"Rag rugmaking has been practiced by generations of North American and European communities, primarily to bring warmth, color, and decoration to the simplest of home settings. Today this unique practical craft has increasing appeal, not only for its simplicity but also for its tradition and originality." "Juju Vail has discovered an endless source of inspiration in the versatile techniques of hooked, braided, prodded, and appliqued rugs and brings her enthusiasm to Rag Rugs with informative and clear direction." "Lavishly illustrated, the first section of the book outlines four rag rug techniques: hooking, prodding, braiding, and applique, and provides information on design, preparation, and finishing. A beautiful selection of color photographs illustrate examples of contemporary designs and the influences of nineteenth-century rugmakers, from New England to the Maritime provinces of Canada. The second section is for those interested in taking up rugmaking. Each technique is explained and illustrated in detail, then followed by a choice of projects -- rugs, cushions, hats, and wall hangings." "Rag Rugs demonstrates how an essentially simple craft can transform to folk art and provide the maker, even one with no previous experience of textile crafts, with results in which to take lasting pride. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
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