Making rag rugs

A group of women gather to learn how to make rag rugs.

SOMERSET — A popular workshop that was unable to take place last year is returning to Perry County. The Rag Rug Seminar with guest instructor Katie Carpenter is slated to take place at the new Perry County District Library in Somerset on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. The new library is located at 117 W. Main Street in Somerset.

The event is sponsored by Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling. Katrina Carpenter, Education Specialist at the recycling plant, explained why the always full seminar was not held in 2018.

“Katie had a battle with cancer last year, but she is a survivor and wants to continue teaching a craft she has been doing for 50 years,” said Katrina Carpenter.

Currently the class has 11 people pre-registered with 15 being the participation limit. If you want to learn how to turn old material scraps into useful, long lasting rugs, Katie has room for four more people.

Materials needed by all those attending the seminar include 20 or more one inch wide strips cut any length on old fabric material. Katie recommends straight materials as opposed to stretchy types of cloth. Double knit and polyester work best. Medium weight cotton material can be used but Katrina says rugs made from the cotton do not hold up well.

Crochet hooks size N or P (9-10 mm) are the tools of choice for creating rag rugs. Some scissors will be provided, but Katrina recommends following the BYOS rule (bring your own scissors) for the seminar.

To register, call or email Katrina Carpenter at 740-342-7881 or The deadline for registration is Jan. 28 by 4 p.m.

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