Oxford Summer School

Rag Rugs

Saturday 5th August 2023 for 1 day — Cost: £52

Tutor: Caroline Marriott

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Rag rugging is a lovely way of recycling fabrics into attractive and useful items.

Traditionally this technique was used to transform worn out clothing into rugs to keep the house warm. Originally hessian sacks were used as a base but any fabric with an open weave can be used, we will be using upholstery type hessian and recycled fabrics.

It is important to hook with materials that have been used or well washed. If you want to bring your own fabrics I would advise they put them through the washing machine several times.

The workshop will begin by introducing two types of tool, a hookie and a proggie. Students will be encouraged to try both tools with a variety of fabrics and wool. These will be available to buy at the end of the day.

There will be a wide range of samples for students to look at and we will discuss design and ways to transfer designs onto hessian.

Students may complete a small piece of work in the day and go away with ideas for larger projects.

We will consider ways of finishing rugs and other items.

Materials to Bring

  • Bring any hessian you have. The tutor will bring tools and lots of fabrics and wool to the workshop and will provide everyone with a 50cm x 50cm piece of hessian to work on on the day.
  • Any fabrics and wool they have
  • Fabric scissors and sewing kit
  • Ruler and marker pen
  • Any design sources they have

There will also be hessian for sale at £8.00 a metre