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Kris Miller Retreat 

The Spirit of Americana

HookingKris Miller
Howell, Michigan

“The Spirit of Americana”

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 17 – 20, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$350.00 / Sauder Village Members $330.00
Heritage Inn – Gathering Rm B




Americana is not just the symbols of Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam or the Grand Old Flag. It celebrates the American culture that is exclusively characteristic of our country. Most often described as “folk art,” its roots are inspired by childhood memories, nostalgic images, depictions of rural life, folklore, and all things and ideas unique to the United States.

Using textured wools and wide cuts (#8 and above), Kris will help you create your own charming Americana rug. She enjoys working one-on-one with each student to develop a pleasing color plan that will be soft and muted. During the week, Kris will teach tips, tricks, and techniques that will make your rug hooking journey fun and easy. Included is Kris’s popular demo on hooking eyes and how to hook a perfect small star with a #9 cut.



Miller-Kris-halloween-Half-2020Kris will bring a large selection of textured wools, both overdyed and off the bolt colors, along with some alternative hooking materials such as sari ribbon, paisley, and sheep curls. Students may also bring their own wool and materials.

Students can select a primitive pattern from Kris’ website or bring one of their own, as long as it fits the criteria for Americana. Suggestions include patriotic themes, antique rug adaptations, animals, primitive florals, Halloween designs, and vintage Santa/Christmas themes. Please choose a pattern that is suitable for cuts #8 or wider. Hand-torn strips are also welcome!



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

Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #8 & larger, hook (preferably one with a wide shank), and pattern of your choice. Optional: some of your own wool and materials which you would like to use in this project.




Kris Miller is a self-taught rug hooker who specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts (#8 and above). She also enjoys hooking with hand-torn wool. Her style has been described as “soft primitives.” Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, novelty yarns, and hosiery have all found their way into Kris’s hooking style at one time or another.

Kris is the owner of Spruce Ridge Studios. She has won many awards and ribbons for her rugs including her county fair, Michigan State Fair, Sauder Village, honorable mentions in A Celebration Of Hand-Hooked Rugs XIII, XVI, XXII, and a Celebrations Finalist in 2018. Several of her original designs have also been featured as pattern inserts in Rug Hooking Magazine and the books Projects for Primitive Rug Hookers, Pattern Designs for Rug Hookers, and Finishing Hooked Rugs. She served as a judge for A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII and XXVI. Her work has been selected for Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.  She is the author of Introduction to Rug Hooking, published by Stackpole Books, and the self-published books The Grand Finale: Finish What You Start and The Little Book of Eyes. She has taught at many workshops and rug camps across the United States, England, and Finland. She lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband and an assortment of Angora goats, sheep, alpacas, and dogs.

Registration starts at 10 am on November 18, 2020
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