Rag Rug Making Courses

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Rag Rug Workshop at Blue-Ginger Gallery

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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Bristol Wool Fair 2015

July 2016: Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ   Taster workshops at the last ART IN ACTION, Waterperry House.  Daily 90 minute sessions with Creative Breaks tutors

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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                                      

“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  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

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Timothy Hawkins Gallery now at 14 Church Street, Hereford HR1 2LR.
Stocked with a variety of new work, including my rag rugs.

“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.” Tess

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“Blue Ammonite” – mixed technique hanging 75cm wide

“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

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Rag rug making at Lower Buckton

2018 

May 17th  Worcestershire WR12 7NE , 10 – 4 : DAY WORKSHOP  at the Stanton Guildhouse nr Broadway.

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June 2nd 2018  – Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ   Call 0121 520 8054 or book online at: https://www.bclm.co.uk

June 9 & 10  Hellens Garden Festival at  Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Garden services and products, talks, crafts, food, demos. info@hellensgardenfestival.co.uk

August 9 – 12 : NEC, Birmingham The FESTIVAL OF QUILTS : The largest quilt show in Europe.   Jenni’s Rag Rugs on stand QIA3.           www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.A

“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’ve 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 

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Yellow Jug – hooked woollens 59cmx42cm

September 8th  SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Shropshire.  info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293          

September 8 – 16
HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS WEEK https://www.h-art.org.uk 
                                                                        *See my work  and rag rug demo on 15th at Made in the Marches Gallery, Church Street, Kington, HR5 3AZ.

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‘Woolley Geometry 2’ Hooked rag rug 64cm x 81c 

September 29, 30   WR13 6NW : RHS Autumn Show at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs. With Worcestershire Guild. O

“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

November 3rd  Hereford HR1 2EP, 10-4                                                                                            FESTIVE WREATH WORKSHOP at Rose Tinted Rags, Hereford

“Great Course – I am now hooked and rag rugging away merrily! Jenni’s instructions very clear and tips on how to combine different colours and weights of textiles helpful. The day flew by and we learned progging as well as hooked rugs – inspirational! Setting very pleasant with plenty of light to work by, congenial company and delicious refreshments, a real treat. Yours raggily.” Vanessa

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February 21 –   DY10 1AZ : DAY WORKSHOP at The Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill,  Green Street, Kidderminster. Progging & Hooking. £40. 01562 69028 http://www.museumofcarpet.org

“Little projects are giving me the feeling of satisfaction. Thanks for your encouragement. A true teacher. ( I am a retired SN teacher)” Jean Campbell x

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Feb. 28 – March 3 : W14 8UX  – The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London.  1st March 11.45-12.45 : Create Beautiful Rugs from Upcycled Rags; 2nd March 12.15 – 13.15: Hints for Hookers Rag Rug Techniques; 14.15-15.15  Create Beautiful Rugs from Upcycled Rags. £15 for one hour workshop includes a kit.  www.theknitting&stitchingshow.com

March 20 –  SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. Learn two traditional rag rug techniques.  £55 incl. light lunch and drinks/cake. More details: info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293            COURSE FULL

“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)

March 28 – 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.  Info/bookings*.  For optional b&b – see venue website.

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

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April 5,6,7 – WR6 5RD: WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP at Huntlands Farm, Whitbourne, Worcs. £250*

April 6  10-5  WR6 5RD : DAY WORKSHOP  at Huntlands Farm, Whitbourne, Worcs. £60 includes lunch and tea/coffee. Info/bookings*

Come to my stand in the Worcestershire Guild area of Wye Hall or you can see other Creative Breaks tutors demonstrating their skills in the new Living Well area.

