Audubon Presenting Upcycled Braided Rug Workshop

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will host an upcycled braided rug workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Participants will learn how to make a braided rug from repurposed wool clothing. Repurposing was once a daily part of life. The workshop will teach how to disassemble old wool clothes and blankets and prepare them to make a wool rug – a simple skill that results in beautiful rugs.

Participants will create a 14-inch round chair pad rug, and the techniques can be used to create larger and oval-shaped rugs.

All materials will be provided in a kit and can be taken home after the class. The kit includes prepared wool strips in three colors, thread and a hand-made lacing needle. Participants need only bring a pair of sharp cloth-cutting scissors, a tote to carry their rug and lunch. Sewing machines will be provided, but no previous sewing skills are needed. Students will learn how to finish the rug so they can take it home and complete it there, if necessary. When back home, students can extend the skills they acquire in the workshop to make larger wool rugs or use other materials to make braided rugs.

Instructor Diana Hatfield is a self-taught rug maker. In more than six years, she has created more than 50 rugs, the largest being a seven-feet round. At community fairs she has taken best-in-show as well as other ribbons for her work.

Class size is limited. The fee of $32 or $24 for Friends of the Nature Center includes all materials. Special pricing is possible after the Audubon received a grant from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Audubon will provide coffee and tea for a bring-your-own lunch.

Reservations with payment are required by Monday, Oct. 21, by calling 569-2345 or using the online form by clicking through the Program Listing at

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit