In 2014, the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild had an exhibit of braided rugs that took place at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsbury, Pennsylvania (www.Schwenkfelder.com). The curator was Candace Perry of the Schwenkfelder Center. It was a tremendous opportunity for the guild and interested several new members!
Candace Perry, Curator of the Braided Rug Exhibit, Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
Dorothy Pepe made this Tropical Wave Rug.
Nancy Young’s framed multistrand rug announced the exhibit
Judy Hartzell’s rug of many circles. The triangular spaces are filled in perfectly between the circles, and the resulting shape is unique and lovely.
Debra Weinhold made this impressive round rug with a beautiful multistrand border.
Dorothy Pepe made this continuous multistrand rug. The center is a 3-strand, and strands are added until the braid is 9 (or 11?) strands across, then it is rapidly tapered. The two outermost rows are a 3-strand and 5-strand, both of which are butted.
Christine Manes made this carnation flower in honor of her grandfather, who bred carnations.
Nancy Young made this stunning multi-strand braid design modified from a 1936 pattern found in McCall Needlework magazine.
Debbie Wykosky made this chair pad with knots and inverted arches.
Marjorie Kauffman made this braided snowflake rug with its perfect hexagon shape out of icy whites and blues.
Marjorie Kauffman made this hexagon chair pad with its rickrack border.
Judy Hartzell braided with neckties to make this chair pad with its fancy border of tie-points.
Another one of Judy Hartzell’s rugs is this unique African Begonia leaf. From a spiral center, she adds onto the shape with triangular attachments and a back-and-forth-triple border.
Christine Manges made this “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale challenge rug. Can you find the pea?
Judy Hartzell made this very unusual rug: a proddy center, then 4 braided circles, then a back-and-forth-triple braid, then more braids, a fringed and knotted border, then two leaves. Wow!
Barbara Meyers made this strawberry rug in a heart shape. Notice how the strawberry seeds were created with every other row having one black strand.
Christine Manges made this 12-pointed star with butted rows of contrasting colors.
Left to right: Judy Burmeister’s braided topiary; Marjorie Kauffman’s watermelon rug; Marjorie’s small braided purse; Judy Hartzell’s purse of braided ties; Heidi Diefenderfer’s braided and felted sunset; a braided hat on the mannequin head. (Who made the 5-circle rug?)
Three hearts are stacked in a row. The top two were made by Christine Manges; the larger one by….?
Nancy Young made this adorable rug hooked moose with a braid caught in its antlers. She surrounded the hooking with pretty braids, then a multi-strand braid.