Saturday, May 03, 2008

Rag Ruggin'

About 2 years ago at the quilt show, I saw a woman sitting before a wooden frame, weaving a rug out of strips of scrap quilting fabric and it was fascinating! It looked so easy and when she was done, she had this heavy duty, beautiful rug. Right then and there, I wanted to know how it was done. But the crowd around her got bigger and I drifted on with my mother to other vendor’s booths and though I never forgot about it, I never really looked to see where I could learn how to do this. Then in a recent newsletter from a local quilt store, I saw they had rag rug classes but those classes filled up quickly.

Ever the undaunted woman, I hit the internet and Googled till I was blue in the face and my tappity tapping little fingers ached…and you know what I found? Nothing…nada, zip, zero, zilchoid! Not one thing that was remotely close to the way that that woman wove her rug. It was depressing! But then, by sheer luck (and I think a little divine intervention), I stumbled upon the quilting blog,
Quilting Adventures and there, in full color, were pictures of a rug frame with an in-process rag rug on it...and it was exactly what I was looking for! I was thrilled! I devoured that post and bless Carole's heart (Carole is the blog's author), she posted the title of the book and a link to the Country Threads site, where you could order it. Seriously, I was doing the happy happy dance of joy!

The book came in the mail Thursday and I couldn't get over how simple the instructions were...and it had pictures! Not drawings, but real pictures to show how it was done.

And then today, I found this video on youtube - how flippin' cool!

Could. Not. Be. Happier!


elaine haby said...

sometimes I wish there were more hours in the day... so many things to make. So great there are craft fairs and you can see and support others creating all the things one doesn't have time to do.

Carole said...

Glad I was able to help! Did you need any strips? I could unload more scraps! lol Have fun!