Traditional Rag Rugging

Date(s) - 16 Aug 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

During this short workshop you will be able to try out two traditional rag rugging techniques called hooking and prodding.

Both these techniques take time to make big rugs so you will be able to choose from a number of different smaller items to make finished pieces on the day and / or start a larger rag rugging project to complete later.
Prodding is the technique for pushing pieces of rag through a hessian base to make shaggy rugs. It is also sometimes called pegging or bodging. Hooking is also done on a hessian base and involves pulling up small loops of fabric to make a design, you can almost draw with this technique. 
rag ruggingThe small projects we can make include beautiful rag rug flower corsages, garlands or larger flowers and small hooked pictures and we can start cushion pads and rugs. 
rag rugging
We will recycle old clothes and plastic wrappers, tents and umbrellas into colourful, fun artwork. Wonderful skills for beginners and great recycling skills for future projects too.
Rag rugging is a wonderful way to recycle old clothes, household textiles, yarns and even sheep fleece.
The techniques are simple, the process is relaxing and thrifty however making a whole rug is a lengthy process.  From this Rag Rugging workshop you will gain all the skills needed to make larger rugs in the future.
Workshop Tutor:
Workshop leader Sue Clow has been making rag rugs for over 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 lifestyle
See more on her website and Rag Art Studios Facebook Page  

Sue will provide all the tools and materials you will need 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 for you to continue some creative projects at home.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners. 

Places are limited to ten participants per event and must be booked in advance.

Fee: £40 (includes tuition and hot drinks throughout the day)

There is an additional fee of £5 for the materials. Please bring this in cash and pay to the tutor on the day.

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You may also be interested in other creative craft workshops at Denmark Farm including; Little Rush Bag, Willow Weaving ~ Little Waste Paper Basket, Willow Weaving – Garden Obelisk, Willow Weaving ~ Creel Basket, Building with Cob ~ A Cob Oven in Two Days, Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and Beltane Mandala Retreat. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

If you’d like to make a weekend of it and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-contained Eco Lodge, Shared Dormitory. or Eco Campsite.
All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.


Traditional Rag Rugging


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