Book Review:
Rag Rug Making

Rissa Peace Root 2008

   
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Title: Rag Rug Making: Contemporary Projects, Techniques and Inspiration for a Traditional Craft
Author: Jenni Stuart-Anderson
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Traplet Publications Ltd (November 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1900371537
ISBN-13: 978-1900371537

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 to recycle 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 quilting.

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!
 

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