rug demonstration- working on a blue jean rug

  1. ThereSaSpiderNMySoup on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 1:17 pm

    so what, I asked … jeeez just a question! sensitive much!

  2. MsTasier on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 1:49 pm

    @ThereSaSpiderNMySoup so what, i wear nail polish.

  3. ThereSaSpiderNMySoup on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 2:34 pm

    Nail polish?

  4. ezkdf on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:08 pm

    Okay, so if mine is bowling up, I can do a “double stitch” . Sorry I’m very new to rug making. This is my first 🙂 And a double stitch means that I can put two stitches in one knot? Thanks

  5. pyxiekit on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:14 pm

    oooo i love your work!!! it’s sooooo sentimental and romantic in a secret type of way 🙂 i am a recovering MAJOR packrat so this is a great idea for the pieces i can’t wear but can’t bear to part with i love it! but why do you call them toothbrush rugs ?? your crocheting them right?

  6. Knittin66 on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:14 pm

    that ver y nice the rug and a good way to recycle indeed .Thank You GOD BLESS

  7. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:18 pm

    Thanks… the beard was nasty, and I’ve since burned the shirt… just not congruent with my idiom.

    If your rugs are bowling up, you’re either stitching too tightly or not putting in enough doubles stitches… probably both. If it isn’t too severe, especially if you DON’T stitch too tightly, you can flatten a rug out by putting heavy objects on it.

  8. 839dilly on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:34 pm

    Wow…why are all commenting on his appearance and mental state?? Have any of you ever tried that? How do you get those thhings to lie flat is my question…mine always look like a bowl…flat on one side, bowl on the other…

  9. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 3:41 pm

    Thanks- you know I was known as “Pastor Aerosmith” or “Pastor Jesus” though I always thought I took more after Amos, and I don’t merit being compared with the Son of God.

    But yeh, it suits me well. Many older relatives have said, “I don’t normally like long hair on a man, but yours is so lovely!”

    The beard WAS ghastly though… made me look like a raccoon with the mange. Should I ever grow one again, I’ll color it.

  10. concordia07 on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 4:39 pm

    Love the Jesus look. It suits you well. More then the short look you sported in the Book Store.

  11. BritMiss on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 4:51 pm

    So, by your own words,
    A) you appoint yourself the judge of your fellow-man based on their appearance?
    B) appearance is a reliable indicator of true nature? (i.e. there is no such thing as camouflage! if I look like a priest, I must be a priest, if I look like a policeman I must be a policeman)
    C) I don’t doubt that God does care about His creation. What kind of creator wouldn’t? But I am also certain that He will be my judge. Anyone who thinks they can judge me risks usurping His authority.

  12. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 5:15 pm

    That’s from Abrose Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary”

  13. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 5:46 pm

    Since you didn’t recognize it, perhaps this falls within your scope of cultural literacy:

    CRITIC, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him.

    There is a land of pure delight,
    Beyond the Jordan’s flood,
    Where saints, apparelled all in white,
    Fling back the critic’s mud.

    And as he legs it through the skies,
    His pelt a sable hue,
    He sorrows sore to recognize
    The missiles that he threw.
    Orrin Goof

  14. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 6:08 pm

    Incidentally, the quotation is from the South Park Episode “Canada on Strike.”

  15. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 7:01 pm

    Why yes I am, but that’s between me and my medical professionals. I should be glad you are not counted among them. Street drugs- no way… reality is far too interesting, I have no desire to escape from it. No hallucinogen could produce anything which compares with your comments, so it’d be redundant anyway.

  16. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 7:22 pm

    Yes, this far from my finest work, video wise. I’ve shot many better, but apparently you didn’t take the time or care to peruse them.

    When God wants to leave me a comment, I’ll listen to Him.

  17. trjma on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 8:17 pm

    Are you on drugs or something?

    Get help BUDDY!

  18. trjma on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 8:36 pm

    A – Yes, of course there is.
    B – Yeppers
    C – I do – who else matters but me? Oh yeah, God matters too – and guess what? HE CARES!

    Now, how about addressing the fact that there is no “toothbrush”, no “demonstration”, and certainly no “working” in your video.

    From the look of the filthy pigsty you live in, I doubt there’s ever been any real “working” in your life. Soooooo …. go clean up your home, your life, your morals and your character – then make a video worth the time and effort.

  19. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 9:35 pm

    This speaks more to the quality of your ability to see and understand and the charity of your soul (or lack thereof) than to the video.

    So… if somebody looks gay or looks like a hippy:
    A) There’s a problem with either?
    B) That makes that person- ipso facto- a gay hippy?
    C) Who cares if they are either or both.

    No sense in arguing the point that I’m neither, but I can’t let ignorance and xenophobia go unanswered.

  20. Tourtruco on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 10:12 pm

    Stephen Abootman: We’ll win! We’ll just have to stay resilient!
    Phillip: Well, yeah, but everyone is dying of starvation.
    Terrance: Yeah, let’s give it up, guy.
    Stephen Abootman: Don’t call me your guy! I’m not your guy, friend!
    Terrance: Well I’m not your friend, buddy!
    Stephen Abootman: Well I’m not your buddy, guy!

  21. trjma on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 11:03 pm

    Get a dictionary buddy!

    Pronunciation: ˌde-mən-ˈstrā-shən
    Function: noun
    1: an act, process, or means of demonstrating
    2: an outward expression or display

  22. trjma on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 11:22 pm

    I don’t get why this is titled “Toothbrush Rug Demonstration – Working on a Blue Jean Rug” – There’s no “demonstration” no “toothbrush” and no “working” !

    All I see is some gay looking hippie with queer polished nails who claims to have made a couple of half-finished rugs.

  23. globalyouthproject on Fri, 8th Jul 2011 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to start on a rug tomorrow. I moved into a new house with my two year old daughter three weeks ago and that’s just the sort of thing I could enjoy at the moment.
    Thanks for sharing your toothbrush rugs.
    H in Salford, UK

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