May 18,19  ST19 5RE – WOOL@J13 Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire. A celebration of all things woolly just off Junction 13 of the M6.  Held on a 600 acre farm: stalls, workshops, fun, food and lots of wool. Details: http://wool-j13.uk

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June 5       DY10 1AZ – DAY WORKSHOP at The Museum of Carpet, Mill Lane, Kidderminster. http://www.museumofcarpet.org 01562 69028

“Just a quick email to say how much Val and I enjoyed our day with you, we both feel quite inspired to have a go and Val is already planning to cut up Trev’s trousers and jacket!”

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a cotton seat mat – “podged” as they say in the Black Country

June 8  – Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ  Learn the traditional techniques of hooking and podging strips of fabric through hessian backing to make rugs, wall hangings and seat mats.
This is a Heritage Skills daytime course, part of the IgnitEd Programme.  For more info call 0121 520 8054 or book online at: https://www.bclm.co.uk

June 26 10-4 : SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. Learn two traditional rag rug techniques.  £60 incl. light lunch and drinks/cake. More details: info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293

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June 30, WR13 5NW : RAG RUG WORKSHOP as part of the Marquee of Making Week at Blue-Ginger Gallery, Stiffords Bridge, nr Malvern.10-4. Learn traditional techniques of progging and hooking.  £55 includes a piece of hessian and hot drinks. Either eat delicious food cooked onsite (Sue’s savoury muffins are famous) or bring packed lunch. Info/bookings*

July 6  GL 1JH – DAY WORKSHOP at New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucester. Learn progging & hooking. £85      https://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk    01285 657181

August 1 – 4 : NEC, Birmingham The FESTIVAL OF QUILTS : The largest quilt show in Europe. International exhibition plus stitcher’s supplies, books, workshops, talks.      Quick & Easy tasters (price includes a kit) – 3/8/19 : 9-10am Create a Flower Motif Using Two Rag Rug Techniques (Breakfast workshop £19.50); 13.00 – 14.00 Prog a Sampler – Upcycle Fabrics with Rag Rugging (£15);                4/8/19 : 11.45 – 12.45   Create a Flower Motif Using Two Rag Rug Techniques (£15);  15.30 – 16.30 Prog a Sampler – Upcycle Fabrics with Rag Rugging (£15). Show entry prices and info at: http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk.

September 7 – 15   HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS WEEK https://www.h-art.org.uk  A  nine day arts trail, for artists, craftmakers and creative businesses to open studios, galleries and group exhibitions to raise their profile and sell artwork. Well worth a visit – people come back every year to tour round studios and galleries. See Jenni’s work together with many others’ at SMAAK, Kingsland Church, Herefordshire.

September 18 : SY7 9JL  DAY WORKSHOP at Westhope College, Westhope, Craven Arms, Shropshire. Learn two traditional rag rug techniques.  £60 incl. light lunch and drinks/cake. More details: info@westhope.org.uk 01584 861293

October 19  10-4  LEOMINSTER APPLE FAIR, Herefordshire: lots of apples, craft stalls, cafe and more at the Priory Church, Church Street, Leominster.

Oct.25,26,27 – WR6 5RD: WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP at Huntlands Farm, Whitbourne, Worcs. From 5ish Friday evening to Sunday lunch. Time to relax and focus on your creativity in a tranquil country location. Escape from the rat race. Walk if you want in beautiful countryside. Learn two vintage rag rug techniques: Hooking and Progging. Make a festive wreath if you like. Info/bookings* Accommodation (some 4 poster beds), food, tuition £250*

Oct.26  10-5  WR6 5RD : DAY WORKSHOP  at Huntlands Farm, Whitbourne, Worcs. £60 includes lunch and tea/coffee. Make a festive wreath if you like.*

November 14 : DY10 1AZ : DAY WORKSHOP (by popular demand) Make a festive wreath at The Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill,  Green Street, Kidderminster. Progging & Hooking. £40. 01562 69028 http://www.museumofcarpet.org

Watch this space for details of more workshops and events.

*Info/bookings: jenni.ragrugs@freeuk.com 01568 750229

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