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Winter into Spring.
Winter into Spring.

A traditional craft which is experiencing something of a popular revival in north Northumberland is being celebrated this month.

The Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick has declared October as rag-rugging month and a series of events are taking place to mark the importance of the craft for the heritage of the North East.



Yesterday, a month-long exhibition, which runs until Saturday, November 2, began to showcase the new face of this traditional craft.

Rag-ruggers from across the region will be displaying the versatility of hooky and proggy mat-making in a range of different items, in all shapes, sizes and styles.

While some crafters will adhere to traditional forms, others will push the boundaries further.

The museum is promising that the complete exhibition will be a fabulous mix of colour, fun and inspiration to all who see it.

It has been brought together by Jane Jackson and Margaret Kenny, who call themselves the Rebel Rag Ruggers and are well known as enthusiasts for their craft.

Jane, who was the Alnmouth Arts Festival poster artist for 2013 after winning a competition in the Gazette, and Margaret believe that bringing all these talented craftspeople together will delight audiences and inspire even more people to learn something new.

And for those who do wish to learn more about rag-rugging, two workshops are taking place.

This Saturday, Margaret and Jane have organised a special Rag-Rugging Day at the museum from 10.30am to 3pm.

Individual craftspeople and rag-rugging groups will be demonstrating their skills to each other and the public and giving the public the chance to have a go at some basic techniques and more.

Normal admission prices apply (£2.50, £2 conc, children and Friends free). Refreshments provided.

Then on Saturday, October 19, Margaret and Jane will be running one of their highly-popular full-day training workshops.

It costs £30 and cake and tea/coffee are provided along with all the necessary materials. Those interested are advised to book early via the museum or its website –