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E. S. Frost & Ralph Burnham Inspired Backgrounds & Much More!

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Lisanne Miller

Lisanne Miller, Wells, ME 

Dates:   2 day – Wednesday & Thursday, August 16-17, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members $188.00  
Supply Fee: See below - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Historic Village - Museum
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For over a century the designs from E.S. Frost and Ralph Burnham have inspired rug hookers to create as well as re-create many treasured antique rugs.

Now it is YOUR turn to create your own E.S. Frost or Ralph Burnham inspired rug with concentration on the wonderful warm and inviting backgrounds under the guidance of Lisanne Miller.

As part of this workshop Lisanne will teach you how to uniquely combine wools, different hooking techniques and a myriad of color palettes to create anyone of the many E.S. Frost or Ralph Burnham patterns to your liking—from light backgrounds to warm rich tones. Your rug will be your own to treasure for years to come!

In addition, this class also focuses how to combine dyed wool with textures for a wonderful antique look, to border or not to border (always a question), and using color palettes from bright to muted to neutral.  Yes you can color plan and hook these patterns in neutrals too! You will also learn how to apply these techniques to other future projects.  This workshop will make you forget your fear of hooking backgrounds, borders, and combining five to twenty five colors in your background for one overall feel!

This class is open to all patterns (Lisanne will have many Frost and Burnham patterns available), original designs are welcome, along with any cut --- from wide to fine! Lisanne will contact students prior to class about their project and will have a wide variety of wools available. Students are always welcome to bring their wool as well!

Well known for her “no rules just have fun” approach to rug hooking, Lisanne will guide you through this creative process for fantastic effects!


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes.

Level:  Beginner to Intermediate – students should have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor, students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

Supply/Kit description:  This depends on the student’s choice of pattern and wool (your own or Lisanne’s), arrangements and options will be discussed prior to class. 

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (# 6 and up), hook, and baggies. 


Lisanne first held a hook at the age of fourteen as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration of America—hooking a simple chair pad from some of her mother’s old wool suits. The hook, wool, extra burlap and chair pad traveled with her in her mother’s cedar chest until a dear friend one day revealed that she had a new interest she just loved—primitive rug hooking. Lisanne has never looked back or put her hook down since creating and designing whimsical, wonderful pieces of modern day folk art.   

Lisanne is the owner of the W. Cushing & Co., previously P is for Primitive, and Peace, Love and Wool.  Lisanne is the Director of Caraway Rug School, has earned the status of “Fellow” and a Master Craftsmen of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi—recently named as one of the Top 40 Artists, Vice President of ATHA, and her rugs have appeared in Rug Hooking MagazineThe Wool Street Journal, numerous ATHA publications, books by Jessie Turbayne as well as “Top 40 at 40.” Lisanne was nominated for her work and company by Martha Stewart Living as a “Made in America” craft/company.

Lisanne teaches across the United States privately and has taught and/or is teaching at John C. Campbell Folk Art School, Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Hooked in the Mountains, Star of Texas, Green Mountain Rug School, ATHA Region 1 School, and Caraway Rug School. 

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.




Specialties:  Primitive wide cut, antique inspired, naïve folk art, whimsical designs, architecture, landscape, unique color concepts, and wonderful color planning techniques.