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Rug Hooking Retreat

Rug Hooking Week
Retreats (4 Day): Tuesday – Friday, August 12 – 15, 2014
Retreat (3 Day):
Tuesday – Thursday, August 12 – 14, 2014
Retreat (2 ½ Day): Tuesday – Wednesday, August 12 – 13, 2014
Retreat (2 ½ Day): Thursday – Friday, August 14 – 15, 2014

The Annual Rug Hooking Week Retreat is held in the beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn, the ideal setting for these special classes where you will be inspired, expand your knowledge and enrich your skills. An easy walk from the retreat site allows you to enjoy Historic Sauder Village, the Rug Exhibit and Vendors in Founder's Hall, the Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery and the Sauder Store & Outlet during your stay.

Your Retreat Package includes...

  • Multiple days of rug hooking study with a select teacher. Click here for Retreat Instructors listing and descriptions of their specialties. 
  • Opening reception, including a meal on Monday evening after check-in.
  • Private preview of the Rug Exhibit before the show opens to the public.
  • Early Shopping with rug vendors during the Private Preview.
  • Daily door prizes.
  • "Show & Tell" to share your project with others in the Retreat.
  • "Hook In" on Friday night is a great opportunity to meet other attendees and hook into the night.
  • Complimentary admission into the Rug Exhibit and entire Historic Village through Friday, allowing you the flexibility after class or during a break to see the show or do some shopping. Admission on Saturday into the Exhibit, Vendors, and Historic Village will require the purchase of an admission ticket, unless you have a rug on display in the exhibit.
  • You may also want to consider becoming a Sauder Village Member, which provides unlimited admission during Rug Hooking Week and all season, while helping to support the mission and programming of Sauder Village.
  • Cancellation Policy... Student retreat and workshop reservations are NOT TRANSFERABLE, all cancellations and registrations must be administered by Sauder Village. Cancellations prior to June 30, 2014 will receive a refund of fees paid minus a 10% adminstrative fee. No refunds provided after June 30, 2014. If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by June 30, 2014, we may be forced to cancel the class and all fees will be refunded.
  • Questions? Call  800.590.9755 or email

Retreat  Registration...

The Retreat Instruction fee is:

4 Days: $325.00 per student ($305 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.
2 ½ - 3 Days: $275.00 per student ($255 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.

All Retreats require at least basic rug hooking knowledge and experience (see each retreat description for its “level”). If you have never tried rug hooking, we offer several workshops that require no prior rug hooking experience or knowledge.

Registration begins on November 13 at 10 a.m. EST

Plus additional great options for you...

  • Stay on-site... You are responsible to make your own lodging reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground, using a Booking ID # and Confirmation # that will be given to you with your retreat confirmation. These numbers will give you priority to make a reservation from a block of rooms and campsites being held for confirmed students, available on a first-come basis.

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  • For your convenience, Register for special luncheon buffets and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn. Sign-up on your Retreat registration form.
  • Pre-register and bring your rug for the exhibit... and receive complimentary admission into the exhibit and entire Historic Village.
  • Bringing a spouse or friend who is not participating in the retreat? Purchase a Companion Package and they can enjoy admission to the Exhibit and the entire Historic Village, Tuesday - Friday, the opening reception meal on Monday, the Private Preview on Tuesday evening, and the luncheon buffet on a day of your choice. Sign-up on your Retreat registration form.

Questions? Call or email 800.590.9755 or

Retreat Instructors & Class Descriptions

Once again we welcome very accomplished and highly respected rug hooking instructors for the Retreat. Enjoy multiple days of rug hooking study with a select instructor. You will work with your teacher in advance to prepare for class and plan your project. See the following for information on each teacher. Register early, as these classes fill quickly!



Skill Level - A “minimum” of basic rug hooking skills and knowledge is required in order to register for most retreats, some require additional skills. If you have never hooked or don’t have basic skills, we suggest our basic rug hooking class (Wednesday) or any of the classes which don’t require prior experience. Note the “Level” in every class description.

Contact from Teachers - Retreat teachers “will” contact registered students by March and through July regarding class projects and details.

