CHESTER, Vt. – Would you like a beautiful braided wool rug to adorn your living room? Here’s your chance. Just buy raffle tickets at the Chester-Andover Family Center thrift shop during their regular hours. The rug’s diameter is 31 inches and will be on display in the thrift shop and also during the Christmas Under the Tent event on Saturday, Oct. 7. The drawing is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2017. Thrift Shop summer hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Edie Brown, a former CAFC Board member and volunteer, created this lovely rug which is braided with wool fabric, mostly recycled from blankets and clothing which were no longer usable. After the fabric is washed and dried to shrink it, Brown picks a color scheme but does not plan ahead how the colors will appear in the rug. Strips are torn the same width, sewn together, and rolled into balls. Three strips are braided together, adding new balls as needed. The braid is then laced together with a blunt needle and sturdy rug thread. Brown was taught the technique by her husband’s grandmother 40 years ago, and they still have some of the rugs their grandmother braided 75 years ago. Recycling is not a new trend; previous generations knew how to use every part of everything they had. Done in Brown’s spare time, the rugs are durable and long lasting and take two to six months to complete. Brown has made many rugs, mostly for herself and family. Each one is a surprise to her since she does not plan it out ahead.
Get your tickets now! You’ll be helping the Center support its mission of providing a helping hand to persons and families in need and might own a handmade braided rug as well! The Center is located at 908 VT Route 103 South, Chester, Vt. Contact information is 802-875-3236 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.