Saturday, 26 May 2018

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

"NEW" Punch Hooking Frame


Punch Hooking Frame 
12"x12"

This is a new size Punch Hooking frame perfect for beginners and anyone wanting to make smaller projects. The wooden frame measures 12"x12" with an inside Punch area of 8"x8". You can move your projects along for making cushions or something a little larger.  The frame comes with gripper plus felt to cover the gripper when working. The frame in the picture shows the frame with monks cloth attached as tight as a drum and felt. (the frame comes with 4 pieces of felt to cover all of the gripper). They are light and very portable.
 Frame £12 each plus £3 p&p



Thursday, 24 August 2017

Visuals - The Sky's the limit!

If you are not sure about colours, shapes, scenery, animals, sky etc.taking photos to build up an album is very useful. the visuals give you a good idea of shapes and colours. You can also print off your pictures and use them as templates.   Sky is always interesting to hook it is not always blue as you will see from the following photos I have taken
Here are some visuals of sky..very useful when you are rug making. Always worth taking photos to use in your work. We always think of sky being blue and clouds white but study all the colours in the pictures.











Rug Making Supplies

Rug Making Supplies. I often get emails from rug makers in America and Canada asking when they visit the Uk where are the Rug Hooking shops . The simple answer is there are none. Rug Making is a tad bit different here. First of all English Rug Makers are much more interested in drawing their own patterns/designs using their creativity to produce exciting one off designs rather than buying ready drawn patterns. (that is not to say we don't ever use patterns we do). Although I am a wool baby and prefer to hook and proddy with wool new and recycled I also use nylon hose and yarn. I would say that a good 50% of UK Rug Makers use any material they can get their hands on from t shirts, curtains, sheeting, clothing and wool. Uk Rug Makers do not like to be restricted in the materials they use. Wool is not easy to find here hence the fact that people like to try different fabrics. As a teacher I encourage my students to try different materials but suggest the benefits of wool. Squashing a persons creativity and use of different materials is frustrating for all concerned. So you are going to ask where do you get your supplies from. Teachers carry a few tools (not many teachers here either) but I carry the largest stock of Rug Making (including Punch hooking) equipment in the UK from hooks, frames, foundation, hand dyed wool and yarn plus a few more items but you will see nowhere near as much as you can get in the States or Canada. For me when I make a rug I want the fun of designing a piece, choosing the material, hooking or prodding it using it and enjoying it for as long as it lasts and once its worn out its binned or given to the dog to sleep on. I don't make rugs to last longer than me! lol.. If they last too long you get fed up with them anyway . take a look at my website www.ragrugsuk.co.uk NB a lot of people here call hooked rugs and proddy mats Rag Rugs. Happy Hooking

Friday, 18 August 2017

To Glue or not to Glue that is the question

Personally I would never add any glue or latex to the back of my rugs. Why? you may ask.
First of all if you execute a good piece of work there is no need to contaminate the back with any type of clagham!. A well hooked rug or proddy mat will last a good many years.
The next reason there is no guarantee the loops will stay in place and if any loops do pop out it would be near impossible to repair trying to hook loops through a latex barrier.
Your rugs need to be flexible, floppy  and bendy not rock hard.
And glue/latex can be expensive.

I have heard stories from the past where people made a glue from flour and water and covered the backs of their rugs with that. I have made clagham that way to paste onto wall paper that has peeled off the wall in places lol....

Rug makers for many reasons have probably ladled glue onto their rugs one reason to make the rug non slip.

For me I don't want to waste my time and money with glue.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Interesting videos

These are some interesting videos I have come across ...take a look..

1. This video is about the Rug hookers in Cheticamp
http://www.wanderingnotlost.org/…/02/the-hookers-of-chetic…/

2. How to set up a Cheticamp Frame and a story about Cheticamp Rugs

3. There are times when your Beeline is not cutting through the wool correctly here is a way to rectify.
Click here and it will direct you to the Beeline Youtube video
https://l.facebook.com/l.php…

4. Laura Kenney, Artist
Morning!
Matt Brown, from Mountaindale Productions.. did a cool short documentary with me chatting about this.. that.. and the other. Steven Rhude and my Mom are also included. When you click on http://bit.ly/2vqEoE1, look on the right and I am S4 E05...thanks for checking it out! Feel free to share..share ..share..
Laura's work is fabulous she is one of my very favourite hookers 