Private Preview – All retreat students are invited to attend the Tuesday night private preview of the exhibit and vendors (see schedule).

Instructors for this year’s Annual Rug Hooking Week Retreat include...


Glen Ridge, New Jersey

“Folklife Rugs - Telling Your Story”
3 Day Retreat: Tuesday – Thursday, August 12 – 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn – Heritage Room
Min 6 / Max 12

Norma BatastiniDESCRIPTION:  Everyone has a story to tell.  It may be a special event, a series of events or a lifetime of memories.  This class is an opportunity to get your thoughts together and plan an oriental style rug to commemorate a special time in your life. Photos, mementos and diaries are good sources for ideas. Family lore, crazy uncles and favorite pets can all be incorporated. In class we will study the techniques, surprising elements, colors and magnificent borders of these classic oriental carpets.

This workshop will coincide with an Exhibit featuring Folklife Rugs. The exhibit rugs, oriental in design, each tell a story by their American makers. The design inspiration came from Turkish rugs in the Azeri style. The Azeri style rugs were a project inspired by George Jevremovic of Philadelphia in the mid-1980’s. The project invited the makers from southeastern Turkey to approach their work personally, drawing inspiration from their environment and incorporating small images of themselves, friends, family, animals, plants, buildings and objects of relevance or motifs from the past. The results were unique and reflected the makers; in comparison to mass produced rugs which were more generic in style. George’s 1992 book, Azeri Folklife Carpets, also addressed the absence of records of the makers’ and their rugs.

Prior to class you will receive detailed information on the design process and the folklife carpets from Turkey. You may design your own rug or work with Norma to design a rug for you. These designs will be done prior to class, with space left for impromptu additions. Color planning ideas and dye formulas will also be exchanged. You may use your own wool or work from Norma’s special stash created especially for these rugs. Students may work in all cut sizes. Templates for border designs will be available for your use in class.  Everything you need to create a meaningful rug will be provided.

LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades of your preference, & hook.

BIO:  Norma Batastini began hooking in 1995 with a group of friends and was soon offering classes at a local cultural center. In 2003 she began teaching workshops throughout the country; the same year she received her McGown accreditation. Her classes are usually open to all styles but she enjoys developing themed classes for guild presentations and private workshops. Norma’s recent emphasis includes mola designs and Rufus Porter landscapes. Her business, Heart in Hand Rug Hooking, offers patterns, wool and supplies.

Norma is a member of ATHA, Alice Beatty and Green Mountain chapters, as well as the National Guild of Pearl McGown Hookrafters. Currently she is the Director of Rugs by the Sea, held in Cape May, NJ each September and the past Director of Northern McGown Teachers’ Workshop, 2007-2013. 

Her work has been exhibited in many national and local shows. Two rugs were selected for Celebrations and Norma was a Celebration judge in 2007. She has written several articles for Rug Hooking Magazine including topics on: Hooking Totes, Mola Designs and Log Cabin.

SPECIALTIES:  Developing special rug hooking classes around new themes with original designs, lectures, hands-on activities and specialty dyed wool. 

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Lexington, Missouri

“Hand-Applique with Wool”
3 Day Retreat: Wednesday – Friday, August 13 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Founder's Hall - Stage R
Min 8 / Max 15

Maggie BonanomiDESCRIPTION:  Maggie, a master of wool applique, has worked in this medium for more than 20 years. Her projects vary in size from small pincushions to large bed covers. Well known for her primitive style with simple designs using colors which create an antique look and feel. As a teacher she enjoys a relaxed class atmosphere, sharing many tips and techniques that make applique easy and timesaving. Maggie loves the whole process of a project from concept to completion, and enjoys working with students and also learning from them.

Students will work on a 44” x 50” piece which has been designed specifically for this retreat. With a feel of some of her past projects (pictured), your project will have a central design featuring an urn or basket with flowers, leaves, vines, birds and geometric shapes; all of which will be hand-appliqued. The piece will have borders and an edging of wool which will then be finished with cotton fabric on the back. The colors that you will be working in are rich, dark, and earthy as well as muted and faded helping to create a look of a primitive antique. Students are welcome to bring wool to add or embellish their piece.

