Sarah Hartwell, 2014

Although I've referred to this as a rug kit, this was the alternative method of making a Patons rug. Instead of following a chart in their seasonal Rugcraft booklet, you could buy a stencilled canvas. The canvas came in an envelope and included details of how many cut packs of wool the rugmaker needed to purchase separately (this way it could be bought at intervals to spread the cost). If you were using skeins, it was necessary to convert the weight. Latch hook and cutting guide were bought separately. They would later offer boxed kits containing canvas, pre-cut wool and everything else the rugmaker needed. The canvas had a handy colour code at one end and you could put a knot of the corresponding shade of wool in each square as a personal guide. This was a great help if you wanted to customise the rug into different colours!

Patons rose design, envelope and labels (wool bought separately)

Instructions and illustration of the type of wool to obtain

Recipe card showing how many cut packs of woo were required in each colour


In a more traditional era, children learnt handicrafts from their parents. Patons and Baldwin also produced Junior Rugmaking and Embroidery kits. Junior kits used simple bold patterns in fewer colours and were smaller in dimensions so the young rug-maker could see progress and not lose interest.

Insert from a Junior Patons and Baldwin Kit

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