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Janet Conner Retreat

Van Gogh—Hooking with Lively Colors & Rhythmic Brush Stokes!


HookingJanet Conner
Hiram, Maine

“Van Gogh—Hooking with Lively Colors & Rhythmic Brush Stokes!”

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 17 – 20, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$400.00 / Sauder Village Members $380.00
Heritage Inn – Homestead A



1853 to 1890, the country folk art of Rug Hooking was flourishing in North America, particularly along the coast of Northern New England and Maritime Canada. Amazingly, during the exact same period in Europe, Vincent Van Gogh lived his troubled and vividly creative life.

In this Retreat, we will learn more about this innovative painter, while interpreting his lively colors and rhythmic brush strokes into our medium of rug hooking. Janet will present a simple system of color and texture planning which allows you to recreate images inspired by Vincent's beautiful art, while still maintaining our individual style. This class is open to cuts #3-8, depending on the size of your rug. Van Gogh hooking almost always requires multiple cut sizes to match the width of his brush strokes. Class handouts will include information about Vincent Van Gogh, and illustrated "painting with wool" techniques. Each student will have a chance to dye swatches of 'impressionistic" wool using a special microwave technique! You will be amazed how using a simple step by step method allows you to hook in Van Gogh style with ease. Books and prints will be available for reference.

Janet has a variety of hand drawn patterns, adapted from Van Gogh's paintings, available on her website, or students are welcome to design their own pattern. Vincent made hundreds of paintings, and Janet will draw ANY of them! In some of Janet’s past classes, students have drawn their own farms and homes, then “Van-Goghified” them by making swirling skies and impressionistic color choices. An incredible palette of hand dyed wools will also be available for your project.


Janet will contact students in advance to plan their project. Retreat supplies will be shipped to students in advance, as Janet must travel by plane. But not to worry, she will also bring some beautiful hand dyed wools with her, to supplement your projects.

Conner---R4-for-webLEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate - Students should have good rug hooking knowledge and experience.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3 - 8 (depending on your project), and a hook. Also, bring your pattern with wool, which will be sent to you in advance. Optional: bring some of your own wool and fibers that you would like to use in this project.

BIO: Janet Conner is an avid rug hooker who has been pulling loops since 1979. Graduating from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, she spent 30 years teaching Elementary Art in southern Maine, while raising a busy family. After retirement in 2005, Janet was able to work at rug hooking and fiber arts full time, launching her web based business, which offers a line of her own patterns as well as rug hooking supplies and equipment, books, and natural dye recipe cards. She teaches fiber arts in her home state of Maine and throughout the States, plus Bermuda, England, and Canada, with a specific focus on art history and the inspiration found in both fine art and folk art. In addition to rug hooking, she also teaches miniature punch needle, proddy, and penny rug techniques.

Twenty-five years of studying and repairing antique rugs has influenced Janet’s love of old fashioned methods and timeless motifs. She has contributed chapters on cleaning and repair of antique rugs to Rug Hooking Magazine’s book Finishing Hooked Rugs. She co- authored Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson, which debuted with the Hutchinson Exhibit, during Rug Hooking Week of August of 2016. In 2020, Rug Hooking Magazine/Ampry published Janet’s Magnificent Hooked Rugs: Inspired by the Art of Western Civilization. She is currently at work on a follow up book covering rugs inspired by Non-Western Art: Indigenous World Cultures.

Janet’s rugs have appeared in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXII, Rug Hooking Magazine, Hooked Rugs Today 2004, and galleries throughout New England. Her greatest joy is to foster the success of her students; many of whom have made rugs in her classes that have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine.

Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
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