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Gene Shepherd Retreat 
Wide Cuts 

Gene Shepherd

Gene Shepherd
Anaheim, California    

“Wide Cuts”

4 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Friday, August 15 – 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$350.00 / Sauder Village Members $330.00  
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room A



This is an open retreat focusing on helping students to hone and develop their wide cut hooking skills for cuts # 8 - # 12. Using a pattern of your choice or one of Gene’s many designs, he will help each student find dramatic, luscious colors that will make the rug POP! 

In consultations before class, Gene will provide suggestions on how you can make your own specialty dyed wool for this project or Gene will dye wool for you. He will, of course, bring a rainbow of his own dyed wool to augment all projects being worked on.

If you so choose, you may also add either traditional proddy or shaped proddy elements to your rug. Many of Gene’s rugs “pop” due to the inclusion of very detailed, realistic prodded and 3-D embellishments. 

The fusion of color, specialty wool made just for your specific project and Gene’s many tips and short cuts on how to bring additional precision to hooking will help each student produce a dramatic wide cut project! 


LEVEL:    Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the 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 # 8-12, and a hook.



Patchworkfield-birch-treesDescribed as a “self-taught artist who hooks by ear,” Gene does commission work, designs, dyes, develops tools, teaches and writes about rug hooking. His work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA Newsletter and Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs, XII, XIV & XV. As an Author, Editor, Artist or Producer his work include: The Rug Hooker’s BibleRug Hooking At Home DVD series, Prodded Hooking for a Three-Dimensional Effect book/DVD set, instructional downloads and tutorials on his web site.

Gene has been director of the Cambria Pines Rug Camp, Cambria, CA, since 2000. He teaches regularly in Southern California and camps and workshops in the US and overseas. After 40 years as a pastor, he retired to concentrate full time on rug hooking. He lives in Anaheim, California, with his wife Marsha and daughter Ann.

SPECIALTIES:  Wide cut rugs using custom dyed colors.