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Ripping, and Tearing, and Clipping, Oh my!

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Kris Miller, Howell, Michigan

Dates:  Evening Workshop – Friday, August 16, 2018
Time:  6:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Member $50.00
Supply Fee: $85.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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 No cutters allowed! Let’s simplify and return to our pioneer rug hooking roots by making a soft, cushiony, vintage looking, hand-torn rug. There is simply no need to get up from your frame while you’re working…unless you want to brew yourself a cup of tea!

You will learn how to rip, tear, and/or hand cut at least one-half inch wide strips of textured wool to create a soft pleasing rug that you will love to place your feet on. Kris will also discuss and demonstrate the process of “clippy” (clipping the loops with scissors after they are hooked) so students will have the option to turn their hand-torn rug into a shaggy “clippy rug.”


Framed-horse-hooked-rug-Kris-MillerTeacher will contact students prior to class: No

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

Supply description:  A linen pattern designed especially for this workshop (approximate size 15.5” x 20” – see rug photo with two diamonds), , and a kit containing uncut textured wool and a handout. Students will have their choice of three different color plans to work from so that they can create their own unique rug.           

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, & hook. Please note:  It is important to bring a hook with a large shank in order to pull up the wider hand-torn strips (such as an 8mm or 9mm Hartman or Ritchie hook). The teacher will have large shanked hooks for sale in class for those students who need to purchase one.

Bio:  Kris Miller is a self-taught rug hooker who specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts (#8 and above).  She also enjoys hooking with hand-torn wool.  Her style has been described as “soft primitives.”  Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, novelty yarns, and hosiery have all found their way into Kris’s hooking style at one time or another.

Kris is the owner of Spruce Ridge Studios.  She has won many awards and ribbons for her rugs including her county fair, Michigan State Fair, Sauder Village, honorable mentions in A Celebration Of Hand-Hooked Rugs XIII, XVI, XXII, and a Celebrations Finalist in 2018.  Several of her original designs have also been featured as pattern inserts in Rug Hooking Magazine and the books Projects For Primitive Rug Hookers , Pattern Designs for Rug Hookers, and Finishing Hooked Rugs.  She served as a judge for A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII and XXVI.   Her work has been selected for Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.  She is the author of Introduction To Rug Hooking, published by Stackpole Books, and the self-published books The Grand Finale: Finish What You Start and The Little Book Of Eyes. She has taught at many workshops and rug camps across the United States, England, and Finland.  She lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband and an assortment of Angora goats, sheep, alpacas, and dogs. 

Registration started at 10 am on January 9th, 2019
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