StudioatRedTopRanch

SUMMER SALE! Use code SUMMER for 20% off thru Sept 4.

Nebraska, United States · 266 Sales

StudioatRedTopRanch

SUMMER SALE! Use code SUMMER for 20% off thru Sept 4.

Nebraska, United States 266 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   SUMMER SALE! Use code SUMMER for 20% off thru Sept 4.

Handmade Rag Rugs, Hand Knit Scarves & Shawls. Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.

HANDMADE RAG RUGS:
- Hand-Braided and Twinned: http://etsy.me/1LE0WRW
- Hand-Hooked: http://etsy.me/1QGazlt
- Hand-Woven: http://etsy.me/2095Zif

HAND KNIT SCARVES, WRAPS and SHAWLS:

- SIGNATURE SCARVES: my favorites, because of the yarn, the pattern, the artistry, a combination of all elements. http://etsy.me/1UfFHNI

- SHAWLS and WRAPS: http://etsy.me/1Kq0PMZ

IN BEAUTIFUL NATURAL FIBERS:

- ALPACA - harvested from alpaca animals, light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. Soft, durable, luxurious and silky. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. At home on small farms throughout the US, especially the Rocky Mountains and Foothills. http://etsy.me/20GGiYA

- CASHMERE - fine in texture, strong, light and soft, providing excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. http://etsy.me/1NQgzbk

- COTTON - plant based, soft, breathable. http://etsy.me/1P6ou3H

- MOHAIR - a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen. Frequently used to accent other fibers. http://etsy.me/1mdcQtz

- SILK - a natural protein fiber, produced from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like fibre, which allows silk refract light. Silk is strong, supple, and frequently used to balance other natural fibers. http://etsy.me/1QGc3MA

- WOOL - wool has greater bulk than other textiles, and holds air, which retains heat and absorb moisture. Wool absorbs and holds dye beautifully, and has been keeping us warm since before the 12th century. http://etsy.me/1Phb3fh

IN A VARIETY OF PATTERNS:
- Cable Knit: http://etsy.me/1LDVSNo
- Lace: http://etsy.me/1JxmfFh
- Patchwork: http://etsy.me/1Q1HEr7
- Ribs: http://etsy.me/1NPXJN0
- Stripes: http://etsy.me/1Jqsg37

USING YARN FROM LOCAL FIBER LOVERS:
- Artisan Hand-Dyed: http://etsy.me/1R26jih
- Hand-Spun: http://etsy.me/1P6tghR
- Sourced from Small Farms: http://etsy.me/1nN1EFO

FOR MEN AND WOMEN, SHORT AND TALL:

- SCARVES FOR MEN - Men who are natty dressers will like many of the scarves from the Studio. More conservative men wear scarves for warmth and like them to be reversible, in neutral colors, knit in unfussy, repetitive all-over patterns. http://etsy.me/1o6fX86

- EXTRA LONG SCARVES - Manufactured scarves are often too short which is disappointing every time you wear it. Many of the scarves on the Studio are over 70 inches and therefore 'extra long' to allow for extra wrapping for all of us, and the warmth of those who are long or tall. http://etsy.me/1hdeJUR

- SHORT, PETITE or SMALL FRAME or for those who prefer a simple neck drape or minimal wrapping - 45-58" long. http://etsy.me/1PUBYTQ

About the Studio at Red Top Ranch: Red Top Ranch is the southwestern Nebraska home of a rural family, 3 rescued dogs and one fiber artist. At the heart of the Studio is a love of nature, outdoors, the West and winter. Scarves, shawls and rag rugs are made using the traditional hand-crafted methods of our frontier grandmothers. Created by hand, one project at a time, combining natural materials with good design for beauty, durability, and individuality.

Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 29, 2016

SUMMER SALE! Use code SUMMER for 20% off thru Sept 4.

Handmade Rag Rugs, Hand Knit Scarves & Shawls. Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.

