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After the Hooking Comes Braiding

Kris McDermet

Kris McDermet,
Dummerston, Vermont

Dates:   1 ½ day – Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $175.00 / Sauder Village Member $165.00
Supply Fee: $30.00 – 50.00 (see below) - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
Teacher’s Website:   


 Students will learn how to add 2 rows of braiding to a round, oval, or square cornered hooked center for a combined hooked and braided chair or table mat.

After learning how to prepare the wool, braiding instruction begins, then you will start right in on braiding. You will learn how to pad and back your hooking to make it the same height as the braid.

All braided rows around the hooking are joined together by the butting process. There are many ways to butt and Kris will teach students an easy and quick method.

Students will have the option of adding more braided rows, at home, to make your hooked and braided mat into a small rug.

Prior to class, Kris will contact students to discuss their hooked center. Students will come to class with the 8” center completely hooked.

Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes

Level:  Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience. No prior braiding experience is required.


Supply description: ­­­­­­­­­­­ Padding and lining for the hooking, lacing thread, safety pins, clothes pin, hand     sewing needle, thread, hemostat, tapestry needle, and a 35 page direction book with color photographs and diagrams - $30. Students may bring their own braid clamp or braid stand. Optional: Braid clamp - $20.  

Students Need to Bring:  9” round or oval hooked mat - your choice of design, colors, and cut. Wool: 1/4 yard each of 6 complimentary colors of wool for braiding. The total amount of wool is 1 1/2 yards. A pair of sharp small scissors and a 6” sewing ruler. Optional: 6” hooked square mat.


Bio:  Kris McDermet has been Braiding for 38 years and fell in love with Braiding on Hooking during her first braiding class when her teacher, Isabel Clough, mentioned that she had seen a few hooked rugs with a row of braid on the outside creating a frame. She began Hooking and soon her rugs had rows of braid to compliment the Hooking. She developed her technique of sewing and lacing the braiding inside and outside of hooking and going back and forth between the two art forms to create pieces for the floor and wall. Rather than only being used as a border, the braids share the rug space equally with the Hooking. She travels to teach Before and After the Hooking Comes Braiding internationally and is a member of The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, ATHA, and TIGHR.  She participates in several Rug Braiding Guilds in PA and MA.

She is a co-author of Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding-Basics, Borders, and Beyond with friends Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias, is a chapter author in Finishing Hooked Rugs, and author of  Welcome to Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding. She has received several Viewer’s Choice ribbons at Vermont's Hooked in the Mountains shows, several Sauder Village Mixed Media ribbons, and had a rug in the 2014 and 2015 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine's Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs. She will be a featured artist at the 2018 Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guilds Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show in Essex, VT in October 2018.


Specialties:  Braiding on hooking for rugs on the floor or wall, table rugs, and BraidBowls - using wool, taffeta, silk, and wet felting as part of her designs.


Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
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