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“The Grand Finale - Finish What You Start” Workshop


Kris Miller 

Howell, MI

Date: 1 day – Saturday, August 21, 2021 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members $115.00  
Supply Fee: None
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
Teacher’s Website:

Snowman-pillow-Kris-MillerDescription: How many rugs do you have piled up, waiting for the edges to be bound? Are you unsure of which finish would look best? Bring them to this workshop and learn many different options for finishing them.  

The finishing techniques covered will include: steaming your piece, 2 different styles of whipping with yarn, crocheted edges with wool fabric strips, binding with wool fabric, and several options for finishing a pillow.

Students should bring at least one of their completed hooked pieces to get help and ideas from the instructor. This is a hands-on workshop, so students will then get started on binding and finishing. 

Hooked-border-Kris-MillerKris will have an assortment of binding supplies available for purchase, including tapestry needles, twill tape, thread, yarn, and Eurosteam irons. She will also have her book The Grand Finale: Finish What You Start available at a discounted price for students who attend this workshop.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  No (but please contact Kris prior to class if you need a pillow insert.)

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

Supply description: None

Students Need to Bring: At least one completed hooked piece - that is ready to be finished by one of the listed methods, scissors, primitive rug hook, and basic sewing kit (needles, pins, sewing thread, and tape measure).

 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 18th, 2020
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