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“Vintage Postcard Wool Pillow” Workshop with Laurie Simpson

Sauder Village 16th Annual Rug Hooking Week 2012

Workshops: (1/2-Day, 1-Day & 2-Day): Wednesday - Saturday, August 15 - 18, 2012

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“Vintage Postcard Wool Pillow”
Workshop with Laurie Simpson

Date: Afternoon - Thursday, August 16, 2012 – 1:00pm-4:30pm
Class Fee: $50.00 / Members $46.00
Kit Fee: (See below)
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left           
Laurie’s Website:

Laurie SimpsonDescription: This 10” x 19” wool stitched pillow was inspired by a vintage summer holiday postcard. The workshop will combine penny rug, wool applique, and stitchery techniques. This type of project is great to work on in between those large hooking projects and the perfect project for traveling; all the equipment and supplies easily fitting into a small tote bag and you’re good to go. After you complete this pillow, you could make one for each state you travel to.  What a great souvenir, remembrance, or gift for your hostess!

The applique and stitchery is all done by hand and the pillow can either be hand or machine sewn to assemble. The pillow can be stitched, assembled, and completed in 1-2 days.  

Laurie Simpson's workLaurie will teach you the fun and creative stitches, give you tips on cutting out the wool shapes and give you ideas on how to personalize your pillow. Students will have the choice of making the Michigan pillow pictured or one of Laurie’s other designs. Students can expect to have the pillow completely cut out and a good portion of it stitched by the end of the class.

Level:  No Experience Necessary.  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required. 

Kit description: You will have the option of purchasing a Michigan or other design pillow kit (in advance through the website) or bring your own supplies. The kit fee is $ 75.00. If you select the Michigan pillow kit it includes: Background turquoise wool (15” x 24”), Dark red wool (6” x 20”), Light red wool (15” x 15”), Flesh colored wool (3” x 9”), White or off white wool (6” square), Navy Wool (6” square), 1yd of fusible web (like Steam A Seam 2), 1 yard of freezer paper, Fine tip Sharpie marker, Sewing thread that matches your wool colors (in either embroidery floss, pearl cotton, or tapestry yarn - your choice), and a Needle for sewing (that works with your thread like a chenille needle is sizes 20).

Students Need to Bring: Scissors. If you choose not to order a kit, you will need to bring the supplies listed in the Michigan Pillow kit description. For the other pillow design options, Laurie will send you a supply list.

Bio: Laurie Simpson has delighted others with her quilts for over 30 years. Her work graces galleries and private collections. A patchwork quilt in a magazine inspired Laurie to make her first quilt at the age of 14. Drawn to traditional themes and techniques, she pieces, appliques, and quilts by hand. "I quilt in the car and at hockey games. Handwork is calming and meditative.” It is the way she was meant to work.

Laurie is the author of "Modern Primitive Quilts: Redefining Country Style." The co-author with sister, Polly Minick, of Folk Art Friends: Hooked Rugs and Coordinating Quilts, Everyday Folk Art: Hooked Rugs and Quilts to Make, and the most recent publications “Victory Girls: Patriotic Quilts and Rugs of WWII”, released in September 2011, and “American Summer” released January 2012. Laurie is also a Moda Fabric designer and was featured in the book "Designer Quilts: Great Projects from Moda's Best Fabric Artists." Other publications such as Country Home, Coastal Living, Architectural Digest, American Patchwork & Quilting, McCall's Quilting, and the Wool Street Journal have featured Laurie’s work.

She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Bill. They share their home with a happy menagerie of two cats and a dog. 

Specialties: Quilting by hand, designing fabric, wool applique, and the art of handwork.

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