Rag Rug Making Courses

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Rag Rug Workshop at Blue-Ginger Gallery April 2011

Workshops are for beginners and improvers and cover a variety of techniques. They range from one hour taster sessions to one day workshops or weekend creative breaks.

What you can make depends on the time available but even taster sessions enable you to make a sample – it’s all hands on. Longer courses also cover elements involved in design in greater detail and you could complete a small project or start one to finish at home.

Accompanied children are usually welcome. Some courses are just for young people or those with learning disabilities.

Explore your creativity at your own pace with expert tuition. (Warning – this craft can be addictive!)      Hessian, tools/equipment, books are available at courses or by mail order.

Course details may be changed and new dates added later so please check with venue or email Jenni.

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September 11-13 2015. Bristol BS35 5RE                                                                                           BRISTOL WOOL FAIR

Rag Rug Making Courses and Events 

July 14 – 17 2016: Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ   Taster workshops at ART IN ACTION, Waterperry House, Waterperry, near Wheatley.  Daily 90 minute sessions with Creative Breaks tutors

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Art in Action 2015

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Art in Action workshop

                                                                                                   

“Thank you again for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise – I’m well and truly ‘hooked’ even if I’m still a bit of a ‘bodger’!” J                                      

 

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2017: Exhibition now on at Silk Top Hat and Isaac Smart’s, Quality Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AR. Continues Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm. Original Art, crafts, artists’ supplies. Rag rugs.

“What a wonderful day at the one day rag rug workshop, excellent instruction, good company, very practical, got to try all techniques and came away with a finished project. Thoroughly enjoyable day – thank you!” Jenny 

2017

16 February:  Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury, HR8 2RA  10 – 3   Learn simple traditional techniques for making hooked or progged projects. You could make a cushion or start a rug. If you would like to customise a hessian bag it makes a useful sampler and they make unique gifts. Hooking is used for pictorial detail – a thin strip of fabric is hooked in loops through hessian backing. Progging gives a shaggy surface when small rectangles of fabric are pulled through backing. £55 includes light lunch, drinks, cake. Info/booking*

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Hooked rug

2-5 March : Olympia, London W124 8UX – The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show. The definitive stitching show: craft supplies, inspiration, workshops. many Quick & Easy sessions including: Friday 3rd @ 11.45-12.45 Create Beautiful Rugs with Rag Rugging;14.15-15.15 Jazz Up a Bag with Vintage Rug Techniques;  Sat. 4th @ 11.45-12.45 Create a Corsage Using Vintage Upcycling Techniques; 14.15-15.15 Create Beautiful Rugs with Rag Rugging.                                                                            Info:http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

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Come and see work by makers and artists, including me.

4 April 19.45 : TALK ‘Granny’s Recycling for 21st Century’ and hands-on demo for Old Radnor W.I. at Walton Hall, Walton, Powys LD8 2PY. Visitors welcome (£5 includes refreshments). Info: 01544 3502701. 

Thank you for a fab course on Saturday.  I really feel like I get it now. Anticipating a winter of rugmaking. I’ll let you know how I get on.”Anne

19 April 2017  Worcestershire WR12 7NE , 10 – 4 : DAY WORKSHOP  at the Stanton Guildhouse nr Broadway. Hooking and Progging, overlooking the Vale of Evesham in a lovely stone manor house where you can see Ghandi’s spinning wheel. £60 includes yummy home cooked lunch. Relax and focus on your creativity in a tranquil country location. Escape from the rat race.

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a workshop at Stanton Guildhouse

Optional b&b at the Guildhouse if you fancy staying the night before (self cater or eat at the pub). Info/bookings*

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your Rag Rug workshop at Stanton. It is refreshing to learn some new skills” Jeanette 

“Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. Really enjoyed it and what an inspiring place to be  for the day & delicious refreshments.” Linda Barr

“Many thanks for a wonderful day at The Guildhouse yesterday. Your joy and enthusiasm for the craft was infectious I came away with the confidence that I could produce something beautiful. Also I thought the day was really good value for money and compliments to the chef – the food was delightful.” Helen (20/4/17)

May 7th : East London E2 8QA         SUNDAY WORKSHOP :  10-4 Hooking and Progging at Hackney City Farm  (a living community resource). Start a rug, prog a seat mat, embellish a bag, make a sampler. Eat great food at Frizzante cafe at the Farm or bring a packed lunch. £60*