More than 10 years ago, Maggie moved to historic Lexington, Missouri where she has lived in 19th century home. Since then her focus has become more defined. Clearly the 19th century suits her and her projects reflect the design elements and colors of that time. Your retreat project will have this wonderful look and will make a lovely wall hanging or throw.

The textile art of wool applique is another way to use our wool and leftover wool from hooking projects in yet another way. Also, since the technique doesn’t require a bulking frame, it is very portable and a great project to work on in between your hooking or while traveling.

Maggie will contact students prior to class to discuss the supplies and options for this wool applique project.

LEVEL:  Basic Skills – students must have basic hand sewing skills. 

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Scissors, sewing needle, sewing thread (recommends: Coats and Clark’s regular polyester sewing thread, color - Summer Brown #54A or new # 8360), pins, ruler or measuring tape, freezer paper, and pen or pencil to transfer pattern.

BIO:  It seems Maggie has always created things; she grew up sewing and making things. For more than 20 years, she has been doing wool applique, and hooks as well as designs for Linda Brannock of Star Quilt Company, Renee Nannamom of Need’l Love, Blackbird Designs and Blackberry Primitives for applique as well as hooked rugs.

Maggie Bonamoni bookMaggie has written 7 books with Kansas City Star Books:  Another Place and Time: 18 Primitive Projects Inspired by Travels Near and Far – A Day at Sunny Brook: Primitive Projects to Recall Home Life in the 1800’s - Buttonwood Farm: 19 New Primitive Projects - Book of Days: Create Your Own Primitive Book Full of Days - Comfort Zone: More Primitive Projects for You and Your Home -Nature’s Offerings: Primitive Projects Inspired by the Four Seasons -  With These Hands: 19th Century-Inspired Primitive Projects for Your Home. These books featured many types of textile arts, including: wool applique, hooking, and hand sewing on many types of project: pillows, bedcovers, pin cushions, sewing kits, table mats, and wearable art such as clothing and slippers. Quiltmania purchased the rights for three books; two are now printed in French. The 8th book with the Kansas City star is due out Sept 2014.

Maggie’s work has been featured in American Patchworks and Quilting Magazine, Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine, and The Wool Street Journal. She has traveled around the country teaching applique as well as rug hooking. In 2012, she traveled to France to promote the French publication of her books and taught three classes there.

SPECIALTIES:  Color and design using primarily wool but also incorporating other fabrics such as cotton, velvets and linen in some projects. Time saving steps to make applique easy.

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Ligonier, Pennsylvania

“Coverlets: A Celebration of American History”
4 Day Retreat: Tuesday – Friday, August 12 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room A
Min 10 / Max 15

Barbara CarrollDESCRIPTION:  Join us in this marvelous class as we bring together our beloved art of rug hooking with the beauty of the American Woven Coverlet.

This retreat will coincide with an Exhibit featuring American Woven Coverlets & Hooked Rugs. The coverlets are on loan from the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Coverlets are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed. The weaver worked on a loom to construct the textile itself one row at a time, and the pattern was woven in as part of the process. Dated coverlets in the museum’s collection range from 1771 to 1889 and were woven by men and women. The exhibit will represent designs and colors from the Midwest as well as other regions of the U.S. While most may be familiar with geometric coverlets there is another category referred to as figured & fancy.

Students will be able to choose from the new collection of coverlet inspired rug patterns designed by the Woolley Fox to benefit the National Museum of the American Coverlet. Barb will help you color plan and hook an amazing work of art. You may use coverlet colors if you desire…..but “all” colors of texture wool are welcome, no solids or spot dyes please. Students will be working in cuts #7 - #10 and are welcome to bring textured wool.

Barb will contact students in advance so that they may select from a wide variety of coverlet rug patterns. Pictured are just a few of the many choices.

Woven coverlets are true American heirlooms. The coverlet rug patterns capture the essence of the coverlet’s geometric shapes and charming figures so that you can create your very own heirloom which can be passed down from generation to generation.   

LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #7 - #10, & hook.

BIO:  Barb started hooking in 1987 with her good friend Bobbie True. They traveled to Kansas City once a week to take classes from the legendary Emma Lou Lais. That was surely a great three years. 

