Friday, 26 October 2012

Recycling - From Sweater to Rug

 
I believe the reason Hutterite women love thrift shops is that most of them are...well, thrifty - they love to find great deals on some piece of fabric or yarn, rescue it from a shelf or rack, and give it a new and beautiful life. Not that the piece they purchase isn't beautiful, but at that point, many times it has lost its usefulness as a garment or afghan. Along comes a Hutterite women who envisions the colours in a pretty crochet rug for her home. The shop is happy for the sale, the woman is happy about the good deal and more importantly, abandoned article will once again be a prized possession. And the earth is smiling too.

The rug in the picture was made from old sweaters, that had been unravelled and then crochet into a rug. There is nothing better to place by the door - it not only offers a splash of colour to the entryway, but is absorbent, keeps most dirt of the floor and best of all, it's easy to wash. The re-purposed wool will serve as a rug for many years.

I know many Hutterites make gorgeous rugs with new wool and use intricate patterns, and I love those as well. But I'd rather see something old become something new.

6 comments:

Shelly said...

I'm with you. Repurposing somethingold into something else lovely is just a wonderful way to live. I love that rug~

(I could not get this through the word verification part the few several times because one of the symbols I was to type was the symbol for Do Not Litter. I don't know how to type that picture!)

Linda said...

Thanks! Sorry you were having problems, Shelly. It got through OK now though, so perservence paid off.
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libbiali said...

Beautiful rug, and I'm with you.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

What a cute idea ~ I never would've thought of that. Of course I don't know how to crochet so that may have something to do with it. I do like turning old things into new, though. Love that color!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Gorgeous rug! and luving the journey to it's creation :))
Doing a bit of that in this weekend's Altered Journal Hop..
waiting for friend to photo my project to add to my post [she got stranded in the country during the sleet storm!] but it too is rescuing a bit of fabric & gorgeous lace, etc to repurpose into a Gratitude Journal.. hoping you stop by !

Lydia said...

I've done a few rugs myself, something I love doing winter evenings, even summer evenings outside under the tree!