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Does anyone recall the handmade rugs that sat in front of the fireplace ? Did anyone make them, Mothers ? Daughters ? with "proggies" ? and rags ?

(May be some Geordie sneaking in here ...)

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Does anyone recall the handmade rugs that sat in front of the fireplace ? Did anyone make them, Mothers ? Daughters ? with "proggies" ? and rags ?

(May be some Geordie sneaking in here ...)

Are we talking about "pegging a rug" here?

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Or do you mean "rag rugs".

Made by sewing scraps of old clothes onto a potato sack or similar ?

I can remember sitting on my Mam's knee

Can just visualise the old clothes

Scissors were used on the everyday dining table (not the best table mind)

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Also known as; Bug rugs,

they not only gathered plenty of dust,

but if you owned pets, as most did,

they were a very good home for fleas.

Some hung them over the washing line and used a carpet beater,

but in my area most of the neighbours did not own a proprietary carpet beater,

so they hung them over the rope wash line and bashed them with the sweeping brush.

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Hints On Carpet Beating.

Although carpet sweepers and vacuum cleaners may be used regularly,

this does not mean that they have abstracted all the dirt and

dust, and every carpet should be taken up and beaten thoroughly

at least once a year.

The best way to beat a carpet is to hang it from a strong line

stretched between two posts or trees, or failing this to lay it on the

lawn. Beat the underside of the carpet vigorously with a malacca

cane about 4 ft. long, giving the surface an occasional sweep with a

stiff-bristled broom as the work proceeds.

carry on in this way until dust ceases to rise from the carpet, then

turn it and beat the top.

A carpet that has become dull can generally be revived by cleaning

it with a very weak solution of two teaspoonfuls of ammonia to a

quart of clean water.

diluted vinegar is also useful for helping to restore faded colours.

From 'The Practical Handyman' - Odhams Press Ltd.

Malacca cane ?

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The best way to beat a carpet is to hang it from a strong line

stretched between two posts or trees, or failing this to lay it on the

lawn. Beat the underside of the carpet vigorously with a malacca

cane about 4 ft. long, giving the surface an occasional sweep with a

stiff-bristled broom as the work proceeds.

carry on in this way until dust ceases to rise from the carpet, then

turn it and beat the top.

Malacca cane ?

Malacca canes are walking sticks - if I remember rightly

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It was a new one to me vox,

looks like you are correct .. Google

I thought I recognised the name.

I used to have a ceramic umbrella stand in the hall, full of canes and the like that I'd collected in my days at the junk shop.

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Whereas this thing, hanging on my cellar door, is a carpet beater.

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