terriblycrafty

Dana Ailer is terribly crafty

Staunton, Virginia · 36 Sales

terriblycrafty

Dana Ailer is terribly crafty

Staunton, Virginia 36 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(13)
Dana Ailer

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Dana Ailer

CUSTOM Round Rug - your choice of size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - your choice of size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick size & colors
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick size & colors
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - you choose size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - you choose size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug  - you choose size & colors
CUSTOM Round Rug - you choose size & colors
$225.00
CUSTOM Cottage Rug - you choose size & color
CUSTOM Cottage Rug - you choose size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick the size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick the size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - you choose size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - you choose size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick size & colors
CUSTOM Round Rug - you pick size & colors
$225.00
CUSTOM Cotton Rug - you choose size & color
CUSTOM Cotton Rug - you choose size & color
$225.00
CUSTOM Round Rug - your choice of size & color
CUSTOM Round Rug - your choice of size & color
$225.00
HEIRLOOM Oval Rug - all the blues
HEIRLOOM Oval Rug - all the blues
$149.00
Sassy Rabbit - original small painting
Sassy Rabbit - original small painting
$79.00
original Chihuahua stencil painting
original Chihuahua stencil painting
$79.00
HEIRLOOM Oval Rug - yellow, pink
HEIRLOOM Oval Rug - yellow, pink
$74.00
HEIRLOOM Round Rug - blue ombre
HEIRLOOM Round Rug - blue ombre
$49.00
BLUE Zombie Goth Rag Doll
BLUE Zombie Goth Rag Doll
$38.00
Kawaii Goth Rag Doll
Kawaii Goth Rag Doll
$38.00
Kawaii Goth Rag Doll
Kawaii Goth Rag Doll
$38.00
Colorful Boho Wall Hanging
Colorful Boho Wall Hanging
$29.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(13)
PennieB

PennieB on Mar 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second rug purchased from Dana and I could not be more pleased. She is a wizard at selecting fabric. The craftsmanship of the rug is outstanding. A perfect addition to the room. Highest marks across the board to this talented artisan.

PennieB

PennieB on Dec 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just perfect start to finish! Dana is great to work with - she matched my color scheme perfectly and kept me posted on the progress of the rug throughout the process. I could not be more pleased with the finished product. It absolutely makes the room. My highest recommendation!!!

alisa stephens

alisa stephens on Jun 26, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful rug! I could not be happier with my order! You will not be sorry for this purchase I assure you!!!!!

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About

An Appalachian tradition lives on

My rugs and accessories are created using a method handed down through generations of strong and resourceful women in Appalachian Virginia. My great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Brinkley, was a mother, school teacher, mortuary beautician, farmer, barber, and artist. Minnie learned to make these rugs from her grandmother, and she taught my mom the craft during summers Mom spent on her farm. My mom handed the craft down to me when I was in elementary school, and I've been making rugs ever since.

Minnie Mae created rugs from scraps of cloth, feed bags, and outgrown clothing; anything she could find in depression-era rural Virginia. In keeping with her spirit of adaptive reuse, I use upcycled and reclaimed materials in my own rugs. I've retained the same 'rugging' technique generations of Virginia women have used before me. In this way, I hope to continue a tradition we have been exercising for generations – using something tired and worn out to create something beautiful that provides comfort and simple luxury to our families.

This traditional method is more time consuming, but produces rugs that are durable, machine washable, and finer (thinner) than other rugs created using similar techniques. Each of my rugs and accessories is a piece of Virginia folk art, inspired by lively summers spent on the farm, the soothing view of the Blue Ridge, my mom’s vibrant flower and vegetable gardens, and the sturdy permanence of Virginia’s historic architecture.

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  • Dana Ailer

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley - which is the most beautiful place on earth. (I may be a little biased.) Previous generations of my family rolled down out of the Appalachian mountains and I'm proud to be part of their stubborn, creative brood.

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Last updated on February 3, 2011

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