Quillie Rug Making @ Reeth Rug Retreat 8-11th Sept 2017
Reeth Rug Retreat is now in its 18th year offering specialised classes in Rug Hooking, Proddy and other techniques with teachers from England, Canada and America. To Book go to: http://reethrugretreat.blogspot.co.uk/ Bookings are taken on a ﬁrst come ﬁrst served basis along with the fee.
Quillie rugs in their purest sense are rarely seen – ‘quillie coils’ are usually added to give more depth and interest to hooked or prodded or mixed media rugs. A Quillie rug needs no background fabrics and no highly specialised equipment – except the length of the needles. With a Quillie you can re-use even the tiniest pieces of wool, to add that little spark of colour and depth. In this workshop students will begin their own Quillie rug which can be symmetrical or entirely random. The beauty of this technique is that you are able to create coils and compose your design entirely as you go along to achieve a pleasing result – plus, a Quillie doesn’t have a set ﬁnishing point – it can be whatever you want it to be. You will start your Quillie in this class but you will be able to keep coming back to it at any point if you feel the need to add more – Gill’s own rugs often start off as coasters but end up as full size hearth rugs or wallhangings. We will also be looking at the complementary technique of shirring – which Gill frequently combines with her standing wool work and there may also be a little bit of needle felting involved…. This relaxed and friendly class is a great opportunity to let your imagination run wild and really push the boundaries of what a Quillie rug can be.