Hello and welcome! I'm inviting you once again to my Rag Rug Making online course.
If you've been following me and my work, you know how much I value sustainability, community, and making things yourself. Rag rug making is such a beautiful combination of all these things! It turns scraps and remnants of old projects into something beautiful. Each fabric or piece of clothing or remnant has a story, and putting them together into a single project is so satisfying.
Making things by hand is definitely therapeutic. Embroidery and basket making was recommended to soldiers after World War One as a way to recuperate from trauma. The act of making hand crafts is proven to release serotonin, which helps combat depression and anxiety, and crafting is even prescribed to help with pain management.
The only thing that makes this better is to share the process... and this is what this course offers. As a student, you're invited to join in, make something of your own, and then share it with a community of people who also love this work. Sign up and you'll be invited to join a Dischord group where we can share our work and make some good friends along the way.
The class is https://textile-arts-with-a-laura-brody.thinkific.com/courses/rag-rug-making and the price goes up August 15th. Enroll now for half price!
You are awesome. Let's make beautiful things together and show them off.
For more about me and what I've taught, check out my classes page.
Links on the benefits of hand crafts and sewing:
Rag Rugging (part two) 2022
If you've been following me, you've probably seen a lot of my rag rug making, and maybe you saw that I finally put up an online course.
It's my first time working with Thinkific and after doing more research I realized I under priced it. Oops. So you get to benefit from me being excitable if you sign up now! I'm finessing the course up until then, because of course I keep finding more things that I meant to add to it. When you enroll you'll get access to the course for a full month, so you won't miss out on any updates.
Enroll and get access to the course for 30 days.
My rag rug making started as a form of therapy. During the past year or so, I needed something pretty and meditative to help me get out of my head- and it works so well. Maybe you could use some soul soothing too?
This rag rug making course isn't only useful for plain circle rugs, although of course you can make those as well. I go over regular twisted rag twine, braided twine, "toothbrush" or Amish style rug making, a woven and crochet sample, coiled and stacked construction, and both hand sewing and machine sewn techniques. These methods can be used for rugs, place mats, wall hangings, trivets, table runners, and have lots of potential for soft sculptures.
I am excited about the soft sculpture possibility and am already concocting plans...Thanks so much for joining me on this journey. Let's create wondrous things together.
Opulence and Rag rugs
So I put up my first online course on rag rug making! It's been a process learning the platform and the steps, but it's come together and has a ton of great information.
The course has a free preview- take a look and if you like what you see, sign up! These rag rugs have been such a balm for my spirit over the past 2 years, and I've learned so much about different ways to create them. I think you'll love this too. Right about now we could all use something meditative and beautiful.
The Opulent Mobility 2022 call for art deadline is July 31. 16 more days to submit your art that re-imagines disability as opulent and powerful. Join us!
Many thanks to the folks who have already shared their art.
Let's imagine a more fabulous world, and then make it so.
Thanks so much,
Have you shared your art with us yet? The deadline is coming up!
Opulent Mobility and Antelope Valley College invite you to imagine a world where disability, mobility, and access are not merely functional, but opulent. Share your artworks that re-imagine disability, mobility, and freedom.
We accept 2-D and sculptural work, music files, and performances on digital media. The deadline for submissions is July 31 and artists may submit up to 10 works of art. A flat $20 fee covers administrative costs, but it can be waived if that causes hardship.
There is no consignment fee. All sales requests will be directed to the artists.
This year's exhibit will be in person at Antelope Valley College Gallery in Lancaster, CA and online at www.opulentmobility.com. The show opening is October 8, 2022 and it will run through November 6th, 2022.
International artists and folks from around the country, you are encouraged to share your work! Sending digital files is a great way to be included without incurring shipping costs.
We'd love to share your art with the world.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.