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Donna Hrkman, Dayton, OH

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:  $35.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall - Stage Right
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Steampunk lady with clock handhooked rug by Donna HrkmanDescription:
Want to try something fun, creative, and easy? How about a class that features Steampunk art? An art movement that started in the 1980’s, Steampunk is creative, clever, and knows no boundaries. In our one day workshop, we'll explore the wild and wonderful world of Steampunk.

If you were at Rug Hooking Week last summer, then you saw the Steampunk exhibit and know how creative and fun Steampunk can be. If you are ready to unleash some creativity, then this workshop is for you!

Donna has six patterns to choose from, all measuring 10" by 15", so you'll be able to get a good start on hooking your design in class. She'll also have a selection of wool "geared" to the metal color range, and bags of wonderful trinkets for embellishing. She'll talk about Steampunk history and offer tips and techniques for hooking, embellishing and finishing these pieces, but the main goal is to open up your mind and play!

This class is open to most skill levels, providing you can hook comfortably in smaller cuts like # 3, 4, and 5. The designs are clear and detailed, and you'll be able to choose your colors and gadgetry to make them all your own.

Steampunk Rug Hooking samples from Donna HrkmanTeacher will contact students prior to class: Yes.

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

Supply/Kit description:  Choice of 10” x 15” pattern on linen. Custom wool and trinkets available for purchase in class. 

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 3-5, & hook. Optional: If you have interesting pieces of jewelry or trinkets to add to your finished piece, bring them along!


Steampunk lady with pipe frame hooked rug by Donna HrkmanBio: 
Donna Hrkman has a lifelong history as an artist. She has experience in drawing and painting, sculpture and stenciling. She illustrated books and patterns for her friends at Kindred Spirits as well as running her own stencil business and designing fabric for the Daisy Kingdom Fabric Company.

She started rug hooking fifteen years ago and has developed a reputation for realistic portraits, both people and animals. She also teaches design and composition and hooks rugs by commission. She has exhibited her work in art shows and galleries, and has written the books Rug Hookers Companion and Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers. Her rugs have won awards at Sauder Village as well as at Hooked in the Mountains at Shelburne. Her rugs have been in Celebrations nine times and several have been voted People's Choice in their category. She has published many articles for Rug Hooking Magazine.

Steampunk sculpture from Donna HrkmanDonna continues to strive for excellence in her work and in her teaching too. She has taught at guilds and schools all across the country. Donna loves making rugs and loves sharing what she knows with others.

Specialties:  Realistic people and animal portraits, Steampunk, and rug design!

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.