Ilka White


This braiding technique weaves in as we go so there is no stitching up required afterward. We share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in this workshop. Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags…



This price includes entry to the entire Soul Craft Festival for the day of the masterclass.


This is a technique-focused class. We will cover all the skills you’ll need to weave your own Braided Rag Rug. Spiral Braiding is slow, so we won’t finish a rug in three hours! By the end of the workshop your braiding is likely to be around the size of a bread and butter plate. The completed size is up to you, and could range from a small mat to a room-sized rug.


  • Clean, worn out cloth you would like to cut into rags for your rug sample (more notes re. cloth below).
  • Clipboard (or a magazine and large bulldog clip) to anchor your braiding.
  • Fabric Scissors.
  • Crochet hook (approx size 3, 4 or 5) if you have one – Ilka will have spares so don’t buy especially.
  • If you have examples of recycled rag rugs in your possession (or pictures), bring them along for show and tell !

NOTES about the Cloth:

Don’t cut your rags beforehand.

We’ll talk about appropriate widths in relation to different fabrics etc as part of the workshop.

Type - Tightly woven, medium-weight cloth that won't fray excessively is recommended, such as worn out clothing, sheets, tablecloths or curtains. T-shirts are fine and other knits can also be used. Extremely thick or stiff fabric such as canvas is tricky to work with but denim is ok. If in doubt, bring everything you have and we’ll use what works.

Quantity - I'd say a couple of shirts, or the equivalent amount of cloth is enough to bring along to the workshop, but you might like more colours to work with.

Colour - Colour plays a large part in rug design. If the colours of your cast-offs don’t inspire you, pop into the op-shop and collect a broader range/colour palette of rag cloth to work with (avoid buying new fabric as this defeats the purpose of recycling!) One of the lovely things about learning this in a group is that a bit of rag swapping also tends to go on.






Anybody! - No experience necessary.