Traplet Publishing sent me an
interesting book for review. Although it is not a Crazy Quilting book,
I agreed to review it, because this is another craft that will appeal to those of us who love
clothing and special fabrics!
Rag Rug Making: Contemporary Projects, Techniques and Inspiration for a
Traditional Craft by Jenni Stuart-Anderson made for a pleasant read.
Although the terminology is different, apparently in the UK they have all
sorts of interesting names for rag rugs and hooking techniques, such as
"prodding," "progging" and "pegging." Although I have taken an
introduction to rug hooking class, I found the book very easy to understand,
despite the difference in terminology.
In addition to hooking techniques and patterns, Stuart-Anderson covers
color schemes and design inspiration. Although recycled clothing is
also frequently used in traditional and primitive rug hooking in America,
her designs offer ideas for using a greater variety of fabrics and much
smaller scraps to create true rag rugs. Also, she does not focus
exclusively on wool, she suggests using any fabric that can withstand being
pulled through a burlap base fabric. If you compulsively hoard bits of
fabric like I do, this would be an interesting way to use them. I can
visualize a rag rug made from the leftover bits and pieces from your crazy
If you have even the mildest interest in trying a rag rug, I think this
book would be an excellent place to start your journey!