Hepple WI was pleased to welcome Karen Walker of Raggity Rugs to the November meeting to give a highly interesting and informative talk about her passion for traditional hooky and proggy mats.
Karen began by outlining the history of the traditional proggy mat, which dated back to medieval times, and possibly originated in Scandinavia. Initially it was only the working classes which made such rugs, but later when readymade rugs came along, they became fashionable with the middle classes too.
Karen demonstrated how both hooky and proggy mats were made, and brought along a selection of proggers and hooks for members to view. These ranged from the most basic, made from a clothes peg, to the more established metal proggers. Obtaining proggers was indeed quite a difficult task these days.
She brought along a selection of beautiful hooky and proggy rugs she had made, all very colourful and including some intricate designs. Karen ended by reading a very entertaining poem in local dialect, about how family members were always at risk of finding items of clothing “going missing” and being secretly cut up and made into clippings for the latest proggy mat!
The competition for the evening for a pin cushion was won by Vivien Masterton, with Jenny Bates second and Margaret Laidler third.