May 30th : 10 – 4  Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury, HR8 2RA : DAY WORKSHOP      Learn traditional techniques for making hooked and progged projects. You could make a cushion or start a rug. If you would like to customise a hessian bag it makes a useful sampler and they make unique gifts. Hooking is used for pictorial detail – a thin strip of fabric is hooked in loops through hessian backing. Progging gives a shaggy surface when small rectangles of fabric are pulled through backing. £55 includes light lunch, drinks, cake. Info/booking*

Thank you for a fab course on Saturday.  I really feel like I get it now. Anticipating a winter of rugmaking. I’ll let you know how I get on.”Anne

June 10 & 11 Hellens Garden Festival at  Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Garden services and products, talks, crafts, food, demos, family fun. info@hellensgardenfestival.co.uk

July 9th, Ludlow GREEN FESTIVAL. The region’s big green event. 10 – 4 Castle Square filled with stalls exhibiting and selling green products and services. Music, wholesome food and craft activities. http://www.greenfestival.co.uk

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workshop at Blue-Ginger Gallery

“Thank you for such an excellent day at Blue Ginger Gallery.  I enjoyed it very much indeed and have been working away at the seat pad I started.  I’m almost finished it – tried to do some hooking in some of the spaces I’d created and I’m quite pleased with the result.  Hopefully I’ll get it done and backed by the end of next week and then I can make a start on the larger project.” Jennifer

July 13th, 10 – 4 :  Worcestershire WR13 5NW
DAY WORKSHOP during the Marquee of Making week : Hooking & Progging at the Blue-Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stifford’s Bridge on A4103 Cradley. Scrumptious lunch included – still £55*

August 4 : Hereford HR1 2EP, 10-4                                                                                                          DAY WORKSHOP at Rose Tinted Rags, textile recycling & arts centre, The Old Governor’s House, Hereford Country Bus Station, Union Walk. Progging and Hooking, just a stone’s throw from Hereford train station.  Bring lunch or buy nearby. £45/accompanied children £18.  Info/bookings*                                                                    PlaitedRug

“Dear Jenni, Thank you for a great course yesterday – it was so good to spend a day with an expert and find out the proper way to do things! Infinitely better than trying to follow video clips on You Tube. I love your book and am excited by all my future projects. I am so glad I have learnt how to do Plaited Rugs – I will do a larger one just to practice- but think I prefer the shaggy rug look. I hope to come on another of your courses next year – they are FAB! With love and best wishes.” Tessa

August 10 – 13 NEC, Birmingham The FESTIVAL OF QUILTS : Largest quilt show in Europe. International exhibition plus stitcher’s supplies, books, workshops.  Jenni’s Rag Rugs on stand QIA3. Many Quick & Easy one hour sessions. £13 includes a kit for the session:

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“Rose” – Hooked woollen rug 90 cm dia

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                                                                                                                                      14.15 – 15.15                                                                                                                                     August 10th : HINTS FOR HOOKERS

August 11th : CREATE BEAUTIFUL RUGS with rag rugging
August 12th : BRAIDED SPIRAL MATS
August 13th : DECORATE A BAG using 2 traditional rag rug techniques.                               
Info/bookings: http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk 

September 9 – 17
h.Art  HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS WEEK : 
open studios, exhibitions and events throughout the county. Well worth a visit – people come back every year to tour round studios and galleries.

Sept. 23, 24 2017 Worcestershire WR13 6NW. RHS Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, where you can see gardeners’ delights and work by three craft guilds incl. Worcestershire Guild of Designer/Craftsmen where Jenni and others will demonstrate their skills.

October 21 Herefordshire (lots of apples) LEOMINSTER APPLE FAIR : apples and craft stalls at the Priory Church, Church Street, Leominster.

Nov. 17-19 : Shropshire SY7 OJU  COUNTRY HOUSE WEEKEND at Lower Buckton, nr. Leintwardine. From 5ish Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Small relaxed group. Delicious local produce, award winning cooked breakfasts, light lunches, elegant dinners, log fires, optional walks – time to unwind and get creative. Accommodation, food & tuition £255*

Just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous weekend at Lower Buckton… can’t remember when I last had such a lovely time learning such great stuff in such a glorious setting & with such fab company!” Bryony

Nov.18   : 10-5 – DAY WORKSHOP at Lower Buckton, nr. Leintwardine (as above). £65 includes lunch, cake, drinks. Info/bookings*

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Rag rug making at Lower Buckton

*Info/booking contact Jenni for details: jenni.ragrugs@freeuk.com 01568 750229

*GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE

 Watch this space for details of more workshops and events.

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