HANDMADE RAG RUGS:
- Hand-Braided and Twinned: http://etsy.me/1LE0WRW
- Hand-Hooked: http://etsy.me/1QGazlt
- Hand-Woven: http://etsy.me/2095Zif

HAND KNIT SCARVES, WRAPS and SHAWLS:

- SIGNATURE SCARVES: my favorites, because of the yarn, the pattern, the artistry, a combination of all elements. http://etsy.me/1UfFHNI

- SHAWLS and WRAPS: http://etsy.me/1Kq0PMZ

IN BEAUTIFUL NATURAL FIBERS:

- ALPACA - harvested from alpaca animals, light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. Soft, durable, luxurious and silky. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. At home on small farms throughout the US, especially the Rocky Mountains and Foothills. http://etsy.me/20GGiYA

- CASHMERE - fine in texture, strong, light and soft, providing excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. http://etsy.me/1NQgzbk

- COTTON - plant based, soft, breathable. http://etsy.me/1P6ou3H

- MOHAIR - a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen. Frequently used to accent other fibers. http://etsy.me/1mdcQtz

- SILK - a natural protein fiber, produced from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like fibre, which allows silk refract light. Silk is strong, supple, and frequently used to balance other natural fibers. http://etsy.me/1QGc3MA

- WOOL - wool has greater bulk than other textiles, and holds air, which retains heat and absorb moisture. Wool absorbs and holds dye beautifully, and has been keeping us warm since before the 12th century. http://etsy.me/1Phb3fh

IN A VARIETY OF PATTERNS:
- Cable Knit: http://etsy.me/1LDVSNo
- Lace: http://etsy.me/1JxmfFh
- Patchwork: http://etsy.me/1Q1HEr7
- Ribs: http://etsy.me/1NPXJN0
- Stripes: http://etsy.me/1Jqsg37

USING YARN FROM LOCAL FIBER LOVERS:
- Artisan Hand-Dyed: http://etsy.me/1R26jih
- Hand-Spun: http://etsy.me/1P6tghR
- Sourced from Small Farms: http://etsy.me/1nN1EFO

FOR MEN AND WOMEN, SHORT AND TALL:

- SCARVES FOR MEN - Men who are natty dressers will like many of the scarves from the Studio. More conservative men wear scarves for warmth and like them to be reversible, in neutral colors, knit in unfussy, repetitive all-over patterns. http://etsy.me/1o6fX86

- EXTRA LONG SCARVES - Manufactured scarves are often too short which is disappointing every time you wear it. Many of the scarves on the Studio are over 70 inches and therefore 'extra long' to allow for extra wrapping for all of us, and the warmth of those who are long or tall. http://etsy.me/1hdeJUR

- SHORT, PETITE or SMALL FRAME or for those who prefer a simple neck drape or minimal wrapping - 45-58" long. http://etsy.me/1PUBYTQ

About the Studio at Red Top Ranch: Red Top Ranch is the southwestern Nebraska home of a rural family, 3 rescued dogs and one fiber artist. At the heart of the Studio is a love of nature, outdoors, the West and winter. Scarves, shawls and rag rugs are made using the traditional hand-crafted methods of our frontier grandmothers. Created by hand, one project at a time, combining natural materials with good design for beauty, durability, and individuality.

Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.

Tracy

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MiAllen7

MiAllen7 on Aug 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! I thought it looked pretty in the pictures, but in person it is even more gorgeous! It is so fun to see all the different fabric scraps used, and to know that they are given a new life. I love the hints of pink fabric that add a feminine touch to all the shades of blue. Thank you Tracy for the fast shipping! And thank you for such a well made and eco-conscious product. This is a cherished piece already! :)

Sandy

Sandy on Aug 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We love the new rug! I had been looking for some time for a washable blue rug for our kitchen. Thank you!!

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Updates

Beautiful old curtains now on the loom becoming richly colored woven rugs. Available later this week.

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Best in class (accessories) at the Chase County Fair. Green Fraser River Windmills in hand-dyed wool.

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New to the Studio - Aged Glory denim rag throw.

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About

Handmade Rag Rugs, Hand Knit Scarves & Shawls. Natural Warmth & Comfort, Made by Hand as in Simpler Times.

Welcome to the Studio at Red Top Ranch. Red Top Ranch is the southwestern Nebraska home of a small outdoorsy family, three rescued dogs and one fiber artist who specializes in hand knit scarves and handmade rag rugs.

Handmade Rag Rugs:
I began making handmade rag rugs as a way to use up leftover and unloved fabric. As I studied rugmaking, it became a way to learn and preserve an art developed by women who made-do by repurposing clothes and curtains because they had no other materials available. I respect the artistry and talent of those rural women who lived a hard, duty-filled life and yet saw and created beauty every day. I aspire to the their skill and values using the same patchwork style in the same braiding, twinning, and hooking techniques.

