Proddy Rug Making Class

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



3 hours Class size 8 to 12     label $49

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.


T&C
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.



Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:


Add-on available for this class
  • BYO (RSA) ($100)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No experience required.
 
What you'll get
  • Three hours of expert tuition
  • The hessian base of the rug and frame to work on that you can reuse.
  • A selection of t-shirt fabrics to choose from
  • The skills to continue on their own
What to bring
Please bring a 3 to 4.5 crochet hook (we do have spares you can borrow) and any favourite t-shirts you want to upcycle. All other materials will be supplied.
 
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

Location

5/142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher
Reverse Garbage
Reverse Garbage

4.8 (173)
9k

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.


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Reverse Garbage is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).
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Luke Dando May 2021


Great teacher! Very informative and helpful, learnt a great deal in the short time of the class.

Venue was easy to find, facilities and materials all fine as well!

Pam Hanlon May 2021


We had such a fantastic time! Fiona was a brilliant teacher and really patient when it came to helping us learn. Such a relaxing afternoon and a really cool venue, looking forward to continue working on our rugs

Textiles workshop review by Pam Hanlon Sydney

Nicole Buckland May 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Ffranses was such a lovely and gentle teacher and I really enjoyed learning how to make these forgiving and playful rugs. I’m excited to put all my old t-shirts to use!

Susan Robertson May 2021


The teacher very informative, a lot of material to choose from. Frame supplied ready to use and to take home, very helpful.

I am very happy to return to the Reverse Garbage site again

Paula Chegwidden Apr 2021


Great class - clear instructions and plenty of inspiration. Great to learn to create and recycle at the same time

Lizzie Wills Feb 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Had a fun time. Francis the teacher was so helpful, inviting and creative. She taught us about the history of Proddy rugs and shared photos and designs. Everything we used was supplied and it was nice to visit Reverse Garbage too. Food and coffee was close by and parking was a breeze.
Really impressed by the class and would absolutley recommend or book again into another class.

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Lizzie Wills

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Debbie Champion Feb 2021


Our teacher was wonderful. Ffranses was so encouraging & gave everyone individual attention to make sure we mastered the skill of hooking the fabric. It really was fun & great value for money. Thank you !

Maggie Jackson Feb 2021


Great, interesting class
Lovely teacher, fantastic venue (on site parking)
Possibly could have been scheduled as a longer session

Sabrina Bhuiyan Feb 2021


We had a great time at this class! It was really simple and anyone can do it, you don’t have to be too creative or good at drawing either. It was nice that the materials are provided and we get to keep the frame to do our own rugs at home. Thanks!

Textiles workshop review by Sabrina Bhuiyan

Sabrina Bhuiyan Feb 2021


This was a great class The instructor was so helpful and knowledgeable. All materials were provided plus extra to take home to finish your rug at your own pace. We learnt how to recycle old shirts which was so great and had a lot of fun.

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Sabrina Bhuiyan

Tracy Hogg Feb 2021


I loved this class! The teacher Francis was so informative, friendly and encouraging. The content was right for the class length and I walked away with all of the skills and knowledge I need to continue with the craft. The venue was good, although not the calmest of places - Marrickville Community Centre / Reverse Garbage on market day - but inspiring and fun. Value for money was superb.

Rachael Knight Feb 2021


Brilliant workshop! Ffrenses is a knowledgeable teacher and brought along a suitcase of materials and books for inspiration. A comfortable friendly setting where everyone's ideas were encouraged. My rug is coming along nicely. Recommended A+

Liz Grindley Jan 2021


Frances is a brilliant teacher: patient, knowledgeable, and a good communicator, as well as being generous with her time and crochet hooks!

Proddy Rug Making Class review by Liz Grindley

Jiri Vrba Jan 2021


Great class, good atmosphere. Franses is great teacher. Really enjoyed the class and would defo recommend it

Meta Jackman Jan 2021


Wonderful teacher! My son thoroughly enjoyed his proddy rug making class. He wants to return to do other classes.

Donna Faulder Jan 2021


A very enjoyable class, with a skilled and patient teacher.
Highly recommended and can't wait to keep working on my project.

Louise Stuart Nov 2020


The teacher was very generous with her knowledge, helped and encouraged all in class. The venue was great, loved all the work in it. Wonderful to have materials provided, good selection. Class was good value, accessible to many, good time. I learnt how to make a proddy rug on my own :D

Evol Ferguson Nov 2020


I throughly enjoyed the class. Francine was very generous with her knowledge and instructions were easy to follow. There was more than enough fabric for everyone to choose from.

Chichi Bracken Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Ffrancis was a great teacher! -Informative, fun, attention to each students. The class had a very good atmosphere.
Venue was good. It got a bit stuffy so lucky there was a fan.
The materials was good but I think some people’s frame was little wonky. The workshop fee was a very good value. I’ve learned the new techniques of rug making which is a great fun.

Karen Pember Oct 2020


Great instruction. Great inspiration. Good access to materials. It was a great class. Thank you.

Jane Curtis Oct 2020


Excellent class. The teacher Francis showed us example work, had material and spare hooks to use, and guided us through. She was always very encouraging and checked in regularly with how each of us were going.
Inspiring venue with examples from other Recycled craft Workshops on the walls. Highly recommended!

Kelly Willis Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The class was fantastic. Ffranses was a brilliant and engaging teacher. We highly recommend booking this class with Ffranses and Reverse Garbage!

Liz Carter Aug 2020


Hi, thanks very much for a great 3 hours. The tutor was amazing! - so much knowledge and skill.

Everything was great, room setup, provision of tools and material etc.

Great value for money. Thanks for a great experience.


Katrina Ironside Jul 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


An interesting morning. Lots of ideas provided. Well organised and good resources. Have a go!

Caitriona Ridler Jul 2020


Class very well presented, very encouraging teacher who would go above and beyond, materials provided both from the teacher and Reverse Garbage

Leanne O’Loughlin Jul 2020


Wonderful workshop. Thank you. Warm, lovely and encouraging teacher. It was fun to be able to produce something beautiful from old T-shirts and coffee sacks. Great value for money. Positive in every way.

Beth Garswood Jul 2020


Ffranses (the teacher) was lovely and friendly. She brought along fantastic inspiration for us to look at. She was very clear in her instruction and provided lots of one on one attention. I feel confident that I can now complete my project to a high standard. The class was very good value. I'll definitely do more classes at Reverse Garbage.

Anne Donald Mar 2020


I really enjoyed this. The teacher was great, covered the basics then let us get on with it, while still providing advice based on her extensive experience.
All materials were provided and there was a good supply and choice.
The class size was good.
I came away feeling confident I'd be able to continue doing this at home.
I'd thoroughly recommend this class.

Claire Bell Mar 2020


Loved this class. Francine was friendly and helpful, the materials were well set up and plentiful, really lovely experience. Thank you.

Sallianne McClelland Mar 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Ffranses was a delight and extremely skilled and forthcoming with techniques and ideas. Space was great. A 10% coupon or similar to the. shop at RG would have been nice. I would take a class with Ffranses again.

Textiles workshop review by Sallianne McClelland

Simone Hazelwood Mar 2020


The teacher Frances was warm friendly and knowledgeable. She provided most of what we needed and good instructions. Class was fun

Janine Dawson Jan 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


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.

Cassandra Hooke 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

Diana Kincaid Jan 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


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.

Sherry Dalrymple 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

Sonya Mason 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

Catherine Chase 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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