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The year 2017 ended happily for the Strath Matters group, with some projects finished and a bang-up Christmas lunch. From 2018 we are moving to the Red Hen Studio at the Stationmasters Gallery, 20 South Terrace Strathalbyn. As ever we meet on the first and third Fridays of the month, starting this year on Friday […]

This colourful, intricate and funny fish from Jenny L. is yarn hooked. We’ve been watching it develop over months,  and all agree it’s been worth waiting for.

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Baskets such as Cheryl’s, below, demonstrate how versatile and modern our techniques can be.


Judy has been visiting Japan, and of course met with rug hookers there. Here she is with Fumiyo from Tokyo, who is showing some of her beautifully detailed work.

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Chris is a relative newcomer to the group but brings a new project – she is making a proddy rug out of a range of denim colours. Note she has cut the end of each piece on an angle to make it more shaggy.


As a contrast, here is Marlene’s finished proddy mat, bright and patterned.  The same technique can be used for so many effects.

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In the meantime we continue talking and rugging!



cheers, Gail





September / October 2017

The group held a rug weekend at the seaside town of Robe from 22 to 24 September. We stayed in a caravan park in vans and cabins. The time was filled with rug work, long walks and lavish meals, as well as getting to know partners and friends.

For our project Judy introduced the Grenfell technique using strips of dyed stockings and a much finer hooking tool than most of us are used to. Altogether it was a fun weekend.


Photos from Gail and Malcolm.


August 2017

Fashions, even in rug making, seem to come and go. At the moment the most popular projects in the group seem to be toothbrush rugs.

These coiled rugs are made from strips of fabric, often sliced sheets from the local op shop, connected with a stitch resembling crochet. Instead of a hook they use the handle of a toothbrush, one end filed down to a smooth point, with a hole at the other.

The challenge is to add stitches and keep the tension correct, so that as it grows the rug lies flat. If not, it will curve up and you could finish with a large bowl!


And, of course, some members are finishing other projects :


or improvising when they forget tools – here using a baking tray instead of a ruler for cutting fabric strips:


July was History Month in South Australia and Judy Stephens held a popular and busy display of our craft at Studio Blue in Strathalbyn. It included old tools, rugs and SEMCO patterns printed on hessian, nine different examples of rug making techniques using recycled materials, and a wonderful array of rugs.

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Coming activities include a group weekend at Robe where much work will be done and much fun anticipated.

cheers, Gail

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Autumn busy-ness at Strathalbyn. We’ve had great attendances and are seeing such a variety of projects, techniques, and fabrics. Even speed of work is an individual thing. Some people are happy to stretch one project out over months, whereas others get a burst of energy and arrive with three new pieces made since the last meeting. Jenny A has been […]

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Our rugmaking group is as busy as ever, meeting every first and third Friday of the month at the Town Hall in Strathalbyn, South Australia.  As well, plenty of great work gets done between meetings and we love to see the finished projects, such as Marlene’s rustic bench cover featured above. We were delighted recently to have […]

December 2016

To  fellow rug makers and those enjoying our blog, Seasons Greetings from StrathMatters.

Here are some of our recent projects, mainly using a toothbrush tool and old sheets:

Our breakup lunch started with a project, as usual.  Under Judy’s guidance we curled silk strips around rope and then entwined them with rough yarn or other thread to make stylish necklaces.

We’ll be back in 2017. Happy New Year!  Gail