Shirret

Shirret

Madison, Connecticut On Etsy since 2011

Shirret

Shirret

Madison, Connecticut | 239 Sales

Lexi McCrady

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Lexi McCrady

Announcement    I LOVE to crochet! SHIRRET rhymes with crochet and it IS crochet !

SHIRRET is Craft activism against Climate Change, and Art for your home. I use 'outgrown' wool and cotton clothes from my children and friends. I recycle these fabrics, full of memories, by folding them a certain way and making quick, short cuts to get long 3/4" strips. Then I 'baste' each strip onto my special, long needle, and they appear as 'folds', and the needle has a pointed crochet hook on the end.

We are the Authentic and Original of this method, and we Live Shirret. Since 1997, I've created easy to understand instructions, supplies, and my special needle that I manufacture in the US. SHIRRET has grown, and I've taught thousands of people to Shirret and crochet.

The cord stitches pull the folds of fabric vertical and tight together, row upon row. The folds and stitches make a thick, soft, COLORFUL, REVERSIBLE, SHIRRET rug, any size. I sell some, gift some, and save some to decorate my house.

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

HOW TO SHIRRET: Each SHIRRET rug, or beanie, tea cozy, chair pad, pillow, starts by putting a loop of twine on the hook of the needle, then I pull a fold of fabric over the hook and onto the loop, and THAT is a SHIRRET STITCH! That's it! It's rhythmic. The rhythm of the stitches between my two hands brings my mind into the present - and my thoughts float up into view.

Shirret is luxurious even though it's made from scraps and recycled fabrics! Medium weight wool and cotton are for beginners. Intermediate "SHIRRETers" with rhythmic stitches can graduate to silk and polyester. Shirret is easiest to learn if you can crochet chain and double-crochet stitches fluently. Most important is to hold the needle the way it shows in the SHIRRET website 2- minute video on http://shirret.com, and follow the book illustrations, and the short films you can download here from etsy. The wiggle in the needle is a finger hold. It keeps the needle in place and allows your fingers to pull fabric over the hook.

Your hands will memorize the rhythm and motion of Shirret if you practice, and don't drink a Martini at the same time!

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, it means 'scraps' and 'fabric scraps' in four languages, but it's 100% American, started before the Civil War. The ladies North and South gave up their steel needles for the war effort. Tragic, horrible, so much loss. But Emancipation! and now the biggest battle that unifies us all worldwide is Climate Change. Within 10 years we will have lost 10,000 species of insects and animals and your children will be badly affected if we don't all act immediately.

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. Fluffy orange cats and dogs and orange-haired children love Shirret. I am blessed. I have all those things.

© Lexi Lady McCrady 2019
Visit http://shirret.com. Shirret is Craft Activism against Climate Change.

Announcement

Last updated on May 10, 2019

I LOVE to crochet! SHIRRET rhymes with crochet and it IS crochet !

SHIRRET is Craft activism against Climate Change, and Art for your home. I use 'outgrown' wool and cotton clothes from my children and friends. I recycle these fabrics, full of memories, by folding them a certain way and making quick, short cuts to get long 3/4" strips. Then I 'baste' each strip onto my special, long needle, and they appear as 'folds', and the needle has a pointed crochet hook on the end.

We are the Authentic and Original of this method, and we Live Shirret. Since 1997, I've created easy to understand instructions, supplies, and my special needle that I manufacture in the US. SHIRRET has grown, and I've taught thousands of people to Shirret and crochet.

The cord stitches pull the folds of fabric vertical and tight together, row upon row. The folds and stitches make a thick, soft, COLORFUL, REVERSIBLE, SHIRRET rug, any size. I sell some, gift some, and save some to decorate my house.

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

HOW TO SHIRRET: Each SHIRRET rug, or beanie, tea cozy, chair pad, pillow, starts by putting a loop of twine on the hook of the needle, then I pull a fold of fabric over the hook and onto the loop, and THAT is a SHIRRET STITCH! That's it! It's rhythmic. The rhythm of the stitches between my two hands brings my mind into the present - and my thoughts float up into view.

Shirret is luxurious even though it's made from scraps and recycled fabrics! Medium weight wool and cotton are for beginners. Intermediate "SHIRRETers" with rhythmic stitches can graduate to silk and polyester. Shirret is easiest to learn if you can crochet chain and double-crochet stitches fluently. Most important is to hold the needle the way it shows in the SHIRRET website 2- minute video on http://shirret.com, and follow the book illustrations, and the short films you can download here from etsy. The wiggle in the needle is a finger hold. It keeps the needle in place and allows your fingers to pull fabric over the hook.

Your hands will memorize the rhythm and motion of Shirret if you practice, and don't drink a Martini at the same time!

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, it means 'scraps' and 'fabric scraps' in four languages, but it's 100% American, started before the Civil War. The ladies North and South gave up their steel needles for the war effort. Tragic, horrible, so much loss. But Emancipation! and now the biggest battle that unifies us all worldwide is Climate Change. Within 10 years we will have lost 10,000 species of insects and animals and your children will be badly affected if we don't all act immediately.

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. Fluffy orange cats and dogs and orange-haired children love Shirret. I am blessed. I have all those things.

© Lexi Lady McCrady 2019
Visit http://shirret.com. Shirret is Craft Activism against Climate Change.

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About Shirret

Sales 239
On Etsy since 2011

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)
Returns and exchange details
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.