Rag rug workshops

Rag rug weaving is a traditional crafts that came about because of necessity, and the need to make things out of what people had to hand.

In today’s world, these crafts are being relearned and reinvented as a way to create low-cost unique heirloom items and artworks for now and the future.

My workshops are great for beginners as well as those with some experience I offer in person as well as kits and kits with online tuition 

picture of student making rag rug heart Student creating a heart rag rug

I offer a range of workshops both in-person and online that introduce you to different ways of working. we will be using traditional tools including  a prodder and hook

I offer a range of workshops that introduce you to different ways of working. we will be using a prodder made from a dolly peg which is known by different names such as proggy and proddy and is the traditional way of creating rugs in the UK as well as using an American hook which is a bit like a crochet hook with a large handle  (hooky) started overseas and now very popular in the U.K. We use an open material hessian as a base to work into.

photo of rag rug cushion and starting a rag rug Rag rug cushions for demonstration

Some people also use a latchet hook when making rag rugs I find these don’t work as well with close weave material and catch in the fabric. You can also purchase other tools which catch the fabric rather than hook it which is useful for anyone who has conditions such as arthritis etc 

 

Students in action

My in-person workshops include the use of the tools ( which can be purchased after the workshop ) materials,  etc instructions to take home 

Options include 

  • Half-day taster sessions which will introduce you to  the basic techniques to enable you to create a small  pre-prepared item and introduce you to  how to  select and prepare materials,  use the tools  and tension your work,  and how to finish your work
  • Full-day beginner’s workshop includes all of the topics covered on the taster session as well as how to prepare and transfer your own design and create your own item.

Full-day follow on workshops for students who wish to develop their skills to create more items.

I also offer kits with instructions which  are also available via my shop 

If you wish to find out about my in-person workshops please contact me 

 

 

 

Students work