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“Sunflower Tote Bag” Workshop


HookingProddyAli Strebel

Dayton, OH 

Dates: Evening – Friday, August 20, 2021 
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Member $50.00  
Supply Fee: $95.00 - payable to teacher prior to class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
Teacher’s Website:

Mattison-W1Description: I think the best kind of rug hooking is when your work becomes functional, along with beautiful! 

In class, you will see why I love our style of proddy work. I will start with hooking the center using fat pre-cut wool strips and then embellish the center using fun yarns. Students will then use pre-cut petals to “proddy” around the flower and bud. The hooking and proddy process goes quickly and once completed, Ali will walk you through their assembly and finishing process. To personalize your Sunflower Tote Bag, you will select from a beautiful selection of hand-dyed wools and funky yarns. Your tote will be unique to you! 

Students will pre-order and pay for their kits via Searsport’s web site, and I will bring them to class. No pre-work is necessary. This project is so much fun, you might want to order one kit for class and one to make later. The totes make great gifts!

Once you learn the fun way to make our proddy flowers, you can do big ones, small ones for pins, even bouquets of them to fill old crocks or mason jars, the sky is the limit! 

Mattison-W2Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level:    Basic – students must have basic rug hooking and hand sewing knowledge and experience.

Supply description:  Pattern on monks cloth, pre-cut wool strips for the flower center & bud, pre-cut wool petals for proddy flower & bud, pre-cut wool for two leaves, funky yarn embellishments for the center, sticks for the flowers, 15” x13” jute tote bag, & a pulling tool (which you get to keep!). Glue guns will be available for assembling your tote. 

Students Need to Bring:  Rug hooking frame, large shank rug hook, and scissors. 


Ali has been teaching fiber art nationally and internationally since 1986. Her business, Ali Strebel Designs, is located in Dayton, Ohio; where she sells the extensive line of books and patterns she has published as well as hand dyed wool, yarn, roving and other fiber art supplies. She has also developed a line of fiber and fiber art inspired jewelry.

 Beside her own books, Ali’s work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Designs for Primitive HookersThe Wool Street Journal, and numerous other publications.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18th, 2020
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