Toothbrush, or Amish knot rugs were very popular during the depression and after WWII when cloth was hard to come by. It gained popularity because you could show your neighbor on the next farm how to do it over coffee. It didn't require that you knew knitting or crocheting, and you got to use up left over material. The tool was a broken off toothbrush handle. The edge of the rug is always a finished edge, so you could keep adding to the rug as you got more material. These rugs last 20-30 years. They are machine washable and dry-able. I like the look and durability of these age old creations and enjoy teaching others how to make them.
Plarn rugs, or plastic bag rugs, was started by many grandmothers years ago when bread was wrapped in plastic. I guess we can thank Wonderbread for giving us this magical supply. Now we use plastic grocery bags.
These colorful, recycled, eco-friendly rugs are made entirely from plastic grocery bags, providing a wonderful solution to excess waste and keeping trash out of landfills.