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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Rafter-Four Designs (20 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931426295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931426299
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rdk on 11 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a couple of other books on this subject, but this is the only one that gets over the problem of joining rounds neatly. Very very clear instructions, with very clear pictures. It uses the American terms for, for example, single crochet instead of the British terms, but it's easy to adjust. An excellent book.
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By E S McDermott on 20 Feb. 2014
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I would have loved more and colourful illustrations. The quality of the paper is poor and as I like to keep these type of books as reference it would be nice if it was produced with more quality
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Crocheted rag rug directions that actually WORK 11 Mar. 2008
By The Pirate King - Published on
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Like everybody else, I've got my hobbies. For some reason, many of them are traditional "something-from-nothing" crafts--patchwork, cooking from scratch, and rag rugs. To me, there's something almost viscerally satisfying about creating useful, beautiful objects from "throwaway" materials. ("Blessed rage for order," maybe?)

The most common first method a novice uses to construct a rag rug is fabric crochet. Most people have a crochet hook or two rattling around in the junk drawer, and there are numerous leaflets, booklets and online directions which claim to teach how to make a crocheted rug. The trouble is, most of them don't work. Square and rectangular crochet patterns are relatively foolproof, but be primed for hair-tearing frustration if you plan on working a round or oval rug. It's a real chore to create quality round rugs that lie flat. Half the time, your rug squinches up in the middle and around the edges, looking more like a sombrero than a floor covering.

If you've ever set out to make a rug and ended up with a hat, you'll want to know about Diana Blake Gray of Rafter-four Designs. Ms. Gray has spent years researching the history and construction of numerous types of rag rugs. In the process, she's come up with a method for constructing fabric crochet rugs which are guaranteed to lie flat every time. This information and a wealth of other goodies can be found in Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs, the third book in Rafter-four's Rugmaker's Handbook series.

In addition to the basic pattern for a circular rug, the book gives directions for creating ovals, squares, rectangles, heart-shaped and heelprint rugs, and numerous other shapes. It shows how to double-fold your rag strip in order to create rugs with a smooth, professional-looking finish. If you're not quite ready to tackle a whole rug, the patterns can be easily adapted to create small projects such as hot pads, placemats and baskets.

Once you've mastered the basics of fabric crochet, the book also explains how to do fabric tapestry--crocheting patterns in several colors into the rug. It's almost as simple as doing regular fabric crochet, and the results are spectacular. There are also instructions on string crochet (a method which produces rugs that look loom-woven), "one-way" crochet, and a number of assorted stitches that will change the appearance of your finished rug.

If you have the earlier, self-printed copy of Ms. Gray's book, this new and professionally-printed paperback version is worth your consideration, though it does have some trade-offs. It has the same hand-drawn illustrations as the original, but the text has been copy-edited for smoother reading and there is a greatly expanded introduction with helpful tips on the process of crocheting rag strip. I find that I miss the original comb binding--this book is perfect-bound, which is a problem when you're using two hands to crochet and you need the book to lie open and flat so you can follow directions.

Other companies produce slick, polished, inexpensive directions for crocheting rugs from fabric strip. You could purchase them and try to make a rug in hit-or-miss fashion from their untested directions. Or you could save yourself the bother, buy Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs and do it right the first time.

(Originally published in altered form on the author's website,
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The One and Only Source for Beautiful Crochet Rugs 9 Aug. 2009
By R.M. - Published on
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I have the older, spiralbound version, and yes, it is a tiny bit underwhelming in its production but in terms of the information communicated it is AMAZING. You can look at free online patterns till you are blue in the face and you will never get the results, period you will get from this book. Using this book's simple instructions, your finished projects will not have that ratty lumpy erratic handmade look, they will have the smooth consistent finished look of a professional craftsman.

With this book and a basic knowledge of crochet (only single crochet is used) you will quickly learn to make basic crochet rugs that lie flat without blocking, and learn the surprisingly easy technique of fabric tapestry (carrying colors along and varying the color within the row). Octagon, circle, oval, square, heart, "heelprint" and freeform shapes are all covered.

Rag rugs are a very labor intensive but simple and satisfying craft.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Gray's Anatomy of crocheted and tapestry rugs. 8 May 2009
By Leilani Bennett - Published on
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This book will give you all the technical details you need to crochet rugs from the absolute basics to the easy-to-follow graphs for more advanced tapestry rugs. Gray's table of contents is the most comprehensive I've ever seen in a how-to book. You won't ever need to leaf through the book looking for a particular section--the contents pages will tell you exactly where to find the information you want.
The book is also an interesting 'read' because she includes a lot of her personal experiences in rug making.

Gray's work, at least what is depicted in this book, is very traditionally designed. However, I don't see how a crocheter couldn't use these basic techniques to design and make more contemporary pieces.

I withheld the fifth star because the grainy, amateurish photography leaves a lot to be desired. I expect a how-to book to inspire me as well as educate me. Other than the front and back covers, all the photos are black and white and there are no detail photos. That said, I would still definitely recommend the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 4 May 2011
By ljmck - Published on
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This book is like sitting next to your great aunt and having her tell you precisely, over a cup of tea, how to proceed. It's not folksy though, just direct, clear, and as helpful as you could wish. I felt very comfortable reading the directions, looking at the illustrations and photographs (all black and white, which is fine), and beginning.
It starts with an easy project, a round hotpad, and moves onward, with a "handbook" in the back that explains fabrics and the dozens of other choices beginners face. I couldn't wait to get started and ran right out for fabric and have already started my first project, which looks surprisingly good because of the author's tips.
I'm confident now that I'll be able to put all the patterns I've gathered to good use.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Informative and well presented 28 Aug. 2010
By Carolyn Lieder - Published on
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Great book. Not only does it give informative advice for beginners at rug-making, but it is beautifully black & white illustrated with the different patterns, all of which include directions. The author definitely knows what she is talking about and makes suggestions on which patterns and projects to start with. There are also more complex patterns for experienced rug makers. I cannot wait to get started!
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