The two-strand attached chain braid for rag rugs
by Master Rugmaker, Diana Blake Gray, 1999
These rugs really are interesting because the "braid" is a chain braid made with a hook (rug hook, crochet hook, button hook or what have you), for making the interlocking loops of the chain braid. Made in a single step, each round of "braiding" is made through the previous rounds so the rug goes together in a single step. These unique rugs appear braided on one side only.
Cotton strip, tshirts and heavy (rug) yarns are all suited to these rugs.
The Rugmaker’s Bulletins were written by Master Rugmaker Diana Blake Gray bowing to popular demand for the basic directions for some of the unique rug making methods. Each is pamphlet size (8.5 by 5.5 inches) and has 8 to 10 pages of directions. In many cases these bulletins are the only printed directions ever published for the technique. And while we know that folks buy these and then sell them on eBay for twice the price (or more) we are not raising the prices.
If you would like to learn more about these techniques, you are cordially invited to take the Rag Rugs Tour on the Rugmakers Homestead Website at www.rugmakershomestead.com