How to Make an Old-Fashioned Rag Rug

| 2/2/2015 10:41:00 AM

Tags: Crochet, Rug, Old Fashioned, Fabric, Foxfire, Rag, Hobo Knot, Renee-Lucie Benoit,
"A job worth doing is worth doing well." – Old Wives' Saying


Anna with her friend the monkey.

Renee-Lucie BenoitThere's a woman I know who is a neighbor of ours. She lives across the creek from us and her name is Anna. She is in her 80s and is not in good health. In spite of that, she is still full of pep especially if you mention her favorite topics, which are crocheting rag rugs and quilting. I met her at the local craft fair when we had booths next to each other. She was selling her rag rugs and I was selling my pastel paintings. I didn't make much money that weekend but I came away with a gorgeous rag rug and a new friend.

Anna is right out of the pages of a Foxfire book. Those are the wonderful books edited by Eliot Wigginton from the 1960s and 70s that were all about preserving the knowledge of a generation of folks whose knowledge and experience with old timey ways might otherwise be lost. By the way, Anna is a Gabrielino-Tongva Native American. Her mother taught her how to make these useful and beautiful rugs from scraps of left over fabric and worn out things. Nothing was wasted.


A beautiful rug that Anna made.

2/8/2015 9:19:10 PM

Thanks for your comments Bennie, Cat and Diane! Yes, Bennie, It IS a great way to use up scraps. Absolutely! Cat, No, I have never seen anyone using bread bags but I'm sure that can be done. Anna loves polyester fabric the best. She says it wear like iron but it's hard to find nowadays. Diane, what is a US P hook? I just got me a new hook. It is solid aluminum with a bamboo handle. I got one for Anna and she loves it. It's size 10 mm.

2/4/2015 5:24:13 PM

This looks like a way to use up fabric scraps

2/4/2015 10:46:22 AM

When I was a little girl in the late 60s early 70s there was a dear old lady that lived up the street from me. she made homemade rugs.. but she made them out of bread bags. I was in awe of such a great idea... but sadly the chance to learn more about how to do it never really happened or possibly my memories are hidden away to come out another day lol. Have you ever seen a bread bag woven rug? I think she braided it and linked the braids together as she went around the rug.

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