More Rug Info, 1-22-23

Twined rugs are made on a simple frame that is made the actual size of the finished rug. This is why these rugs are so flat and straight.

Twining starts at both ends and finishes in the middle.

These strips need to be secured and then the rug can be taken off the frame by lifting the rods on either side.

This is the table runner frame.

This technique was taught to me by Rosa Smith in Britt, IA and she gave me this rug. Here’s a close up of fabrics – she used old clothes cut into strips.

I found this ratty old wool twined rug at a flea market.

Foot in photo to show scale.

And here’s my window sill rug by my chair.

I have forgotten what price I put on the book and dvd but I think it was $22, wasn’t it? If you’re going to make a rug you need the book and the dvd is as if I’m sitting beside you as you make your rug – it’s invaluable. Rugs of all sizes are made on simple wooden frames the size of your desired end result. If you know of a handyman who could build your frame, hand him the book with all the directions, supplies and dimensions. I know many of you already have the book, frame and dvd – let’s make a rug!

Reader quilts:

A winter visual.

40 thoughts on “More Rug Info, 1-22-23

  1. Diane in Maryland

    The colors in your rugs are so pretty. Love the reader’s quilts, Hazel and Keeper! I like the picture. So far we haven’t had any snow this winter.

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  2. Lynn from San Diego

    I have a rug started. I’m using an old chambray duvet. Once I get started I find the motion soothing and rewarding. I want to try tee shirt material next.

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  3. DebMac

    Making a rug sounds like fun to me but while I have supplies and a handyman; I don’t have the book and dvd. Snowy morning hear with the ground covered overnight. I stayed up way to late last night reading and watching it snow and up too early to get stew into the crock pot. Guess I will sit awhile watching it snow and sipping tea.

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  4. Sue in Oregon

    Wow! Such different readers quilts today. Diane, your fox quilt is fabulous. You used the perfect reddish-orange color for him. Love your Christmas quilt, Vicki. You will love pulling it out next year. And, I see lots of black in the last quilt. It’s a great quilt too. Reminds me to get going with my black.
    Mary, you are inspiring me to take up my frame and rug again. I will need to dust it off first. lol

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    1. Vicki Ibarra

      Thanks, Sue. This is the first larger size Christmas quilt I have made. I have done lots of table runners and table toppers over the years, but a big one. I do look forward to pulling it out next year!

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  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Great reader quilts today.
    Mary, are both sides of the rug the same?
    I also noticed the slippers are of the goat picture you have on a wall. Did someone knit those for you?

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  6. Erin

    The rugs are terrific! Thank you for sharing the lovely quilts. That fox quilt is great!
    Is your DVD for rug making still available somewhere? Mary, your patterns are still so popular! They never go out of style!

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  7. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary, thanks for the info on where to find the instructions for the rug frame. I appreciate it. I don’t know that I have time for another hobby/craft right now but I’m going to keep this in mind. Have a wonderful day.

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  8. Mareen

    Oh I remember Jason making the frames for you – I can hope he can make one for me sometime I did always want to do that I’d be better at that than quilting I think Mary….love these rugs!

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  9. Jill Holmes

    Hi Mary,
    I love the rugs! I have the frame and am planning on attempting one in the near future. I have a lot of wool left from my rug hooking business and hope to use some of it up. I am wondering if you would have any idea of the strip width when using wool. I would assume it would be a strip that isn’t folded due to the heavier weight of the wool. I’m guessing a half inch wide or an inch if it needs to be folded. Trial and error time coming up! I have followed your blog for many years and just want you to know that I love it. The day to day life of someone else always seems more interesting than my own but I also note the fact that we all run into tough spots now and then and somehow get through them. Best wishes to you! Jill

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill – I do believe the wool strips were about an inch and I didn’t fold them over. I’ve done it with wider strips, too, and the rug is just chunkier looking but still great. Are you not doing any rug hooking now? Another great hobby that’s almost disappeared?

