Monday, November 23, 2009

Tooth Brush Needle Rug

This weekend, I attended a very small craft show in my hometown. I didn't buy much, but I did purchase this beautiful handmade tooth brush needle rug. I had never heard of such a thing, so, of course, I googled it when I got home.

Turns out, these rugs were orginally made using a needle made from a tooth brush! Back in the day when tooth brushes came with a hole in the handle. Have you noticed they don't come that way any more?

The Mennonite woman who made this rug, told me it was made from strips of sheets. It's very nice and squishy under my feet. I have it laying in front of my kitchen sink. I do think I need to put some kind of rubber gripper thing underneath it though. It slides quite easily at the moment.

Want to make your own tooth brush needle rug? (Apparently, you can now buy tooth brush needles, so you won't have to find an "antique" tooth brush to make one from.) Here is a pretty good set of instructions. Personally, I'm going to leave this art to the rugmaking experts, but it is an interesting idea!

4 comments:

Lonesome Road Studio said...

I've heard about these and I had no idea where the term originated!

cabin + cub said...

I have never heard about using a toothbrush as a needle... how clever. Cute rug! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fern said...

Good purchase. Cute :)
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alliecat_40 said...

VERY COOL IDEA!