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Our most popular feature. This tour has 21 stops and covers all of the major types of rag rugs. Each stop describes the structures, tools and major variations with photos, descriptions, and questions and answers about each type of rug.
#2: Shirred Rugs & Faux Shirring
#3: Standing Wool Rugs
#4: Knitted Rag Rugs
#5: Flat Wrap Rugs & Twisted Cords Rugs
#6: Amish Knot Rugs
#7: Pjonging & Chain Braid Rugs
Hooked, Poked, Prodded, Bodkin & Shuttle Rugs
#13: Needleworked Rag Rugs
#14: Bohemian Braid, Swedish Braid & Toothbrush Rugs
#15: Braided Rugs
#16: Knotted Shag & Strung Shag Rag Rugs
#17: Loom Woven Rag Rugs
#18: Patched Rugs and Sewn Shag Rag Rugs
Broomstick & String Crochet Rugs
#9: Crocheted Rag Rugs
#10: Fabric Tapestry Rugs
#11: Anchored Loop Rugs
Frame Woven Rag Rugs
#20: Round Woven Wagon Wheel Rugs & Frame Braided Rugs
#21: Odds & Ends: Floor Cloths, a Bed "Rugg", Combination Rugs
Rugs--Square Footage Calculator
When you need to know how many square feet are in a round or oval rug.
Ways to Join Fabric Strips When Making Rag Rugs
There are lots of ways of joining rag strip for rug making, with and without a sewing machine.
An extensive collection of letters answered by our master rugmaker.
Copyrights and rug makers
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about copyrights and making rugs.
Making Money Making Rugs
Tips for making the most profitable types of rugs and how to sell them.
Crocheted Rag Rug Patterns (How they work, and why some don't)
If you've tried unsucessfully to crochet rag rugs, here's why you had trouble.
Novelty and Fad Rugs from the 20's to the 90's
Fads of the 20's, 30's and 40's: Inner-tube Rugs; Sewn Felt Rugs; Sewing Machine Yarn and Rag Rugs; Pieced Crochet Rugs; Rugs from Used Stockings
Fads of the 40's and 50's: Bobbin/Roll/Cylinder Stitch Rugs; Crocheted Loop Stitch Rugs; Girdle Rugs
Fads of the 60's and 70's: Macrame Rugs; Rope Rugs; Pieced Crochet Rugs; Pieced Carpet Remnants; Needlepoint on Rug Canvas
Fads of the 80's and 90's: Spool Knitting; Knitting Machine Rugs; Pieced Crochet Rugs with a Gimmick
H0W-T0 ARTICLES AND
How to Make Punched and Tufted Rugs Three articles including
"Demystifying Punched Rugs"
"Making a Punched Rug"
"Sorting Out the Confusion: Punched Rugs--Tufted Rugs--Pom Pom Rugs"
to Make and Use Rug Binding
Learn how to use rug binding on burlap or monkscloth rugs; how to make your own rug binding; and how to use rug binding for creating various shapes of rugs made on canvas.
Dustcatcher & Pinch-Pleat Rugs
Spend an afternoon with your sewing machine and create one of these practical rugs!
Creating a Floor Cloth, Four Ways
Whether you want to use traditional methods or new ones, you can make a floorcloth.
Make a Wool Bed "Rugg" or Christmas Tree Skirt
Novel, cottage-type projects from wool left overs.
Make a "Nettie Doll" with rug strip (and a tribute to an old-time rugmaker)
One of our most popular articles which has been reprinted in several magazines. These are an ideal project for youngsters.
Fun Braiding Projects with Cotton Strip
If you want to get the kids interested in braiding, have them make a 4-strand dog/cat leash. These make good fund raisers.
Crocheted Heart Rag Potholder, Hotpad or Basket
Knitted Heart Rag Hotpad
Want to try out rag rugging with a small knitted or crocheted project? These hotpads go quickly and make nice gifts.
Make a 6-strand Ladder-braid
This is one of the unusual braids and is good for framing hooked rugs.
Make a Prodded Rug
Prodded rugs are one of the earliest rag rug techniques and simple to learn.
Make Your Own Rug Hook
For those of you who really want to get back to basics, you can make a hooked rug with a rug hook you've made yourself.
Brief History of Rag Rugs
How rag rugs came into being and their development over the last 150 years, including some notes for historical re-enactors.
1932 Braided Rug Instructions
A delightful depression-era set of directions (with photos of young rug makers)
1885-1929 Rag Rug Articles
Actual rug making directions from several sources. See how far rug making directions have come.
1871 Rag Rugs Article
A very unusual article for its era with reference to several rug making techniques.
1907 Rag Rugs Article
Typical rug making directions from the "Arts and Crafts"era.
WE ARE, WHAT WE DO & HOW TO CONTACT US
Who we are, what we do (and won't do) our free services, your privacy is important
How to contact us
& OUR CATALOG
General information about ordering by mail, email or through Paypal
Complete current product list
the Rugmaker's Handbooks
Read about how the series came to be and view the table contents and an introductory chapter from each Handbook
Rugmaking Books, Tools and Supplies
RUG MAKERS AND RUG SUPPLIERS
The Rugmaker's Exchange
Photos, stories and letters from rug makers of all varieties
General Links for Rug Makers
Websites of businesses that carry rug-related products and other interesting rug sites
The Super-Green Clean. Learn how to clean almost everything around the house using no chemicals at all! Microfiber technology allows you to clean even oily messes with plain tap water.