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January 31, 2018

Contact: Renee Trindle
Sod House Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-463-2441

Crocheted Rag Rug Workshop at the Sod House Museum

ALINE, Okla. — Nancy Hada of Cherokee, Okla., will present a Rag Rug workshop at the Sod House Museum on Saturday, February 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Rag rugs have a long history of furnishing floors. Around the later part of the 18th century women would crochet with fabric strips cut from old clothing. The concept for rag rugs came to the United States by way of European immigrants. When making these rugs, women would use strips of old clothes and worn out blankets as a resourceful way to add warmth and decor to their homes.

Because of the surge in popularity of rag rugs, Nancy will be teaching this technique at the museum. Long strips of fabric are still used, but more freedom in color and designs are now possible. These rugs are often very colorful and today women can use new or old fabric in making the rugs, as long as the same type fabric is used throughout the rug. Once the technique is learned participants can make any shape of rug from round to heart-shaped, oval, or rectangular. The rag rugs are completely reversible and wear moderately well. Because spots filled early for the Rag Rug workshop on Saturday, February 17, Nancy added a second workshop on Saturday, February 24.

Participants need to preregister by February 6 for this workshop due to limited space at the museum. Once registered, participants will receive a list of supplies needed for the workshop.

The Sod House Museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. For more information contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org

The Sod House Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  


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