Resources on the Craft of Area Rugs

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Rug Care and Cleaning Guide from Jacobsen's Rugs
Jacobsen's, a rug business in Syracuse, brings to you this comprehensive guide of rug care and cleaning. In this page, you will learn the common causes of damages of Oriental rugs. This includes damages due to moth and carpet beetle bites, dog chews, cat scratches, chemicals, and sun. In addition to early warning signs of such damages, there are also tips on how to prevent them. You will also learn the proper way of cleaning rugs using a vacuum cleaner, how to move a rug, how to lay them down flat on the floor, and when to use rug pads.

Green Lake Rug Camps
This is the homepage Mary Flanagan Woolens, but you should be able to quickly find the page for the Green Lake Rug Camp in the navigation. The camp is held annually at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin, and usually in September, with registration open in January. Participants enjoy rug hooking with renowned teachers, premier hotel accommodations located on the Conference Center grounds, with meals included. Itís a great time to hone your rug hooking skills, visit Wisconsin and meet others who enjoy the craft. Camp highlights typically include a welcome dinner, a non-juried rug gallery of rugs made by participates (also open to the public during specified hours), a store where participants can place items on consignment, a night out to explore the area, optional mini-classes, and various activities to do such as golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, boating and more.

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.

Making Canvas Rugs on
Learn how to make a canvas rug with this easy how-to guide. These practical floor cloths are durable and inexpensive to make. They clean up with a damp mop and mild detergent. No wonder canvas rugs have been popular since colonial times. After the introduction of linoleum, they fell out of favor early in the last century. The craft was revived in the 1950s, when period rugs were made for historic homes. Modern materials have streamlined the technique; with today's quick-drying, water-based products, you can paint a rug this weekend and have it for years. Site includes canvas rug painting tips, decorative photos for rug making ideas, tools and materials needed, making a leaf rug and finishing a rug.

McGown Guild
This is the website of the National Guild of the Pearl McGown Rug Hookrafters for fans of rug hooking. Includes a feature rug teacher guide, as well as information about other rug crafts and the history of rug making. A wealth of library materials are offered here for those interested in rugs, and the guild can send packages of rug information. This is a well known rug association.

Braided Rugs
This braided rug database includes photos and a gallery of braided rugs and a picture rug gallery. Provided is information about rug restoration and repairs as well as a chair pad gallery. Chair pads can be made as sets for dining room chairs, or individually for accent chairs, etc. They can also be made for ottomans, bar stools, and in oval shapes for window seats and benches. Chair pads may also be made with hooked centers to depict a favorite scene or a photo of a pet.

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