I've finally completed the first "Proggy" rag rug that I've ever made designed to go on the floor and it's proving to be quite popular with the cats who settled down onto it immediately it was finished..
Usually I make my work out of rather expensive handwoven Harris Tweed and wool yarns, and so these pieces are always created as wall hangings. But earlier in the year a very kind lady who'd previously attended one of our rag rugging workshops gave me 6 rubbish sacks full of unwanted old woollen garments. So I decided to make good use of them and make a traditional mat for the floor, with a central "devils eye" and a black border. I am really chuffed with the finished rug, which is quite large and weighs an absolute ton!
Making it has also been quite an interesting technical exercise as it has enlightened me as to a potential benefit of using a frame when making a piece as big and heavy as this. I have never used a frame when making my rag rugs, or ever really felt that doing so would be of any particular benefit.. But I can see that using a frame would support the significant weight of such a large piece as this when you're working on it, which would make it easier to work on, especially when nearly completed. Even so I'm still going to continue working without a frame as I just don't like the bulk of them.
This rug is destined to go in front of my sister's Aga and I've still got enough woollen materials left over to be able to make another one, for my brother this time.
Margaret Kenny and I run regular rag rugging workshops in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders f you fancy learning to make your own traditional proggy mat for your siblings or pets.