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Braided-In Rag Rug Making - A Folk Art Crafting Workshop

Learn to make a beautiful rug from recycled fabric!
Heather Linke
80 total reviews for this teacher
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110 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Students will learn to prepare materials and create the foundation of a braided in rag rug. 
I've been sewing and crafting reproductions of historic garments and household goods for over 30 years. I've worked in several living history museums, for over more than 18 years, creating my all my own professional costuming for various time periods in history... as well as researching and writing staff costuming standards guides for two museums and drafting patterns from photographs and historic garments in the collection, and helping to "dress" homes with antique and reproduction goods to create a realistic environment for visitors to experience. My extended family lives near Colonial Williamsburg, where I have visited many times, taking part in several workshops related to historic textile arts. I currently consult, teach, and demonstrate as a domestic and textile historian for Great Smokey Mountain Heritage Center. 
Students will likely need additional time to finish their rugs after class... It's up to them how large their rugs are in the end, so a small doll rug may be done in class time, while a full sized rug for a room may take much more time to complete! 
The Equivalent of 2 Yards of Fabric - This will cut into strips in class. More fabric may be needed after class, depending on how large the student decides to make their rug. Multiple colors will make the project more interesting, but are not required. This is a great project for recycling old bedsheets, worn out shower curtains, drapes, etc. Thrift or charity shops are a great resource for affordable material for this craft. The fabric may be of most any fiber content... stretchy knits or woven fabrics will work! Please message before class if you have any further fabric questions! Pair of Scissors Needle and Thread (of any color)
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will need to utilize scissors and a sharp sewing needle for this project. Parents should assess their learners ability to use these tools with caution and self control.  

Students will need an "average" amount of hand/finger dexterity and strength to complete this project. Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding your student's ability to manipulate the material as needed for this craft - I'm happy to discuss modifications/assists that might be made for successful competition of the project.


Heather Linke
Lives in the United States
Textile Artist, Domestic Historian, and Forest Kindergarten Teacher (she/her)
80 total reviews
86 completed classes

About Me

Hi Friends! 

I grew up homeschooling in the woods of Maine. I spent my summers at Girl Scout camp, and traveling across the country on adventures primarily focused on the outdoors and history - like a wagon train traversing the North Dakota... 
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