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 75% 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 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

Rug Hooking Magazine

Rug Hooking Magazines 
Plenty of good reading hints tips dyeing and free patterns

September/October 2017 


June/July/August 2017

I also have available June/July/August 2016
They are £7.20 each includes p&p

Books for Sale

1. Rugs from Rags John Hinchciffe £5
2. Basic Rug Hooking  £5
plus £3 p&p per book



Wednesday, 26 October 2016

2017 Workshops

2017 Workshops 



Workshops are £59 per person - Time 9.30am - 3.30pm   (unless otherwise stated)
they are at The Rug Studio apart from the Outdoorsy do 

There are plenty of workshops to attend through 2017 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
August 21st
September 4th, 17th,24th
October 2nd, 9th, 16th , 23rd, 30th 

June 14th
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 £62 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!                                                                         £62 per person includes some material and dyes.



Dates to be arranged
Punch Hooking
Punch Hooking Workshop at The Rug Studio. Punching is a fun and easy technique using yarn and/or material. If you are a yarnaholic there is no better way to use your yarn stash to create beautiful cushions, hangings and rugs for the floor. Punch needle rug hooking is a fast and easy craft to learn. In this fun class you will learn all the basics while working on a small piece around 8" square that may be used as a trivet, wall hanging or table decoration.
Templates will be traced for a quick and easy design. Learn all the skills required to make larger rugs. See the two pictures below for Punch hooking ideas                                   9.30am - 3.30pm £59 per person 



September 8th - 11th
Reeth Rug Retreat residential Rug School in the Yorkshire Dales. Please request brochure 

September 30th 
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

October 7th 
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.

October 21st 
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!....




November 14th 
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.