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GOLDEN CROP CIRCLE DWELLER - recycled handwoven mat / rug

Added Mar 16, 2010

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






My mum recently told me about some creative recycling projects my great grandmother used to engage in (in old Mother Russia), involving any old unwanted or no longer useful clothes, rags and bed linen. She used to cut these unwanted items into strips and hand weave them to make useful, practical and interesting new mats and rugs!

I thought I’d try my hand at it, and keep the family tradition alive! I was pleasantly surprised by how hypnotic this activity was. Definitely therapeutic – so I thought it was only fitting that the end result becomes a sitting or meditation mat.

This is the largest of the mats I am sharing – its colours remind me of summer (which is sadly now passing). When laying together with the other two mats, I can see crop circles and the iconic shapes of Aboriginal art. I hope that both the colours and softness of the rug under someone else’s feet make that someone feel happy and comfortable.

In keeping with both my personal ethics – that of being a good greenie – and my great grandmother’s ethics – must not waste a single thread – I used only unwanted, found and second hand materials to make the rugs. The colour combinations turned out marvellous, and I hope that someone else enjoys using my little mats/ rugs as much as I enjoyed making them!

This one measures approximately 30.5 inches.

Material Notes

old clothes, old bedlinen




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends


My great-grandma

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    Oct 11, 2010, 06.46 AMby redslippers

    I’ve been stashing the off-cuts from quilt projects especially to make one of these. am very inspired looking at these lovelies.

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    Mar 17, 2010, 05.11 AMby kii

    My mom and my sister made me one of these when I moved away, from old clothes that they had collected from close friends and family – even my elementary school graduation dress is in it – so it’s full of good memories! I absolutely love the ones you have made and am glad to see that you have also discovered this project. Great work =)

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      Mar 17, 2010, 07.58 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you!! I’ve started decorating my home with these as well – they’re very versatile and add so much texture to bare walls and floors! Especially using old clothes and linen, where you’re working with the colours that are available. Definitely a fun project!

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      Mar 18, 2010, 12.26 AMby kii

      Also, if you sew on the non-slip fabric stuff that you can put under area rugs, they work well on hardwood floor without playing slip and slide all the time

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