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Caroline Twigg Retreat

Primitive Rugs with Pops of Color


HookingCaroline Twigg
Keedysville, Maryland

“Primitive Rugs with Pops of Color”

3 Day Retreat: 

Saturday – Monday, August 21 – 23, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$300.00 / Sauder Village Members $280.00
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room B



This retreat will focus on primitive rugs and colors. Have you ever found the muted colors of an antique rug fascinating? Does something about their worn, soft colors put a smile on your face?  Have you ever looked at the back of an old rug? If you do, you’ll soon realize that the rug hookers of the past loved color - and weren’t afraid to use it!  

Caroline feels that color planning is not a gift given to only a chosen few. She looks at it like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. She will encourage you to bring your “as is” texture wools and “over dyed” texture wools, then help you place those wools in your rug. We will all work together to achieve the feel of old rugs, but with pops of color.  


Students can select one of Caroline's primitive patterns ranging from Antique Adaptations, Animals, Floral, Adapted American Folk Art, and Originals, or you may bring a primitive pattern of your choice.  

Caroline will talk about how to start your rug and let the texture wools do all the work for you. Students will be working in cuts # 8 and larger. Throughout the retreat, she will discuss ways to enhance the look and texture of your rugs. She also hopes to lessen or eliminate some of your fears and doubts about your own color planning skills. Some of the other tips and techniques that will be covered are: beading, primitive eyes, circles, points, corners, wool storage, and any topics that comes up with your class projects.



Basic - Students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:   Basic hooking supplies:  a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #8 and larger, & hook.  Optional:  If not using one of Caroline's patterns, bring your own pattern.  You may also bring any texture wool you might want to use in this project.


In 2005, a friend asked Caroline to attend a rug hooking class for beginners at a local library.  This is where she learned the very basics of rug hooking. She was soon bitten by the rug hooking bug, so she started to reach out to teachers near and far. She quickly realized she had lots to learn and began taking classes from many of the well-known primitive teachers.


In 2011, Caroline and her husband, Ron launched Eagles Nest Woolens specializing in primitive rug patterns, which are available on their website. They also began opening their home for monthly gatherings of rug hooking friends and students, called Nesters.  

Currently, Caroline travels full-time teaching and vending throughout the country. Caroline also hosts Eagles Nest Woolens Rug School in Ligonier, PA, specializing in primitive teachers. Caroline's rugs have been published in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA newsletter, and Ellen Banker’s 2018 book Hooked on Words: Inspiration, Techniques, Projects. 

Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
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