New Tartans Rug

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Roger's Rug (24" X 12")

Just finished this little proddy rug for Roger, one of the boaters.  He saw a rug that his friend had bought from me which was made completely from wool plaid fabric remnants from a Scottish kilt factory. He wanted more reds in his.

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Roger's Rug detail

Here’s a close-up.  The plaid is lovely to work with but frays a good deal.  I had to work with a sheet draped over me and the floor to catch the bits.

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Roger's Rug Reverse

Reverse of the rug (above) and my label.

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Roger's Rug reverse detail

The Little Chair 2

I began last night to make a seat cushion for the little chair.  So far, so good.

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I began by drawing the outline of the seat pad on to hessian and then cutting it out allowing approximately 2 inches all round for turning.  The cut edges are folded over to the front side and I am prodding through the layers to secure them.

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It’s a bit of a pain working through multiple layers at the corners and the cut edge tends to fray annoyingly, but this method does make a good edge without bulky corners.
More soon!

Pink Diamond Rug for sale

My lovely pink and green diamond proddy rug is for sale through my online shop at Tiddleyworks on Folksy at £49.00 (plus £7.00 p & p).

Pink diamond rug detailIt measures approximately 12 by 18 inches and is beautifully soft and cosy, making it an ideal cushion for your feet or a chair seat pad.  For more details check out Tiddleyworks on http://www.folksy.com/shops/rozzynanty.Pink and green diamond proddy rug

New Proddy Workshops for 2015 – First date 8th March

The first date for my 2015 proddy workshops will be on Sunday 8th March 2015 to be held at my home at 12 Barton Turn, Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.  DE13 8EA between 11 am and 3 pm, price £36.

In this workshop we will aim to create a beginner’s piece about 10 by 12 inches square which can be used as a cushion front or seat pad.  I will provide all materials and traditional style pegging tool – Brown’s Patent rug tools (“bodgers”!) will be available to use at the workshop and purchase afterwards if required.

Here’s a picture of Rachel’s rug made at a previous workshop to give you an idea.

Mat by Rachel Knight

Mat by Rachel Knight

Refreshments (tea, coffee, squash and biscuits) will be provided free.  Bring a packed lunch!

To book, contact Jane Wood on 0792 151 5320 or email on janewood59@hotmail.com or message me through this website.  Spaces are limited, so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Workshops for this October!

 

Mat by Rachel Knight

Mat by Rachel Knight

Come and treat yourself to a fun and relaxing day learning the secrets of rag rug making!  Discover how to upcycle old clothes and other fabrics into your very own unique work of art.

I’m now taking bookings for the next proddy rag rug workshops on Sunday 5th October 2014 at Barton under Needwood Village Hall and Saturday 11th at Tolson’s Mill, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffordshire .

The workshop on the 5th is at Barton under Needwood Village Hall, Crowberry Lane, (next to the Co-op in Main Street), Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent. DE13 8AF between 11 am and 3 pm.

The workshop on the 11th is at “Wool”, Tolson’s Mill Yarns, Tolson’s Mill, Unit 1, Lichfield Street, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffordshire.  B78 3QA between 11 am and 3 pm.

The cost for each workshop is £39.00 to include all materials and pegging tool.  I ask for payment at time of booking (I have to prepare materials in advance and pay room hire).  I accept payment by cheque to “J E Wood” at 12 Barton Turn, Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.  DE13 8EA or via Paypal to janewood59@hotmail.com.

Enquiries or to book call 0792 151 5320 or email me at janewood59@hotmail.com

by Jean Startin

by Jean Startin

Preparation, preparation, preparation ….

As the first rug workshop of 2014 is scheduled for the 2nd February it’s time to begin preparing materials.  I’m not yet in possession of an automatic cloth cutter, so it’s basic stuff with a ruler and rotary cutter.  I cut the cloth into 3 inch wide strips, then slice these into individual “tabs”, with the width of the tab depending on the thickness of the fabric (“thicker the fabric, the thinner the tab”).

Preparing materials

Preparing materials

Cutting all the fabrics ready for two days of workshops will take me the best part of a week, working two to three hours per day.  (I relieve the monotony by listening to the radio or television! )

As well as cutting materials, the individual hessian bases for the rugs have to be cut.  My 10 metre roll of hessian weighs a ton and I get some very strange looks as I’m lugging it to my narrowboat in its “body bag”. Once back on the boat it’s a mega wrestling session unrolling it, and ironing it so it cuts neatly.  The fibres get everywhere so I hoover and shake all the cut pieces, then hoover the chairs, the floor, the dog….  Then I wrestle the body bag back to the car. Here’s a picture of the dog – he’s much more photogenic than hessian!

Jack being helpful

Jack being helpful