Weaving Community / Community Potholder Rug Weave

community events Sep 29, 2018

Potholder Rugs came to me as an epiphany back in 1990 or 1991. At the time, I was running the 40-person production company I founded in 1988. We were making and selling Ragamuffins (anyone out there remember Ragamuffins™??) as well as home goods, clothing, and accessories all from recycled wool sweaters. 350 retail outlets were served with our wares all over the United States, Canada, and even a handful of accounts in Europe, Australia and Japan. Raw materials were ordered from a network of used clothing wholesalers and delivered in 1000lb bales in tractor-trailer loads.

There was a substantial volume of raw materials amassing that was not suitable for our product mix. The growing pile of this material had holes, stains, was of mixed synthetic fiber, was very loose knit or otherwise did not make the cut for what we were producing.

I joke about needing a 12-Step Program for recycling, and honestly have a strong aversion to throwing things...

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