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Textile Art of the Gujarat

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Maddy Fraioli, Roseville, Ohio

Dates:   2 day – Friday & Saturday, August 17-18, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members 190.00 
Supply Fee: $35.00 - $125.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Historic Village - Museum Classroom
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The traditional embroidery from the hands of the women of northwest India will inspire our work in this workshop. The “Mochi” embroiderers are members of families of cobblers and leather workers who, using a modified awl hook called an “ari”, developed a simple chain stitch to embellish the leather used in making slippers in shoes. The same stitch is used on their clothing and home décor, often with embedded mirrors.

The workshop will begin with a lecture and slide presentation on the Mochi people and their colorful embroidery, based on Maddy’s 2011 work in Radhanpur and Ahmedabad India, working with S.E.W.A, (the Self-Employed Women’s Association). Examples of this work will be displayed, as well as a fairly extensive collection of publications. We will discuss how their work and techniques can be an inspiration in our rug hooking projects. We will learn how to attach mirrors to the hooking using the ari stitch, making marigold wreaths (part of their Hindu culture), and the using of decorative tongues to edge the piece. Each project will be unique!

The designs for our Workshop include elephants, birds, and lions, as well as floral and geometric designs. Vibrant (or muted, student choice) colors will be intermixed with mirrors and tassels to create a wall hanging, pillow or tablemat. Larger rug patterns are available as well. In advance, each student will receive an online brochure showing a variety of project sizes and subjects, available in either patterns or kits. These patterns will be most suitable for cuts between #6 and #8.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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


Supply description: 
Supplies costs will vary, depending on student choice of pattern, and backing material. (Monks cloth or linen, $35-125). Kits are also available and will include pattern and precut wool for hooking (priced per pattern). Additional wool (natural and commercially dyed wools, as is, and overdyed), hand dyed variegated rug yarn and embellishment materials will be available for purchase during the workshop. Students may bring their own wool if purchasing just the pattern.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #6 - #8, hook, crochet hook size F or G & yarn needle.


Maddy Fraioli is a third-generation hooker, and is McGown and Oxford certified. She enjoys developing themed classes for guild presentations and private workshops. Maddy’s recent emphasis includes half-drop repeat designs, and plein-air landscapes using naturally dyed wool and yarn. She is a competent dyer of both commercial and natural dyes. Most of her pattern inspiration comes from adapting motifs from other genres that delight her aesthetically. Her business, Roseville Design, offers patterns, wool and supplies.

Maddy is a member of ATHA, the Y Bridge Rug Hookers, and is a founding member of the Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild. Maddy’s teaching experience include private lessons at her studio, Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild, Green Mountain Rug School, and Western Reserve Rug Hooking Guild. She spends her summer time teaching under-served youth in her community both fiber art and ceramic skills.

She has written several articles for Rug Hooking Magazine including topics on: Rug Hooking in India, Postcards of Currier and Ives, the McGown Teachers Workshop, Accepting Commissions, Making Crowns, and Vintage Doorstops.

Specialties:  Developing special rug hooking classes around new themes with original designs, lectures, hands-on activities and specialty dyed wool.


Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
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