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“Jack Squat & Tails from the Marsh” Workshop


Susan Gonzales

New Castle, DE

Jo Digerness

Woodstown, NJ

Dates: Afternoon – Saturday, August 21, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Member $50.00  
Supply Fee: $25.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
Teacher’s Website: &

Gonzales-W1Description: Enjoy a fun and creative workshop to make a “Jack Squat Pumpkin”, made from two-toned wool and topped with a real pumpkin stem. 

But wait, there’s a bonus. Susan and Jo will teach you how to make one woolen “Cattail”, a pattern that she calls “Tails from the Marsh”. And that’s not the only bonus, students will receive two more completed Cattails. So, you will leave the workshop with a finished Pumpkin and 3 Cattails, ready to go home and decorate for the Autumn Season! How great is that?

Jack Squat is about 7” diameter and the height will vary depending on the stem that you choose. A wool pumpkin that you won’t want to put away after all the leaves have fallen. This little guy would also look great in the Wooly Pines Wreath, so you might want to take the Saturday morning workshop too. The Cattails are approximately 18” high. The head and leaves are made from wool. There is nothing to hook, just a little hand-sewing, and mostly assembly.

Just in time for Autumn, you’ll want to make bunches of these cuties in a variety of colors for yourself, décor and gifts! So, come and have some Fall Fun with Us!! 

Gonzales-W2Teacher will contact students prior to class:  No 

Level: Everyone welcome, no prior knowledge or experience required. (Some hand sewing required.) 

Supply description: Pattern for Jack Squat and Tails from the Marsh, and all supplies needed to make one pumpkin and one cattail. 

Students Need to Bring: None 


Gonzales-W3BIO: Susan Gonzales of Susan Gonzales Designs has been working with wool for more than 15 years and the more she works with it the more she loves it. Susan was a hairdresser back in the day. Not sure if that gave her a heads up for working with hair, but again here she is working with hair. Susan has worked in different aspects of wool such as rug hooking, appliqué and wool & wire. Appliqué is probably her favorite as it’s a very forgiving art form and she uses a utilitarian way of stitching. An old passion of Susan’s is to draw, she would suppose that most of these wool art forms are really a way of showing a sketch or a drawing that she has designed. Susan is able to use threads to create a type of painting on the wool.  She also has a creative way of naming her patterns. About a year ago, her daughter, Jo, asked to help with her growing business and she was so grateful to have her support. To her amazement she has grown into a fiber artist in her own right. Susan feels so lucky to have her as a daughter and creative partner.

Joanne Digerness started working with her mom, Susan Gonzales of Susan Gonzales Designs, in March of 2019. What started as a helping hand at a few hooking shows, quickly turned into designing and creating her own ideas. With the support and encouragement of her best friend and mother, she started Jo Digerness Designs in April 2020. Her designs are more of a realistic three-dimensional look. Her finished products will last for season after season of enjoyment. Working mainly with wool & wire most of her creations are based on her mom’s designs. Paired together you can have a beautiful wool appliqué design and a vase of matching flowers.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18th, 2020
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