The history of weaving rag rugs is iffy at best but it does date before the 1800s in the US. Rag rugs (floor mats) were made by recycling worn clothing or other textiles. There is very little written evidence of this craft and it is very rare for a vintage mat to have survived. But, with "Weaving Rag Rugs" by Tom Knisely, you can now create your very own rag rugs.
This softcover book contains 30+ rag rug projects, from simple to advance. It takes you from the floor loom and materials needed to how to prepare them. You will then get tips on warping, weaving and finishing the rugs. This book uses floor looms for two and four treadles to create these beautiful rugs. Plain weave patterns can be used with a rigid heddle loom and a bit of adjustments including the size of the end product.
There are clear step by step photographs for you to follow. The patterns encompass so many different designs that they are sure to get you itching to start. Your first descision will be deciding where you want to put the finished rug. It is interesting to see how the different patterned materials look when cut and woven.
While giving a knitted or crocheted gift can get mixed reviews, weaving a rag rug will please everyone. The perfect gift for a new baby (bedroom), bride, college student (for their dorm)... Start making some history now. The slides show only a handful of rugs to weave.