Beech carpet prodding tool for making rag rugs. Length approx 6 inches
This tool has a range of different names, proddy, prodder, stobbie, progger, clippie. A * proddy * is used to press or poke the strips of material through the hessian from the underside.
Traditionally Rag Carpets were made from old clothes/material (rags) which was cut into 1" x 5" strips, an old hessian potato sack was often used as the support, the strips of material were pressed through the hessian producing a loop (U) underneath & 2 pieces of cloth on top.
This process was continued up until the carpet was completed (woven), the edges were then stitched under to prevent them tearing.
Ended up rag rugs are frequently called a proggy mat.
I'm Scottish, my mother made lots of rag rugs which we called "clootie" mats.
It was an affordable way of recycling your old cloth in addition to making sure extremely little was lost and the end result was a distinct & incredibly colorful carpet which was incredibly hard wearing and warm under foot.