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Proggy mats at craft sessions.

ARTS and crafts fans are invited to try their hand at a textile creation of the past.

Bedlington Library, in Glebe Road, is hosting a seven-week taster course in proggy mat making, aimed at anyone over the age of 50.

The rag mats were a common sight in workingclass homes across the North East until the mid-20th century. They were made from old sacks and recycled fabric in an effort to keep feet warm in an era before fitted carpets were commonplace.

The classes will run from 9.45am to 11.45am on Thursdays between April 23 and June 4, led by a Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre (Bric) tutor. Sessions are free. Places are limited and must be booked by calling Bric on 01670 353 817. Participants must be available to attend all seven classes.

Bric is a community hub that offers employment support and education to local people in partnership agencies like Northumberland College and Northumberland Fire Brigade Union.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2015
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