Ever wanted to try your hand at making a spiral braided rag rug? Artist, Ilka White will show you how to make your own unique, colourful rag rug using - you guessed it – cloth rags and fabric scraps. This is a great way to recycle your favourite old t-shirts and clothing making them into functional and decorative homewares that will last for years!
In this one day workshop, Ilka will show you how to begin a rug and guide you through the techniques necessary to complete your piece at home. Buda will also have their own rag rug collection from the 1930s and 40s on display for further inspiration. By the end of this workshop you'll have all the skills you need to finish your rug at home and if you catch the rag-rug-bug you may even be inspired to make few more after that.
Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine has a strong connection with the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia, with the five unmarried Leviny daughters, who lived most of their lives in the family home, keen proponents of the Movement. All were involved in at least one or more disciplines relating to the arts and crafts including: embroidery and other styles of fancy needlework, wood carving, decorative metalwork and enamelwork, raffiawork, leatherwork, rag rug making, painting, drawing, designwork and pottery.
Much of their own handiwork was made to decorate their home at Buda, and is still displayed throughout the historic house for visitors to enjoy.
Buda is keen to continue this tradition of fostering the arts, culture, history and horticulture through its public programs, events and activities.