RAG RUG MAKING
Join Wonderful Vita for an entire day!
Vita is an acclaimed embroidery artist, and maker of unique textile objects.She is an enthusiast for making things by hand, getting inspiration from op-shops, and reinvigorating traditional craft practises..
Vita has been making rag rugs, in the manner of many of the matriachs of her family, for a couple of decades now and she has a rag rug in every room of her house!
In this course you will learn an easy and satisfying technique that allows you to make beautiful hooked rugs from old garments and woollen fabric. You can furnish your home in a unique way and make something useful while recycling fabric which would otherwise go to waste. This craft, invented out of necessity in times past, is having a resurgence today as we look for ways to conserve resources and beautify our surroundings. By the end of the workshop you will have learnt the technique of rag rug hooking, completed a small sample rug and started a larger project which you can finish at home. The winter months are the ideal time to take up this warming craft!
WE WILL COVER
Rug design and the history of rag rugs
Choosing and preparing fabric to use
Finishing and caring for your rug
Other things you can make using this technique
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING
Sharp scissors which are suitable for cutting fabric
Optional (tutor will provide materials but you can also bring your own) Old garments or fabric scraps to make into rugs. Woollen material, or material with some wool content is best, for example, old woollen blankets, jerseys, cardigans, coats, tweed, old wool dressing gowns, machine knits. Wool is good because it is hard wearing, and doesn't fade or fray too much. Aim to find things that have a reasonably tight weave/knit.