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Starting a Geometric Rug

Gene Shepherd

Gene Shepherd, Anaheim, CA

Dates: 1 day – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4;00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members 115.00  
Supply Fee: See below - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Heritage Inn, Gathering Room A
Teacher’s Website:    


Using any multi-block geometric pattern of your choice, or one of Gene’s many patterns, this class will focus on how to improve any geometric BEFORE the hooking begins. 

To that end, the class will start with a short lecture on tips and procedures that will immediately improve the geometric hooking process. Armed with that information, the class will quickly begin using it to hook on the blank project --- please do not bring a pattern that has already been started. 

Although Gene will discuss color planning with each student in the months before class, he will also work with them to troubleshoot and tweak that process in class. 

This class will also cover Gene‘s tips for getting straight lines, good corners, sharp points, round circles, matching arcs and any other geometric elements being hooked in this class. While cut size is somewhat flexible depending on design (and Gene will consult with each student ahead of time about this) most projects will use cuts # 6 - # 8 for this class.  

A great opportunity to overcome your fear of geometrics or start fresh with Gene’s sure fire techniques!

Geometric-Hooked-Rug-Art-Gene-ShepherdTeacher will contact students prior to class: Yes.

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

Supply/Kit description:  If students select one of Gene’s patterns, prices are listed on his website. He will also consult with students who need special designs and size options.  Gene’s hand-dyed wool options and prices will be discussed in advance with students. 

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 6 - 8.5, & hook. Optional: Students may bring a pattern and/or wool.


Geometric-StarlDiamonds-Hooked-Rug-Gene-ShepherdDescribed as a “self-taught artist who hooks by ear,” Gene does commission work, designs, dyes, develops tools, teaches and writes about rug hooking. His work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA Newsletter and Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs, XII, XIV & XV. As an Author, Editor, Artist or Producer his work include: The Rug Hooker’s Bible, Rug Hooking At Home DVD series, Prodded Hooking for a Three-Dimensional Effect book/DVD set, instructional downloads and tutorials on his web site.

Gene has been director of the Cambria Pines Rug Camp, Cambria, CA, since 2000. He teaches regularly in Southern California and camps and workshops in the US and overseas. After 40 years as a pastor, he retired to concentrate full time on rug hooking. He lives in Anaheim, California, with his wife Marsha and daughter Ann.

Specialties:  Wide cut rugs using custom dyed colors.  

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.