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Kris McDermet Retreat

After the Hooking Comes Braiding - BraidBowls


HookingBraidingKris McDermet
Dummerston, Vermont

“After the Hooking Comes Braiding - BraidBowls”

2 Day Retreat: 

Sunday – Monday, August 22 – 23, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$225.00 / Sauder Village Members $205.00
Heritage Inn –Heritage Rm



Students will learn how to add 4-5 rows of braiding to a round or oval 6-8” hooked center for a combined “hooked & 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 6-8” 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.

Students will also learn how to make a 9 Loop Braided Center, if time allows.


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

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. Students should also bring: a pair of sharp small scissors, a 6” sewing gage ruler, and a pair of thin nose needle nose pliers. When Kris contacts students, prior to class, she will cover any additional supplies or options. 


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, 2015 and 2020 issue 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.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
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