About the Book:
Elspeth Jackson's second book "Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners" covers eight different techniques of rag rug making from across the world, all of which are easy to learn and hard to put down. Starting with general techniques that are useful for any budding rag rugger – deconstructing clothing, how to cut your strips quickly etc… - this book is then broken down into eight chapters – one for each separate rag rug technique. This means that you can drop in and out of the book, focussing on the technique that suits you in the moment.
Each technique chapter covers the equipment you’ll need, a detailed run through of the technique including step by step instructions and illustrations, followed by at least three beginner projects. These range in size from large area rugs and a full-size rag rug Christmas tree to beach baskets and rag rug flower bouquets. There’s truly a project to suit everyone. This book is also choc-full of useful design tips and tricks, so you can benefit from all my years of experimentation. Basically, after reading this book, you will have the know-how and confidence to turn any old fabric and clothing into any number of lovely rag rug projects. Sound good? I thought so!
Which rag rug techniques are covered?
Shaggy (proggy) Rag Rugging
One of the easiest and most historic rag rug techniques. Great for using up small scraps of fabric
Best for: amazing texture and foot feel.
Loopy (hooked) Rag Rugging
One of the neatest and most artistic techniques. Particularly great for wall hangings.
Best for: pictorial designs and detail.
Coiled Rope Rag Rugs
One of the simplest, yet effective techniques. Works very nicely for circular and oval projects.
Best for: gorgeous bowls and baskets
Stitched Rag Rugs
One for all you sewists out there! I like to think of it as stitched fabric origami from across the globe.
Best for: colourful doormats and practical patchwork rugs.
A more hardwearing form of loopy rag rugging. Particularly beloved by crocheters, who pick it up very quickly.
Best for: neat designs with a linear pattern.
Peg Loom Weaving
One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a rag rug. Creates deep, cushy rugs that build in the blink of an eye.
Best for: simple striped designs and using thicker fabrics.
One of the most absorbing and addictive techniques in this book. Makes a satisfyingly neat woven-style rag rug.
Best for: dipping your toe into patterned weaving with rags.
Two String Loom Rag Rugs
One for working on in front of the TV. Great for mixing and matching small scraps of fabric.
Best for: 3D shaggy projects
With high quality photography, plenty of handy tips and beautiful designs, "Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners" is the ideal follow up to Elspeth's first book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More".
We can't wait to hear what you think!
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