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Designing Google Earth Rugs

Linda Pietz

Linda Pietz, Foresthill, CA 

Dates:  2 day – Friday & Saturday, August 18-19, 2017 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members 188.00  
Supply Fee:  $50.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location:  Heritage Inn - Heritage Room
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Are you ready for a rug hooking adventure that is both out of this world and as close as your home? What is that special place on Earth that you cherish? Perhaps it is the place you call home or maybe it is the house you grew up in? Could it be a summer cottage or a special memory filled vacation on the beach or in the mountains? Where ever that special location is for you, now you can pour all of those wonderful memories into a rug as unique as that cherished location on Earth.

In this class, Linda Pietz will be assisting you in designing a rug based on a location that you select. Working with a Google Earth photo, you will learn to simplify while choosing the important elements in the photograph. Tracing paper will be overlaid onto the photo in order to draw out your rug design. Using a grid system, your Google Earth rug will be enlarged to 20 inches by 30 inches. The final step before hooking will be tracing the enlarged design onto linen and color planning.

google-earth-map-reference-linda-pietzTo color plan, more tracing paper will be used. With the original Google Earth photo as reference, you will color in an overlay of tracing paper over your original drawing with markers matching colors you wish to use. Colors can be realistic, matching what is in the photo, or can be any color harmony you desire to create a more abstracted rug. Linda will expertly guide you in whichever direction you choose.

As time permits, you will select wool for your rug from your own stash or wool available for purchase. Cut size can vary depending on the detail in your rug. It is possible that more than one cut size may be used in the design. Depending on the time used for designing, you may have time to start hooking your special rug.

No prior designing experience is necessary as Linda will be there to help you every step of the way. Linda will be contacting you prior to class to get information on where on Earth you would like to hook into a special rug.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:

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

Supply/Kit description:  Linen backing, red dot, graphing ruler, tracing paper, Sharpie, pencil, color enlargements, markers. 

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 6 - # 8, & hook.


Linda Pietz was born into a family of artists, so it was destiny that she should pursue a career in some creative field.  Learning to knit at the age of four, started her lifelong love of all things fiber arts. Linda has been designing needle work for over forty years first having her own line of needlepoint, then designing for companies such as Bucilla and Dimensions. More recently, she has been designing rug hooking patterns for sister Nola Heidbreder’s company --- Let Nola Do It. Linda has had her work featured in Woman’s Day, Family Circle and Rug Hooking Magazine. She has been a contributor to several fiber art books and has coauthored several books with her sister. Linda and Nola have two new books due out in 2017.

Linda lives in Northern California with her husband Mark and Montague the cat. Having a fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Linda teaches a variety of art and fiber art classes. 

Specialties:  Designing, color planning and theory.

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.