Ideas and Info for Area Rugs Crafts
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Top Rugs Projects on DIY Network
The DIY Network provides several do-it-yourself projects involving rugs. Some projects are explained via video, while others are explained step by step in words and pictures. Here are some of the projects: selecting an area rug, how to add wall and rug decorations to a room, make a woven woolen rug from leftover chunky wool, make a woven woolen rug from leftover yarn scraps, make a bold and beautiful rug with carpet remnants, paint a trompe l'oel rug on a stone floor, create a decorative rug using scrap vinyl floorcovering, learn how to take care of antique rag rugs, paint a canvas rug, make a fabric rug border, and learn how to design your own sisal rug with paint and stencils.
General Rug Care and Cleaning Tips
Handmade rugs are expensive and sensitive, so you should know how to take care of them. In this article on the Capel Rugs website, you will understand the four main reasons why you should use rug pads. To prevent rugs from damage while not in use, there are also some storage tips. The most important tip here is to make sure the rug is clean before you store it. If you have pets at home such as cats and dogs, there are also some strong recommendations so these animals won't damage your rug. The last part contains a detailed step-by-step procedure on how to vacuum rugs properly.
Making Rag Rugs on Mother Earth News
What's old is new again at this site where everything from old T-shirts to blue jeans to maternity clothes get recycled into brand new rag area rugs. What a wonderful and novel idea. Virtually any piece of textile can be recycled into a beautiful and useful rag rug. Learn to design and then make hooked rag area rugs from almost any old scrap of cloth. Learn about the different kinds of backings you can use. But that's not all. Also learn to make prodded rag area rugs. Prodded rugs are usually softer and less knobby and can be made in a variety of textures depending on the materials you have to work with. Learn about braided rugs, crocheted rugs, combination rugs and more. This site has many photos of hand made rag area rugs to give you plenty of ideas and inspiration for creating and actually making your own rag rugs.
Design a Navajo Rug
This project is archived from the University of Arizona and is devoted to the exploration of Navajo culture as expressed through their weaving and other art forms. Create an original symmetrical Navajo rug-like design by completing a "learning template" based on graphic design elements from other linked-to pages.
Making a Penny Rug
This site, A Slice of Heritage, is all about penny rugs. And while it sells evyerting concerning penny rugs, such as patterns, kits, books, needles, etc., there is a handmade gallery featuring the work of their family artists. There is also a free penny rug making pattern. You have to e-mail the homepage author for details. This penny rug candle mat was made with over dyed wool in tweed and solids on a fulled wool felt background. With 16 tongues, or pen wipes, it measures 9 1/4 inches square and is lined with homespun. The main page includes other penny rug designs and more information about folk crafts.