Making Twined Rugs - Full Day Class - Hertfordshire

Experiment with fabrics


Learn how to make American-style twined rag rugs from scratch on a loom.

Twine? What on earth is that?

Well, rug twining is a popular form of rag rug making in America. Like our traditional British techniques, twined rugs are made using scraps, and oddments, but that’s where the similarities end. Twined rugs are made using a basic loom and don’t use any hessian whatsoever. The appearance of twined rugs is also very different. They have a somewhat flat, plaited appearance, although they’re not plaited.

In our Ragged Life Rug Twining Workshops, you will make a personalised twined placemat, whilst learning:

• Basic twining terminology and what equipment is needed
• Techniques for warping the loom
• Selecting and preparing materials
• Twining techniques, including countered and same-pitch twining, regular and alternate turns.
• How to design and make patterns in twined projects

On the day, you will be provided with all the materials you need, including an extensive choice of fabrics to play around with. We’ll keep you topped up with refreshments and biscuits throughout the day, but please do bring along a packed lunch as the workshop runs all day.

After the class, if you would like to continue twining at home, we will have looms and materials available for sale in case you’ve caught the twining bug ☺️

Our rag rug teacher, Elspeth Jackson, is one of the leading rag ruggers in the country. She is one of the expert teachers at the Knitting & Stitching Show, has had a rag rug book, "Rag Rugs, Pillows & More," published on the subject and is a regular in craft magazines - you'll be in very good hands!

The following Covid-19 Precautions are in place?

To ensure your safety during the pandemic, we will be:

• Capping our twining classes at a maximum of six participants per class.
• Supplying hand sanitiser for all workshop participants.
• Ensuring social distancing.
• Disinfecting all tools / materials before and after classes.

This class is suitable for all levels but do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This class includes everything you need for your personalised twined placemat but we ask that you bring a packed lunch with you. You'll be provided with tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the class.


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The Coach House
Delamere House
Great Wymondley, Hitchin

Suitable for

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  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


5½ hours (10:30am to 4:00pm)

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