Open Rep with Rags with Monica Hallén

Rare opportunity to study with a world expert in this Swedish tradition

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.

Techniques

  • Plain open rep
  • 4 shafts and 2 blocks
  • 4 shafts and 3 blocks
  • 8 shafts and 8 treadles

Warp yarns

  • 12/6 cotton rug warp
    (best for plain open rep)
  • 8/2 cotton
  • 16/2 cotton
  • 16/2 linen

More details

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.

Open Rep project

open rep rugs

Open Rep project

4 shafts, 3 blocks

Open Rep project

4 shafts, 2 blocks

Open Rep project

4 shafts, 2 blocks

Open Rep project

plain open rep

Open Rep project

4 shafts, 3 blocks

Open Rep project

8 shafts, 8 treadles

Open Rep project

4 shafts, 2 blocks

Open Rep project

plain open rep

Open Rep project

plain open rep

Open Rep project

scraps & pieces, linen warp

Open Rep project

scraps & pieces, linen warp

Open Rep project

bowl of rag balls

Open Rep project

rag balls

Monica Hallén

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.

Monica’s books include:

  • 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.

Register now

Prerequisites: none

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.

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