Rug Hooking Course for Beginners - Sydney Short Courses

Rug Hooking Course for Beginners

What you'll learn

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This beginner-friendly class teaches all the skills required to begin your first two rug hooking projects. You will be designing and creating two beautiful rug hooking projects, using both the hooky and proggy rug making techniques.  

Rug hooking is a traditional craft that has been practised for centuries. Despite almost dying out in the last century, it is now enjoying a resurgence today. It's popularity is not only a response to its wide range of design possibilities or to its practicality but also reflects the desire to make use of recycled and scrap materials today.

The craft can be used to make items such as rugs, wall hangings, coasters, bags and cushions.

During the classes, you will be introduced to the history of rug making and shown a range of examples illustrating the variety of possibilities with this craft. The focus of this course will be on the two main traditional techniques of rug making using Proggy and Hooky tools.

By the end of the course, you will have learnt how to design and make products using the hooked and progged methods, employ a wide range of skills and have a variety of skills in order to adapt the basic techniques whilst creating two beautiful rug hooking projects for your home.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this rug hooking course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the different ways to prepare base material for the rug's end purpose
  • Select materials for both practical and artistic purposes
  • Design and make products using the hooked and progged methods
  • Finish the edges of the rugs and know which finishing method to use for each practical purpose
  • Know the stages of the design process and how to transfer a design to a backing fabric

Course content

What will be covered in this rug hooking course?

Session 1: Introduction to the two basic rug hooking techniques

  • Outline of the history of Rug Hooking: showing examples of different techniques and design styles from traditional to contemporary
  • Learn the basic Hooky and Proggy techniques and experiment with ways to fill areas
  • Experiment with high and low effects
  • Work with different materials and fibre types and constructions - knitted, woven or felted fabrics, yarn and non-traditional materials such as plastics
  • Understanding the practical and artistic benefits of each method

Session 2: Creatively adapting the techniques and planning your design

  • Solid colour v patterned fabric
  • Manipulating the strips
  • Looped v cut loops
  • Combining techniques including making 3D effects and flowers
  • Understanding which technique will be best suited for a particular practical end purpose.
  • Designing your two beautiful projects using both the hooky and proggy rug making techniques.
  • Outline of the aesthetic design considerations - composition, scale, definition, solid or mottled colour, handle, flat or 3D

Session 3: Beginning your Project

  • Creating a pattern template and preparing the hessian backing
  • How to transfer your design onto the backing using chalk (damp cloth to rub out), pen or netting methods
  • How to prepare your recycled garments before cutting
  • Different methods of cutting the strips
  • Discuss the different ways to keep the fabric taut and start working on the project

Session 4: Different ways to finish the edges of your project

  • Understand how to even out the fabric ready to finish off the raw edges
  • Mitred corners and facing method for finishing for light end uses such as coasters
  • Tape and thread method for finishing - suitable for wall hangings and low-traffic rugs
  • Cord + Hessian Tape method for hard wearing end uses such as rugs
  • Use the mitred corner and facing method to finish off your rug hooking project

Intended audience

Who is this rug hooking course for?

This course is for beginners, but having some craft experience may be an advantage.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd on the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

Materials provided

All materials and tools, including the hooky and proggy tool, are provided for you in class.

You have also the option to purchase your own tool set at the checkout.

What to bring to class

  • A notepad and pen for taking notes
  • A medium-sized pair of scissors
  • Any project ideas you have for discussion

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Course tutors

Jacqueline has been working as a designer in the textile industry for over 20 years in Australia and the UK. She uses a number of digital programmes in her workflow including Adobe Illustrator,...

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