on 27 April 2013
This book is lovely. It has loads of peoples' memories about how rug-making was a part of everyday life. It plumps out the visions we have of the times, in a warm and cosy, domestic way. Poverty and thrift has inspired so many beautiful crafts!
Part of my family emigrated to Australia from Northumberland in the 1850's and so I feel a bit chuffed with discovering this heritage. The lives (as I imagined) of my great-great grandparents have a new dimension to them now.
The book simply and helpfully lays out the methods. I am able to make a frame and set about with my own rugs without too much ado. I just need a bigger kitchen!
It's not an expensive book, and the history of the area (and the craft) is delightful to read. It's well worth buying!