What is a rag rug you may ask?
A rag rug is simply that – a rug made out of scraps of old bed sheets or various fabrics that we craftily knot together by hand. None of this fancy sewing it all together on a machine type nonsense.
A rag rug had been something on my ‘learn to make’ list for a while now. My opportunity to learn came about when I attended this year’s Quilt & Craft Fair and I spent a couple of hours in a workshop run by the just lovely, Naomi Huntsman of The Sewloist. Naomi, who is based in Brisbane has a gorgeous vintage sense of style and has her own custom clothing label and also runs rag rug workshops on a fairly regular basis. The group of us all sat quite inspired by all her lovely rag rug examples – our only tools required for the class was a hefty sized safety pin and scissors. Simples!
Naomi taught us a traditional ‘toothbrush’ technique and to me, its very much like a cross between crochet and a blanket stitch. It took a little bit of concentration to get it going but once you got the hang of it, your fingers remembered and it all came down to muscle memory. Naomi had us tearing pieces of old bed sheets and connecting them to make a good start of a rug. I chose to continue on with mine at home with some of my old tired bed sheets.
So my rag rug is far from being perfect but pretty pleased with my colour choices in the end. Admittedly this has taken me some hours (in front of the TV) but I have found the whole process VERY therapeutic. Like I said, muscle memory! I think my daughter is all set to claim this one for her room so now I’ll be onto the next one for my little boy (but I may slip in one for my sewing room before that). Pets rather like them too…
I will be running Rag Rug workshops for kids in January school holidays. Please stay tuned for more information!