Rug Making

Ref: C2525137

From Rags to Rugs and Beyond will show you how to make a Rag (or " Proggy") Rug. Combining a traditional craft with the current trend for "up-cycling" you will use old fabric, perhaps from your old/outgrown/worn out clothing, items bought from Charity Shops or offcuts from new fabric as the raw material for a stylish new rug. As well as floor mats, these rugs can be used as the basis for wall hangings, cushions or even bags! You will also be shown other techniques such as Latch Hook Rugs using yarn, and Plaited Rugs which are ideal for using up old towels to make new bathmats. Whichever technique you prefer, you will have the opportunity to design and make your own unique item with which to enhance your home or give as a personalised gift.

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority. To enrol on this course you will need to attend the Tees Valley Women’s Centre enrolment day on 6th September. At the centre you will be able to enrol on your course by phone or the internet. If you are unable to attend the enrolment day you must contact Donna Middleton 01642 296166, after the 6th September, who will provide you with a pin number which will enable you to enrol if there are places available.

Course aim

From rags to rugs and beyond. Learn how to make a Rag ("Proggy") Rug from recycled fabric/old clothes, a Latch Hook Rug using yarn, or a Plaited Rug from old towels. These rugs can also be used for wall hangings, cushions, bags and bathmats.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Create a design for your rug taking account of the materials available
  • Prepare materials for use in Proggy/Latch Hook/Plaited Rug making
  • Use basic equipment to produce a handmade Proggy/Latch Hook/Plaited Rug
  • Identify how you could develop a new project from the item produced so far
  • "Finish" your rug appropriately according to its intended use

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • You will need a note book/paper & pen. The base material for your rug will be provided, as will the tools you need, but it is expected that you will bring some fabric / clean old clothing to cut up and use for your own rug.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may want to research patterns/designs for ideas that you would like to try in your own rug.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Use your completed rug as part of another project such as a wall hanging, cushion or bag

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Rug Making

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This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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