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“Hooking a Small Oriental Rug - Color Planning and Technique” Workshop


Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown
Mansfield, Ohio 

Dates:   1 day – Wednesday August 12, 2020 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members $115.00  
Supply Fee: $185.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall Stage Left
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Students will choose between 4 small 16” x 16” Oriental rug patterns and work in cuts #3-4 using a wide range of beautiful hand-dyed wool. Sandra will contact students in advance to discuss your color palette.

hooked-rug-pattern-close-up-Sandra-BrownIn class, you will learn how to color plan and hook the details of your Oriental design with your chosen color palette, to create a unique Oriental mat or pillow. 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 confident 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. Pre-class assignments will help students with the range of possibilities as they learn the basics of hooking smaller Orientals. 

Sandra has written a series of articles for Rug Hooking Magazine on the topic of Oriental rugs with designs that go back over a 100 years, but are now experiencing a revival of interest. In this workshop, she will share her knowledge and expertise on Oriental rug history, techniques and color planning. 


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

LEVEL:   Intermediate – students should have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience, particularly with cuts #3 and #4.

Supply description:  16” x 16” pattern on linen and hand-dyed wool to complete the piece.

Students Need to Bring: Basic rug hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3-4, & hook.


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.