Weaving Shaker Rugs: Traditional Techniques to Create Beautiful Reproduction Rugs and Tapes

Mary Elva Congleton Erf

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Learn how to make colorful, gorgeously patterned rugs using the 200-year-old techniques of the Shakers. The author researched and analyzed textiles at five historic Shaker village sites before developing a method to create new versions of these classics. You'll learn how ten original rugs were woven and then get detailed instructions on how to make ten reproduction rugs, with full explanations of the dyeing, the warp material, the weft materials, and how to weave, as well as instructions for weaving Shaker tapes. Learn about the history of the Shakers in America and the impact of their craftsmanship on our arts tradition. Like all items used in daily Shaker life, these rugs have three outstanding characteristics: they are unusual in their design, they are perfect for the purpose they are meant to serve, and they are beautiful in quality.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 89 color photos | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349072

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Mary Elva Congleton Erf is widely recognized as an authority on Shaker textiles and has taught workshops throughout the U.S. and Australia. She has woven textiles for the Shaker Retiring Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as reproduction Shaker rugs for the Shaker villages at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; Canterbury, New Hampshire; and Hancock, Massachusetts. She is also the author of Shaker Towels for the 21st Century and Tiny Textiles, a collection of miniature, handwoven, documented nineteenth-century textiles, which includes a Shaker textile.