Rag Rug and Necklace Making Class: Commuter Craft

Fun things to do on the train

6 hours Class size 1 to 10 label $150 or 4 payments of $37.50 Afterpay

Ride with us on a crafty coastal train trip (or simply join us at Thirroul Heritage Railway Hall) learning skills that make the most of those hours spent commuting, waiting or killing time. By the end of this creative journey you’ll have crafted a fabulous rag rug and made a beautiful collection of polymer clay beads strung as a necklace!

City-dwellers will start the day earlier, first meeting acclaimed textile artist Vita Cochran at Sydney’s Central Station for portable craft-making conversations on board the 9.29am train to Thirroul. South coast locals can join the fun from 11am at the Thirroul Heritage Hall where rag rug making starts with Vita, followed by bead making and cordage with experienced local makers Chrystie Longworth and Mel Young.

Whichever way you get there, you’ll head home with a beaded necklace you’ve shaped, baked and threaded onto your own handspun cord, plus all the knowledge, material and tools to make your very own recycled rag rug!

This Commuter craft workshop was born of the idea that we spend so much time on trains, buses - or staring at screens! - that could be spent doing playful or creative things that bring us joy. Let’s turn this downtime into mindful minutes, creating beautiful and useful items that we can love and enjoy for years.

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
All materials, tools and a delicious lunch are provided.

Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Railway Parade, Thirroul NSW

Your teacher
The Rumpus
The Rumpus

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Whether it’s how to cook a meal on a budget, to build a backyard oven, or paint with watercolour, make jam or keep chooks. These are all skills that help make our communities more resourceful and sustainable, and also ways to spend time that invite focus, inspiration, creativity and an unplug from relentless busy-ness of modern life.

In six years, the enterprise has supported over 1000 community members to share and teach their skills to others. Over 10000 community members have learnt new skills.

From humble beginnings programming skill-share classes, Rumpus now works in multiple ways and places to promote 'purposeful play' as a vital tool for mentally healthy communities and workplaces.

Verified reviews

Georgia Battin • Oct 2019

I had really wonderful time learning skills from such talented artists! Vita is super lovely and knowledgeable, full of handy hints and tips! I’m driven as ever to start creating rag rugs as gifts (while I commute in the city) for my friends and family with old clothing I come across AND will feel great knowing I’m reducing textiles going to landfill! The best sustainable gift ever!
Also the trip to Thirroul was nice to get out of the city bubble and learn another amazing skill from the lovely Mel and Christie, so I never have to buy fun/funky jewellery again!

Mike Adil • Oct 2019

A day well spent adding new feathers to my hat, an interesting creative learning experience.
Both of us (me and my wife) loved the train journey from Sydney to Thirroul and the cozy heritage hall where we learnt lots.

Amazing experienced teachers guiding us with all the minute details of commuter craft.
Pre lunch we learnt making amazing rugs with rug canvas and post lunch learnt and made awesome necklaces.

And the best part was that, while commuting back to Sydney in evening we continued making our rugs.

Totally worth everything (time as well as money)

Jewellery workshop review by Mike Adil

Merima Baralic • Oct 2019

What a fantastic commuter experience. Visiting a new place, meeting a bunch of amazing people and learning 2 new skills in the process. Loved every minute of my class and walked away with a beautiful rug and necklace. Thank you Classbento and The Rumpus. You guys rock!

Rag Rug and Necklace Making Class: Commuter Craft review by Merima Baralic
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