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The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art Hardcover – November, 1995
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Norma focuses on three common shapes: round, oval and heart. High quality photographs accompany directions. Norma's butting instruction (joining the braid's head and tail so that ends are interwoven and invisibly seamed) make this initially difficult task much easier to learn via step by step pictures.
There are many photos of rugs --by home crafters as well as professional rug makers--in both continuous spiral and fully butted designs. Some examples inspiring.
While there is nothing "new" for intermediate to advanced braiders, and I personally prefer an oval center to contain an equal number of braids on both sides of the first laced row (Norma's doesn't), this book tops my list for basic overall clarity in instruction.
Shortcomings: she doesn't encourage experimenting with cotton strip, which I am finding much less intimidating than wool, which is harder to get and more expensive since i have to order it online. She also stresses perfection---understandable in a craftsman, for sure, but intimidating to a beginner.
Best things: She makes you want to start braiding with her lovely photos, and you can get ideas for color arrangements you'd like to try.
I did pick up and start braiding a rug after reading the book, though, and that's probably the best thing you can say about a craft book.
The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art
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really like this book. I have MS and with one of my flair ups I lost a lot of the dexterity in my hands so I thought rug braiding would help me try to get some of it back. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denise Nolden
Great reference book and lots of neat pictures! Am using this book to help me learn rug braidingPublished 3 months ago by Carly
Heavily illustrated with both pictures of completed rugs and diagrams of braiding techniques. Includes complete instructions for several projects and a list of suppliers for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylvia
I have wanted to tackle making a braided rug since childhood. I found this book to give the clearist step by step directions.Published 10 months ago by Lois V Gehrman