You may have seen a sneak peek of this beautiful rag rug over on the Ragged Life Instagram or Facebook page, but finally you get to see it in all its gloriously quirky glory. Below is the story of how this Sicilian Rag Rug came about (as told by my mum, Victoria) and plenty of photos for you to gawp at 😉 If you like the rug, please do leave a comment below – it will make my mum’s day 🙂
The Story Behind the Rag Rug:
Sicily is an amazing island for natural beauty, archaeology, creativity and vibrancy – it’s one of my favourite places in Italy for all these reasons. My latest rug is a bit wacky and different because it is based on an aerial view of a town called Centuripe in the centre of the island. Even though I’ve visited Sicily lots of times, I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t chanced to be browsing through a book of aerial views of Sicily. It’s the only one shaped like a person!
I find inspiration in a number of different places but one of my go to places is Liccamucuila Boutique in Marzamemi. I get inspired by the papier maché figures, puppets, tambourines and vases in the streets of Ortygia or Marzamemi.
Details on the rag rug itself:
Because I like colour so much (and asymmetry which you may have noticed), this is my homage to the dizzying sun-soaked island which has absorbed so many cultures and influences over the years.
The rug is made entirely using fabric kindly donated by friends, as well as recycled clothing from charity shops. You’d be amazed at how many garments of differing sizes went into it (well maybe not if you’ve made a rag rug yourself)! I lost count part of the way through, but it definitely includes three swimming costumes, two scarves, sari silk, numerous tops, a pair of shorts, shirts and a lovely quality skirt.
Elspeth and I have some old hessian which we need to use up before we’re allowed to use the nice Ragged Life hessian so this rug was worked into an old, large piece of hessian that I had hemmed by hand. The holes were bigger than the usual, so the fabric was moving around in the holes quite a lot until the end when I’d packed in so much that nothing moved about anymore and the holes had closed up. I didn’t want pure white as a background, so it’s a mix of white and patterned fabrics. The light pink lines across the white represent roads around the town and gave the rug a bit more variety.
Well that’s my little intro, I really hope you like the rug which Elspeth has photographed below…
Mum’s Beautiful Rag Rug:
Thanks for reading everyone! If you liked this blog post then you’ll probably like my Pacific Island Rug Post too – you can read it here if you haven’t done so already 🙂
Fabulous story! I feel inspired to go back to Sicily and to start a new rag rug project!
Love the photos and props too. Well done Victoria and thank you for sharing.
Next time Elspeth you can do the photos for your book!
Hi Teresa, glad that you are feeling inspired 🙂 Haha, I think I may be a bit outclassed where the photography of the book is concerned x
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