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Hook a Zippered Pouch

Sharon Smith

Sharon A. Smith, Walnut Creek, California

Dates:  1 Day – Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Member $115.00
Supply Fee: $ 75 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location:  Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
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Description: Have a blast while creating your very own whimsical tool pouch. Contemporary! Stylish!  Funky!

The outside design, while casually drawn, combines modern textiles such as velvet, roving, silk, dyed stockings, yarn, chiffon, and ribbons with pre-cut # 6 – 8 wool, in a tastefully sophisticated manner. This workshop will focus on cleverly combining fibers in subtle ways with a choice of four different designs: Farm, Cat’s Paws, Cat, & Sheep. Contrast of color and blending wool with fibers are the keys to these successful designs. Embellishments are also discussed philosophically and emotionally for purpose, function, and artistry. The finished size of the zippered pouch is 6” x 12”.

The inside, fully lined, will hold your precious hooking tools. Sharon will demonstrate every step of the way, especially how to hand sew the lining in and how to stitch up the sides of your hooked piece to form a pouch. Use of the perfect threads and needles (supplied in the kit) is also covered. Plus…there’s no need to sew the zipper in….Sharon has already sewn it onto your hooking linen. Written instructions will also be provided.

The skills learned in class can easily be applied in creating other projects and gifts.


Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes

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

Supply description: Pattern on linen (with a zipper already sewn on), pre-cut # 6 – 8 wool strips, additional fibers, lining fabric, hand sewing needles & threads, & instruction hand-out. Optional: Sharon will bring some additional embellishments which will be available for purchase, such as a tiny cow to stand in front of the barn on the Farm pouch.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame (to hold a small piece of backing approx. 20-24”), scissors, & hook. Optional: embellishments such as buttons, rhinestones, or jewelry pieces. 


Bio: Sharon has had several professional careers, initially as a graphic designer. She then pursued a doctorate in Psychology. After retiring from her specialty as a Sex Therapist, she became a hooker. She has combined her graphic design knowledge and emotional intelligence to the artistry of rug hooking patterns. Drawing from life experience, her areas of design have been world travel and cultures, family experiences and love, the delight of children, and a deep appreciation of art, particularly paintings by masters.

She became nationally known initially for punchneedle designs and published a book through Martingale Press in 2009 called Punchneedle on a Grand Scale. After writing that book, she put down the punchneedle and picked up a hook to continue designing with a zest, creating over 100 patterns. While simultaneously hooking for eight years, she has been teaching across the country and continues to write articles on rug hooking for numerous publications including Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA, Wool Street Journal, among others. Recognition of her work, published her works in those journals and in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs.

Recently she self-published a book containing all of her hooked works as a permanent record. She is the owner of Off the Hook Wool Rugs with an online website where she displays work and offers patterns for purchase.

Specialties: Color!  Moves easily in designing pieces for intense jewel tones to other pieces in soft pastels.

Design!  Knowledgeable in placement of shapes, color, space, and texture. Movement!  Looks for balance, proportion, emphasis, harmony and rhythm in design. Whimsy!  Brings spirit, humor, and emotion to her works.



Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
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