Letty Klein has been making custom braided rugs from roving for almost 20 yrs. She has raised Karakul sheep since 1982 on Pine Lane Farm near Kalamazoo, MI. and judged sheep and fleece shows across the country. Along with coauthor Ann Brown, they have conducted rug braiding workshops all across the country since their book, “The Shepherd’s Rug – a Braided Wool Rug From Roving” was self-published in 2006.
A two day workshop:
This workshop is for the fiber artist with a closet full of fiber, the shepherd wishing to make something from their wool sheep, and the hand-crafter looking to add warmth and a decorative flair to their home. Students will learn how to braid wool roving, felt the braids, and sew the felted braids into a beautiful, functional heirloom rug to be enjoyed now and to pass on to another generation.
Day one: will be spent selecting and preparing the roving, talking about color/design options, then braiding enough roving for a small rug. Instructor will felt the braids that evening at a laundromat and bring the felted braids back to class on the next day.
Day two: will be spent learning the sewing techniques necessary to complete the project. The techniques learned can then be used to create their own beautiful rugs at home.
A Supply fee of $25 per student will include all the equipment needed to finish the project, except for the wool roving. Students can bring their own roving or the instructor will have an assortment of roving available for purchase. Copies of the book will be available.
Students bring to class: Very basic sewing skills needed and enthusiasm! You will need about 3 – 4 lbs. for a 2’ x 3’ rug in 2 or more shades /colors, long/coarse fibers are preferred, but any type can be used as long as it is not short stapled. Alpaca, llama, and mohair blends will work too. The instructor will have roving for sale, $15-20/lb. in assorted natural and some dyed colors. Pay 1/2 deposit ($33) at Sept. 12 meeting, Cost for 10 students is $40 + $25 for materials = half deposit of $33. Class can have up to 15 students and cost goes down!
Note: Information, particularly on pricing, is subject to change depending on number of participants. For questions or uncertainties, please contact Leslie Edens at email@example.com
Last updated: 9/19/2017