2015 Events

The following are the previous activities of the Australian Rugmakers Guild:

2015: Workshops & Events – Diary Date Claimers!


New South Wales     –  Monday 23rd


Rughooking workshop by Miriam Miller in the Holbrook Library.  Email Miriam for more details   narrawillyfarm@shoal.net.au


 Western Australia  –   Sunday 22nd

Locker Hooking workshop by Robin Inkpen – click the link to Workshop#1 for more details


Workshop #1 locker hooking

9am – 12noon

at the Blue Guide Hall, home of Donnybrook Art & Craft Group;     Cnr Marmion St & Ramsey Tce. email Robin robin.inkpen22@gmail.com


Western Australia:    Sunday 12th & Monday 13th

Rag Rug Hooking Workshop – click link to Workshop #2 for more details

The_Hills_are_alive_with_colour_designed_and_hooked_by_Robin_Inkpen_Western_AustraliaWorkshop #2 Rug Hooking

Date & Time changed from 30th March.

by Robin Inkpen

Sun  1 – 4 pm  Mon 6 – 9 pm

 Donnybrook Art & Craft Group;      Cnr Marmion St & Ramsey Tce.

ACT:   Sunday 19th – (date changed from 12th)

ACT Heritage Festival –  Exhibition of rugs and Demonstrations

of rug making at the

 Wool Shed, Strathnairn  Homestead Gallery, 90   Stockdill  Drive, Holt, ACT

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for details email Maggie Whyte : maggieandfish@hotmail.com

 Western Australia:    Tuesday 14th April

Hands-on Craft workshop for Seniors  With Wanneroo Rag Rugger Jo Franco

10:00am – 2:00pm  at  Cockman House,  Woodvale  (Near corner of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads.  Click here for more information.

                                       Wednesday 15th April

Junior_Rugmakers_Western_AustraliaKids School Holiday Workshops with Jo Franco

Prodded_Chiffon_flowers10:00am-12noon  & 1:00-3:00pm at the Wanneroo Museum,          3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo           Click here for more information.


Victoria  Sunday 17th

Rughooking workshop by Anne Churches; Bendigo


for more details email Anne  annesrugs@bigpond.com

Western Australia  Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th 

Craft&Quilt_2011Perth Craft & Quilt Fair

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre                      9:00am – 4:30pmGreat Barrier Reef Finished

Come and say hello to Guild members and see our new rug display including Kira’s new Quillie rug  “The Reef”    

   Click here  to purchase tickets  online.


Western Australia  Mandurah –  Saturday 6th   –  Rughooking & MORE

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Come join us at Ac-cent Hall, 41 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah for a 3-hour morning or afternoon session. Five techniques will be demonstrated at the same time around the hall  – you can move between all asking questions and having-a-go with tools and fabrics supplied. Printed instructions available to take home.  Kits for complete projects will be on sale by Instructors.  June 6 2015 Mandurah Workshop info

Join the Guild now or on the day and take advantage of the member discount.

 Perth   –   Sunday 7th  –  Rughooking & MORE will be repeated at

Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Rd., Menora (where WAFTA meets) –  Click this link for map details.  Menora Demonstrations info

 Queensland    Friday 5th & Saturday 6th

Bec_Andersen_Punchneedle_Rugmaking_Qld_Australia_Rugmakers_Guild_memberPunchneedle Rugmaking Workshop for bookings contact          Bec Andersen  email:  info@becandersen.com

Early bird prices available.

Click here for more about Bec’s workshops

Queensland  Friday 19th & Saturday 20th

Primitive Rug Hooking WorkshopRugmaking by Hand – Basics of Proggy & Hooky – learn how to recycle and revive old fabric & clothing with dye.

Email: info@becandersen.com or click here for more info.


Queensland  –  Friday 17th & Saturday 18th

Naarlbinding_toothbrush_rugmaking_Bec_Andersen_QLD_AustLearn this simple knotting technique to use up old sheets & leftover yardage from other projects. A versatile technique for making rugs, hats, baskets and even pet beds.

