Crafters keep mat-making skills alive

Woofhorn Matters:Sheila Wilson and Doreen Bizard showing visitor Ann Charlton the art of matting
Woofhorn Matters:Sheila Wilson and Doreen Bizard showing visitor Ann Charlton the art of matting

KEEN crafters showed off a Northumberland tradition at a hands-on exhibition.

The Woodhorn Matters group organised the display at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum earlier this month to exhibit members’ proggy, or clippy, mat-making skills.

The group was formed 20 years ago to keep the county’s traditional mat-making art alive, first meeting at Woodhorn Museum.

When the venue was closed for refurbishment, the crafters found new premises at Morpeth Methodist Church in Howard Terrace, where they have continued to meet since.

As well as the hearth rugs, they also make a variety of other items, such as wall hangings, cushions, seat covers, bags and Christmas decorations.

The free exhibition took place over the weekend of December 7 and 8 and visitors were invited to have a go at the activities themselves. The group, which experiments with a wide range of materials, techniques and styles, is keen to welcome more members. For more information,visit www.woodhornmatters.co.uk