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New Adventures in Wool Appliqué

Jen Manuell

Jen Manuell, Emsdale, Ontario, Canada

Dates:  1 day – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $125.00 / Sauder Village Members 115.00  
Supply Fee:  $30.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location:  Heritage Inn – Homestead B
Teacher’s Website:

Wool Applique by Jen ManuellDescription: 
Are you ready to play?  Do you like to do handwork as well as hooking? Jen is an experimenter and she has lots of creative stitches for wool applique. She will also show you how to combine appliqué with rug hooking and other sculptural elements. Join her on this adventure, its loads of fun and she is eager to share and create more with you!

In this class, Jen will share everything she has done in creating these freeform examples pictured + more.  We will cut, sew, hook, and stitch the day away! 

Students will work on a small sampler to practice the various techniques Jen has used.  Afterwards, students can take what they have learned and create their own unique ornaments, stockings, pillows, wall art, and more!

Wool Applique closeup by Jen Manuell
Wool Applique second closeup Jen Manuell

Teacher will contact students prior to class:

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

Supply/Kit description:  Handouts, sewing needles, pearl cotton, wool fabric, felt balls, yarn, etc. (a variety of colors to choose from)  

Students Need to Bring:  Hook, sharp scissors, small frame or hoop.

Wool Applique flowers by Jen Manuell

Jen is an award-winning fourth generation rug hooker, first taught by her Aunt (the late Jean Armstrong). Jen started hooking in 1999 and has taught for more than a decade, travelling all over Canada, the United States, and England sharing her fresh and distinctive ideas under her own Fish Eye Rugs banner. Her students say, “Jen’s youthful enthusiasm makes her workshops fun, as well as educational!”

In early 2016 she gave notice to her employer and left behind a lengthy professional career to dedicate herself completely to turning her textile art into a full-time business called Fish Eye Sisters. Her love of textiles, dyeing and color play has resulted in her current line of one-of-a-kind woolen home goods.

Jen’s work has been included in many exhibits throughout North America. In 2012, Jen received the prestigious Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) Best in Show Rowan Award for her piece entitled Jumbo, a particularly impressive room-sized rug she designed and hooked. Jen’s work has been featured in several publications over the years. She is a member of Muskoka Arts & Crafts (MAC), Craft Ontario, and Fish Eye Sisters is included on the Textile and Fiber Art (TAFA) List. 

Specialties:  Tendency to push the boundaries of rug hooking beyond traditional rugs.

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.



Wool,Applique flowers closeup by Jen Manuell