This full day workshop covers my three favourite techniques for making rugs by hand. Learn Primitive rug hooking, Proggy and Nalbinding all in one day. Have a taste of all three and see which one tickles your fancy, a good starting point for making bigger and better rugs of your own.
We will be doing some dyeing to make that old fabric new again, discuss design ideas and there will be time in the afternoon to just slip into the groove and get hooked on one of the three techniques you will learn. All techniques have a reclycling bent, in these times of excess, this is a craft that will cost you very little, and at the same time reuses old clothing, linen and leftover yardage from other projects.
I began teaching people how to make rugs by hand about 5 years ago, when I found people visited my studio and wanted to make rugs of their own. The technique I use to make my larger wool commission rugs is with a hand held tool from germany that is used for mass production, called a hand tufting gun. It is not suitable for the home user, but the beautiful hand held wooden tool called a primitive rug hook imported from Ireland is. I love this workshop, for so many reasons: it is so into recycling , as the rugs are made from old fabric that is lying around, and also old clothing. The end result is always so hand made interesting. The process itself is relaxing and I have often heard the word addictive. I hold a couple of groups in my studio bimonthly to gather my happy hookers to drink tea and continue on with their projects.
Session: Full Day Sunday
Maximum number of participants 10
What participants should bring- materials, equipment, drawings, etc: _
Any old pieces of fabric, wool or cotton preferable
A simple design ( optional)
Materials Cost to participant: $35 includes a hooky or a proggy to keep. Optional purchase: Nalbinder -$10