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“Color Planning for Oriental Rugs” Workshop



Sandra Brown
Mansfield, Ohio 

Dates:   2 day – Wednesday & Thursday, August 14-15, 2019 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village Members $188.00  
Supply Fee: $180.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Historic Village - Museum
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Color Planning for Orientals is a multi-step process that begins with determining Contrast and general color preferences and ends with a bevy of beautiful wools that the rug hooker feels confidant will produce a one-of-a-kind finished piece.  It’s not just a matter of picking the perfect color, it’s understanding why certain hues, values and intensities are indicated because of their role in the overall design. 

Class discussion will include dye techniques recommended for Orientals, including “abrash,” “floating” for color dimension, various spot dyeing techniques and use of gradation swatches and wools will be available to choose from as part of the class fee using all these techniques. Slide presentations will aid discussion of Contrast, Balance, Intensity and Technique during the color planning process.  

Drawn to the craft of rug hooking, we work to perfect our eye for color—a gift we already have—knowing that the satisfaction of hooking can be entirely dependent on having chosen colors wisely.  The tradition of creating hooked rugs based on Middle Eastern Oriental rug designs is over 100 years old and is experiencing a revival of interest.  This class will provide the framework for color planning either traditional or modern interpretations of this cherished genre.  


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes. Teacher will be in contact with each student prior to class to help with pattern selection, choice of cut, color preferences and general ‘game plan’ so that work on color planning each individual piece can begin immediately in class.  

Level:   Intermediate/Advanced - students who have had some years’ experience hooking, color planning, and dyeing wool and who are interested in exploring the complexities of Oriental rug patterns.

Supply description:  3 yards of hand-dyed Dorr wool, colors to be chosen by student during workshop and can range from 1/4 yd to 1 yd pieces depending on student preference during the color planning process.  All wools will have dye formulas and directions for students to replicate colors in their own studios. Class materials will include formulas, dye techniques, and how-to information on color planning for Oriental rug patterns.  

Students Need to Bring: The Oriental pattern previously discussed with Teacher, a frame, scissors, cutter and blades #3 - #5, favorite hook and any illustrations or photos the student wants to use as reference material. There will be assignments prior to class to aid in the color planning process.  


Bio: Sandra L Brown is a McGown Certified Teacher, Rug Hooking Hall of Fame Inductee, and craftswoman who has been rug hooking for 37 years and teaching for 31 of those years. Her rugs have been featured 6 times in Celebrations of Hand-Hooked Rugs, an annual showcase of the best hooked rugs in North America (including the top national award for “House at Night”).  She has received three “Best of Show” awards at Sauder Village and gives workshops around the country on Dyeing, Geometrics, Florals, Pictorials and Use of Light in Hooked Rugs. She has recently authored several articles on North American Oriental rugs in Rug Hooking Magazine.  


Registration started at 10 am on January 9th, 2019
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