Proddy Rug Making Class

How to upcycle old clothes and textiles to make a new rug or wall hanging

3 hours 1 to 8 label $40 or 4 payments of $10 Afterpay

Made by prodding or poking strips of fabric through burlap or linen from the backside, proddy rugs are a fabulous way of upcycling unwanted clothes and textiles into floor rugs or wall hangings. In their early days, they were often made for more utilitarian use such as by the backdoor as their pile hides the dirt well.

Working on a small piece of hessian, you will create a design and be taught how to poke the rug through the back or through the front using a crochet hook. You can use any material for proddy, however, we will use t-shirt strips for this lesson because of their tensility and ability to grab the hessian.

Rag rugs made this way have many names: clippies, proddies, stobbies, pricked. In Northumberland they are called proggy mats, and in Scotland, they are called clootie mats.

This workshop will be lead by Ffranses Ingram, a visual artist/illustrator living in the Inner West. She has been working in textiles since a child, studied at the School of Wool and Textiles in Adelaide, and has just returned from a two-month residency at the Textile Centre in Iceland where she explored prod rugs using Icelandic materials. Having been brought up in Wales, textiles had to be functional - an idea which she has never really shaken off. She has tried to make her functional items as beautiful and colourful as possible.

We work very hard to reach our minimum numbers for every workshop, but sometimes (not very often) we just don't get there. When this happens, we need to cancel. To be fair to our team members and to you, we make this decision around five business days before the event. If we cancel the workshop, we will be in touch to organise a full refund.

Knowledge Required
No experience required.
What you'll get
- Three hours of expert tuition
- The hessian base of the rug
- A selection of t-shirt fabrics to choose from
- The skills to continue on their own
What to bring
Bring a 4.50 crochet hook. All other materials will be supplied.
Suitable for

This workshop is perfect for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


5/142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW

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Reverse Garbage
Reverse Garbage

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We are a creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way we look at resources.

We run workshops for kids, adults and community groups so everyone can learn how to consume less and make more! With us, you'll see the creative potential in leftover and castaway materials to save them from going into landfill.

At Reverse Garbage you’ll find the materials, skills and inspiration you need to live more creatively, more sustainably and more meaningfully.

Verified reviews

• Jan 2020

This class was most enjoyable. Ffranses was open and friendly and very informative, with gorgeous examples of her own work. Generous with materials and ideas and resources. All materials were supplied but were a bit used. I suggest taking your own pair of scissors and a sharpie. Otherwise it was great.

• Jan 2020

The Proddy Rug course was excellent. The teacher was wonderful and explained/demonstrated each step really clearly. Heaps of great textiles to play with and I now know what to do with all my old tshirts.

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Cassandra Hooke Sydney

• Jan 2020

I enjoyed the class very much. Ffrances was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Slight suggestions participants to bring scissors as well as hook. Include the frame in the cost.

• Jan 2020

Teacher was knowledgeable and generous. Venue was cosy. Abundant materials provided. Great value for money. Got started on making a Proddy Rug. Great fun.

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Sherry Dalrymple

• Jan 2020

What an interesting thing to do! This will be hours of fun at home. Frances was a great teacher.

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Sonya Mason Sydney

• Jan 2020

Ffranses’s workshop was great. She’s a relaxed, cheerful and capable teacher. I’d be interested in doing anything she teaches.
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