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Proddy is a special technique where pieces of wool are cut to shapes and then pulled to the surface of the work using a special tool.  The tool lets the artist poke through the backing and then grab one end of the shape and pull it to the surface.  This is repeated for the other end of the shape, forming two petals or leaves, or…..whatever!

A related technique involves sewing strips of wool to the backing to create a ridge of wool – either the cut edge or a folded edge.

Another use of wool is in “Quillies” – spirals of wool sewn or glued to backing.

In the rugs shown below you can look for examples of each.

Sample proddy shapes and the tool used.