Shirred Rugs 2016

Shirred Rugs

Register here for October 29, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Reproduce a small mat adapted from the collection at OSV circa 1820. We will learn to recycle cotton, and wool materials with a sewn technique using a five inch shirring needle and drawn along a thread in various ways and attached to a quilted backing. With this technique we will sew flowers and hearts by painting with our wool to make a small mat or cushion. Once you have mastered these simple stitches you can go to making a much larger piece and how you could apply these stitches to other projects. Bring along a pair of scissors, and a kit of cut wool material, threads, needles, and a backing will be provided to complete your sample piece.

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

Materials Fee:

Please bring a pair of scissors. A kit with other necessary materials will be provided. All class registrations will close 1 week prior to the event.


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