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Homespun from the heart

Mary Jane Chandler cuts the fringe for the rug ends once completed. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 4
Edna Kako is one of several loom operators who do the weaving. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 4
Lora Dudley rips strips that will be glued together. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 4
Jake Quinn displays a finished pile of rugs ready for sale. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 4

Handmade rugs are one of the mainstays of the Developmental Achievement Center in Park Rapids, besides message buttons and woodworking. Clients make about 10 a week, sold through the Tin Ceiling, Bearly Used and the Salvage Depot. Or you can custom order a special size.

The strips are wound into a ball, then onto the spindles Edna is feeding through the loom. Lora Dudley carefully peels the frayed edges off the fabric strips before they're wound.

They are priced by the inch, depending on the materials used, which are all recycled, and run between 50 and 70 cents per inch. The operations employ between 20 and 22 people doing the various projects. The DAC also shreds office papers. Call 732-3358 to get information about their services and products.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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