IT is quite surprising what artistic rugs can be made from rags that have been torn into strips from one-half to an inch in width and dyed some pretty shade. Fine muslin, heavy unbleached muslin, and undershirts can all be utilized, and when dyed in the same dye will not all take the same shade, which gives a variegated appearance to the rug when completed that is quite effective. Some households have old chenille curtains which they have not the heart to throw away, although good taste has long since condemned them as hangings. These may be unravelled, when the chenille makes a good material for crochet. If not heavy enough, use two or three strands at once.

The most artistic results are obtained, however, by buying new material, or what are known as seconds, which can be bought in large cities for a nominal price by the pound.

Starting A Round Rug Of Flannel And Rope

Starting A Round Rug Of Flannel And Rope.

Lengths of 5 and 6 yards of outing flannel in various pale shades can be dyed, and when crocheted make soft pretty rugs.

In looking at the illustration of a girl crocheting rugs, it will be noticed that she is using inch-wide canton flannel and clothesline. The use of the latter is invaluable, as it makes a heavy, durable rug which will stand years of wear. The rope is not crocheted; it is just held in place and the flannel crocheted over it.

The finished round rug in the illustration is made from rope and an old chenille portiere, the variegated colouring being in the chenille itself. When making the round rug, begin with a chain four stitches and join. Increase round to eight stitches. Increase eight stitches every round. If too full, work a round plain. Take up both veins of stitch, and work single crochet. The rug illustrated is a yard across, and has already seen service in a hall for five years, and, as yet, shows no signs of wear.

If seconds cannot be obtained in the outing, flannel and new material has to be bought; choose some of the beautiful colours in Shaker flannel. They come in several shades of green and grey blue. This saves the trouble of dyeing, and these colours do not fade. The old rose is flecked with white, and goes well with the new cretonnes and wall-paper.

A round or oval rug in front of the bureau or beside the bed makes a note of colour in a bedroom covered with matting. If for use downstairs, dark green would be advisable. Some people prefer to introduce a row of black or some contrasting colour, but nothing is prettier than the solid round or oval of the one colour.

Two beautifully designed rugs are made of unbleached muslin, dyed in exquisite shades. The smaller rug is in several shades of blue, while the square rug is in five or six shades of brown, varying from pale tan to the deepest shade of brown, with a touch of old rose introduced. These rugs were shown at the recent Exhibition of the National Society of Craftsmen, New York, and as much as $15 and up is asked for them. It is their colouring, as well as their exquisite workmanship, that appeals to the lovers of artistic handcraft.

The distribution of colour needs considerable practice, but good results could be obtained by applying the dye with a brush after the rug is made. Of course, both sides must be done, first one and then the other, and the effect of blurring which would naturally occur would in no wise detract from the beauty. These rugs have no rope in them, as that was an idea of my own, and I have never seen others with anything inserted to make them heavy. The two crocheted rugs just described could be made heavier by having the strips cut an inch wide instead of half an inch.

Even Crochetted Rugs May Be Made Beautiful Good Colouring And Original Designs

Even Crochetted Rugs May Be Made Beautiful-Good Colouring And Original Designs.

A practical way of having an oval rug of flannel without rope is to crochet a good corner pattern intended for cotton crochet. This would give half the design - the other half could be crocheted together when com pleted.

A very pretty pattern is made from the following directions: -

To form Corner. - Crochet 27 treble, 3 treble, and slip stitch back to top of 3rd treble. Then 3 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble, all on top of last 27 treble; 3 chain,

2 treble on side of treble, 2 treble in loop,

3 treble on treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble all in loop of 5 chain, 5 chain, turn.

Second Row. - 3 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 7 treble on treble, 4 chain, 3 treble in centre, 3 chain in loop of 3 chain; repeat from centre 3 times; 5 chain, catch top of 4th of the 27 treble in the last row, 5 chain, turn.

Third Row. - 3 treble in centre, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre twice more; 4 chain, 9 treble on treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 5 chain, turn.

Fourth Row. - 3 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 11 treble on treble, 4 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in first loop of 3 chain, 3 treble in centre, 3 chain in loop of

3 chain; repeat from centre 3 times more;

4 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in 3rd loop of 3 chain, 5 chain, catch 5th chain, turn.

Fifth Row. - 3 treble in centre, 3 chain,

3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre 4 times more; 4 chain, 1 3 treble on treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of

3 chain, 5 chain, turn.

Sixth Row. - 3 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 15 treble on treble, 4 chain,

3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain,

4 chain, 3 treble from centre, 3 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble all in next loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre twice more; 4 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in last loop of 3 chain, 5 chain, catch top of 5th treble, 5 chain, turn.

Seventh Row. - 3 treble in centre, 3 chain,

Chenille Rug Reinforced With Rope

Chenille Rug Reinforced With Rope.

3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre 7 times; 4 chain, 17 treble on treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 5 chain, turn.

Eighth Row. - 3 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 19 treble on treble, 4 chain, 3 treble in centre, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of the 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre 7 times; 5 chain, catch top of 5th treble, 5 chain, turn.

Ninth Row. - 3 treble in centre, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre once more; 4 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble, all in 3rd loop of 3 chain, 4 chain, 3 treble in centre,

3 chain, 3 treble in 4th loop of 3 chain,

4 chain; repeat from centre in 5th loop,

4 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble, all in 6th loop of 3 chain, 4 chain. In 7th and 8th loops put 3 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble with 4 chain between, then 4 chain, 21 treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 5 chain, turn.

Tenth Row. - 3 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 23 treble on treble, 4 chain, 3 treble in centre, 3 chain, 3 treble in loop of 3 chain, 4 chain; repeat from centre 9 times;

5 chain, catch last of 29 treble, 5 chain, turn.

Eleventh Row. - This last row is finished with groups of picots, exactly the same as 13th row in lace. Finish with 25 treble on treble, 2 treble, 3 chain, 2 treble in loop of 3 chain, 5 chain, turn.