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Sept 29
Rug Hooking, Rag-a-Jack Mat Workshop

Rag-a-Jack Mat Workshop
Instructor: Joan Foster
Course Description: The rag-a-jack (also known as poked or prodded) mat is a shaggy mat made with strips of material ½" wide by 3" long on a burlap backing. It was traditionally used in Newfoundland as a door mat to wipe muddied or snowy boots. It can be hooked using a mat hook or poked using a poker. In this 6 hour workshop, the student will learn how to cut the material and the techniques for both hooking and poking and how to finish the mat. How to make a brooch using the technique will also be shown. A kit consisting of a pattern (on burlap) of a chair pad, the material to use and a hook will be included in your registration fee. You will need to bring some type of frame (14” hoop will be Ok), a pair of scissors and if you have it, bring a cutting board, ruler and rotary cutter. No previous hooking experience is required.
Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee/tea provided. To register contact Art Ex at

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