Recycling Woollen Blankets using the rag rug making techniques of hooking , prodding, braiding and standing wool
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About the Course
This workshop aims to cover a variety of rag rug making techniques whilst giving you a chance to make at least 2 finished pieces to take home. The materials we will be using will be old woollen blankets, some natural and some dyed . Many different materials can be used for recycling into rag rugs but I have chosen wool blankets as the main material for this workshop as they are hard wearing, traditional and lovely to work with.
We will start the day making a standing wool pincushion. This is a quick, effective process and the finished piece is a satisfying start to the day.
We will then have demonstrations of the process and effects of hooking , prodding, braiding, standing wool and use of a rotary cutter.
You can then design a trivet, a cushion pad, a picture or lots of small examples of techniques in the form of badges and corsages.
From this workshop you will take all the skills needed to make larger rugs in the future.
You will learn - about all the different rag rug making tools and base fabrics
cutting including rotary cutters
some of the history of rag rug making and design
Workshop leader Sue Clow has been making rugs for 20 years as part of her range of creative textile recycling. She teaches workshops at a variety of venues including museums and festivals and enjoys this down to earth art as part of a small holding life style.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Sue will provide all the tools and materials needed but you are welcome to bring your own too. If possible please bring a sharp pair of scissors. Tools, base fabrics and kits will also be available for sale. £5 will be charged for materials payable to Sue on the day.
You are welcome to contact workshop leader Sue Clow for further details facebook page (Rag Art Studios) or you can call Sue on 01974 298100.
Sue is such a creative talent and shares her passion and skill with complete perfection. I never knew just how much you could do with old blankets (in fact any old textiles) to recycle them into something really beautiful and unique. I've attended several of her workshops at Denmark Farm near Lampeter which is a lovely comfortable venue. Thank you Sue, look forward to learning more with you soon.
Tamara Morris - - #13185
brilliant workshop totally recommend it ! learnt loads of simple techniques for great effects, i didnt even know there was that many different techniques to make rag rugs!, really felt like helping to preserve the secrets of an ancient craft, the instant flowers straight on to hats were masterfull too and i came home with a piece i love and the tools and knowledge to try a few cool, new (to me!) techniques. Sue really knows her stuff and created a passion in us all for something all our grannies used to do! thank you Sue cant wait till next time.
Helen Hatt - - #4605
Sue's Rag rugging course was just excellent! She is a wealth of knowledge on the subject, her calm nature and enthusiasm for all things recycled was infectious. I am so pleased with the rug I made; it now has pride of place in the living room. I was able to purchase all the tools off her so now I've started on my third piece! Highly recommended.
Jules Thompson - - #2439
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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for stag and hen dos
- Teen friendly
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