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“Getting a Good Start on Geometrics” Workshop


HookingGene Shepherd

Anaheim, CA 

Dates: 1 Day – Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $150.00 / Sauder Village Member $140.00  
Supply Fee: See below
Location: Historic Village - Museum
Teacher’s Website:


Description:  In this workshop, Gene will help students to critically asses their chosen pattern and formulate the best plan for that particular geometric design. He will also share tips and techniques for mastering the many straight and wavy lines, corners, points, circles and other shapes commonly found in rugs with geometric designs or borders.  

Shepherd-W2Students can work on any size geometric pattern they like or select one of Gene’s many geometric designs.  Students ordering large patterns from Gene, like Miss Weigle, just need to make sure they order it early in the pre-class discussion process. All students must bring a blank pattern to the class, one that has “no” hooking started on it. While the class will begin with design assessment, students will spend most of their day hooking as many of the repetitive motifs in their respective projects as possible. Gene recommends keeping cuts for this class to # 6 - 8.5, but will consult with each student to insure they find the best cut for their particular project. Gene will discuss wool options and color planning with each student in the months before class.

The material covered in this workshop is the key to successful and stunning geometric rugs, whether they be large or small. 

Shepherd-W3Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level: Intermediate - students should have good rug hooking knowledge & experience.  

Supply description:  This depends on whether students bring their own pattern or purchase one from Gene.  Gene will discuss wool options and color planning with each student in the months before class.  

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blade # 6 – 8.5, hook, metal ruler, Sharpie marker, wool, frame and pattern.  If you would like one of Gene’s patterns, please see his website.

BIO: Described as a “self-taught artist who hooks by ear,” Gene does commission work, designs, dyes, develops tools, teaches and writes about rug hooking. His work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA Newsletter and Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs. As an author, editor, artist or producer his work includes: The Rug Hooker’s Bible, Rug Hooking at Home DVD series, Prodded Hooking for a Three-Dimensional Effect book/DVD set, Prepared to Dye book and 3-disc DVD set, instructional downloads and tutorials on his web site. Gene's Internet Rug Camp library offers more than 75 videos and his online store offers the unique rug hooking supplies that he uses.

Gene was been director of the Cambria Pines Rug Camp, Cambria, CA, for 20 years. He teaches regularly in Southern California and camps and workshops in the US and overseas. After 40 years as a pastor, he retired to concentrate full time on rug hooking. He lives in Anaheim, California, with his wife Marsha.


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