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“After the Hooking Comes Braiding - BraidBowls” Workshop



Kris McDermet
Dummerston, VT

Dates:  1-1/2 day – Wednesday August 12, 2020 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $175.00  / Sauder Village Members $165.00  
Supply Fee: $30.00 - $50.00 (see below) - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founders Hall  - Stage Right
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braided-bowls-with-hooked-rug-center-Kris-McDermetDESCRIPTION:  Students will learn how to add 4 rows of braiding to a round or oval 6” hooked center for a combined hooked and braided BraidBowl.

After learning how to prepare the wool, braiding instruction begins, then you will start right in on braiding. You will learn how to pad and line your hooking to make it the same height as the braid.

 All braided rows around the hooking are joined together by the butting process. There are many ways to butt and Kris will teach students an easy and quick method.

Prior to class, Kris will contact students to discuss their hooked center. Students will come to class with the 6” center completely hooked.

The braiding techniques learned in this workshop can be applied to your future hooked rugs - by finishing or adding rows of braiding.


Braided-Bowl-Kris-McDermetTeacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

LEVEL:   Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience. No prior braiding experience is required.

Supply description:  Padding and lining for the hooking, lacing thread, safety pins, clothes pin, hand sewing needle, thread, tapestry needle, and a 35 page direction book with color photographs and diagrams - $30. Students may bring their own braid clamp or braid stand. Optional: Braid clamp - $20. 

Students Need to Bring: 6” round or oval hooked mat - your choice of design, colors, and cut (hooking completed prior to class). Wool: 1/4 yard each of 6 complimentary colors of wool for braiding. The total amount of wool is 1 1/2 yards. A pair of sharp small scissors, a 6” sewing gage ruler, and a pair of thin nose needle nose pliers are supplies the student can bring from home.


braided-bowls-in-multiple-colors-Kris-McDermetBIO: Kris McDermet has been braiding for 40 years and fell in love with braiding on hooking during her first braiding class when her teacher, Isabel Clough, mentioned that she had seen a few hooked rugs with a row of braid on the outside creating a frame. She began hooking and soon her rugs had rows of braid to compliment the hooking. She developed her technique of sewing and lacing the braiding inside and outside of hooking and going back and forth between the two art forms to create pieces for the floor and wall. Rather than only being used as a border, the braids share the rug space equally with the hooking. She travels to teach “Before and After the Hooking Comes Braiding” internationally and is a member of The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, ATHA, TIGHR, Brattleboro West Arts, and The21Collective.  She participates in several Rug Braiding Guilds in PA and MA.

She is a co-author of Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding-Basics, Borders, and Beyond with friends Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias, is a chapter author in Finishing Hooked Rugs, and author of Welcome to Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding.

She has received several Viewer’s Choice ribbons at Vermont's Hooked in the Mountains shows, several Sauder Village People’s Choice ribbons, and had a rug in the 2014 and 2015 issues of Rug Hooking Magazine's Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs. She was the featured artist at the 2018 Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guilds Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show in Essex, VT and the 2018 Ottawa OHCG Featured Artist.