i really want to try and make a rag rug. i’ve been looking around online for tutorials on how to do it, and i’m so inspired just by pictures of them! i think they’re so beautiful and a perfect way to use up any fabric you might have lying around.
these images are from the rag rug flickr group (yes, there is one)…check it out here…believe me, you will be inspired.
apparently there are several ways to make a rag rug…some tutorials involve crocheting, like this one on vintage chica. but if you don’t know how to crochet (like me) you can still make a rag rug just by braiding the fabric!
moda bake shop has a really great tutorial showing you step by step how to do it. once you’ve picked out the fabric you want to use, cut it into long strips and just start to braid! start at the center of the rug and work your way outwards, forming a circle with your braid as shown in the images above. once you’ve finished, just sew the rows of braids together! for the full tutorial click here.
i just posted part two of our new store playlist, which includes the classic INXS song “never tear us apart” …and in an interesting coincidence, the music video for the song was shot in prague! check it out:
it’s warm and sunny in philly today…making me wish spring was here already. so does this image for our beach collection. i loved it so much i wanted to share it…just click on the image to go to our flickr page and download!
oh and check out all our cool, comfy beach stuff here.
well everyone…the time has come for us to choose our next book for the free people book club! this time around we want you to vote…we picked six books from the list of suggestions we got from our readers, a few of which many of you recommended. check them out, and vote for your top choice!
with martin luther king, jr. day falling in the wake of the tragedy in haiti, the words of dr. king seem especially poignant…and remind us to think about what we can do, not just in a time of need like now, but on a daily basis, to make the world a better place.
it looks like bread, but its actually knedliky, czech bread dumplings that are one of the country’s most popular side dishes…so to go along with our prague theme, i thought i’d share a recipe for it with you! they’re usually served with pork and sauerkraut, but they’re probably good with just about anything. wanna make some? here’s how:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk, or as needed
4 cups dry white bread cubes
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center, and pour in the eggs and 1 cup of milk. Stir to blend, and add enough additional milk to make a moist battery dough, not like pancake batter. Use a sturdy wooden spoon to beat the dough at least 200 strokes, rolling it over and over in the bowl until smooth and an occasional bubble appears on the surface. Add the dry white bread cubes, and stir into the dough until they disappear.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the dough onto a cheesecloth or white cotton cloth, and form into a loaf shape. Wrap the cloth around the loaf, and tie the ends.
Place the loaf into the boiling water, and cook for 45 minutes, turning the loaf over about half way through. Remove from the water, unwrap, and cover with a tea towel. Let stand for 10 minutes and then slice.