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Rug Making
      The use of  rugs as floor coverings dates back farther than recorded history.  Animal skins were first used, and later, coarse fabrics of a plain weave.   In colonial homes only the wealthy could afford tapestry rugs.  These were too precious to walk on and were displayed as wall hangings.  Because of the time and money invested in weaving  fabric was reused for making rag rugs and braided rugs.  Rag rugs were made from continuous strips of wool, cotton or linen cloth sewn together.  Gradual improvements in weaving, along with the introduction of traditional designs from immigrants through the years, has developed into modern floor coverings.


     Our tool is designed for cloth knotting to make traditional rag rugs.  The exciting idea about working with fabrics are the beautiful colors and prints.  Most are inexpensive and easily available.  Even recycled or unused fabric items can find a new purpose as creative art projects.

     Knots are made using the rag rug needle to design items in either  oval, round,  rectangle or square shapes.  Just a few suggestions would be bowls, baskets, place mats, pot holders and free-form works of art.  Other usable materials  are rope, rug yarn and raffia. The possibilities for creating your own project ideas are limitless. 


     Included in the kit are directions, 2 bundles of pre-torn fabric strips, a handmade wooden needle, digital illustrations for a no-sew technique to join strips together and digital illustrations for constructing a rug.                  


Coppergate antler needles along with many made from bone.    

Neolithic period of Eastern Europe about 5000 years ago.

Information on the primitive wooden toothbrush:

Click on image to view Vicksburg's National Memorial Park exibit and an article from the Smithsonian Magazine.

Chinatown Dig Deadwood, SD

The site of the property the archaeological dig is occurring on is across the street from the 2001-2004 archaeological investigation that uncovered over 250,000 artifacts from 1876 to the 1950s that helped Deadwood and the state better understand the impacts, significance, and day-to-day life of Chinatown and that area.  Items typically found are chinaware, glassware, metals, and carbon feature items.