Open Rep with Rags with Monica Hallén
Unlocking the secrets of block patterns and profile drafts
Instructor: Monica Hallén
Dates offered 2023: Sep 18–22
Open rep is a technique that allows the weft to show, as well as the warp. When this technique is used to make rag rugs, beautiful patterns and variations are possible. You will choose one larger rug project on your own loom for the week, with your choice of technique using 4 to 8 shafts. We also provide a few extra projects on additional looms, enabling you to try out a variety of techniques on shared looms.
We are thrilled to bring you the opportunity to study with Monica Hallén, a Swedish expert in her field as a rag rug weaver and author of many rag rug books.
- Plain open rep
- 4 shafts and 2 blocks
- 4 shafts and 3 blocks
- 8 shafts and 8 treadles
- 12/6 cotton rug warp
(best for plain open rep)
- 8/2 cotton
- 16/2 cotton
- 16/2 linen
Looms already beamed
You will start the week threading heddles
Context & inspiration
Monica will start with a thorough introduction to the world of Swedish rag rugs, in order to give some historical background. She’ll help you understand the many possibilities for weaving open rep and inspire you in the creation of your rag rug.
Monica Hallén has unparalleled expertise in the history and weaving of rag rugs. She is a designer, weaver, and embroiderer, and (together with Ann-Kristin Hallgrén) author of a number of very popular books on rag rugs. She teaches at Sätergläntan, the world-renowned institute for craft and handwork in Dalarna, Sweden, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Vävstuga.
We currently have Monica’s most recent book available in our store:
- I Trasmattans värld (The World of Rag Rugs), 2017
- Älskade trasmattor (Beloved Rag Rugs), 2006
- Alla tiders trasmattor (Rag Rugs for Everyday), 1999
- Så fint med trasmattor (Wonders with Rag Rugs), 1995
Monica posts inspiring images on her Instagram.
Max enrollment: 12
Course fee: $950 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)
Materials fee: $95
Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday
Schedule: Instruction time 9:00–noon and 1:30–4:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00. Once a session begins, the Barn studio is available at all hours.