Item description for Crocheted and Fabric Tapestry Rugs (Rugmaker's Handbook) by Diana Blake Gray...
This third volume in the Rugmaker's Handbook series is designed to teach textile explorers of all skill levels to make crocheted or fabric tapestry rag rugs from fabric strip, with simple crochet stitches. Step-by-step directions make it easy to create patterned rugs in any shape including freeform rugs. This classic book has been revised, expanded and updated and for the first time includes directions to adapt rug patterns to any material, including yarns.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 5.97" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 2008
Publisher Rafter-four Designs
ISBN 1931426295 ISBN13 9781931426299
Availability 92 units. Availability accurate as of May 25, 2017 04:25.
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Valuable and affordable Jun 5, 2008
Easy to understand and lots of information that you don't find anywhere else. The author is an expert in the field and the book is affordable.
Crocheted rag rug directions that actually WORK Mar 11, 2008
Like everybody else, I've got my hobbies. For some reason, many of them are traditional "something-from-nothing" crafts--patchwork, cooking from scratch, and rag rugs. To me, there's something almost viscerally satisfying about creating useful, beautiful objects from "throwaway" materials. ("Blessed rage for order," maybe?)
The most common first method a novice uses to construct a rag rug is fabric crochet. Most people have a crochet hook or two rattling around in the junk drawer, and there are numerous leaflets, booklets and online directions which claim to teach how to make a crocheted rug. The trouble is, most of them don't work. Square and rectangular crochet patterns are relatively foolproof, but be primed for hair-tearing frustration if you plan on working a round or oval rug. It's a real chore to create quality round rugs that lie flat. Half the time, your rug squinches up in the middle and around the edges, looking more like a sombrero than a floor covering.
If you've ever set out to make a rug and ended up with a hat, you'll want to know about Diana Blake Gray of Rafter-four Designs. Ms. Gray has spent years researching the history and construction of numerous types of rag rugs. In the process, she's come up with a method for constructing fabric crochet rugs which are guaranteed to lie flat every time. This information and a wealth of other goodies can be found in Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs, the third book in Rafter-four's Rugmaker's Handbook series.
In addition to the basic pattern for a circular rug, the book gives directions for creating ovals, squares, rectangles, heart-shaped and heelprint rugs, and numerous other shapes. It shows how to double-fold your rag strip in order to create rugs with a smooth, professional-looking finish. If you're not quite ready to tackle a whole rug, the patterns can be easily adapted to create small projects such as hot pads, placemats and baskets.
Once you've mastered the basics of fabric crochet, the book also explains how to do fabric tapestry--crocheting patterns in several colors into the rug. It's almost as simple as doing regular fabric crochet, and the results are spectacular. There are also instructions on string crochet (a method which produces rugs that look loom-woven), "one-way" crochet, and a number of assorted stitches that will change the appearance of your finished rug.
If you have the earlier, self-printed copy of Ms. Gray's book, this new and professionally-printed paperback version is worth your consideration, though it does have some trade-offs. It has the same hand-drawn illustrations as the original, but the text has been copy-edited for smoother reading and there is a greatly expanded introduction with helpful tips on the process of crocheting rag strip. I find that I miss the original comb binding--this book is perfect-bound, which is a problem when you're using two hands to crochet and you need the book to lie open and flat so you can follow directions.
Other companies produce slick, polished, inexpensive directions for crocheting rugs from fabric strip. You could purchase them and try to make a rug in hit-or-miss fashion from their untested directions. Or you could save yourself the bother, buy Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs and do it right the first time.
(Originally published in altered form on the author's website, piratereview.com)