Intro to Rya Rug Weaving

instructor: Esther Hall

category: textiles

for: Teens & Adults

price: $75 Verge members, $100 Non-members all materials included)


This is an introduction workshop for rya rug weaving. Rya or ‘knotted-pile carpet’ is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug using a Ghiordes knot to create a shag rug of 1-3 inches in height. This technique can be used to make rugs, tapestries, or textured shag fabrics for other projects. This workshop will cover weaving basics including setting up the weft on the loom, basic technique, and finishing off a project. We will also discuss the use of different fibers and their benefits for use in different projects.

About the instructor:

Esther Marie Hall is a Filipino American multimedia artist based out of Northern California. Through the use of painting, weaving, embroidery, collage, and sculpture, Esther is consistently exploring themes within the sociopolitical climate, mental health, and women’s rights. She has recently done work with Planned Parenthood and is currently participating in the Facebook Artist in Residency program. Her use of vibrant, saturated color, and cartoonish linework send an unassuming and playful invitation to any viewer.

instagram: @esssttthhher

WHEN: January 23rd

TIME: 5:30-8:30pm

PRICE: $75 Verge members, $100 Non-members

WHO: Adults & Teens (10 students max.)



Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.

If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.