We had a really successful rag rugging workshop last month with local artist Jen Gay. 11 women and a 6 year old girl attended. Jen spent some time exploring the colour wheel with us, looking at elements of design, showing how to cut our rag strips and various stitches we could use. She also demonstrated the frame she had made to work her rug on. All went away motivated to start on their own rugs.
This turned out to be the start of something much bigger, people really enjoyed coming together and sharing crafting time and there was enough enthusiasm that we decided to make it a monthly event. The kaupapa is you can bring along whatever project you’re working on already, or prepared for taking part in whatever the workshop theme for that month is.
On Monday 7th August, we’ll be upcycling t-shirts and singlets, and hopefully also jeans and chook-food sacks, into shopping bags. There will be no-sew versions as well as hand sew and machine sewing. Bring along what you wish to upcycle, a sharp pair of scissors, needle & thread if you wish to sew on embellishments to decorate your bag with such as buttons, patches, braids, ribbons et. Here is an idea of what can be made from singlets:
You can learn how to make flowers like the one on the blue bag too. You need synthetic material such as lining, satiny nightwear etc. plus buttons, beads or embroidery threads to use in the centre.
On Monday 4th September we’ll be making beeswax wraps to use instead of glad wrap etc to cover and wrap food. It turns out that our woodstove is perfect for melting the wax, but other methods will be demonstrated too. October & November’s topics are still to be confirmed but in December we’ll be making lip balms and moisturiser with Lyn Webster (of Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce fame), just in time for Christmas!
Some future workshops may incur a cost depending on what it is, but for the next two at least it will just be a koha. If you have a skill that you’d like to share let us know.
Feature Photo: with thanks to Tania Peters