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Donna Hrkman Retreat 

Ho! Ho! Ho! from Santa’s Workshop


Donna Hrkman
Dayton, Ohio

“Ho! Ho! Ho! from Santa’s Workshop”

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 17 – 20, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$350.00 / Sauder Village Members $330.00
Heritage Inn – Gathering Rm - A



We know that we create heirlooms when we hook. So, Donna decided to offer a special set of designs that are fun to hook and will become a cherished holiday piece to be enjoyed for years to come. 

The beauty of this project is that while you’re creating a festive Christmas mat or pillow top, you’re also learning: how to hook a realistic face and hair, as well as learning about shading fabric for a 3-dimensional look. Donna will show you how to hook the jolly old man’s kind and warm eyes, twinkle and all. The mats measure 14” x 17” and are hand-drawn and shaded on linen. The shading on the pattern is a great learning tool. Donna has a dozen different Santa faces and themes to select from, such as Classic, Engineer, Chef, Sailor, Cowboy, Steampunk, African American, Farmer, Teacher, Postman, Camper & Vacation Santa. Donna will share her tips and techniques for hooking the themed motifs and backgrounds to make each of the Santa designs unique and fun!   


Santa-in-casual-hat-hooked-rug-DonnaHrkmanDonna is an accomplished artist with an extensive background in the arts and design. She has created many award-winning portraits and loves to share her knowledge to help students increase their skills and feel confident with their projects. So, this is the perfect Retreat for someone who is either new to hooking portraits or someone who wants to improve their portrait skills. With 4 days to work on Santa, you might just finish Santa during the Retreat and be able to start another Santa. One for you and one for a Christmas gift?

Most of the hooking will be done in smaller cuts to deliver the amount of detail that makes the Santa look real, so think of # 3, 4, & 5 cuts. Donna will bring her cutter with a #3 if you don't have one. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! --- this August at Rug Hooking Week!

Intermediate – This is an advanced techniques workshop. Students must have a good rug hooking knowledge and experience.

Basic hooking supplies: frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3, 4, & 5, & hook. Donna will bring her cutter with a #3 blade for those who don't have that size. Students may bring other supplies they would like to use in this project.


Donna Hrkman has a lifelong history as an artist. She has experience in drawing and painting and has been hooking rugs since 2003. Donna had a stencil business for ten years and did freelance fabric design for the Daisy Kingdom Fabric Company.

Donna has developed a reputation for realistic portraits, both of people and animals. Another specialty is monochromatic rugs. She also teaches design and composition. She has exhibited her work in art shows and galleries, and has written the books Rug Hookers Companion and Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers. Her rugs have won awards and have been in Celebrations twelve times and was inducted into the Celebration Hall of Fame in 2018. She has also published many articles for Rug Hooking Magazine. She continues to strive for excellence in her work and in her teaching, too. Donna has taught at guilds and schools all across the country. She loves making rugs and enjoys sharing what she knows with others.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
Follow this link for information on the registration form:
Retreats Registration