new RugmakersHomestead on Etsy.com We're
trying out something a little different. We have opened a shop on
Etsy under the name RugmakersHomestead
(just like the website). On
Etsy, you'll find everything that is in our regular catalog, plus a
whole lot more--items that just don't fit in our regular catalog.
These include discontinued items, one of a kind items, fabrics for rug
making, and even some antique rug tools. We're clearing out the
storeroom and finding all
sorts of surprises. (After all of these years, even we were
You can shop on Etsy and our catalog, and still only pay
$5.00 shipping for your total order. (We'll rebate one of the shipping
charges.) For those of you who aren't familiar with Etsy
(www.etsy.com), it is an
online marketplace specializing in handmade items, vintage textiles
supplies for do-it-yourselfers.
A New Ergonomic
Steel Hook for Crocheted Shirring
When the venerable
LACIS company set out to redesign their Schirren
Hook, they sought the advice of our master rugmaker, Diana Blake Gray.
Working together for several months, they came up with a revolutionary
design which combined the best features of both straight and notched
hooks used for crocheted shirring. At fourteen inches long, the steel
hook feels substantial in the hand and can hold more folds than other
hooks. The ergonomic bend allows for an overhand grip, yet the hook
won't turn in the hand. A real "needle" point at the end pierces even
denim strip with ease, but the most revolutionary feature is that the
shaft and the hook are two different diameters. Folds go onto the 2.5
mm shaft and come off over the 2.0 mm hook--that allows the hook to
pass through the fabric much more easily than any hook ever produced.
The black, removable cap at the back end fits cleanly, without
bulk. The hooks can be ordered directly from LACIS at www.lacis.com
New Steel Lacing Needles for all general rug uses.
For many years we
offered plastic lacing needles for all sorts of general rug making
uses, and they worked fine. But even better are these new steel lacing
needles which have just become available in the US. They are a size 28
rug needle made in England and have an eye that is half and inch long.
They will take rug strip folded or unfolded and super bulky yarns.
Short enough to fit into tight places and long enough to use for the
primary tool for making flat wrap, Amish knot and needlework type rugs.
Available singly or in an economical 5-pack.
and Vintage Sewing Items on Etsy!
We know that folks that love the old time skills, like rug making, also
like other old textile arts. We have opened a shop on
Etsy under the name "Pinedrops" (a native wildflower) and
are offering antique sewing, beading, needlework tools and supplies,
and other vintage items. We cap the combined total shipping
charges from any purchases at only
$5.00 shipping for your total order to US addresses. (We'll rebate one
of the shipping
Wow! "Best in the World" Just
in time for our 25th
anniversary in 2009, we were delighted to hear that Beesker.com has selected the
Homestead website as the "Best in the World" on the topic of making rag
rugs. Quite an honor, since Beesker is so well respected that the
British Museum archives it. Beesker selects only one "Best in the
World" website per topic and they have over 600 topics, so if you might
want to check to see what other sites they consider to be the best
websites in the English language. (If you want to look up what they
have to say about ours, click on the "Hobbies" category and then "Rag
Out of Print As
part of the ongoing project to consolidate publications, the following
titles have been taken out of print as they are replaced with the new
Handbooks which cover the same topics in more depth. Bulletin #5 Wagon Wheel Rugs--Replaced
by Handbook 2: Fabulous Rag Rugs from Simple Frames Bulletin #16 Snow-on-the-Mountain Rugs--Replaced
by Handbook 4: Traditional Shirred & Standing Wool Rugs Bulletin #17 Beaded Rugs--Replaced
by Handbook 4: Traditional Shirred & Standing Wool Rugs 9-014 Crocheted Rag Rugs for the
Beginner--Replaced by Handbook 3: Crocheted & Fabric
Tapestry Rugs Rugmakers Notebook Traditional Shirred
& Standing Wool Rugs (2nd ed.)--Replaced by Handbook 4:
Traditional Shirred & Standing Wool Rugs
Hardback Handbooks out of
print. The hardback editions of "Knitted Rag Rugs for the
Craftsman" and "Fabulous Rag Rugs from Simple Frames" are
officially out of print. Because the printings were not large, they
have become collectors items. We will continue to carry them while our
stocks last and if you'd like your copy signed, just let us know.