LONG LAKE - There will be an informal class on how to make braided rugs Saturday, March 28, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake School.
Doris Lamphear of Raquette Lake has been making braided rugs for over a half a century. She has agreed to show anyone interested how to braid and sew the tubes, which is the main part of making a braided rug. She will have pictures of some of her creations over the years and a book will be available for creative ideas.
Before attending this class, people will have to do some preparatory work. Strips of wool must be sewn into the tubes, which is what is used to create the braided rug. Anyone interested in attending the class should have a minimum of 21-30 tubes. The directions are available through the town of Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department. There is also some wool available, to make the strips that you will sew into tubes and bring to the class.
The class will teach how to braid those tubes and attach the end of one braid to the beginning of the next braid, thus creating a handmade braided rug. As this takes time and some people may not be ready, the sign-up for the class will be after people have the minimum amount of tubes.
To obtain the directions or look through some wool (while supplies last) for colors stop by the Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department located at the town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road or Route 28/30, just before the main intersection in town.