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Jo Anne Flom works on a rug using the twining technique. Other weaving techniques, such as the Amish Braid she learned from her grandmother in the 1940s. Now she teaches rug weaving for Community Education programs around the area. Connie Vandermay/FOCUS

Weaving the past into the present: Traditional rug braiding

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Jo Anne Flom of Perham has been weaving and braiding rugs since she was six years old.

Through the years she has come to realize one thing: "Rug making isn't about the rugs."


"There is a therapy in this (process)," Flom explained in an interview last week. From the long-standing technique she learned from her grandmother in the '40s to the weaver's ability to utilize any material, the benefits of weaving a rug go far beyond making a covering for the floor.

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