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“Watercolor in Wool—Making Your Wool Work!”

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If you are interested in a workshop that is Full - Sold Out, please let us know so you may be added to the waiting list. Contact Dawn Hauter at 800-590-9755 ext 3076 or to request being placed on the waiting list.
Lisanne Miller

Lisanne Miller, Wells, Maine

Dates:   2 day – Wednesday & Thursday, August 15-16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members $190.00  
Supply Fee: None
Location: Historic Village - Museum
Teacher’s Website:


Lisanne-Miller-tulipHave you ever wanted to create the effect of a watercolor in your hooked rug?  Looking for sweeping petals, flowers that come alive, cabins tucked in snow a glow and landscapes that evoke a particular mood?

Watercolor in Wool is that unique workshop allowing YOU to create with wool the effects of a watercolor painting under the guidance of Lisanne Miller.

Lisanne has teamed up with Maine watercolorist, Mary Michola Fibich to create beautifully dyed wools to match Mary’s botanical watercolors—from Blueberries, to Pink Tulips to Chartreuse Dahlia’s to Seascapes and Sandpipers on the beach! 

As part of this workshop Lisanne will teach you how to uniquely combine wools, different hooking techniques and a myriad of color palettes to create any one of the many watercolors to your liking—from light backgrounds to warm rich tones. Your rug will be your own hooked watercolor for years to come!

In addition, this class also focuses how to combine dyed wool with small textures for a wonderful flowing hooked piece, how to get the most out of your wool, and using color palettes from bright to muted to neutral.  Yes you can color plan and hook these patterns in neutrals as well for a black and white effect! You will also learn how to apply these techniques to future projects. This workshop will make you forget your fear of hooking in a watercolor effect!

This class is open to all patterns, Lisanne will have Watercolor Kits available based on the artwork of Mary Michola Fibich, original designs welcome and any cut from wide to fine! Lisanne will contact students prior to class about their project and will have a wide variety of wools available. Students are always welcome to bring their wool as well!

Well known for her “no rules just have fun” approach to rug hooking, Lisanne will guide you through this creative process for fantastic effects!



Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

LEVEL:   Basic to 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.

Supply description:  None

Students Need to Bring: Basic rug hooking supplies, hooks, frame, scissors, baggies, your cutter and blades #4 and up (or what you are comfortable with). Teacher will have a wide variety of wools and patterns available.  Students are always welcome to bring their own wool and pattern.


Lisanne-Miller-halloween-witchBIO: Lisanne first held a hook at the age of fourteen as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration of America—hooking a simple chair pad from some of her mother’s old wool suits. The hook, wool, extra burlap and chair pad traveled with her in her mother’s cedar chest until a dear friend one day revealed that she had a new interest she just loved—primitive rug hooking. Lisanne has never looked back or put her hook down since creating and designing whimsical, wonderful pieces of modern day folk art.  

Lisanne is the owner of the W. Cushing & Co./Joan Moshimer’s Studio. Lisanne is the Director of Caraway Rug School, has earned the status of “Fellow” and a Master Craftsmen of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi—recently named as one of the Top 40 Artists, Vice President of ATHA, and her rugs have appeared in Rug Hooking Magazine, The Wool Street Journal, numerous ATHA publications, books by Jessie Turbayne as well as “Top 40 at 40.” Lisanne was nominated for her work and company by Martha Stewart Living as a “Made in America” craft/company.

Lisanne teaches across the United States privately and has taught and/or is teaching at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Caraway Rug School, John C. Campbell Folk Art School, Hooked in the Mountains, Star of Texas, Green Mountain Rug School, ATHA Region 1 School, and at her studio in Wells, ME.

SPECIALTIES: Watercolor effects, antique inspired, naïve folk art, whimsical designs, architecture, landscape, unique color concepts, and wonderful color planning techniques.


Gallery Talks - Each year we present significant collections of work featuring noteworthy artists – both contemporary and historic. These collections offer interesting topics, remarkable techniques, geographic influences, and fascinating stories. Gallery Talks are a rare opportunity to see the exhibits through the eyes of the designer, creator, curator, authority, or descendant. Gallery Talks are also an exceptional learning tool -- learn how to take the aspects that you admire and apply them to your own work. Or if you are a collector, learn more about the rugs you are collecting.

This presentation will take place in the exhibit hall, so that the speakers can refer to individual rugs, discuss interesting details and reveal little known facts. At the end of the Gallery Talk, the speakers will be happy to answer your questions -- so come prepared. Seating will be provided throughout the Gallery Talk.

For more information on Exhibits and Speakers, please see the Exhibit page. For classes relevant to these exhibits, please see our Retreat and Workshop pages.

Teacher will contact students prior to class: No.

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required. 

Supply/Kit description: None

Students Need to Bring: Optional: Pen and paper for notes.


Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
Follow this link for information on the registration form:
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