Hand Knit Scarves:
Why Scarves? I love scarves of all kinds - fancy, casual, chunky, skinny, long, shawls, scarves in cable and lace patterns, solid colors, stripes, chevrons, and patchwork. I specialize in masculine and western patterns in extra long, full sizes. I love scarves because of their:

Comfort: it is very satisfying to create a product that will provide warmth and comfort - on a commute on a wintry day, in an over-chilled conference room, for a vendor at a holiday market, for a Mom at a changeable spring track meet. I believe scarf lovers are at heart those who had a favorite blanket when they were a child, but weren't able to keep it, or take it to school or work with them.

Versatility: I love to wear scarves and see how others wear them. I am always impressed by what a scarf can do to an unremarkable outfit to make it special - thereby reducing the need to buy, pack, and own so much.

Connection to Small Rural Businesses and Artists: I love purchasing yarns produced by small alpaca and wool ranches. My favorites are Lonesome Stone, Talking Feather, Silver Star and Deer Valley Alpacas in Colorado, Mountain Meadow Wool in Wyoming, and River Valley Alpacas in Nebraska. I enjoy supporting fiber artists who hand-spin and hand-dye yarn, as well as women's cooperatives such as Manos del Uruguay, and the Snow Leopard Trust in Mongolia.

Variety: as of this writing, I have finished over 250 scarves, the yarn for 251-300 is waiting attention. Not a single one is the same, and making every one has been a creative experience. I know where I bought the yarn, why I chose the pattern, what was going on in my life when I made it, and what I like best about each one.

Our Principles for Making a Great Scarf:
1. Start with Plenty of Beautiful Natural Fiber Yarn -- it will reward you when you wind it, knit it, wear it the first time, and wear it time after time. Great yarn comes from natural fibers, great scarves require plenty of it. Scratchy yarn that pills quickly is acrylic, abandoned scarves were skimped on. Visit the unhappy handmade section of your local Goodwill or ARC store to see for yourself.

2. Begin Slowly - get to know the yarn, its loft, halo, shine, talents and idiosyncrasies. Try it in various patterns and needle sizes to find out how the yarn itself thinks it looks best. Challenge yourself with new pattern options, stitches, artistic direction. Begin right to make it full, thick, and long.

3.Keep Going - like Julia Child said when trying a new recipe and encountering challenges, once you've taken a direction with a scarf, "keep going". There is a point on every scarf, about three inches in, when I lose interest, and put it down. I think I haven't quite gotten it. If I pick it up again and keep going, it will be clear that it's right, or not.

4. Enjoy the Flow - this is the best part. The pattern is set in the yarn and in your mind, and it's all about the rhythm and meditative joy of seeing the pattern develop, the colors meet and feeling the wonderful yarn flow through your fingers.

5. Take a Close Look - upon nearing completion, lay the scarf out flat and leave it there. Then drape it over a chair and leave it. When you walk into the room, your eyes will find color pools or tension problems, your hands will go to areas with stitch issues or any other mistakes. Find those areas that you aren't entirely happy with, or that could be better.

6. Make It Right - the depression-era woman who owned the local fabric store when I was growing up used to say "if you don't have time to make it right, when will you have time to do it over?" Once you've identified a problem or a way to do something better, back up, take it out, make a pot of tea, start over and Make it Right.

7. Finish Slowly - Knitting isn't a race or a competitive sport, making the most isn't the gratification, it's having created something truly beautiful and functional. Rather than rushing to the finish when you are close to the end, take a break, set it aside and come back when you have time to do those final steps really well. It will make all the difference when you finish, when you wash it and when you wear it time after time.

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    Professionally, I am a project management consultant who specializes in web sites. In the Studio I am an avid knitter & rug maker. Working with my hands helps me to develop my creative side, see the world more clearly, and solve problems more easily.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 31, 2016
Welcome to the Studio at Red Top Ranch. All scarves and rugs are handmade of the best natural materials, one at a time, each completely unique.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We accept Etsy Direct Checkout, Etsy gift cards and Paypal as payment.
Shipping
I use USPS as my primary shipping carrier. Standard shipping on scarves is Priority Mail service and includes tracking information. Items are shipped via the United States Postal Service the same day or next day after the order is received.

International Shipping: Scarves shipped outside the US will be shipped USPS International Priority, trackable to most locations at least through customs. Allow time for international customs clearance on your end. All items will have a customs form accurately representing the purchase. International customers are responsible for any fees, taxes, and duties associated with shipping & purchasing to their respective countries. These fees are NOT included in the shipping price.
Refunds and Exchanges
If, within 15 days of your purchase, you are not completely satisfied with your item, return it for a full refund. Return shipping is the responsibility of buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders: I am unable at this time to take custom orders.