I have great respect and huge admiration for my uncles. Unfortunately, I don't get to see them very often. Saturday, when I learned one would be somewhat nearby, I jumped at the chance to see him. It had been four years since I last saw uncle John.
My uncle John and his lady used to be in the business of making handmade rag rugs. They are created with afghan or blue jean pieces from a large wooden loom. Both retired from the business seven years ago but have made the decision to come back this year part-time.
Back when they were in the full swing of things, John and Selma had a large customer fan base. John has been featured in several calendars and historical magazines. It's most likely because he looks Amish and would always have his large wooden loom on hand to show how he made the rugs.
52" woven rug made from afghan pieces
This particular rug sells for $41
While I was there to see them at the arts and craft show Saturday, John insisted I have one of his rugs. I was honored that he wanted to give me a piece of his work. After going through the selections, I chose one to match my living room décor. In addition, I was given one of Selma's small handmade dolls. I was overjoyed to have been given the gifts. They are special reminders of an amazing couple who I love dearly.