The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
Braided rugs have been a part of pioneer life since the 1830s, and now they're making a comeback as a popular craft. Follow the simple instructions and practice your skills with the three projects featured in this book - the oval, the circle, and the heart. Other color-filled plans show you how to braid 16 more beautiful rugs. By varying the color schemes and rug sizes there's no limit to your creativity. You only need a few inexpensive gadgets plus your usual sewing equipment. Techniques includes counting rows, the T-start, continuous braiding, twice-overs, changing colors, lacing, skipping, rattailing, and butting. Start with a small welcome rug or a bright little rug for the nursery, and progress to magnificent scalloped hearth and living-room rugs, circular rugs for round dining tables, hallway runners, star-shaped rugs, a whimsical piglet, a giant whale, and delightful reproductions of Shaker and Amish designs. There's even a gallery of award-winning designs by the contemporary rug braiders, as well as plans for building your own braiding stand.
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This book begins with the historic background of the use of braided rugs in early America. The main body of the book includes full instructions and color photographs of many kinds of braided rugs of different designs. Read full review
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