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Braided U.S. Flag Mat


Christine Manges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dates: 1 day – Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Member $115.00
Supply Fee: $20.00 – 50.00 (see below) - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location:  Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Description:  Students will learn the skills for making braided “strip” rugs by creating a 7” x 17” patriotic fringed mat of the U.S. Flag.

Christine will start by showing you how to prepare your wool, followed by a braiding demonstration. She will also cover: making a T-start, braiding with braid aids, changing colors, lacing the braids together, and making a fringe.

Students will have the option to bring or purchase wool for this project.

This workshop will give you all the basics so you can create future braided strip projects from small placemats to larger floor rugs.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes 

Level:  No Experience – everyone welcome, no prior braiding experience required.     

Supply description:  Basic kit ($20) includes braid-aids, safety pins, rubber bands, lacing cord, & tapestry needle.  Basic kit + wool ($50) includes items listed above plus red, white and blue wool. Optional: table clamps for braiding will be available to borrow or purchase ($20).

Students Need to Bring:  Scissors with sharp tips, needle and thread.  Optional: if bringing your own wool, you will need: red and white wools: 1/2 yard each of 54-60” long wool fabric; and blue wool:  1/4 yard of 54-60” long wool fabric. 

BIO:  Christine Manges has been devoted to rug braiding since she went to her first braid conference in 2006.  She has since co-authored a book:  Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding (Schiffer Publishing, 2011), and illustrated two chapters in Finishing Hooked Rugs (Editor:  Rug Hooking Magazine, 2013). 

She has taught both at rug hooking conferences (ATHA, San Antonio, 2015 and 2017), and rug braiding conferences (New England Braids, 2010 -- 2017) and directs the teaching program at the yearly Valley Forge Guild conference (2010 – 2017).  She publishes a quarterly internet newsletter on rug braiding: The Revolutionary Rug Braider, and she chats about her braiding and rug punching in a blog she co-hosts with friend Dianne Tobias. 

Christine lives with her family and an amazing wool stash in Pittsburgh.


Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
Follow this link for information on the registration form:
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