Annual Four-day Rug
Cilla Cameron and I have been friends
for many years. It was while we were next door neighbours,
in Hurst, that our mutual love of rug-making developed.
Since those early days, we have each followed our
own rug-making careers. In the mid 1990s we started
to travel to rug schools in America, Canada and Australia,
both as students and to teach hooky and proddy techniques.
It was inevitable that we would decide to run our
own rug school in England.
In 2000 we organised the first Reeth
Rug Retreat, held at Marrick Priory near Richmond
in the beautiful valley of Swaledale in North Yorkshire.
That first year over forty rugmakers attended and
we invited Heather Lamborn from York to teach alongside
us so that students could choose from one of the three
classes we offered.
The school has gone from strength to
strength, with teachers from Canada and America leading
specialised rug-making classes each year in subjects
including Waldoboro rugs, animals, fine cut, folk
art, Orientals, story rugs and more. The four-day
rug-making course, normally held in September, is
now held at Grinton Lodge, near Reeth. It has places
for about thirty-five students and offers a variety
of teachers and workshops.
Rug Retreat videos