Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I’ll be leading the second Tatter Party and Rag Rug Weaving Workshop at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Saturday, June 6 from 10 am to noon. Call the museum (642-2015) to make your reservation. Attendance will be limited to about 6 participants so that everyone will get some hands-on time weaving on the loom. I will join the new rug weavers at a later date to help them finish their rug.
Participants are invited to bring:
· Examples of Rag Rugs they may have for ‘show & tell’
· A colorful old cotton bed sheet or shirt suitable for tearing to tatters and weaving into a communal rug (Please give “usable” items to SPCA, ACTS, Goodwill, etc),
· Good fabric scissors.
Workshop agenda will be roughly as follows:
~9:45 ~ Meet & greet, coffee, cookies & Rag Rug show & tell
10:05 Brief history of thread, fabric, rags & rag rugs
10:20 Anatomy of the museum loom and brief weaving demo
10:45 Tatter Party - how to prepare rags for weaving, design considerations, everyone cuts/tears a few rags, rags get sewn together for weaving
11:15 Participants take turns weaving their rag strips into the group rug
12:00 clean up and make plans to finish our rug
The first rag rug workshop was held at the museum on April 18th. We had 3 participants; Fred, Louise and Susan and several friends of the museum looking on and helping out. Mary’s home baked blue berry muffins were incredible. Susan had brought a very pretty beige with blue-striped plaid bed sheet that tore up (tattered) easily and added a nice design element to the rug. With the help of Helen on the sewing machine, we prepared more than enough rag strips to complete the rug. Everyone got a chance to weave several inches of rug on the loom. Fred joined me the following Thursday and we finished weaving their rug.