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The "Rugmaker's Handbook" Series
Handbook No. 4: Traditional Shirred and Standing Wool Rugs
Rugmakers Handbook No 3: Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs
This classic book has been revised, updated and expanded. It is more than doubled in size from the 1996 edition. Even beginning crocheters can make rugs with the step-by-step instructions since only the chain stitch, single crochet stitch and slip stitch are used. The book includes charted patterns for over 40 rugs. Learn to crochet rugs in round, oval, square, rectangle, heart, corner, and heelprint shapes or follow the directions for creating your own shapes including hollow and freeform rugs. For the first time, directions are included to modify the patterns for use with alternate materials including yarns, so it isn't limited to just rag rugs. From basic crocheted rugs, the charted patterns make it easy to transition to marvelous fabric tapestry designs including geometrics, stars, diamonds, quilt patterns and more. The patterns are classified by skill level (beginner, novice, intermediate) and instructions for how to read a fabric tapestry pattern directly from a rug expands rug making horizons. For the folk artist in every rug maker, there are blank charts to use for designing your own patterns and advice about the business of rug making. (Preview the Book)
Rugmaker's Handbook No. 3: Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs.........$18.95
ISBN 1-931426-29-5, 6" X 9", Paperback, 212 pages, color cover, B&W interior with over 230 photos and illustrations.
Rugmaker's Handbook No. 2: Fabulous Rag Rugs from Simple Frames
Learn to use different types of frames including pegged,
fifth stick, scroll and pinned frames. (Preview the Book)
Rugmaker's Handbook No. 1: Knitted Rag Rugs for the Craftsman--20th Anniversary Edition
The book covers strip and block rugs, bullseye, coiled and wedge-knitted rugs, winding rugs, hexagonal blocks, heart-shaped rugs, cross-woven rugs, knitted rag baskets and much more. There are lots of interesting stitches, and unique ways to cast on and off--just for rug making. Some of the brand new information in the book includes: rake and spool knitting; "idiot cord" rugs; and four methods of knitting shaggy rugs.
Rags to Rugs Booksby Master Rugmaker Diana Blake Gray
Each of these books covers one or two related techniques in depth with step by step photos and drawings. While some of these books include specific rug projects, they are really designed to give you the skills to make your own rugs with the technique and inspire your own creativity. These are all 8-1/2" X 5-1/4", 40 pages, black & white photos, with washable color covers
7-016 Bohemian Braid Rugs for the Beginner ................ $7.95
Of all of the rugs and baskets, the Bohemian braid items are the ones which are guaranteed to have people shaking their heads. The body of the Bohemian rugs and baskets is so rigid that folks cannot believe that there isn't some artificial trick to the technique. There is no trick - just this old method that has no equal! The unique Bohemian Braid creates a basketweave texture on one side and a braided texture on the other, in rugs and baskets. It is so stiff that people will think a rope is used inside for stiffening, but the Bohemian Braid is done with just a single strand of fabric. The book covers both the traditional Bohemian Braid and the 'modern' Bohemian Braid, developed by the author for use with continuous strands. The book is the first time either of the methods have appeared in print. Instructions for round, square, oval, pentagon and rectangular rugs and baskets.
When Great-grandmother sat down to start braiding a rug, she
just use three strands, she knew that the most beautiful braided rugs
made with wide flat braids of up to twelve strands. And the wider the
the quicker the rug goes together. Now you can learn these braids with
simplified instructions and easy to follow braiding diagrams.
Rugmaker's Bulletins by Diana Blake Gray
The "Rugmaker's Bulletins" contain the directions for a single traditional rug method. These booklets let you choose just the rug that interests you! These are booklet size (8-1/2" X 5-1/2") and have 8 to 10 pages. JUST $4.00 EACH
Bulletin #1: FLAT WRAP RUGS &
The Flat Wrap is
the oldest methods of rug construction, developing in ancient times on
nearly every continent. It can be used for baskets and rugs which are
heavy and durable, and yet machine washable. Instructions include
with multiple strands to develop patterns and make beautiful baskets
Bulletin #2: AMISH KNOT RUGS
Bulletin #3: BROOMSTICK RUGS .............$4.00
Yes, these really
with a broomstick as the main tool. The rugs appear woven on one side
knotted on the other. The technique is traditionally done with fabric
for both the 'warp' and the 'fill' strands, but can be made with yarns,
or fabric and yarn in combination. Instructions include how to prepare
fabric strips and make your own simple 'broomstick' tool from a dowel.
