Rug Aid allows visually impaired adults and children the opportunity to make rag rugs which they then sell on to tourists for very little, when you consider the effort that has gone into making them.
This stops them however, from having to beg for money to buy food and gives them a sense of achievement and personal confidence.
The blind are considered the dregs of Gambian society but then Gambia is a poor nation and visual impairment is not considered important.
It's worth looking at these pics of some of her work
One of the small mats made by the Gambian ruggers -
Anyway about 20 of us had a great day listening to Heathers delightful Sunderland accent.
like using a rotary blade to slice quickly and cleanly through fabrics to make your fabric strips! duhhh <<< never occurred to me lol
I have made a couple of rag rugs in the past, one door mat sized with floral cotton fabrics which turned out well. I also made a denim larger rug but it got so heavy I lost the will to continue lol
( I donated it to charity, hope someone else finished it!)
Anyway here's a selection of Heathers work - hooky technique and some proddy (shaggy) embellishment you'll notice too.
loved the little houses and the flower is a pin
smashing wreaths these
Fabulous freeform rugging, love this technique especially
fabulous bags here and one supersized using up small square samples
This natty gadget cuts fabric into thin strips with very little effort but it costs ALOT by all accounts : (
This is my textural effort so far using the hooky technique, hardly inspiring but fun to do ~