Martha Birch - Hooking & Proggy Rugmaking

Martha Birch - Hooking & Proggy Rugmaking

This one day workshop will teach you everything you could ever wish to know about the craft of rug hooking and progging. Participants will be taken throughMarthaBirch1 small the steps required to make a finished rug. Hooking is the standard method of rug making, using prepared lengths of suitable material. Progging uses precut lengths of material, pushed through the fabric from the back, to create a more textured effect e.g. flowers that have a realistic 3D textured form.

Bring along a black & white design to use, or create your own design on the day using Martha’s magazines for inspiration. All materials to make your rug (approx. 30cm x 30cm) are included in the $20 Materials fee. You may also choose to purchase a kit containing specialised rugmaking tools for $25.

You will be astonished at how quickly a work can take shape and the range of possibilities for its use. Let your creative juices flow and look through your own collection of craft books for inspiring ideas to remake using rug hooking. Project examples are: Rugs for the floor, wall hangings, chair pads, cushion covers, heat pads, drink mats, door stops, Christmas decorations, toys for children, table runners and wreaths for the door.

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Martha Birch is the Vice-President of the Australian Rug Hooking Guild and has been teaching workshops in Rugmaking for the past 4 years.

Ten years ago, while visiting the USA, she was given a frame and some hooks by her rug-making mother-in-law, attended her first lesson in Vermont, and Martha was “hooked”! She followed this up later in Australia under the guidance of Miriam Miller, the “mother” of Rug Hooking Australia, and has continued on this path, inspiring others to join in the fun of recycling unwanted fabrics and making them into useable art works.

Margaret Preston’s floral art is featured in Martha’s designs, as well as more abstract works by her designer friend.

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The location for this workshops has been changed. It will be held in a private home in Lane Cove. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you requre further information.

Event Details

Date Sat 30th Oct 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sat 30th Oct 2021 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $90 Non-members $115 Materials Fee $20

Workshop Information

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Materials fee
On the day
Special needs
Cancellation Policy 


  • Pay a deposit to secure your place in a workshop as they fill quickly
  • The deposit of $31 for a one day workshop and $62 for a two day workshop is non-refundable
  • Remainder of payment is due 4 weeks before the workshop
  • Non-members pay a higher price for workshops so join now to get the members’ rate
  • Non-members are not included in ballots if the demand is greater than available places
  • For Textile Tasters, full payment is required when you register.

Materials Fee

Material fee to be paid directly to the tutor at the workshop.

On the day

  • Bring your own lunch and mug, morning and afternoon tea is provided
  • Please arrive early so you are unpacked and ready to start at 9.30am
  • Tutors finish teaching at 4pm, so everyone can help with the cleanup. Participants leave at 4.30pm each day.


We may take photographs during the workshop for use in ATASDA promotional material. If you do not want to be photographed please advise the workshop helper at sign-in.

Before taking photographs for your own records, check with the workshop helper first, as some tutors do not allow photography.


It is your responsibility to provide any personal protective and/or safety equipment required for the workshop, e.g. safety glasses, facemask, gloves. See workshop requirements list for additional items.

Special needs

Please email NSW Workshops before you book if you have special needs e.g. wheelchair access.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a workshop is cancelled by ATASDA your workshop fee will be refunded
  • Can't attend? You may be able to gift your enrolment, please contact NSW Workshops
  • If you cancel up to 4 weeks prior to the workshop your payments, minus the deposit, will be refunded
  • If you have to cancel within four weeks of the workshop due to extenuating circumstances, a partial refund may be given, please contact NSW Workshops

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