Wednesday, January 18, 2012

If you Crochet, You Can Make cheerful Shirret Rag Rugs

If you can crochet a chain stitch and a double crochet stitch, then you can Shirret.  Recycle old fabrics by cutting up wool skirts, curtains, madras bedspreads, even knit sportswear. We cut free 'yarn'! from stash fabric. Cheap and cheerful "rag" rug making, but the rugs are luxury and look expensive, from a designer collection for the home.

I manufacture the special steel rugmaking needle you need. It was made before the Civil War and again in the 1930s.  60,000 people learned to make Shirret rugs because my granny and mom Louise McCrady taught, travelling all over the midwest and throughout New England, either personally or with their book. Then, many of you have traveled and moved and taught others to Shirret.

Louise's book, first published in 1968 and revised and updated in 1997, THE ART OF SHIRRET is filled with how-to drawings, photographs, written how-to instructions, and patterns for round rugs, oval rugs, rectangular rugs, and quilt rugs. We are THE SOURCE for SHIRRET, a pretty word Louise McCrady created to describe her very pretty rugmaking technique, in 1968.

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