I learned to do the toothbrush rug on my own a few years ago by reading a pattern on the subject. When I finished my first rug, I re-read the pattern and discovered that I was doing the loop rug technique differently from the directions. Was I doing it wrong? I went on-line and discovered that I was doing the right stitch but I just did it in a different way (most patterns out there show a two part stitch and I do a one part stitch - a buttonhole stitch) . So I continued making rugs doing it my way. Then I started giving lessons in the technique and used the pattern I learned from and had to tell my students to turn the instructions upside-down or sideways to see the way I was teaching them. This became very tiresome and confusing so I decided to write my own pamphlet on the loop rug technique. This pamphlet is very different from the pamphlets out there that are teaching the " toothbrush" or loop rug technique. I decided to explain every step with a picture to show what I am talking about. I also give much more information about what you will experience while you are making your rug. There are many other things you can make with this technique; coasters, place mats, hot pads, table runners, bowls, baskets and purses. I will be working on these patterns soon along with different shapes. These rugs are easy to make. I use 100% cotton but other fabrics can be used. It takes about 8-9 yards of fabric for an average size rug. They are machine washable and dryable and the technique is very easy on your hands. I must also let you know that making them is very addicting. I am adding a needle to this listing so you can save on postage and buy the pamphlet and needle as one purchase. The needle is actually made by me or my husband out of a plastic toothbrush. We cut the bristle end off and shave that end on our grinder to a point. Then we buff it . If the surface of the needle is a little dull, that is because I buffed it with fine steel wool. This will disappear as you use it because the oil from your hands will shine the surface again. The needle measures about 4 inches. I can try to give you the color you would like, but can't guarantee it. Enjoy making the loops. Let me know if you have any questions.
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