Email: info@becandersen.com or click here for more information.

     Tuesday 21st  &  Thursday 23rd

Make do & Mend Crafting Workshops and Community Art Installation

Piece by Piece for Peace”  with Bec Andersen

Piece_by_Piece_for_Peace_by_Bec_Andersen_Textile_Artist_and_Rugmaker_QLD_AustraliaWhere & When: 

Tuesday 9:30 – 12:30pm 8 Griffith St. North Tamborine

Thursday 9:30m – 12:30pm  82 Brisbane St., Beaudesert  &   2 – 5pm  3 High St., Boonah

Click here to read more about Bec’s projects or  email:  info@becandersen.com


QLD    Sunday 2nd   9:00am – 4:00pm

Where:  Judi Tompkins Studio – Landsborough

You’re invited to an informal workshop by Jo Franco covering several different rughookng techniques.  If you’d like to attend, please email Judi judi.tompkins@bigpond.com

ACT    Thursday 6th –  Sunday  9th


10.00am – 4:30pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra

click here to purchase tickets online.


WA                                   Friday 2nd   10:00am to 1:00pm

Hooked flowerIntroduction to Rug Hooking with Robin Inkpen, textile artist,

Balingup Jalbrook Alpaca Gallery

SouthWest Highway, Balingup

Cost: $90 includes a light lunch and a kit containing everything you need to make a small mat. Places are limited. Bookings to Balingup Jalbrook Alpaca Gallery (08) 9764-1616 email: jalbrook@bigpond.com.au

 Victoria, BC, Canada   Sunday 4th – Wednesday 7th

TIGHR Logo RSInn at Laurel Point Victoria BCTriennial Conference of

The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers to be held at The Inn at Laurel Pt on Vancouver Island.

 WA            Friday 16th   10:00am to 1:00pm

locker hookingIntroduction to Locker Hooking

with Robin Inkpen, textile artist,

Balingup Jalbrook Alpaca Gallery South West Highway, Balingup

Cost:  $90 includes a light lunch and a kit containing everything you will need to make a table mat.

Places are limited. Bookings to  Balingup Jalbrook Alpaca Gallery (08) 9764-1616         Email: jalbrook@bigpond.com.au

 VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA    Thursday 22  – Sunday 25th


Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne

For directions, online ticket sales and general information click here


South Australia:   Thurs 5th –  Sunday 8th

Craft&Quilt_201110.00am – 4:30pm

Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre – Showgrounds, Wayville

click here to purchase tickets online.


      TIGHR Logo RS Friday 4th December

                           International Rug  Hooking Day – 


Bec_Andersen_Textile_Artist_and_Rugmaker_QLD_Australia - CopyJoin Bec Andersen for Rug making Demonstrations and displays. 10am – 12 Show and tell you work for the year. Wind down 2015 with a cuppa afterwards.  Venue to be announced.

Western Australia:   Saturday 5th December (still the 4th Dec in North America)

Bitzer-hooked-by-Judith-Tompkins            Guild members and non-members are invited to a

MEGA Hook-In (a free event) at Alexander Craft House in Menora click here for details.

A Workshop will be given by Judith Tompkins visiting fibre artist from Queensland.  For Workshop fees and times click here.


May  4th  2014     –    Common Threads, Wearable Art Showcase

Ebb & Flow hooked by the Wanneroo Rugmakers. Photographer Michael Kelly of Star Creations
Ebb & Flow hooked by the Wanneroo Rugmakers. Photographer Michael Kelly of Star Creations



This entryEbb & Flow”, created by a design team from the Wanneroo Rugmakers group using traditional rughooking techniques, has been selected as a finalist for the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase to be held on Sunday afternoon at the  Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. 



