Learn the basics of braiding rugs and how to attach braid to your hooked pieces. This class will cover how to do the Basic braid, add braid to your hooked piece and how to finish with a butted or tapered end. Students can expect to finish a seat pad, or basket, attach a braid to a hooked piece and get a good start on a braided rug [2×3]. Skills learned
-Fabric choice and preparation
-2 different starts to braiding
-Braiding and Lacing
-Taper and Butt endings
-attaching a braid to a hooked piece
Students will be required to bring a hooked piece[up to 18 inches in size, round or rounded corners preferred, plus assorted wool fabric to compliment their piece.[1 yard assorted], braid clamp,lacer, lace, sewing needles,large darning needle, scissors, plus bring your wool yardage to use up.. Starter kits will be available from the instructor. They will include clamp,lacer,lace and 1 yard of wool fabric. $75.00 [please pre-order] Individual tools will be for sale if you already have parts of the kit..The kit allows you to make one basket or seat pad. I will have wool for sale ,as will the other vendors ,for other projects. It takes one yard of fabric to complete a square foot of braided rug. Please feel free to bring more than one hooked piece to frame or bring yardage to braid. This is a great time to use up blends or fabric you have had stashed for awhile. This course allows generous time to produce. Braid-aids will not be used , but if you have some , bring them.
Having hooked rugs for over 35 years, I was looking for something a little different to finish off my hooked pieces. Braided borders not only complimented the hooked piece, but protected the edges. I learned to Braid from Loretta Zvarick, from Pennsylvania. Loretta was a master at her craft. In the last 10 years I have worked along side many braiding artists, always learning something along the way I’ve attended the THETIS ISLAND RUG BRAIDING RETREAT since it began[mid- 90’s] and attended the NATIONAL RUG BRAIDING CONFERENCEIN Gig Harbour, Washington, studying under Donna MacKeever. I have been teaching classes from my STUDIO in Chemainus, B.C. for many years. I have an OPEN STUDIO every Tuesday and the first Friday and Sunday of the month allowing former students and all levels of hookers and braiders a place to net-work and encourage. Hoping you can all drop in , sometime! I can be reached at email@example.com or through my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/renditionsinrags , or call Val Galvin 250-246-3979.