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Penny Rugs
Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ  07851
(973) 948-5200
September 8-9, 2018

Explore the endless possibilities of playing with color and design while creating a unique and one of a kind penny rug. The technique involves cutting simple shapes from felted wool and stitching them to a dark wool background with a decorative blanket stitch. We will use this traditional stitching technique as well as a variety of other decorative stitches to further enhance the designs. Topics covered will include: stencil making, the use of different textures, patterns and wools, and the addition of beads, buttons and other embellishments. The history of penny rugs will be discussed and examples of both contemporary and traditional pieces will be shown. 

★ For those who have already taken this workshop with me, this is an opportunity to explore the technique further in a great studio setting.

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Traditional Rug Hooking: Designing From Nature
Snow Farm                                                                    
5 Clary Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096   
October 6-8, 2018

Start out by taking photos and drawing from natural objects and then translate your images into landscape-based or abstract designs suitable for hooking. Using beautiful hand dyed and recycled wool fabric strips, explore different textures, patterns, materials, and methods for hooking. A history and examples of contemporary and antique rugs and techniques will be presented. Students will be guided to translate their designs into finished artworks. All levels.
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Designing and Hooking Abstract Pieces
Green Mountain Rug School
The Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
100 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont
June 16-19, 2018

We will begin the workshop by looking at images and discussing what elements are used in creating exciting designs. Our focus will be on repeating patterns and how to successfully generate more interest by introducing the unexpected and the unpredictable.Through a series of experiments we will explore pattern
design by playing with color, scale and texture. A curious mind and willingness to play are required!

**The class is full but there is a waiting list. Click here to sign up.

Hand Hooked Rugs: Painting With Wool
Silvermine School of Art
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan , CT 06840
January 20 & 21, 2018
10AM- 4PM

Ever think of expressing yourself in another medium? Come try your hand at painting with wool! Learn all the basics needed to create your own hand hooked rug in a two-day workshop. Using fabric strips created from beautiful hand dyed and colorful wools, students will design and create a small artwork that takes them through all the steps used in creating a full sized rug. The group will explore the use of different textures, patterns, and types of hooking materials. We will discuss the history of rug hooking and examples of both contemporary and antique rugs will be shown. Sources for materials and the variety of equipment available will also be discussed. All the equipment will be provided by the instructor for use during class and a materials fee of $50 will be charged. Students should bring small sharp scissors, quart size Ziploc bags and masking tape. Click here to sign up!