May 17 and 18, 9am-5 pm   –  Open Studio

Bec Andersen - Gypsy Wanderings by the SeaBec Andersen 8 Griffith st North Tamborine   Brisbane, Qld 4272
Come see my series of hall runners with the theme
“Gypsy Wanderings by The Sea”

Indigo Blues, sea greens, golden yellows and of course a dash of pink. And one last detail, some good old fashioned fringing!!!
I collected my images for these pieces on a recent trip to Stradbroke Island.
Simple shells, sea weed , barnacles and even crabs captured my imagination.

 May 21st – 25th   Expertise Events Craft & Quilt Fair – Perth

Craft&Quilt_2011                        Wednesday to Sunday – 9am to 4:30pm

         Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA, 6000

The Australian Rugmakers Guild will have a Guild table again this year at the Fair. Come and say hello to local members of the Guild who will be demonstrating rughooking techniques.

For ticket prices, click  http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Perth/tickets/  or  http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Perth/ for information about transport and parking.

 June 8th   –                         Rug Hooking  &  More

Hooked and prodded by Kath SmithAlexander Park Craft House, Clyde St. Menora, Western Australia

Sunday –  9:30am to 12:30pm  and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Beginners workshops in Traditional Rughooking & Proddy techniques.

Kits containing instructions, tools, backing fabric and starter fabrics will be provided.

For bookings email Jo at raggedyjaysdesigns@yahoo.com.au

June 29th                    RAG RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP

at the Fodder Room in the ArtGeo complex, 4 Queen St. Busselton, Western Australia

Interested?    Contact Robin Inkpen Tel: 08-9731-2874 or email robin.inkpen22@gmail.com  See more of Robin’s work on her website


August:                    Saturday 2nd 2014

Karen Kaiser Design Class image of poppies  – Simply Design by Karen Kaiser (Canada)

(Karen’s Workshops are now FULL)

Location Narrawilly Farm Studio,Milton, NSWKaren Kaiser Design Class image
9:30am – 4:00pm $75.00 per person (max. 12)

Karen Kaiser Design Class image of poppiesKaren will give a short talk about herself, her background and who she is today. She will explain: how she creates a piece to look simple, yet effective and talk about the Elements and principals of design and will guide you to design a small, simple rug of your own, using these elements of design.

Karen will bring a package for each participant containing linen backing, a variety of fabrics “for your hooking pleasure” and a printed handout and will communicate with you before this class to tell you what you need to bring.

August Sunday 3rd 2014  –      Dye and Apply by Karen Kaiser

Karen Kaiser Images for Dye and Apply class        Karen Kaiser Image of swatches Dye and Apply class

Location Narrawilly Farm Studio, Milton, NSW
9:30am – 4:00pm $75.00 per person (max. 12)

Karen will give a demonstration of casserole dyeing, dip Karen Kaiser Images for Dye and Apply classdyeing and marbleizing and will show how to apply these dyes to effectively create background and shaded areas in your rugs.

A package for each participant will contain linen backing, wool for hooking a sky and yarn for embellishments and a printed handout.

August 22nd & 23rd Bec Andersen’s Last Rugmaking workshops for 2014 Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm

  Rugmaking_3_in_1_August-22_23_2014Rugmaking 3 in 1 Learn primitive rughooking, proggy and nalbinding all in one day.

Transform unwanted fabric and clothing in functional rugs and mats.

Early Bird $60 (paid by 23rd July) Regular Price $75

Purchase hooks on the day. Contact Bec for bookings and what to bring Ph:0438147352 or email info@becandersen.com or see her website

August  Thurs 21st to Sun 24th – Expertise Events Craft & Quilt Fair – Canberra

????????????????Australian Rugmakers Guild will be represented at the Canberra Quilt & Craft Fair – to be held in the Budawang Building at Exhibition Park In Canberra, located on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell, ACT.


Come and meet Maggie Whyte and local rughookers, demonstrating rughooking techniques, displaying their work and discover where you can learn this craft.

