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Savvy Shopper
Walk & Talk Workshop 


Nola Heidbreder, St. Louis, MO

Dates:  Evening – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Member $50.00
Supply Fee: None
Location: Founder’s Hall
Teacher’s Website:

savvy shopper shopping bag by Nola Heidbreder

Back by popular demand is the Savvy Shopper Walk & Talk. Are you new to rug hooking and the wool world? Is this your first time at Rug Hooking Week? Have you ever been overwhelmed with the choices in rug hooking supplies and equipment? Want to know what’s new on the market?

If so, walk through the many wonderful vendor booths with a seasoned rug hooker and shopper Nola Heidbreder. Get a first-hand behind the scenes look at the merchandise in the evening when there are no crowds to contend with. Learn what to look for in each booth and see what’s new so you are ready to shop when the doors open on Thursday morning. Here’s a great opportunity to ask questions so that you can become a Savvy Shopper too. Be a well-informed consumer who buys with confidence.

Each Savvy Shopper will receive a shopping bag filled with coupons and samples from the vendors.

Teacher will contact students prior to class: No.

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required. 

Supply/Kit description: None. 

Students Need to Bring: Notebook, pen, and wear comfortable shoes. 

wool vendor at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week

Nola is a certified McGown instructor, teaching rug hooking at her studio in St. Louis and across the country. She also does rug repair, historic demonstrations and teaches a variety of other fiber arts including toothbrush rugs, broomstick rugs, wagon wheel rugs, shirring, locker hooking, proddy, wool appliqué, knitting, crocheting and braiding.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine, The Healthy Planet newspaper, ATHA newsletter, Hooked on Rugs, Creative Hooker, Hooked on Wool, Hooked Rugs Today, Contemporary Hooked Rugs and in The “Art” of Playing Cards traveling rug hooking exhibit and catalog and exhibited twice in the Coalition for the Environment show.

Hooks-for-rug-hookingNola hooked all 44 of the presidents in the 2013 Special Exhibit of Hooked and Knitted Presidents. The collection received the 2013 Sauder “Collection” Award. Together with her sister, Linda Pietz, they wrote and published the book Hooking the Presidents to accompany the exhibit; which offers patterns, hooking tips, dye recipes, and fun facts about each president. Nola and Linda have also co-authored the Stackpole books Knitting Rugs and Crocheting Rugs. In 2017, their new Spring House Press book Crochet Baskets will be available. Nola has also written a Beautiful Backgrounds booklet, the Still Hooking and Cooking cookbook, and the Houska Colors Dye Book.

Shopping-Rug-HookingSpecialties: Creativity, embellishing, dyeing, recycling in rugs and historic rugs.