Remarkable Rugs

This weekend is the first time I’ve taught a rug making workshop where there have been four rugs on the go at a time. I like to mix up approaches from different countries. It’s a good way for people to experience a range of rug making techniques but it also allows the body to have a breather as we change from one method to the other. At the end of the workshop you have a good idea of techniques available to you but also which ones you like, which can be done alone and which are communal activities.

We’ve used: rubbing, rolling with hands, forearms, legs and ropes, walking on it, bashing with stones, a mallet and a home made tamping tool. This last, thanks to my husband Simon.

Wooden tamping tool
Wooden tamping tool

It’s made from an old gardening tool handle and a piece of tanalised timber and was well received by most. Ali used it whilst walking on her rug and only hit her foot twice. Result!

We’ve had a really good weekend and there’s been some stunning work produced, which is all the more remarkable when you consider how little experience some people had. I hope to show some more photos soon but here’s a few to be going on with.

rug by Gill Manthorp
rug by Gill Manthorp

rug by Liz Stanley
rug by Liz Stanley

rug by Alison Brindley
rug by Alison Brindley

rug by Yvonne Le Mare
rug by Yvonne Le Mare

Alison was also kind enough to say “thank you for a super workshop.I had such a great time, as I think everyone did, and am so pleased with my rug!” Thanks Alison.

3 Replies to “Remarkable Rugs”

  1. Stunning! I have been wanting to try out rug making for a while, not had any space as of yet but now seeing these i really want to give it a go!!

  2. Thanks Abigial. I never know how many or even if anyone is reading the posts so it’s lovely to know you’ve been inspired.

  3. I’ve been wanting to make a rug myself too. I haven’ t had the time or space (most importantly!). But what an igenious device you have there… I hadn’ t seen it before!

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