Rag Rug Making

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Win a copy of Rag Rug Making

We have 3 copies of Rag Rug Making by Jenni Stuart-Anderson to give away in our latest MIAMI competition.

This fully illustrated guide to making your own traditional (or modern!) rag rugs has a range of projects for you to put into practice, showing you step by step how to make your own rug.

The book covers the various techniques and is a real education on how to do prodding , progging, hooking, plaiting and braiding.

I had no idea there were such diverse techniques involved – and that they all had such great names. I can’t wait to have a go at prodding or progging!

Competition is now closed

Congratulations to our lucky winners in this competition who are: Jacqueline Goode from Eastbourne, Liz Lucas from Sheffield and Valerie Allen from Biggin Hill. Each wins a copy of Rag Rug Making.

Our lucky winners were drawn using Random number generation

How to enter the draw


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  • Members just need to email info@makeitandmendit.com. In the SUBJECT line type RAGRUG. In the email itself include: your Make it and Mend it user name, your full name and postal address (so that if you win we can send your book in the post right away).
  • Closing date for the draw is Midnight, Thursday March 31st 2011.
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  • Viking rag ruggers

    The book kicks off with a history of the rag rug tradition  - did you know the Vikings did it? The traditions are  brought to life with  quotes and photographs.

    “The more rag rugs you had, the richer you were – (it meant) you could afford to have new clothes. We’d sit around the fire with the rugs on our laps, which kept us warm. They were old potato, flour and sugar sacks.”

    leafa1There are very clear and well-illustrated instructions for the projects and techniques, as well as templates for some of the designs and instructions for finishing and binding.

    All the tools you’ll need are shown and explained – so there’s everything here for a complete novice to get going. The author even includes how to clean your rug. The last section features the work of some of the people Jenni Stuart-Anderson has introduced to rug-making, as well as some of her own creations.

    So whether you want a rug, a wall hanging, a chair seat cover or even a frame for a picture or mirror, you’ll find the method here, as well as some inspiration. While inevitably some of the designs may not be to your taste, the important thing is to use them as stimulus to kick start your own ideas.

    If you miss the deadline for our draw, you can buy the book on Amazon: »Rag Rug Making


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    There are 2 comments

    1. Posted by psysassy on February 16, 2011 at 3:23pm

      When I was a young child, my mother and I lived with my grandparents, here in the north east of England. We all used to sit around with the hessian stretched on the frame and a lot of fabric clippings and a 'proggy tool' (a thick hook) to make 'proggy' and 'clippy' mats (or rugs). Our fireside rug was one of these. I'm simply following family tradition when I 'make and mend'!

    2. Posted by lakes on February 17, 2011 at 3:30pm

      I used to make a selection of hooked and prodded rugs, and had some nice books but lent them to someone but never got them back! and then they moved away.