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Standing Wool Rugs


Mary DeLano, Norway, ME 

Dates:  2 day – Friday & Saturday, August 18-19, 2017 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members 188.00  
Supply Fee:  $10.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location:  Historic Village - Museum Classroom
Teacher’s Website:  None


“Everything old is new again.” Not only is the “old” technique known as standing wool regaining popularity, it is also a great way to recycle old wool clothes into new rugs and mats. The standing wool technique was developed before the industrial revolution when thrifty homemakers tried to get the last bit of use out of cloth that was so time-consuming and labor intensive to produce. By standing bits of wool on edge, and sewing them together with a long needle and strong thread, beautiful pieces could be created out of clothing that was too worn to be passed down.

Standing wool rugs, or quillies as they are sometimes called (because they resemble paper quilling), are enjoying a renaissance. New pieces are regularly posted on Facebook and Pinterest and creativity and complexity abound.

This class will explore the three basic techniques incorporated into most standing wool rugs. Students will gain familiarity with and control over the techniques by making a mug rug the first morning.  Then, they will design and begin sewing their own chair pad or rug. 


Teacher will contact students prior to class: No

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

Supply/Kit description:  Two long needles, a needle threader, and thread. Recycled wool will also be available for purchase. 

Students Need to Bring:  Small scissors for snipping strips of wool and cutting thread. An assortment of wool that has been machine washed and dried. This is a great opportunity to use up braiding wool that has been gifted to you or wool that is otherwise not suitable for hooking. Students will be asked to contribute a portion of their wool to a table for everyone to share. If you have a cutter with a size 10 or larger blade (or a braiding cutter like the Rigby B model) please bring it to class. If you don’t have one of these cutters, the instructor will bring a cutter to use during class. If you are a knitter, bring double pointed size 8 needles and worsted or bulky yarn to incorporate into your piece.


Warm-Tones-Rolled-wool-rug-Mary-DelanoMary started her first standing wool project over 8 years ago after taking a standing wool rug class with teacher and rug historian Rose Ann Hunter. After making her first coaster, Mary embarked on an ambitious 11 foot long rainbow runner which took over two years to make. Mary’s love of wool is not limited to standing wool rugs. She also enjoys knitting and creating wool applique with lots of embellishment.

Fiber art is a second career for Mary. Mary has studied with two expert fiber artists and has taken classes with many more. She has completed large and small projects that recycle used wool clothing into trivets, chair pads, and rugs, incorporating techniques such as standing wool, shirring, and knitting. Some of her standing wool pieces will be included in Tracy Jamar’s new book Coils, Folds, Twists and Turns: Contemporary Techniques in Fiber.

Mary finds great delight in sharing her passion for the fiber arts with new students.  She has taught numerous workshops in rug making, embroidery, and wool applique in venues ranging from the Fiber College of Maine in Searsport, Maine to the Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine. 

In addition to pursuing her interest in fiber arts, during her retirement she is helping to build stronger communities and move people out of poverty by serving as the Chair of a local social services agency. She also volunteers one day a week in a Head Start classroom for three year olds where she shares her love of reading and creating.

Cool-Tones-Rolled-wool-rug-Mary-DelanoSpecialties:  Designing and sewing double sided standing wool and shirred 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.