The Art of Proggy Matting

There is an old Weardale story about an elderly couple. The old fella was lying gravely ill in bed, and the doctor was called. His wife, feared the worst. However, to everyone’s surprise, he made a good recovery, and one day felt like getting up and breathing in the fresh Weardale air and called for his clothes. His wife, shamefaced appeared at the door and said

‘I thought tha were a gonna, so I cut up tha’ clothes for a proggy mat’

proggy-matThe Art of ‘Proggy Matting’ involves taking strips of wool fabric and poking them through a piece of hessian that has been stretched on a frame.

Here is a You Tube video by textile artist Ali Rhind on proggy matting

Hooky and Proggy Mats – A beginner’s guide bu Ali Rhind

The rug in this photo was made by my husband using strips of wool coat, nearly 30 years ago for our house in Weardale. It is still going strong and is now infront of the fire in Bridge Cottage. However, it is very much Lucy the dog’s mat. In fact she understands the command, ‘On your mat!’


wool-scraps As a by product of my woolly pedlaring, I get a vast amount of wool off cuts, often gorgeous felted wool in lovely colours. I hate waste, and as the whole nature of my business is upcycling waste I collect my scraps until I find someone who can find a use for them. Enter the proggy matters!

Although not exclusive to the north-east, this is a north-east tradition that is still going strong. So, let it be known that The Woolly Pedlar is giving away bags of wool scraps! I’d love them to be used in proggy matting!

I sell my upcycled woolly clothes, soft furnishings and accessories at The Wool Clip and have a bin there of wool off cuts for matting. You can also get in touch via the website if you would like any scraps.

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Thanks for reading!

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