After a move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she found many people who liked her style of primitive rug hooking and so the grand adventure began. As time and wools evolved the adventure took on the excitement of all textured wools and using cuts # 8 and above. Since her head is a bit on the “wacky side” the rugs all have a sense of fun and whimsy to them while reflecting the personality of the rug hooker.

In addition to her great start with Emma Lou Lais she has taken classes from Jule Marie Smith, Heather Ritchie, Kathy Morton, and other neat teachers along the way. Barb teaches at The Woolley Fox Rug Camp in Ligonier, Pennsylvania as well as mini workshops in her home and travels to teach some small “MINI mini classes” from time to time.

Barb has coauthored two books with Emma Lou - Antique Colours for Primitive Rugs, and American Primitive Hooked Rugs. She has also written The Secrets of Primitive Hooked Rugs and American Folk Art Rug Hooking and wrote the rug hooking section of Warren Kimble American Folk Artist book, the introduction for Hooked Rug Storytelling: The Art of Heather Ritchie book, and has had her work featured in books published in Japan and England. Barb has written articles for Rug Hooking Magazine and the ATHA newsletter. She is a textile judge for Early American Life Magazine’s Traditional American Crafts and has been featured in articles in 2011 and 2013.            

Her business, the Woolley Fox, offers more than 500 primitive rug hooking patterns designed by Barb and other artists along with an extensive assortment of wool and rug hooking supplies.

Barb is the proud mother of two wonderful girls, Diane and Robin and the Oma of four wonderful grandchildren, Abby, Nick, Jack, and Molly.

SPECIALTIES:  Primitive and antique rugs in wide cuts. Barb’s approach to rug hooking is using total textures in the rugs, to create rugs that “push you a bit” and yet still reflect your personality -- and doing it with lots of fun and learning.

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Hudson, New Hampshire

“Bringing Animals to Life”
4 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Friday, August 12 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn – Homestead Room A
Min 10 / Max 15

DESCRIPTION:  During this retreat you will learn how to create a rug that will bring your chosen animal to life. The techniques learned in this retreat are applicable not only to animals (including the human kind) but also to many other subjects that you might like to hook in the future. 

Jon (pronounced Yon) will give Power Point presentations on the following subjects:  Faces with a focus on eyes, Creating realistic fur and feathers, Adding a third dimension, Effective use of color, and Realism in rocks, trees and water. 

Students are welcome to bring their own pattern and hooking material including flat wool, yarn, ribbon, textures and swatches. Or Jon will create a pattern for you from a provided photograph or develop one for you based on an animal of your choice. If you request a custom pattern (for example, a family pet) and would like Jon to provide the wool, he will need a photo that is representative of the pets colors in order to hand dye the wool. Jon will contact students well in advance to discuss individual projects. Students may also refer to his website regarding custom designs. Students will be working with cuts #3 to #6. The cut of wool that you use will determine the overall size of the pattern (the larger the cut - the larger the pattern). Also keep in mind, in order to achieve good details you will need to use smaller cuts too.

During the retreat, there will also be a supply of hand dyed wool (no swatches or textures) available which is suitable for most animals. Jon does not have a catalog of designs; however there will be numerous patterns of wild animals and birds available in the classroom. He will not do a duplicate pattern of a pervious design, but would be willing to do a similar pattern, if requested. 

Jon will help you to improve your shading, add dimension to your rugs, and bring your animals to life!

LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas. However, knowledge of basic shading techniques would be beneficial.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3 - #6, & hook.

BIO:  Jon has been hooking rugs (mostly wall hangings) for 18 years and teaching this art form for the past 14 years. As he was approaching retirement as a career USAF flight officer and electronics company manager, he was looking for a hobby to take into his retirement years. After trying several fiber arts including needlepoint and counted cross stitch he found rug hooking and upon finishing his first kit – he was hooked, pun intended.  Jon attended McGown teacher training and has taken workshops from numerous other teachers throughout his years of hooking. Jon has taught workshops and lectured on the art of rug hooking throughout the US and Canada; his teaching style is very relaxed, as he suggests that we do our best work in a stress free environment.

