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“Cottage Doorstop” Workshop



HookingNancy Z. Parcels

Rustburg, VA

Dates: 1 1/2 day – Wednesday, August 18, 2021 
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. + 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $175.00 / Sauder Village Members $165.00  
Supply Fee: $79.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
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 This floral vase was fashioned after an antique English (iron) doorstop, which were a common necessity in English homes. 

Primitive in its style and color palette, the pattern is hand drawn on a linen backing. The kit will include everything needed to hook and finish the piece. The project will be hooked in cut # 8 wool, using as-is and hand-dyed wools – with the addition of Sari ribbon, and even some recycled skirt linings. Finished, it measures 12” tall x 8” wide. 

Nancy will also cover her tips, tricks and techniques on: how you can deconstruct wools and make them work to your advantage, how to use recycled woolens in your rugs, and how to add mixed media. In addition, students will be shown beading, and several other hooking stitch techniques that are used in this project. Finally, Nancy will show you the finishing techniques needed to turn your hooked floral vase into an English style Cottage Doorstop – or it can be finished as a small English Cottage Pillow, if you so desire.

doorstop-back-floral-bouquet-hooked-Nancy-Z-ParcelsTeacher will contact students prior to class:  No

Level: Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience.

Supply description: A 12” x 8” hand drawn pattern on linen, all wools needed for hooking & backing (a selection of uncut as-is textures and hand-dyed wools), Sari ribbon, stripped skirt lining, stuffing, rice (for weight), sewing necessities to finish your project, and a finishing handout.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors (for hooking & sewing), cutter, cutter blade #8, & hook.

Bio: Nancy Z. Parcels began her hooking career in 1999 and worked on her own for the first two years. Meeting her Mentor, Yvonne Miller opened many doors into the rug hooking world.

Nancy became a McGown accredited teacher in 2007. Her rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs on 5 different occasions. Several of her rugs have been exhibited at State Fairs, juried art shows, and the Pennsylvania State Museum. In 2019, she received the People’s Choice Award at Rug Hooking Week in the Oriental/Crewel/Geometric category.

Nancy frequently writes articles for Rug Hooking Magazine. She travels and teaches at camps and rug schools, and regularly teaches and color plans from her Rustburg, Virginia home.