Announcement   Hi! I am Shirret. Shirret is easiest if you already crochet fluently. When you learn from the book, don't jump ahead. Most important is to make a sample square of Double Crochet stitches HOLDING THE NEEDLE CORRECTLY. If you don't, you'll never catch on to shirret.

Next, tear a couple fabric scraps into 12" squares by noticing how the enclosed paper square is folded- it's my special cutting method, and it's marked- Cut 3/4" wide strips. We Never Sew shirret - we only 'Baste' strips onto my specially engineered needle, and then crochet them off.

Using the enclosed rug cord in the kit, put a slip loop crochet stitch on the hook of the needle, pull a fold of fabric from the needle onto it. That's the first stitch.

When you start to add the fabric, Medium Weight wool or cotton slides on and off the needle most easily. Your hands will memorize the rhythm and motion of Shirret if you keep going, don't drink a Martini at the same time, and practice.

Shirret is founded on recycling. Louise McCrady my mother began sharing her skills in 1934 and made up the name Shirret in 1968. The word Shirret rhymes with Crochet. Shirret sounds French, but it's 100% American, started before the Civil War. The ladies North and South gave up their steel needles for the war effort. Sad war, so much loss. But Emancipation! and now the biggest battle that unifies us all worldwide is Climate Change.

I'm Lexi McCrady and with my children we are the 3rd and 4th generations of Shirret, the source for every Shirret Rug making supply and how-to you need. I ship on Saturdays. I'm an author, textile art professor at a state university and an exhibiting contemporary artist. I design, educate, make and collect Shirret. I curate exhibitions and show my wool, cotton, silk Shirret rugs in the Midwest, Texas, New York and New England. I like using old wool skirts most.

I ride public transport between Brooklyn and New Haven. Orange cats and fluffy orange dogs and children with red hair love Shirret. I am blessed. I have all those things.

Visit http://shirret.com. Shirret is Craft Activism against Climate Change.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 23, 2018

Hi! I am Shirret. Shirret is easiest if you already crochet fluently. When you learn from the book, don't jump ahead. Most important is to make a sample square of Double Crochet stitches HOLDING THE NEEDLE CORRECTLY. If you don't, you'll never catch on to shirret.

Next, tear a couple fabric scraps into 12" squares by noticing how the enclosed paper square is folded- it's my special cutting method, and it's marked- Cut 3/4" wide strips. We Never Sew shirret - we only 'Baste' strips onto my specially engineered needle, and then crochet them off.

Using the enclosed rug cord in the kit, put a slip loop crochet stitch on the hook of the needle, pull a fold of fabric from the needle onto it. That's the first stitch.

When you start to add the fabric, Medium Weight wool or cotton slides on and off the needle most easily. Your hands will memorize the rhythm and motion of Shirret if you keep going, don't drink a Martini at the same time, and practice.

Shirret is founded on recycling. Louise McCrady my mother began sharing her skills in 1934 and made up the name Shirret in 1968. The word Shirret rhymes with Crochet. Shirret sounds French, but it's 100% American, started before the Civil War. The ladies North and South gave up their steel needles for the war effort. Sad war, so much loss. But Emancipation! and now the biggest battle that unifies us all worldwide is Climate Change.

I'm Lexi McCrady and with my children we are the 3rd and 4th generations of Shirret, the source for every Shirret Rug making supply and how-to you need. I ship on Saturdays. I'm an author, textile art professor at a state university and an exhibiting contemporary artist. I design, educate, make and collect Shirret. I curate exhibitions and show my wool, cotton, silk Shirret rugs in the Midwest, Texas, New York and New England. I like using old wool skirts most.

I ride public transport between Brooklyn and New Haven. Orange cats and fluffy orange dogs and children with red hair love Shirret. I am blessed. I have all those things.

Visit http://shirret.com. Shirret is Craft Activism against Climate Change.

Lexi McCrady

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Lexi McCrady

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(11)
Leslie Macartney

Leslie Macartney on Sep 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

An interesting and different craft to learn. I'm enjoying shirret immenseley! It may have been a bit easier if I'd ordered the book at the same time, but I've successfully completed a couple of small pieces and feel confident I can now attempt something more complicated.

sphart19

sphart19 on Jun 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I use these hooks a lot. Thanks for carrying them. They shipped quick. Thanks. But the other items I ordered that day have not come yet

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About

Three generations of recycle fabric scrap rug makers - we created the word "Shirret" to describe it

In the 1930's, my mother Louise Benson McCrady and her mother Katrine Ent Benson gave classes in Indianapolis, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio on a unique method for crocheting thick, plush rugs. Rug cord crochet stitches, plus sewing scraps cut in strips which were basted onto a special needle, are crocheted to stand on end, around and around. They traveled to department store sewing departments and taught many, many people their methods for making creative sturdy rugs. Shirret keeps out drafts and the cold while adding cheer and color to our homes. Katrine and Louise sold a long steel needle called "the needle with a hump" that was part crochet hook, part tapestry needle. It had a long shank and a v shape finger hold in the middle with a 1938 patent mark on it. Katrine first learned to make rugs with this needle from a lady who was traveling through Indianapolis. Mother and daughter taught, wrote patterns, developed the skill from a primitive rip-out and re-do crochet technique into a repeatable skill with dependable results. By the 1960's Katrine's daughter Louise had made so many rugs that she began to teach her techniques in New England where she had moved, and she labeled it "Creative Rugcraft". There were no pre-made design patterns for these rugs, they weren't sold as a kit, and so every maker's rugs were unique and specific to her own style. In 1968 in Connecticut, Louise named it for the combination of SHIRRing and crochET - Shirret, which rhymes with Hurray! It appears to be a French word, and it was created by an American Francophile woman from Indianapolis who ordered Perrier by the case and sewed Chanel suits of wool mohair.

Shop members

  • Crochet Shirret by Louise McCrady's Daughter

    Owner, Curator, Shipper

    I'm Louise McCrady Junior. I ship supplies once a week when I'm in my rug making studio in Connecticut. I also live in Brooklyn NY where I show paintings and installations. I love to watch the color relations as a Shirret grows.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 23, 2018
Hello! You and I are Climate Change Activists because we recycle fabrics into cozy Shirret to create beauty and sustainability in this changing world.

After all these years, I am still obsessed with Shirret for its luxury. I love every Shirret I make because each one contains fabrics of loved ones' clothing, and marks a time in my life.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
You pay postage for returned items.
Payment
Visit http://shirret.com filled with beautiful Shirret, and to pay by US check or money order.
Shipping
I ship once a week from Madison Connecticut US.