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Taking part in the rugmaking workshop in Bede's Bakehouse at St  Peter's Church, Sunderland, are, from left, Gabrielle Neve Devitt, seven, Kath Price, Heather Ritchie and Ian Potts.
Taking part in the rugmaking workshop in Bede's Bakehouse at St Peter's Church, Sunderland, are, from left, Gabrielle Neve Devitt, seven, Kath Price, Heather Ritchie and Ian Potts.
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A rugmaker helped to pass on the traditional craft of making proggy and hooky mats to future generations.

Heather Ritchie hosted a rugmaking workshop at Bede’s Bakehouse Gallery in St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth.

One of Britain’s most experienced rug makers, Heather has teamed up with the gallery to create a rug inspired by the work of painter Ian Potts who is the gallery curator.

Ian has produced a painting, entitled Traces of Wearmouth, which illustrates the link between Wearmouth and the Lindisfarne Gospels using, as a starting point, drawings of ancient carvings from around the Saxon Arch at St Peter’s, which date back to 674 AD. 

Ian and Heather are also appealing for any intermediate or experienced rug makers to come along to help work on the giant rug, which Heather says would take her up to a year to make without help.

The rug will remain at the church throughout the summer, so volunteers can help hook the mat most days from 10.30am until 2.30pm. 

The rug will then take its place in the Inspired by the Gospels exhibition at Bede’s Bakehouse gallery and all the helpers will be encouraged to weave their name into the rug.

* To make a date to help hook the rug, email Ian at hawaythelads@outlook.com or ring Bede’s Bakehouse on Tel.564 0431.