Rug making: An exploration

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Title: Rug making: An exploration
Author: Cooper, Karen Breen
Abstract: The following pages were written out of the desire to know about the past, present, and future of rugs and the people who make them. In addition to studying written sources and questioning textile experts, searching of oneself became an integral part of the learning process. A journal was kept throughout the creative journey. Writing, questioning, and searching has become a large part of the creative process; therefore it was considered vital that some of these thoughts were shared. Technical proficiency with textiles has been viewed as having utmost importance. To master a skill, it should be learned, practiced and finally honed to the point of being nothing short of superior. It has been thought that mastery of a technique should include thorough knowledge of it, including its history. The historical aspects of rug hooking, felting, and needlepoint contain a vast amount of information; however, the limits of this project have afforded that they would only be touched on briefly in this paper.
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Date: 1990-05-19

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