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Flat Wrap Rugs
Twisted Cords Rugs & 'Rope' Rugs
A bit of oral history: Some time back I ran into a lady who
these rugs during the depression. She was hesitant to admit that she
made them and was apologetic. Puzzled, I inquired further. Apparently
cords rugs were regarded as a poor man's substitute for braided rugs
they were more often made of cottons than wools. Even the name "twisted
cords" was looked down upon and considered an insult implying poverty
a lack of home making skills. (Ironically, examples of these rugs are
more highly valued because of their relative scarcity.) Appearance
and back are similar with a distinctive 'twisted' appearance in each
of the work.
Hello, I am looking for instruction on how to make Rope rugs - my daughter has a class project to make a Rope rug. Need all the info I can get! Having trouble finding anything in the way of instructions - thank you very much!
Hi, The general directions for 2-strand (the easiest) 'rope' rugs from rags: Find a couple of old sheets* (of the same size) in contrasting colors. Cut off the hems on the end and the selvage edges. Cut or tear the sheets into strips 2 inches wide. Take one strip from each sheet. Secure one end of each strip with a safety pin or what have you and close the ends in a drawer or a secure clamp. Pull the strips gently so that they are even (one not sagging), and start twisting. Twist the strips until a firm cord is formed, but not so tightly that when the tension is released that they form a kink. Carefully take the end out of the drawer or clamp, and use the safety pin to pin both ends of the twisted strip together so it can't unwind. Repeat this with pairs of strips until they are all twisted into sections of cord. Try to get them all about the same tightness so the rug will be even.
To make the rug, take one 'rope' section at a time, coil it (like a braided rug). Use a needle and thread to stitch each round to the rug. Use fairly closely spaced stitches for a strong rug. Be careful not to let the 'rope' untwist while sewing. When one 'rope' is all sewn on, sew the next one the same way. Add a little twist or two to the very ends of the 'rope' to hide the strip ends. Well, that ought to get her started....Diana
*You can use fabric yardages or rags, but since we're dealing
young rug maker, it is much easier if you start with strips of the same
ROPE RUGS, AGAIN
Dear Brook, The machine in question is a basic rope making machine which twists together strips to form a 'rope' which is then coiled around and sewn into a rug. It only makes these rope rugs which aren't a traditional type of rag rug. You're right, Bond America is a brand name, and I'm not sure that they are still in business, since the fad for these rugs was about 20 years ago and didn't last long.
The 'rope' rugs imitate a 'twisted cords' rug which is traditionally made one strand around at a time with just a lacing needle, not a 'machine'. You really don't need the machine to make great rugs. Hope that helps, Diana
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