Once you understand the basics of this technique, you can make rugs of
Bulletin #4: CHAIN BRAID RUGS
If you've ever wanted to make a braided rug, but the thought of having to stop and sew on more strip constantly has discouraged you, try the 2-strand chain braid. It is made with long continuous strips of fabric (wool or cotton), so you can make any size rug. This rug method appears to be the grandmother of several other rug types including toothbrush and swedish and bohemian braids. And it is simple to learn. The chain braid makes a softer, spongier rug than traditional flat braids, and because it is done with only two continuous strands, they are quicker to make than other types of braided rugs. This bulletin covers the 2-strand detached type of chain braid only. (See other bulletins for other types of chain braids.)
Bulletin #6: ANCHORED LOOP RUGS (American
Locker Hooking with Rags)...$4.00
the American Anchored Loop technique for making these wonderful
rugs on burlap or rug canvas. Step by step instructions and photos from
preparing fabric strip for rugmaking to creating and finishing your own
Anchored Loop Rug.
Use either the traditional rug hook and lacing
for these rugs or a locker hook with rug canvas.
Bulletin #7: BODKIN RUGS .........
"impossible" technique for making superthick, supersoft wool rugs very
easily. With a shaggy, reversible texture, there is just no other rug
it. Bodkin rugs can be made on rug canvas or burlap using a bodkin.
With an adult pre-cutting the pieces of fabric, these rugs can be an
ideal project for busy fingers of the youngsters.
Bulletin #8: WRAPPED FALSE BRAIDS
Bulletin #9: INTRODUCTION
This is the bulletin to get you started with these fantastic, and easy to make rugs. This is an introduction to tambour braids done on rug canvas and covers the basic two-strand tambour braid (which is the easiest tambour technique and the best place for beginners to start). The tambour edging shown in this bulletin is also very compatible for edging anchored loop (locker hooking) rugs.
Bulletin #10: KNOTTED SHAG RUGS......... $4.00
string, and tiny scraps of fabric, you can make wonderfully shaggy
shag rugs. This bulletin covers two very different ways to make knotted
shag rugs. The "two string loom" method is so simple it is ideal for
rug making projects--and even the "loom" is so simple they can make it
themselves. The "frame" method isn't that much harder, and will let the
textile artist have a great new medium for design. (Note that the frame
method is covered in Rugmakers Handbook 2: Fabulous Rag Rugs from Simple Frames,
but the two-string method is only available in this bulletin.)
Rugmakers Bulletin #11: PJONGING
STRAND CHAIN BRAIDS ......... $4.00
This bulletin includes both the attached (Pjonging) and detached, single strand chain braids. Both are very simple constructions. For light cotton fabrics a rug hook or crochet hook is used. With heavier fabrics, such as wool, these can be made using your fingers. The detached braids are made separately and laced together to form the rug. The attached braid makes the rug in a single step.
Rugmakers Bulletin #12: HOOK "BRAIDED" RUGS:
The two-strand attached chain braid for rag rugs.......... $4.00
These rugs really are interesting because the "braid" is a chain braid made with a hook (rug hook, crochet hook, button hook or what have you), for making the interlocking loops of the chain braid. Made in a single step, each round of "braiding" is made through the previous rounds so the rug goes together in a single step. These unique rugs appear braided on one side only.
Rugmakers Bulletin #13: "KITCHEN TABLE" RUGS......... $4.00
absolute simplest of woven rag rugs to make, since not even a frame is
needed-- just a flat surface to work on which is why they were called
table" rugs. Almost any fabric can be used from light cottons to heavy
denim or wool and they go together very quickly.These make a wonderful
family project. The bulletin covers each step from fabric preparation,
to weaving and finishing your rug.
Rugmakers Bulletin #14: STRING CROCHET RUGS......... $4.00
(or "Baling Twine") rugs are a delightfully simple way to get a rug
looks like it was woven on a loom, but you make them with a crochet
instead. The bulletin covers the techniques for making long runners and
for making oval rugs in various fabrics for either light or heavy rugs.
See the Rugmakers Exchange for interesting
stories about this variety of rugs.
Rugmakers Bulletin #15:
PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKING, AN INTRODUCTION...$4.00
Tools, Supplies, Kits, Fabrics and Discontinued Items
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