A great way to recycle old clothes and fabric! Learn to make fantastic rag rugs using an off-loom, spiral-woven braiding technique. We will share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in this workshop, as well as covering cloth and fibre types. Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. This braiding technique works in a circular fashion, weaving in as we go so there is no stitching up required afterwards.
Most people’s work by the end of the class is about the size of a bread & butter plate. The completed size is up to you, and could range from a small mat to a room-sized rug. This workshop covers all the skills you need to finish off your rug at home.
Bring your own material to recycle and find out just what riches can come from rags!
[Images: Ilka White]
Ilka White’s practice spans textiles, sculpture & installation and art-in-community. Direct engagement with the natural world and an interest in world textile traditions inform her making and teaching practice.
Ilka taught Contemporary Art and Design, Weaving and Textile History at RMIT University for many years and now teaches throughout the country. She exhibits internationally and her work is featured in a host of publications and public collections.
Ilka’s popular workshops reflect the principles of sustainability alongside a love of the handmade and make contemporary use of traditional making methods. She is a great believer in the ability of beauty and creativity to lift the spirit!