Shirret

Shirret

New Haven, Connecticut · 91 Sales

Shirret

Shirret

New Haven, Connecticut 91 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(9)

Announcement   SUPPLIES for Shirret and Crochet Rug Making. The word Shirret rhymes with Crochet. Add fabric scraps that you've shirred or basted onto my specially engineered needle as you crochet with cotton cord - and you get colorful art carpets ~ Luxury from scraps of used fabric! Shirret is Upcycling and Craft Activism, saving us from Climate Change. We're the 3rd and 4th generations of Shirret, the source for every supply and all the advice how-to you need. Visit http://shirret.com. I design, make and collect Shirret, curate shows and educate. Since 1930, my gran, mom & I developed it, gave it a pretty name in 1968, and we've shown our wool, cotton, silk Shirret rugs in the Midwest, Texas and New England. How-To: cut strips (I use old wool skirts), baste the strips onto my needle, make a crochet cord stitch and add a gather to the stitch, and keep going! I'm a painter. I'm a climate change activist, US/UK. I ride public transport between Brooklyn and New Haven and I make shirret. Shirret is easy if you already crochet fluently. Cats and children love Shirret for it's firm, touchy-feely texture.

Announcement

SUPPLIES for Shirret and Crochet Rug Making. The word Shirret rhymes with Crochet. Add fabric scraps that you've shirred or basted onto my specially engineered needle as you crochet with cotton cord - and you get colorful art carpets ~ Luxury from scraps of used fabric! Shirret is Upcycling and Craft Activism, saving us from Climate Change. We're the 3rd and 4th generations of Shirret, the source for every supply and all the advice how-to you need. Visit http://shirret.com. I design, make and collect Shirret, curate shows and educate. Since 1930, my gran, mom & I developed it, gave it a pretty name in 1968, and we've shown our wool, cotton, silk Shirret rugs in the Midwest, Texas and New England. How-To: cut strips (I use old wool skirts), baste the strips onto my needle, make a crochet cord stitch and add a gather to the stitch, and keep going! I'm a painter. I'm a climate change activist, US/UK. I ride public transport between Brooklyn and New Haven and I make shirret. Shirret is easy if you already crochet fluently. Cats and children love Shirret for it's firm, touchy-feely texture.

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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.

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  • Crochet Shirret by Louise McCrady's Daughter

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    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.

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Last updated on September 25, 2014

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Beautiful Shirret is show here and at http://shirret.com so you can print inspiring design images as you learn to make these beautiful American recycle-