Natural fiber rugs and floor coverings are a good way to bring healthy options into your home when it comes to the materials you're exposing your family to. The only problem is they're usually beige. Now, I love earth tones as much as the next person, but sometimes you need a little boost of personalization in a space. And raffia is a great way to do it!
While cruising through Martha Stewart (.com) in search of Halloween decorations I ran across this fun idea to transform natural fiber rugs by simply stitching in designs with raffia. I'm willing to bet that hand dyed jute would work as well. All you really need is a needle with a large hole.
This is a great project for small grass mats, even window coverings, table runners and placemats. Make sure to tie off the raffia before beginning to stitch so it's securely attached to the needle. Martha has a few tips on stitching with a Fish Bone Stitch if you've never done one before. It will help lock off the stitch so it won't slip and you'll be all set.
So beige be gone and bring on the color! Check out the full how-to tutorial, including a template to make this leaf design over at Martha Stewart, though you can probably come up with some designs on your own.
(Image: Martha Stewart)