His rugs have been featured in both ATHA and Rug Hooking Magazines as well as selected for inclusion in A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs on several occasions. His work has also been selected for display in various museum shows and has won best in show at state fairs. 


SPECIALTIES:  Bringing Animals and Humans to Life.

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Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

“Historical Grenfell Mats”

2 1/2 Day Retreat: 
Tuesday – Wednesday, August 12 – 13, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Grenfell Gallery Talk with Paula Laverty)
Thursday – Friday, August 14 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Grenfell Gallery Talk with Paula Laverty)

Heritage Inn –Board Room
Min 6 / Max 8

Joan FosterDescription:  Explore the Grenfell mat hooking tradition with an instructor who has hooked for Grenfell Handicrafts Ltd. of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Learn to hook an “authentic” Grenfell design in the style used in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador in the early 20th century. These mats were traditionally hooked on burlap using primarily silk stockings. Dyeing demonstrations on how to remove color from and dye recycled and new nylon hosiery will be given so that you can as closely as possible replicate the silk stocking mats. 

Dyeing demonstrations will include stove top and microwave dyeing using Magic Carpet dyes as well as experimenting with Kool-Aid. This is a fun approach and no previous dyeing experience is required. No cutters are required as hosiery can be cut with a pair of dressmaker’s scissors.

Three authentic Grenfell designs will be offered with the permission of Grenfell Handicrafts Ltd.  These are Polar Bear (10" x 12"), Canada Goose (circular - 13" diameter) and Hunter and Cabin (9" x 12").  The $50.00 kit, which includes a royalty payment of $5.00 to Grenfell Handicrafts Ltd., contains the pattern on Scottish burlap, dyed new and recycled hosiery, and handouts. The cost also includes hosiery, dyes and other supplies used in the dyeing demonstrations. The instructor will contact each student prior to class to discuss choice of design. Patterns are available on linen by special order.

This workshop will coincide with an Exhibit featuring Grenfell Mats. These small mats depict colorful images reminiscent of northeast Canada -- polar bears on ice floes, wild geese flying south, puffins sitting atop rocks, spouting whales, dog teams rushing to medical emergencies, men and women at work and play as well as geometric and floral designs. Grenfell mats are distinctive for their almost universally straight line horizontal hooking and for filling every hole in the brin (burlap) which can result in as many as 200 stitches per square inch; as well as their unique use of silk stockings versus wool. 

We have brought in this exhibit and these teachers all the way from the far northeast of Maine and Canada so that you will have a rare opportunity to study, learn, practice, and admire the art of Grenfell Mats.

*Please Note:  Your registration fee will also include an evening Gallery Talk with Paula Laverty who is an authority on Grenfell Mats and will talk about their history, people, and stories behind this cherished Canadian legacy. More info on the Grenfell exhibit and gallery talk can be found here on our website.

Level:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame (for 20” x 20” project), fabric/dressmaker’s scissors, small rug hooking scissors, & hook (size: fine preferred). No cutter or cutter blades are required.

BIO:  Joan Foster, a retired community college instructor from Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is a founding member and certified teacher of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL) and a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia since 1993.  Joan originally learned to hook from her mother over 30 years ago.  She is adamant about passing on the tradition and has taught many people to hook since 1995.  She currently enjoys teaching geometrics, pictorials and the Grenfell style of hooking.  Joan has taught across Canada at various locations including Rug Schools in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.   Her work has been exhibited in several provincial displays, at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, in Rug Hooking and other magazines and is part of several collections.  She has won awards including the Provincial Craft Council’s Award for Technical Excellence and also the Award for Preservation of a Traditional Craft Skill. 

Through her home-based business, Joan designs and sells patterns primarily featuring east coast scenery and takes orders for custom-designed rugs. Her volunteer work includes several executive positions with RHGNL and co-ordination of the Guild’s Heritage Hooked Mat Registry and the subsequent publication of a book in 2005 featuring rugs from the Registry.  She also curated a travelling exhibit of 44 rugs honoring lighthouses of her province and has written an article on this project which will appear in the Nov/Dec. 2013 issue of Rug Hooking magazine.

