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Rag Rug Handbook

Rag Rug HandbookRag Rug Handbook
By Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff
Gifted by Interweave Press
Reviewed by Maria Nerius

I’ve always been fascinated with rag rugs, but always felt the technique a little too complicated to conquer. This book gives the knowledge and instructions to make that first rag rug in a very well written, well-illustrated way. There is some photography, but for the most part the detailed illustrations give a much better reference to the technique than photography would. You get a nice history of the technique and understand the supplies and tools by the end of chapter 1. The book also includes a wonderful lesson in designing your own pattern for a rag rug. The looms become less complicated as you read through the chapters and understand the basics of this classic traditional art form.

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While this does look like a good basic text, I ended up here having clicked through from the "45 Thrifty Things to Do With Old Jeans" email that was sent today. I then clicked "14 things to do with jeans" - expecting to find an ebook, or a pattern book for purchase. I checked Interweave's site, they don't seem to stock it. I checked Amazon, and they are charging more than $200 for it! I feel uncomfortable that I would end up at such an expensive book when clicking from an email offering "thrifty" things and clicking the "used denim" choice thereafter.

This book might help understanding the traditional patterns and not make a loom so intimidating. Looking forword to see how they finish there projects.

It may help clear up some of the questions I have about making rag rugs like how to use a loom or how to make one if one is really needed.

my question also is, do you need a loom? Are they expensive? My grandfather used to make rag rugs by braiding, also seat pads, I have about 3 that were made by him , or pehaps my mother. I don't recall either of them using any kind fof loom. It might be good to have if there is no expense to it.

Does this mean you have to have a loom to make a rug? It sounds interesting...wonder if it also has information on making handmade rag rugs...I remember when I was a child my grandmother made rugs by strips of material and braiding them. She had a small metal piece that made she put the material through and it made the edges roll under...In fact I think she even made plastic rugs out of bread wrappers that she used out on the porch outside....This book would make an ecellant gift to myself....

Looks like a good basic text for learning to make special rag rugs.


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