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Practicing a lost art: rug weaving

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Jumping into a new hobby can be difficult to navigate, but Sunday afternoon, a group of women got out of their comfort zones and crafted up a lost art.

The History Center of Olmsted County hosted a workshop called "The Work of Her Hands," educating eager minds about the art of rug making - out of rags, old clothing and even bed sheets.

The class was led by local rug weaver Lori Feltis out of Stewartville. She has a lengthy family history of this unique craft - and now does it professionally.

The audience brought their own projects to work on alongside Lori. She says while rug making may be a lost art, it's incredibly rewarding.

"It's a lost art, but it doesn't hurt to go to different places and expose people to it," said rug weaver Lori Feltis. "I don't expect everybody to jump into it and say 'hey I got a new hobby' because it is a lot of work, it's a lot of work making rugs. But when you make them on your own, you get to actually feel the fabric, you get to see how it's made, and you get to appreciate textiles just in general."

Feltis owns Bohemian Rag Rugs in Stewartville, Minnesota.

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