SPECIALTIES: Grenfell Style featuring dyeing and hooking with hosiery, Traditional Geometrics, Pictorials with a focus on maritime scenery, and the use of alternate fibers in hooking.

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Dummerston, Vermont

“Before & After the Hooking - Comes Braiding”
4 Day Retreat: Tuesday – Friday, August 12 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room B
Min 10 / Max 15

Kris McDermetDESCRIPTION:  Come and learn the beautiful art of combining rug hooking and rug braiding to create a piece suitable for a table top, non-traveled floor, or wall. You can use your own hooked designs in any cut or color palette to create an original piece. During the retreat, Kris will show you the braiding techniques to turn your hooked shapes into a “see through” mat that when displayed - the wall, floor, or tabletop shows through the open spaces left between the joining of the hooked and braided pieces.

Combining hooking with braiding is not new, but Kris has mastered the techniques, developed shortcuts, and taken the design element to a whole new level. The co-author of Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding: Basics, Borders, & Beyond, has won several “people’s choice” awards here at Rug Hooking Week.

Braiding is quite technical and has many exact steps, but this retreat will be full of instructions on how to start with yard goods through butting the ends of the braid together to create a seamless joint. Detailed verbal and written instructions plus lots of hands on instruction will help students feel confident.

Prior to class, Kris will contact students with detailed instructions on what is required in advance, as well as a list of essential braiding equipment/supplies (these are re-useable). Students will come to class with hooking “completed” as this class is about braiding on finished hooked pieces. All class time will be spent on learning the skills of braiding and putting the 5 hooked pieces together to complete the approximately 34” x 17” piece. With the skills learned in class, students will be able to add a braid in and outside of a circle, square, rectangle, or a gently scalloped hooked rug.

The braids for this class are made of 3 strips of fabric: 2 can be wool and 1 silk or the more traditional way using 3 strips of wool. Kris does not sell wool but will have hand dyed silk available. On request, Kris will dye Charmeuse silk that students can try using in the braid - in combination with wool. Students will bring their own wool for braiding so that it will match or compliment the wool used in the hooking.

Whether your focus is to learn how to add a braid as a simple border to the outside of your hooked rugs or how to insert small braided shapes anywhere in a hooked design, this is your opportunity to learn from the master.

LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas. However, students must be comfortable with basic hand sewing and learning new techniques.

A) 5 (five) hooked pieces = 2 diamonds, 1 medium circle, 4 small circles. B) All the wool for braiding. C) Small sharp scissors. D) Hand sewing needles with matching thread to your wool. E) A small very thin nosed pair of needle nose pliers. (Note: Specific details of these supplies & instructions will be provided by the teacher prior to class.)

BIO:  Kris discovered her passion for hooking and braiding in 1979 when she took a class in rug braiding and her teacher talked her into taking a class in hooking. Though she was not taken with hooking at first, she did like the combination of the two art forms and tried a needlepoint and braiding combination during her first braiding class. When the needlepoint center didn’t hold up to cat claws she started hooking again and has been making combination rugs since.

Kris started teaching braiding in the early 80’s and after moving to Vermont started teaching beginning hooking in her hometown of Brattleboro. In the 90’s she started travelling and teaching “After the Hooking Comes Braiding” throughout the U.S. and has taught in Australia and England.

Her specialty now is using braiding not only as a border but inserting small braided or nuno felted pieces into her hooking to enhance the hooked designs. She has shown her rugs at Sauder Village, the Shelburne Museum Green Mountain Rug Show, The Farnsworth Museum, and at smaller galleries in Vermont. She is co-author with friends Christine Manges and Dianne Tobias of the book - Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding: Basics, Borders, & Beyond and of a chapter in the new book, Finishing Hooked Rugs - Favorite Techniques by the Experts, published by Rug Hooking Magazine.

She is a member of the GMRHG, TIGHR, Brattleboro West Arts, and ATHA and at present serves as Vice President of the GMRHG board.
SPECIALTIES:  Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding as a border or small braided or felted pieces into the hooked design.  Challenging students to think about braiding being part of the overall design.

