Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creative Customers: Sharon's Mega Rug!

By far, our most popular class at the Woolen Mill Store is our Wool Rug Crochet class. In this class, you can learn how to take a pile of selvages from the Pendleton mills and turn them into a thick, fluffy, soft, fun rug. It's a great way to turn trash into treasure!

Creative customer Sharon took the rug class last year and fell in love -- and brought in this massive 5 foot by 7 foot rug for us to ooh and aah over.

You can see more rugtastic creations at Sharon's Etsy shop: RugEmpire or in person at the Tigard Festival of Balloons this weekend in Tigard, Oregon.


Lisa Bomb-Diggity said...

I found 2 of these rugs at a habitat for humanity home store, rolled up and dusty under a shelf. Both round, one is 8.5 ft diameter, other on is 10.5 ft diameter. Both so shaggy and heavy and gigantic!! I love them but no idea how best to clean these monsters!! Any advice? I can include pics if you want to add to your class photos.

Woolen Mill Store said...

Wow, what a great find, Lisa!

These rugs are pretty sturdy, so you can vacuum the dust off without hurting them. You can also put them in the washing machine! (At that size, you may need to visit the laundromat.) A cold water wash will keep the rugs looking more "eyelashy" and a hot water wash will cause the rugs to felt -- shrink and tighten up, and the threads will bunch together in shag carpet tufts.

Hope that helps! Feel free to give us a call at the store if you have any other questions.