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Shading for Beginners


Mariah Krauss, New Gloucester, ME

Dates:   1 day – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members $115.00  
Supply Fee:  $45.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall - Stage Left
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Mariah will teach students simple shading techniques using a swatch and a spot dye on a small project to take home. She will also discuss general shading guidelines, applications to larger projects and ways to improve your technique over time.

This class will discuss these topics in terms of smaller cuts as well as wide cut shading. She will also introduce more advanced techniques for shading as students work on their projects. The afternoon will be devoted to finishing the project during which time you can learn two simple methods for finishing larger rugs.

black-white-grandma-hooked-rug-Mariah-KraussCome to this class if you want to learn shading from a master shader & take home a cute & fun project along with some new or improved shading skills!  

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  

Level:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. 

Supply/Kit description:  A pattern on monks cloth, pre-cut # 4 wool strips and materials to finish the project as well as handouts.   

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, & hook.    


Mariah Krauss is a fifth generation rug hooker.  With an artistic and creatively encouraging mother, Mariah has learned to put her own spin on four generations of rug hooking. She consistently tries to push herself to create new techniques, develop new ideas, and pioneer different styles of rug hooking.

Her first piece of note, Aries Woman, took basic swatch dyeing and shading techniques and amplified the processes to create a captivating product through which she has been able to connect with many viewers. Aries Woman won her first Viewer's Choice Award as well as Museum Choice Award at the Hooked in the Mountains Exhibit in Shelburne, Vermont, and was her first submission to Celebrations appearing in the XXII issue and winning Viewer's Choice Award for best original design.

Since then she has refined and improved her pattern making, shading, and dyeing techniques and hopes to further her ideas in the future while capturing the moments that mean the most. Mariah is a board member of Green Mountain Rug School, is a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild in Vermont, and teaches high school physics, chemistry, and special education at Poland Regional High School in Poland Springs, Maine.

Specialties:  Shading, color planning, & design.