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Petaluma, California

“Photo Realism in an Impressionistic Medium”
4 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Friday, August 12 – 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Inn – Homestead Room B
Min 10 / Max 15

Laura PierceDESCRIPTION:  An open class with emphasis on using a photograph to create a special rug. Do you have a favorite photograph from the family album that would make a good portrait or memory rug? Is there a special landscape that reminds you of a special time of your life? Possibly there’s a wonderful pet to remember? Your photo can become your rug pattern, but your rug cannot become your photograph. That said… we can use the broad strokes of hooked loops and create an “Impressionistic Portrait or Landscape”. Laura will share special stitches that can help you blend values and create various textures as well as show you how to add a bit of color to create liveliness in shadows and high-lights!

When creating a “Portrait” rug, Laura feels that a good pattern is an important ingredient for a more successful rug. She will work with students prior to class assisting them in selecting a subject and then making a custom pattern. When possible, Laura will create a simplified photo of each student’s subject with values and color choices. Laura’s ‘Portrait’ method is pretty simple; it’s ‘outline and fill’… with values… then evaluate and tweak it a bit. She likes to use swatches and colorful noodles (from previous projects) for faces, while textures are good for hair and clothing. 

For a “Landscape” rug, there are more options in regard to style; from folk art to impressionism. There are patterns that can be modified and personalized to suit your story or photographs of your favorite places can be turned into patterns and then, possibly we’ll modify and personalize them!

Laura hopes students are curious about using color and ready to mix it up with multiple cut sizes and special stitches. Students can use cuts #3 to #8 to whatever gets the job done!  You are welcome to bring wool, especially a bag of noodles. During the retreat, Laura will have an assortment of spot-dyed wools in the colors of trees, autumn leaves, sky, and fields perfect for landscape students as well as ‘face’ swatches in 3 different flavors, blond hair textures, recycled browns and background wool for portrait students. All wools are hand-dyed except for the recycled browns.

If you are looking to gain confidence in portraitures, personalized landscapes, and how color can create light and shadow, this is the class. Laura is also hopeful that students will hook expeditiously, so they can get to the ‘tweaking’ stage before the end of the retreat.

LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3 - #8, & fine hook and wide-cut hook. Students can bring their own wool and are encouraged to bring their ‘noodles’ or left-over cut wool.

BIO:  Laura grew up with braided and hooked rugs made by her mother, Emma Webber. Laura knew she would make rugs someday and started hooking rugs in 1996 when a new ATHA chapter started up in Sonoma County; it was a welcome opportunity for Emma and Laura to share some creative time together. Laura started teaching rug hooking in 2003, offering classes at her studio in Sonoma County, California, and at rug camps and workshops around the country.  Often her classes are ‘Open’ and include subjects such as; ‘Rug Design’, ‘Glass & Reflection’, ‘Landscapes’, ‘Portraits’ and ‘Special Stitches’. Her background in drafting, photography and painting is the backbone of her expertise. Laura’s teaching style is collaborative; she will lend you her squinted eye, share her loop techniques and show you some of the basics of color, value and design. 

Laura sells some of her rugs and has shown them at Art Galleries, Museums, Rug Events and County Fairs. Her rugs range in style from impressionistic to traditional. Six of her rugs have been selected for Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs; ‘Emmy’, the little girl blowing bubbles is her most famous. Primarily a wide-cut Rug Artist, Laura has a broad appreciation for the Art and Folk Art of Rug Hooking.

She is past President of the ATHA chapter; Wine Country Rug Hookers, and served as the ATHA Region 12 Representative for 2011-2013. Laura earned her McGown Accreditation at Western Teachers' Workshop in 2006. As director of Little River Inn Rug Camp, in its 10th year, Laura enjoys introducing talented teachers and new techniques to her rug campers. Laura has written several articles for the ATHA Newsletter and Rug Hooking Magazine. Her rugs are included in Anne-Marie Littenberg’s book, Hooked Rug Portraits, Amy Oxford’s books, Hooked Rugs Today - Vol. I & II, and Linda Rae Coughlin’s book, Modern Hooked Rugs.

SPECIALTIES:  Portraits, Wide-Cut Impressionism, Landscapes, Reflections, Scrap Rugging, Rug Design and using color to create shading.

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