Oct 19, 2024 - October 20, 2024(9am - 5pm)

Creative and Classic Rug Braiding

Taught by: Jan Sheehan

In this workshop you will learn to braid rugs using wool. We will start by using an old craft thumb technique, strive for a consistent braid, add new strips or make color changes and complete a spiral laced circle with a rat tail ending. Your creation will be unique as you will get to choose from a variety of wool colors in solid, tweeds and plaids. The finished size will depend on your individual pace. You will be provided with the history of braiding, resources for wool, braiding supplies and materials, patterns that can be planned within the braid rows and how rugs are judged for quality and technique. Feel free to share any clean braided family heirlooms and memories that we equate with hearth and home.  This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.

Skills and Techniques:

  • You will learn the history of braided rugs, from function to art
  • You will start and complete a round trivet, chair pad or small rug depending on your individual pace.
  • You will have knowledge of wool and resources, and other textiles that can be braided.
  • You will be familiar with how rugs are judged in local country fairs


Materials Fee: Minimal total cost payable to Jan Sheehan is $55.00 Fee includes 1 lb./yd. of wool at $25.00 per lb./yd. (there may be additional cost for wool which can be purchased if you would like to make your project larger than 16-18″round), Braidkin lacing tool $7.00, lacing thread $20.00, splicing needle $3.00, *Additional wool will be available for purchase to continue working at home.

Special Tools or Equipment: Bring your own scissors, thread, quilting pins, ruler and needle nose pliers. Feel free to bring any of your own or inherited braid tools you may have questions about or would like to share with the group.

Workshop Policies: Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop which can be found here Workshop Policies

Workshop Fee: $250.00

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(please choose all meals if you are staying on campus.)
We ask students to purchase a meal plan. Our chef can accommodate most dietary needs so please note any restrictions you want us to be aware of on the checkout page.
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