Rag Rug Techniques with Monica Hallén

Rare opportunity to study with a world expert

Instructor: Monica Hallén

Dates offered 2023:Sep 25–29

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. She will guide you through several rag rug techniques as you weave on your own warp for the week in our Farm Studio.


  • Stripes
  • Meet & separate
  • Bird feet
  • Rosepath
  • Small mixed pieces
  • Woven hems

More details

Looms already beamed

We will beam your loom for you ahead of time with a 40 cm wide rug warp, 2.5 meters long.

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 and inspire you in the creation of your rag rug.

Thread & weave

Thread your loom for the week and sample the many techniques Monica has to show you.

Rag Rug Techniques project

backgrounds & stripes

Rag Rug Techniques project

meet & separate

Rag Rug Techniques project

bird feet

Rag Rug Techniques project

woven hems

Rag Rug Techniques project

rosepath & plain weave

Rag Rug Techniques project

plain rag rugs

Rag Rug Techniques project

weighing your rags

Rag Rug Techniques project

mixed pieces, single color base

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.

Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 12

Course fee: $950 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: $50

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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