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      1. Jill Holmes

        I still love rug hooking but had to close my business as my husband had a sudden brain bleed and lost all use of his left side. Had to have brain surgery which left him with a seizure issue. This was five years ago now and my spouse has recovered but there was no way I could continue my wool business at that time. It was a difficult time for sure. Quilting is my first love but like you, I have a zillion passions…thank heavens as they keep me sane!

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jill – I’m so happy to hear that someone else has a husband with a health issue and relieved to hear he got over it. Wow! What was the name of your business?

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  10. Sue Bowers

    Hi Mary – Loved seeing pictures of your sewing studio & farm. I have many fond memories of taking classes / camp there as well as visiting the farm. I was always so inspired & motivated to quilt after a trip to Country Threads. At one of the camps we visited Connie’s studio as well as toured your sewing workshop. I enjoy seeing what you two have been up to since those days. I have made 2 rags to rugs frames. There’s always a rug on at least 1 frame. What a great way to use old sheets, curtains & fabric that I question “Why did I buy that?” Sometimes I have to get rid of fabric to justify buying more. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue Bowers – it’s so fun to hear from you, Sue! I had no idea you were following the blog but I love to hear from past customers and friends. What about your daughter – can’t remember her name however! Are you still in Austin? We’ll be going thru tomorrow on our way to Mayo. I’ll wave!

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      1. Sue Bowers

        Hi Mary,
        Yup, we’re still in Austin. Your memory is amazing! If you’re ever in need of a rest on your way to or from Mayo, we’re just off of I90. My sewing room (not as spacious or grand as yours) has a chicken theme, thanks to my trips to Country Threads. How fortunate we are to have Mayo in our backyard when we need them. Stay healthy, warm & happy!

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          1. Sue Bowers

            Mary – It was Natalie who would join me on my trips to Country Threads. Funny when I think back on that now, as she has little interest in doing any crafts. She & her husband Ryan have a 2yr old & live in the Twin Cities. Ryan often brings me any mending or sewing projects he wants done. A few years ago he saw a rug on my frame & asked me to show him how it’s made. He took the frame home & made a rug for his mom as a Christmas gift. When my brother was staying with me he made a rags to rugs table runner. I learned how to make the rugs at a Country Threads camp. Kind of like pay it forward?

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Sue – yes, Natalie! I could not remember her name – I only remember she was cute! So glad the rug is being passed on!! I’m going to the senior living soon to teach them.

  11. Joyce from NY

    I too love all your rag rugs, but my to do list is much too long right now! That fox quilt is adorable. Thanks Mary for your blog.

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  12. Marian

    Keeper and Hazel supervising! Love them. The rugs and frame are so inviting. I hope a lot of your friends are fired up to make one or two. Something very useful. Quilt photos are nice. I like the stones in winter. So artful. I look are a message from you Mary every day. Love your musings.

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      1. Paula Nordt

        Would love to join you in making my first rug. $22.00 for the book and DVD? How much should I include for postage? I’m sure rates have probably gone up for shipping. And thank you!

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  13. Debbie Miller

    I love your stories and all the pictures as usual but the goat shoes are so cute and I love the rocks with snow-made me think it would make a great puzzle for some reason. I really lucked out last fall. At a local quilt show-I bought your rag rug book with the dvd along with a big ready made frame and 2 solid black rugs made on the frame for only $10.00. I put it in my sewing room and the old out of sight out of mind took over. I may have to get it out and see if I can make one this winter. I was thinking possibly with t-shirts as they might be a little easier to weave with my arthritic hands. At my local Goodwill-you can buy t-shirts on Sunday for 50 cents!

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  14. Kathy in western NY

    Gosh I always enjoy seeing what others are making. It’s a wonderful quilt show as usual and love all three. Very nice to see. Thank you readers for sharing your sewing projects with all of us. And to Mary for taking the time to post them on and blog to let us all see them. Stay safe everyone. Wintery weather finally arrived here.

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  15. Beamer's Mom

    The second to last photo……………….Keeper wants to play, and Hazel is giving him the look of “Don’t you dare.”
    🙂

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  16. Kelli

    Hello! I’m very interested In doing these rugs! I’d like to purchase the book and the DVD. Could you email me please with the cost for both? Thank you so much! I’m very excited

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