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Bonnet Topped Stools


Christine Sherman & Julie Mattison, Verona Island, ME

Dates:  Evening – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Members 50.00  
Supply Fee: See below - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall - Stage Left
Teacher’s Website:


Chris picked up a cute little foot stool at Goodwill 4 years ago and hooked a topper for it. She designed it so she could change it out depending on the seasons and her decorating changes. This is what makes our stools different, “you can change the cover”! It's an easy hooking project that is fun and useful!

Students can design their own pattern using our blank template or we have many designs to choose from, with more being added! What a great gift with the option of just giving the recipient a new cover for the next holiday! Or draw your grandchildren's hand prints or do something special for a baby and change the cover as they grow up. You’re never stuck with just the same old stool!

Students will be contacted in advance and given the choice of options:

  • Pattern - create your own design on our blank template or select a pattern from one of our many options. 
  • Wool – use your own wool or choose one of our color plans.

Your pattern and wool will be shipped directly to you as soon as we have your order, so you can hook it in your favorite cut, #6 and up works best, prior to class and bring the completed hooked top to class --- it is important to note that hooking must be completed prior to class. In class, you will receive your upholstered foot stool and Chibi needles and we will cover the next steps of fitting, trimming, whipping, binding, and finishing your stool.

By the end of class you will have a finished and fitted stool with a topper that can be removed and changed with the seasons or decorating choices.


Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes.

Level:  Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience.  

Supply/Kit description:  One of 3 options: $79 - Blank template pattern on linen. $95 – Choice of pattern designs on linen. $184 – Choice of pattern on linen, color planned wool to complete the hooking, yarn, and binding tape. Shipping fee is included. All 3 options include a stool (stuffed & muslin covered, the feet are unfinished & ready to paint or stain) & Chibi needles. You will receive the stool and needles in class.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 6 & up, & hook. Also bring the pattern which has been hooked (do not cut/bind/finish), extra cut wool matching the outside color of your hooked project, matching yarn, and binding tape (if you designed or color planned your own pattern).

Rug-Hooked-Foot-Stools-supplies-Sherman-MattisonBio: Christine Sherman and Julie Mattison are a mother and daughter duo that started rug hooking in 1998. Julie started first and quickly realized that there was a need in their area for rug hooking supplies. At that time they had a gift shop they had built up over 23 years. They added rug hooking and in 2 years decided that was their passion and they sold the gift shop and opened Searsport Rug Hooking.

Chris is the pattern designer and Julie dyes the wool and takes care of the website. They spend half the year in Maine and the other half in Florida. They both enjoy hosting Hook-Ins in Maine in the fall and in Florida in the winter as well as traveling to other rug hooking events to vend and teach. 

Specialties:  Wider cut designs with #8 --- our personal favorite. 

BIO:  Susan L. Feller designs patterns for Ruckman Mill Farm and is a juried Fine Craftsman at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Included in three Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs issues and a judge, her work has been juried into several contemporary Hooked Art collections. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books 2011 her advice has helped many create their own “Great rug.” Her blog provides lessons on process along with product.


Involved in promoting the traditions carried on by artistic contemporaries, Susan teaches and lectures worldwide, and is a member of TIGHR, McGown and Surface Design.


SPECIALTIES:  Rug pattern designing and fiber manipulating techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage, and picture framer.