October 7: Rugs in the Shaker Spirit: Standing Wool Rugs

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Rugs in the Shaker Spirit: Standing Wool Rugs

Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (Lunch is not provided – food will be available to purchase at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand or participants may bring a packed lunch.)

Tickets: $80 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members; $95 for Non-Members. Please purchase tickets here.

This class is about recycling and repurposing the smallest of wool scraps into folk art rugs. We will use a five inch shirring needle and heavy thread to sew wool strips and manipulate them in various ways to stand them on end to stand alone when sewn to make a thick plush piece. We will cover standing wools, beaded wools and several other methods to make a multiple techniques sample piece for a table mat, chair seat or go on to making a larger rug. You will acquire the skills to recycle your worn or unused wool clothing into true memory heirloom rugs.

Please bring along a pair of scissors and a kit will be provided with needles, threads, and cut wools to complete a small mat.

INSTRUCTOR: Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile artist for 30 years. She has been artist in residence at Old Sturbridge Village for the last 12 years, studying traditional rug making from 1790 to 1850. She lectures at conferences, museums, and guilds throughout the United States. Rose Ann is inspired by the process of using historic techniques, adapted to the present day, to create contemporary folk art.