5. Maud Lewis was a Canadian artist . Her work has been made into Rug designs. A film about her life has been made too . This is a nice write up about her you will have to cut and paste the following as it is not live.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/09/maudie-nova-scotia-maud-lewis-art-road-trip-canada?CMP=share_btn_fb

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

2018 Workshops

2018 Workshops 

Workshops are £60 per person - Time 9.30am - 3.30pm   
(unless otherwise stated)
they are at The Rug Studio 

There are plenty of workshops to attend through 2018 from beginners to experienced Rug Makers 
The workshops include Hooking, Proddy, Punch Hooking, Specialised classes in Design, Appliqué with Hooky and Proddy, Hints tips and techniques.
My studio is a bright light and cheerful place to work. The classes are usually limited to about 7 or 8 students. 
If you would like to come for a workshop and the listed dates are not suitable please email or telephone to arrange a suitable date.
Once your class/es have been paid an information sheet and receipt will be sent. 
If you have any questions on any of the workshop please email

OXTON RUG GROUP meet at The Rug Studio Monday 9.30 - 12.30 £6.50 per person. You are welcome to join us but please email to let me know you would like to come along. No teaching. Not suitable for beginners

May 7th Bank Holiday no class, 14th 21st 28th Bank Holiday no class
June 4th 11th 18th 25th
July 2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th
August 6th 13th 20th


Hooky and Proddy learn both techniques, design a rug, wall hanging or cushion. Lots of hints and tips to make rug making fun and easy. The top picture is Proddy and the middle is Hooked you can choose which technique you like or you can put both techniques together to make some texture. If you prefer you can purchase a pattern to work on they are listed on my website www.ragrugsuk.co.uk (order before class) this workshop is Suitable for beginners to experienced.

Dates to be decided please contact me
Dye workshop £64 per person 
Learn lots of dye techniques to transform ugly duckling material into beauties!. Simple dye techniques make fabulous jewel coloured pieces that are exciting to hook, prod or punch with. Yes you can learn to dye like this wow!                                                                         £64 per person includes some material and dyes.



Hooky and Proddy 
£60 per person
July 3rd
September 18th
October 27th
November 10th
Learn both techniques, design a rug, wall hanging or cushion. Lots of hints and tips to make rug making fun and easy. Suitable for beginners to experienced.

Dye workshop 
£64 per person
Contact for dates
Learn easy and fun dye techniques transforming material into jewel like colours. You will dye up some amazing colours for hooky and proddy. Fee includes dyes and some materials for the day

Punch Hooking
£60 per person
June 9th
July 10th
Punching is an easy technique using a punch needle yarn and/or material. Punching works up quite quickly and is suitable for making cushions, hangings or rugs. All equipment can be purchased at the workshop
September 8th - 10th   Reeth Rug Retreat residential Rug School in the Yorkshire Dales near Richmond. Please request brochure January 2018

October 13th and 14th  Hooking in the Dales a selection of workshops will be running in Reeth near Richmond Nth Yorkshire. Please request brochure available February 2018

Punching Wool into Wool 
This is a fabulous workshops for beginner to experienced punchers. Punching into wool material either hand dyed or as is. Make a cushion, hanging or bag front with amazing results


Hooky and Proddy learn both techniques, design a rug, wall hanging or cushion. Lots of hints and tips to make rug making fun and easy. Suitable for beginners to experienced.

Yarn Hooky
Hooking with yarn wool/synthetics and fancy is becoming very popular and will add another dimension to your rug work. You can use any design but the workshop will be hooking with yarn ONLY. There is such a fabulous selection of yarns that will make your designs sing!....



Hooky and Proddy learn both techniques, design a rug, wall hanging or cushion. Lots of hints and tips to make rug making fun and easy. Suitable for beginners to experienced.

B&B available in Lowdham at Cockerbeck Cottage where Cath looks after you very well and loves having Rug Makers stay from all over the world. There is a train station at the bottom of the village about a 5 minute walk to Cockerbeck Cottage. I can pick up and drop off at the B&B or the station on the day of your workshop/s.
Lowdham is a 5 minute drive from my studio.
There are other B&B's locally  I send a full list with receipt once workshops are booked.