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Thread: Nancy's Notions, rag rugs

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    Nancy's Notions, rag rugs

    Just got the new catalog and found something that might work to use up fabrics. It is to make rag rugs using an aluminum tool. States if we can tie a knot we can make a rag rug. Does anyone have knowledge on this, I know of crocheting rag rugs but this tool does not appear to have a hook on the end.
    Will it give the same results as using a crochet hook that I already have. Am willing to give making a rug a try, but want an easy way to use up fabrics.

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    I saw that - if you look at their online catalog they have more photos that show examples of the finished rugs. They remind me of "toothbrush" rugs, but looks like they work up into squares and rectangles instead of ovals & circles.

    The site lists "how to" steps for this as well - looks like it's just tying a bunch of knots into each row?

    If you try it, please let us know how it goes! I'm interested in this too but haven't had the time to pursue it!

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    I have been searching online sites and it must be just a different tool to make a crochet rug. So not worth investing in the tool and booklet if a crochet hook will work.
    Thank you for the reply.

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    I think it's very similar, but not quite the same technique. Probably would look pretty much the same when it's done though.

    I'm terrible at crochet, so knots sounds a lot easier to me! But if you're already set with crochet, I agree, probably no reason to invest in a new gadget.

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    I have made a few rag rugs in the past and just braided them. If one strip of fabric was fairly wide I would split it down the middle but not all the way, about an inch from the bottom and just splice. Lot of youtube videos on rag rugs. I would use upholstery thread and needle to stitch (attach) together. Been a long time. If you recycle jeans they make really good rugs. I use the seam part of jeans and shirts. you can open those up a little if you want. You don't have to be particular. I don't crochet and a few I know who do crochet say crocheting rag rugs is rough. They also braid and knot.

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    Here's a method that doesn't use a tool:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfO6_hRNKeE

    I think the tools use basically the same method, except you thread the fabric end through the hole and use the tool to pull the fabric through. This probably makes tighter knots than the Amish no-tool method.

    I don't see a lot of difference between the Nancy's Notions tool and the more traditional blue plastic tool used for "toothbrush" rugs; both have a hole in one end.

    For those who are wondering, here is a link to both types:
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...rn+and+tool.do
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...+needle+set.do

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    That's almost like watching grass grow. l

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    Quote Originally Posted by misspriss View Post
    That's almost like watching grass grow. l
    You cracked me up! LOL
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    Yeah, I saw that and wondered if it would be easier/quicker than trying to crochet it. I tried crocheting one once, gave up on that.

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    I'm knitting a rug using 2 balls of salvage strips and size 17 knitting needles. Just cast on 34 stitches and knit both sides until it's the length you want. I found directions on http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com and also in her book, Sunday Morning Quilts. It's a fun project and feels wonderful under your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Here's a method that doesn't use a tool:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfO6_hRNKeE

    I think the tools use basically the same method, except you thread the fabric end through the hole and use the tool to pull the fabric through. This probably makes tighter knots than the Amish no-tool method.

    I don't see a lot of difference between the Nancy's Notions tool and the more traditional blue plastic tool used for "toothbrush" rugs; both have a hole in one end.

    For those who are wondering, here is a link to both types:
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...rn+and+tool.do
    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...+needle+set.do
    Watched the video and I felt the rug was too loose, using a crochet hook is still my thought. That is the way the elders made the one I have that is worn out.
    I would have to find a how-to-knit booklet and learn how to knit, crochet comes easier to pick up again.
    Have some t-shirt knit fabric and that will make a marshmallow soft rug.

    Thank you for the help sorting this out which way for me to go and use up a lot of older fabrics.

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