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Quickly Designing Abstract

Susan Feller

Susan Feller, Augusta, WV

Dates:   2 day – Tuesday & Wednesday, August 15-16, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members $188.00  
Supply Fee: None
Location: Heritage Inn - Board Room
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Abstract designs have meaning. Learn how to simplify a design concept perhaps an emotion, a natural subject, or realistic composition. If you “already create patterns” or “never drew your own” --- explore working quickly through the design process, put the emotion into action, decide on materials and techniques, and communicate that with excitement!


Susan will contact students prior to class to discuss proposed design process, suggest concepts, and guide you with research sources. On the first day of class, there will be drawing exercises, a library of resources to review, and examples of artist’s work for discussion. Students will develop their own design.

On day two, students will learn how to incorporate a number of materials and techniques --- not exclusive to wool strips or yarns, learn stitching, felting, and even painting to accompany your hooking, in order to reach your desired abstract work of art.

The work and inspirations of Abstract Impressionist women artists will play a role throughout the course in examples and exercises. By the end of the workshop, you will have designed your own Abstract art and discussed how to apply a wide variety of materials and textile techniques. Opening up new areas and opportunities --- you will have an out of the box project leading the way to more original designs and creative pursuits. 


Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes.

Level:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience, with an interest in exploring design. 

Supply/Kit description:  Drawing tools, paper, and transfer material.  

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (your choice), hook, sketchbook, backing, and variety of materials. Susan will contact you with additional details and options for materials and supplies.    


Abstract-Art-Hooked-Rug-Susan-FellerSusan L. Feller has included rug hooking in her toolbox of textile techniques since 1994. The slow process of handwork challenges her work. With a BA in Art and History and as author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers the building blocks for good composition are skills Feller instructs and guides students to adopt. On the Editorial Board for Rug Hooking Magazine, served on the boards of ATHA and TIGHR, curated and judged international exhibits, networking is inherent in Susan’s approach to the contemporary art world. 

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

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.



Closeup of abstract rug hooking Susan Feller