Rugs in the Shaker Spirit

Rugs in the Shaker Spirit

Register here for December 31, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

By 1794 the Shakers founded eleven communities throughout New England in the early 19th Century. Women would exchange needlework techniques from village to village. Come spend the day to learn several of these Knitted stitches to create a Shaker Confetti rug, a washboard rug, coiled, corded, starburst and how to knit a welcome mat and heel print. We will also sample knitted and crocheted rag rugs. This workshop is all about recycling textiles into useful knitted and crocheted rugs. You must know how to knit, but only basic stitches are used so this is a great beginners project to create your own floorcoverings for your home. Just bring along a pair of scissors and a kit will be provided to do sample swatches and have enough skills to go on starting your own heirloom rug.

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art. 

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

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