Making Rag Rugs: 15 Step-by-Step Projects

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Creating a beautiful throw rug from scraps is easy enough for anyone to master. Making Rag Rugs, a collection of 15 original designs from a variety of talented rug crafters, suits the skills of any crafter, from the rawest beginner to the most sophisticated talent.

This book shows how to utilize such simple recycled ingredients as leftover fabric, old clothes, and household textiles to create these beloved and time-honored rugs. The techniques are easy to learn, the cost is ...

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Overview

Creating a beautiful throw rug from scraps is easy enough for anyone to master. Making Rag Rugs, a collection of 15 original designs from a variety of talented rug crafters, suits the skills of any crafter, from the rawest beginner to the most sophisticated talent.

This book shows how to utilize such simple recycled ingredients as leftover fabric, old clothes, and household textiles to create these beloved and time-honored rugs. The techniques are easy to learn, the cost is minimal, and very little special equipment is needed. Each project is accompanied by a detailed "what you will need" list, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations and full-color photographs of the whole rug, and close-up detail that brings the projects to life and makes them easy to achieve. Specification boxes detail the size of the rug and the technique used.

The designs in this book are contemporary and fun. The Retro Flower Rug is inspired by the classic flower shapes used by Andy Warhol and Mary Quant in the 1960s. Lavender Field is made from soft woolen blankets dyed in shades of green and mauve to represent lavender flowers, foliage, and surrounding fields. Lavender buds are even sewn into the lining to gently scent the room. A wonderfully rustic Braided Woolly Rug is made from cream and white blankets and black and gray coat and skirt fabrics. All of the basics are covered - from preparing the rags to finishing, cleaning, and caring for the completed rugs. Once crafters have mastered the techniques of hooking, prodding, braiding, and weaving, the next step is to design their own rugs.

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Editorial Reviews

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Any rug maker will tell you that there is nothing more satisfying than turning a pile of fabric scraps or yarn into a beautiful, durable rug. In addition to weaving and hooking rugs, at least 18 other rug-making techniques are available. Hardy and Hubbard take somewhat different approaches to the subject. As the title implies, Making Rag Rugs deals only with rag rugs and is a project book with step-by-step instructions for 15 rugs that are hooked, prodded, clipped, or braided. Handcrafted Rugs is broader in content, covering both rag and yarn rugs made by braiding, felting, needlepoint, prodding, hooking, locker-hooking, tufting, knitting, and simple weaving. Hardy also touches on other techniques such as peg-loom rug weaving, crochet, weaving stick rugs, pieced applique rugs, and strung or knotted rugs, and she also includes general information on designing rugs, dyeing, and finishing touches such as edgings and bindings. Yet while it is a good introduction to the many rug-making techniques, this book includes only six projects. These books complement each other, so if your budget permits, consider buying both. Smaller public libraries should consider the practical Making Rag Rugs, while large public libraries and textile collections may prefer the more comprehensive Handcrafted Rugs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174558
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2002
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 369,395
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Tools & Equipment 10
Transferring the Rug Design 12
Preparing the Rags 13
Using a Stretcher Frame 14
Hooking 15
Prodding 17
Clipping 18
Braiding 19
Designing Your Own Rug 20
Finishing & Cleaning 20
How to Use this Book 21
Projects
Retro Flowers 24
Lavender Field 27
Amish No. 4 30
Cream Circle 34
Color Stripes 38
Braided Wool 42
Sardines 45
Shag Rag 48
Canyon 51
Chevrons 54
Tulips 58
Little Rascals 62
Sun Rays 66
Hearts & Tulips 70
Sleight 73
About the Contributors 77
Suppliers 78
Index 80
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