Schumacher Farm Park

Where Dane County's Rural Heritage Comes Alive.


Rag rug weaving is an excellent way to recycle and upgrade cloth into something functional, beautiful and homemade. Historically, these creations were used as rugs all over the house, but today you could use them for just about anything from a bed cover to a wall hanging.  

In this class you will learn to make a 15" x 20” rag placemat or cushion. 

The class will begin at 10:00 a.m. (arrive a bit early to get settled to be able to start on time) and will end around 3:00 p.m.

All materials will be furnished.  If special colors are desired, please bring old bedsheets in those colors. We will be using sheets for the placemat.

Class fee of $60 includes the frame (you take this home), the material to make your placemat/cushion and instruction. 

Please bring a sack lunch and preferred beverages. Water is available at the visitor center. Class appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Upcoming classes:

We are offering the same class on two different dates. Click on the link below for the date you wish to register. Friends of Schumacher Farm members get 15% off the workshop by using the code "member" during checkout. The class will be indoors and participants will follow social distancing guidelines; masks are required. Class size is limited to 6 people. 

Saturday, September 26th (10 am - 3 pm)
Sunday, October 4th (10 am - 3 pm)

Instructor and textile artist, Clayton Smith, owns Irish Ridge Alpacas, LLC, a family farm in Cottage Grove, WI, and has demonstrated rag rug weaving and handmade brooms for the Schumacher Farm Park Heritage Fest for the last several years. These items are available at their shop, along with other fiber related items (spinning, weaving, fiber and knitted). Classes are also available at their farm and you'll have an opportunity to meet the alpacas and all the other critters that live there.  

(Image of Clayton weaving at Heritage Fest 2019 by Rona Neri)