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About The Workshop
Learn the old world, traditional craft of rug braiding. You will learn how to prepare repurposed wool materials, how to make smooth braids that won't become dirt catchers, and how to lace for a flat rug. I am learning this craft from my mother who has made hundreds of rugs. I will be a learner until I, too, have made hundreds of rugs.
Sewing machines are essential for adding new strips. If you have a portable machine, please bring it along. If you need to borrow a machine for the workshop, let us know so we have it ready for you.
About materials: Bring along old wool blankets, yardage, slacks, coats, etc. that you wish to use. Long skirts, wool maxi coats (remember them?), pants, Pendleton wool shirts, anything that can be cut into long strips is great to recycle into rugs. Hit the thrift stores to stock up. Look for woven, not knit, wool fabrics with a fairly tight weave. Disassemble garments along the seams, rip out zippers, waistbands, pockets & collars, then wash in cold water and cool dry. Wait to cut into strips until you get here. Solid colors, plaids, herringbones & stripes are all good options and blend for 'hit or miss' style rugs. You could also by-pass the treasure hunting trips and opt for a quicker, pricier and less satisfying trip to the fabric store. The rule of thumb is one yard of fabric makes one square foot of finished rug. Ex: A 2' x 3' door rug requires 6 yds of fabric. I will have some wool here to supplement quantity and colors.
The goal of the weekend is to get you started, learn the basic process and create a community of self-sufficient braiders. You will probably get about 1 sq foot of rug completed this weekend.
Workshop Fee: $250.
Sewing machine and some wool fabric provided. Bodkin and table clamp will be available for sale for $22.
Lunch and snacks are provided.
Workshop Instructor: Jeri Weerts, 5080 Camp for Artisans & Crafters, Clio, CA
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