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Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug

The three-strand braided wool rug is reminiscent of an era when rag rugs were considered an affordable way to reuse worn clothing and blankets to create a rug for the home. Early American immigrants and rural pioneers handcrafted the rag rug and created a fiber tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. In this class, you will learn the craft of braiding rugs by making your own oval rug (about 2’x3’). You are welcome to bring old blanket-weight wool to incorporate into your own rug, though the instructor will bring enough colors of wool, braiding tools, and other supplies for creating your own heirloom rug.


Fri, Oct 14, 2016 - Sun, Oct 16, 2016 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 09/02/16)

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$255.00 per student (Regular rate)
$225.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Varies ($50-$60)

Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. scissors
  2. sewing needles
  3. straight pins
  4. tape measure
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Traudi Bestler Traudi Bestler

Traudi has been weaving and creating textile projects for over 30 years. Her prime interest is in passing along the history and joy of making fiber art. Traudi studied weaving, spinning, and dyeing at the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, The Weaving School and Sievers School of Fiber Arts.  She currently teaches weaving and dyeing at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and has been a workshop presenter for the last 25 years at the MN Federation of Weavers conferences.

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Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug

Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug

Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug