Rag Rug Workshop

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Historically, rag rug making was simply an easy and cheap way of re-using worn out clothes to provide a little comfort and warmth in the homes of many poor people. It could so easily have died out completely, but now rag rugs are seen both as an environmentally friendly form of recycling, and as an art form in themselves. Jenni Stuart-Anderson has been studying and making rag rugs for over 25 years, and regularly holds workshops where she passes on the skills and craft of rag rug making to many others.

In this fascinating video we join Jenni at just such a workshop. The basic techniques are so simple that little time is spent explaining them. More important are the hints, tips and experience she is able to pass on, as well as the very real enjoyment to be had from sitting with a group of friends and chatting whilst exchanging ideas and knowledge - just as our ancestors once did.

So join our workshop and see how, with a couple of simple tools, a bit of hessian and some old clothes, you too can begin to make unique and attractive items of home decor whilst immersing yourself in a pre-industrial revolution activity that may even seem to draw the spirits of your forebears to your side.

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