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Lostwithiel Rug Hookers create Community Rug

Thursday 4th October 2012

Community rug of LostwithielA community rug depicting Lostwithiel is being created by Lostwithiel Rug Hookers.Once complete the group hope that the rug will be displayed to the public.

The Rug Hookers are a cheerful, friendly and supportive group who meet at the Methodist Meeting Room in Lostwithiel every Tuesday (except the first) 10.00am to 12.30pm.

The group has grown in popularity so much that it has recently had to move from its former home in Lostwithiel Library to bigger premises in the Methodist Meeting Room.

The members make wall-hangings, rugs, cushions etc. from discarded fabric such as old wool jumpers, skirts, fleece, using traditional tools onto hessian backing. These tools are either for prodding or hooking (not to be confused with latch-hooking).

The Rug Hookers have tools and equipment that new members can try out before buying and lots of books to browse through to get ideas. New members will soon be able to make an item using family cast-offs (if you have any old felted wool jumpers, tweed skirts or fleece the Rug Hookers will be glad to have them!)



Rug hooking toolsThe cost is £1.00 per session, plus donations for refreshments. As a non-profit group any surplus funds are donated to various charities. The group also arranges some social events and outings and participate each Spring in the annual craft-fair in Marazion.

For more information about the group contact Dianne Best on 01208 872303 or come along to one of the sessinos at the Methodist Meeting Room.

Self help sewing group

Group of rug hookers at workThe same group have started a self help sewing group in the same venue, a relaxed friendly atmosphere to pass on skills, encourage, help and also gradually collect equipment and materials for all members to use. Beginners are welcome.

At the first gathering a lot of amazing work took place ranging from two young people learning to use their grans' sewing machine to someone making curtains from a variety of old ones.

Sessions take place every Thursday (except the last of the month) from 10-12.30 in the Methodist Meeting Room. Cost is £1 plus donations for tea, coffee and biscuits.

If anyone has any unwanted sewing bits and pieces, fabrics, patterns, old scissors, cottons, wadding, any other sewing equipment or even an old sewing machine then Dianne on 01208 872303 would love to hear from you and can give you more information about the group.