Call for Entries! HURRY!

Rugmaking Challenge

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How quickly time flies!

It will be October before you know it, so start working on your entry to the Rugmaking Challenge to be exhibited 11th & 12th October 2014 at the Strathalbyn Rughooking Expo. Click here for  Entry Form

For information on the Rugmaking Challenge and the Strathalbyn Rugmaking Expo

Contact Judith Stephens; email studioblue20@gmail.com






Friday 5th –                 Narrawilly Proggy Ruggers 20th Anniversary

1 Narrawilly Proggers Past and present members of the Narrawilly Proggy Ruggers are invited to join us in the Rug room at Narrawilly from 10 to 4, or anytime in between. If possible please bring some or your rug work to show and tell, however, you would also be warmly welcome without.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP before Friday 15th August 2014to Miriam Miller.

Saturday 13th                                              Rugmaking by Hand :

Rugmaking_by_Hand_Bris_QLD_2014Transform unwanted clothing into  functional rugs and mats  Where:  Fibrecraft House, 12 Payne St., Auchenflower, QLD   When:  9am to 4pm    Cost:  $100 plus $40 Kit

Bookings:             office@qldspinners.org.au  www.qldspinners.org.au

For more information: Contact Bec Anderson www.becandersen.com

Sat 27th & Sun 28th                    Artfest

artfest-face-colour-sml-sq-cropped   10 days of events in and around the Milton/Ulladulla district; music, sculpture, wine tastings, fibre art, paintings in many venues, photography, including an


An exhibition of creative, imaginative and colourful; rugs and wall-hangings made using a variety of recycled materials.
Morning and afternoon teas with homemade cakes and scones will be available for $5     at the Rug Room, 35 Stony Hill Lane, Milton
For more information Phone 4455-6870


Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th


Town Hall, High St. Strathalbyn, SA

ALL WELCOME  –   No experience necessary

Sessions : Saturday 9:00am-12noon [A] & 1:00pm- 4:00pm [B]                                     Sunday   9:00am-12noon [C] & 1:00pm-4:00pm  [D]

COST: $65 per session


Enquiries & Bookings Phone: Judith (08)8536-3451 or                             Email :  studioblue20@gmail.com

Full payment due 30th Sept 2014            PayPal or Online Bank Transfer; for details email raggedyjaysdesigns@yahoo.com.au

Workshops offered:

  1. Waldoboro (3D)/ Sculptural hooking; Judi Tompkins Profile Workshop Description
  2. Hooking an A3 sized facial portrait from a photograph; Portrait Workshop Chris Noorbergen
  3. Fibre Sculptures; Maggie Whyte Artist Profile & class description
  4. Braiding Techniques; Kathleen Smith & Barbara Philllips Profile and Workshop Description
  5. Proddy;   Miriam Miller
  6. Punchneedle Hooking; Jacqui Thomson Profile & Workshop Description
  7. Dyeing Safely in the Kitchen;  Joy Marshall Class Description
  8. Traditional rug hooking; Jo Franco Profile & Workshop Description
  9. Toothbrush rug making;  Judith Stephens Profile & Workshop Description

October 11th,  2014 (During the Expo)


Saturday at  4:30 pm,

Town Hall, High Street,  Strathalbyn, SA


Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd   Braidwood “Hanging of the Quilts”

???????????????????????????????The Narrawilly Proggy Ruggers will be displaying Rug_Hooked_by_Jacqui_Thomson_NSW_Australiarugs, demonstrating rug making and talking about rug to the big crowds who visit Braidwood over this weekend.


TIGHR Logo RSDecember 4, 2014   has been declared International Hook-In-Day by TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) in celebration of the organization’s 20th Anniversary.

Members are meeting friends for lunch or tea and bringing along their fibre projects.  Events promoting rug making techniques are planned in public spaces and shops.  Participation is open to all rugmakers round the world visit www.tighr.net to learn about TIGHR



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