Cathy Hetznecker Rag Rugs
I began making rugs several years ago after finding a rag rug on display in a fabric shop while on a family vacation. My reaction to the rug was a visceral one – I had been looking for something to occupy my hands while I cared for my two young daughters and had taken a long hiatus from my work as a potter for the previous decade and more. The rugs seemed to satisfy my interest in texture, functionality, color – and most of all ease of creating.
There are countless ways to make rag rugs. I create mine in a very traditional manner using strips of fabric and a large crochet hook. Each rug is truly unique in color and fabric choices, size and shape. The fun begins as I sort through the endless possibilities of color and fabric combinations and then come up with the shape and size of the rug and it’s place in the home.
My hand made reversible rag rugs and pillows are made primarily of fabric remnants from USA woolen mills and remnants from the workrooms of interior decorators. Depending on the size of the rug or pillow and the fabric content, they can be either machine washed on the delicate cycle or professionally cleaned. Most often, the rugs and pillows simply need a good shaking out in the fresh air from time to time! The rugs are most often used as scatter rugs to be used bedside or in a nursery, library, powder room, study or kitchen. Size ranges are endless, but generally are in the 2’ x 3’ to 4’ x 5’ range.
In 2008 I began making pillows using the same technique as I use in rug making. My pillows are made in all shapes and sizes as you can see on the "rag rug gallery" page, but most often requests are made for sofa pillows or floor pillows. Also in 2008 I began making "mug rugs" - a set of four miniature rag rugs coasters tied in a bundle. Great as a hostess gift! My rugs can be made as squares, rectangles, circles or ovals. Custom orders for pillows and rugs are encouraged! Please contact me by to commission your own rug or pillow - and be sure to ask me about me about memory pillows - pillows made from your own fabrics!!!
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