Crochet Rag Rugs – May 17, 2013

In this fun & satisfying three hour workshop, students learn to make a crocheted rag rug!  Re-purpose all that mending that has been driving you crazy, or the bits of fabric that are just too beautiful to get rid of.   Use everything from old jeans to shimmering velvet, and turn it into a warm and inviting art piece in your home .  Students can create a floor covering with fabric that tells their personal story, and learn to begin and continue a traditional oval rag rug.

Rag rugs have a primarily regional history, born out of recessional times, where materials and decorative supplies were scarce.  Specific techniques and styles of rugs vary widely from place to place, depending on the ethnic traditions and the materials available, but were generally created from the leftover fabrics that were worn out from their intended use.

Some suggestions: Choose one yard from 10 different fabrics, or find an old stash of fabric from home; old flannel sheets, old clothing that will never be mended – just about anything can be used.  No sewing skills are necessary.

Supply List:

  • “Q” sized crochet hook
  • 10 yards fabric cut into 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Scissors

Materials Fee: $6- will cover the cost of a beginners crochet book:  ’My Crochet Teacher’ by Susan Bates

View images and reviews from the February 2012 session of Rag Rugs with Cathy Hetznecker!

Biography: Cathy Hetznecker lives and works in Havertown, PA. She began her career as a ceramic artist, and threw pots for over a decade. Upon the birth of her children, Hetznecker changed her medium to textiles, and began making rag rugs. She now takes a traditional approach to her rug-making, and uses primarily fabric remnants from American woolen mills and from the workrooms of interior decorators.

Hetznecker received a BA in Studio art from the University of New Hampshire, and spent four years studying under ceramic sculptor Paula Winokur. She is currently President of the Haverford Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and regularly exhibits and teaches around the region.