New England Braids offers rug braiding classes and retreats where you can create a family heirloom. Our workshops are open to all levels, including those who have never tried rug braiding.
Although a braid seems like such a simple thing at first, the braided rug design options are endless — fabrics, textures, colors, patterns, rug shapes, number of braiding strands, and more. New England Braids’ classes offer an opportunity to immerse oneself in a traditional art, meet new people, relax, and improve skills. Attendees who are new to the craft usually start by making a small oval mat and then graduate to a larger project. Experienced braiders may choose to master advanced projects such as special shapes and corners. Everyone benefits from observing the skills of others as they learn the craft.
New England Braids classes teach the basic techniques in making a traditional braided rug from planning to completion. Participants are guided step-by-step through the process of making a braided rug from strips of wool fabric and learn about types of materials, tools, and how to figure quantity of materials needed. Also covered are how to braid, starting the rug, lacing, following color patterns, adding new colors, tapering and butting the last rows.
Our braiding retreats offer quiet relaxation and give you the option to work on a current braiding project or start a new one. Often we have local rug braiding teachers available to guide you and wool and rug braiding supplies for sale.