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Basic Rug Hooking For Beginners


Nola Heidbreder, St. Louis, MO

Dates:  1 Day, Thursday, August 17, 2017 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $125.00 / Sauder Village Member $115.00 
Supply Fee: $60.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall - Stage Left 
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Join us in this introduction to rug hooking class and develop a new passion! Rug hooking is basically a stress free art. It is like coloring except we will be using beautiful wool instead of crayons! Nola will introduce you to primitive rug hooking covering the equipment, supplies and techniques. After that students will jump right in to the fun of actually hooking a small mat that can be used as a chair pad, trivet or a wall piece. At the end of this class, you will be shown everything you need to know in order to hook and finish an entire rug!

Nola will discuss when and how to use equipment and supplies related to rug hooking, touching on the differences between wide cut or primitive style projects and narrow or fine cut projects. Students will then be guided through the basic techniques as they pull up their first loops on this cheery 12” log cabin or cottage design using pre-cut # 6 – 8 wool strips. Students will also learn straight row hooking with the log cabin and how to hide your tails with straight rows. Nola will discuss cutters and the various cut sizes as well as demonstrate the herringbone finishing technique which is perfect for round or oval mats. All of which will be helpful in your future projects!

There will be an assortment of rug hooking frames for students to use and try during class. After class, students will have time to visit our vendors to purchase a frame, if they desire. Nola also leads a Savvy Shopper class on Wednesday night, which would be very helpful to new rug hookers, giving insight to equipment and supplies so that you can make good choices to suit your own style and needs.

Since basic rug hooking skills are required for many of our other classes, once you have taken this class you’ll be ready to take on a new project with confidence and are welcome to register for the next level of our classes.

Teacher Will Contact Student Prior To Class:  No.

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required. This class is open to both adults and children (age 12 and older).

Supply/Kit Description:  12” pattern, pre-cut wool strips, hook, yarn, jumbo tapestry needle, binding tape, instructions, and a photo of the finished mat.    

Students Need To Bring: Scissors, pen and paper.

Nola is a certified McGown instructor, teaching rug hooking at her studio in St. Louis and across the country. She also does rug repair, historic demonstrations and teaches a variety of other fiber arts including toothbrush rugs, broomstick rugs, wagon wheel rugs, shirring, locker hooking, proddy, wool appliqué, knitting, crocheting and braiding.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine, The Healthy Planet newspaper, ATHA newsletter, Hooked on Rugs, Creative Hooker, Hooked on Wool, Hooked Rugs Today, Contemporary Hooked Rugs and in The “Art” of Playing Cards traveling rug hooking exhibit and catalog and exhibited twice in the Coalition for the Environment show.

Nola hooked all 44 of the presidents in the 2013 Special Exhibit of Hooked and Knitted Presidents. The collection received the 2013 Sauder “Collection” Award. Together with her sister, Linda Pietz, they wrote and published the book Hooking the Presidents to accompany the exhibit; which offers patterns, hooking tips, dye recipes, and fun facts about each president. Nola and Linda have also co-authored the Stackpole books Knitting Rugs and Crocheting Rugs. In 2017, their new Spring House Press book Crochet Baskets will be available. Nola has also written a Beautiful Backgrounds booklet, the Still Hooking and Cooking cookbook, and the Houska Colors Dye Book

Specialties: Creativity, embellishing, dyeing, and recycling in rugs, and historic rugs.