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Chris Preble Retreat 
Proddy Flowers in a Crock

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Chris Preble

Jasper, Georgia

“Proddy Flowers in a Crock”

3 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Thursday, August 14 – 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$300.00 / Sauder Village Members $280.00 
Heritage Inn – Heritage Room


Have you wanted to try proddy but haven’t had the opportunity? Are you addicted to proddy and can’t get enough? Or, are you somewhere in between? Proddy has definitely opened up a whole new world of 3-D to the hooking community.

Whether you’d like to hook a wedding crock, another type of commemorative crock, or a crock bearing a simple design -- with the addition of proddy flowers and leaves, Chris will help you make that happen.

This retreat will focus on proddy as well as applique, depending on the flower varieties each student chooses for their project. Students will learn to cut petals and leaves for proddy or applique, will learn to use a proddy tool, and will work in a #3 to #6 cut (student’s choice), bearing in mind that a #3-cut is especially important to obtain detail when hooking letters or numbers into the crock.


The first day of class, students will begin hooking the crock; days 2 & 3 will focus on proddy and applique. So that the class can begin hooking the crock on day one, the crock design will be worked out in advance of the retreat. Chris will offer several different crock designs/shapes, which she will transfer to backing if the student desires. Students may choose to transfer the crock design to their own backing or may decide to design their own crock. Choice of flowers will also be up to the student, who may elect to use a bouquet of one kind of flower or an assortment of different flowers.

Students are welcome to bring their own wool, or Chris will custom dye wool for their project. She will bring a limited amount of dyed wool, but will happily go shopping with you at Founder’s Hall.


LEVEL:   Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor; students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3 - #6, hook, & proddy tool (teacher will provide more info on proddy tool selection).

BIO:  It all started nearly 20 years ago at her son’s soccer game, where Chris was intrigued by two moms who were hooking rugs. During the next week, one of those moms drew a small pattern on a piece of burlap for Chris. The next weekend, before the game started, Chris was choosing colors from a stack of wool her friend had brought. With the cutter positioned on the trunk lid of her car, she proceeded to cut the wool Chris needed to hook her first rug. Many soccer games, hooked rugs, and three wedding rugs later, Chris has found her niche in rug hooking – especially proddy. She has mentored friends and family in hooking basics, color selection, dye techniques, and proddy.

Chris’ Wedding Crock Bouquet was featured in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII and was exhibited at Sauder Village, Caraway Rug School, and the “Off the Hook” Dogwood ATHA exhibit in Buford, GA. Her work has also appeared in Gail Dufresne’s Rug Hooking with Fancy Fibers and Jessie Turbayne’s Hooked Rugs of the Deep South.

Chris is a retired Labor and Delivery nurse, who taught Lamaze childbirth classes for 25 years.  Currently, in her north Georgia mountain community, she serves as a Volunteer Support Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder.


SPECIALTIES:  Proddy and applique.