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“Zippers! Sew Them Into Your Hooking to Create Bags & Purses” Workshop

Maria Barton

HookingMaria Barton

Indian River, MI 

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: $65.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Learn the basic technique on how to sew “ZIPPERS” into your rug hooking pieces to create bags and purses. 

In this workshop, you will learn the construction basics for turning a hooked mat into a zippered bag. Students will have 5-7 kits/designs to select from. The front of the zippered bag will be an 8” x 11" hooked pattern and the back will be wool fabric. Maria will have a selection of fabric lining and zippers, so students can personalize their bags. 

Students will hook the 8” x 11” purse front during class using cut # 7 - 9 --- with emphasis on how to hook the mat so the bag will be sturdy for daily use. Once hooked, Maria will walk you through the process of turning the hooked mat into a bag, including detailed instructions on how to sew the sides, line the bag, and hand sew a zipper into the bag. When completed, your zippered bag will make a great clutch purse, cosmetic bag or bag for your hooks. Maria will also share tips on how to take these same methods and create purses with handles. 

Barton-W2Most of the sewing in class will be done by hand, except for the bag lining which the students can either sew by hand or use a sewing machine. Maria, will have a sewing machine available for students to use during class. There will be enough time in class not to only hook but also learn the techniques and finish your bag.

Hand sewing zippers into fabrics is much easier than it sounds, so please don’t be intimidated!  After learning the basics techniques of adding a lining and hand sewing a zipper, you will be able to use those same techniques to hooked, needle punched, and appliqued zippered bags or purses, with ease. And watch out…. you probably won’t be able to stop with just one bag!


Barton-W3Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply description:  8” X 11" pattern on linen, wool for hooking, cotton lining, & zipper. Maria will have the following in class, for students to use:  iron, rotary cutter, rotary cutting mat, & Sewing Machine. 

Students Need to Bring: Basic rug hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 7 - 9, & hook. (If you don’t have a cutter, Maria will have one for you to use during class.) Hand sewing supplies: black upholstery thread, sewing needles, straight pins. 


Barton-W4BIO: Recognized by Early American Life Magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2011, Maria was selected as one of the top artisans in the country for her hooked rugs. Her work has been exhibited at Rug Hooking Week and Star of Texas Camp. She has taught workshops and at camps in Michigan, Arizona, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas, and Alabama. 

In 2011, Maria served as a Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs judge. Her hooked rugs have been featured in the ATHA newsletter, and magazines such as Country Almanac, Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate, Early American Life, Rug Hooking Magazine, and Wool Street Journal. She has written articles for both Rug Hooking Magazine and The Wool Street Journal. 

Maria, owner of Star Rug Company a website-based rug hooking pattern business, began hooking in 1992. Inspired by Polly Minick, after seeing Polly’s home and rugs featured in a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine article; Maria is best known for her primitive and whimsical style and patterns. Her favorite topic and signature pieces are Halloween themed rugs.


Registration starts at 10 am on November 18th, 2020
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