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Cathy Stephan Retreat 2022

Making Antique Reproduction Rugs

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Cathy Stephan
Athens, Wisconsin

Making Antique Reproduction Rugs

3 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Thursday, August 16 – 18, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$325.00 / Sauder Village Members $305.00
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room B



Cathy has been designing and hooking primitive and antique reproduction rugs for more than 25 years; gleaning from years of studying antique rugs. She teaches her students how to use Striation, Color, and Technique to make new rugs look old.



Striation is the disappearing and reappearing of lines found in antique rugs, like those of Magdalena Briner Eby. This technique is found in the large areas such as her backgrounds made up of different materials of the same hue producing a striated effect.

Abrupt changes of color when one fabric is used up and another started, creates a unique look in antique rugs, one that can be difficult to re-create.



Cathy has a love of primitive forms, textures, and irregular type patterns which allow for play and experimentation with her lush hand-dyed, or gorgeous as-is & textured wools. Prior to the retreat, students will select from one of Cathy’s reproduction or original patterns, or a pattern of your choice. In class, students will be hooking in wide cuts # 8 to hand torn.

During this retreat, Cathy will inspire and lead you on a journey of color, beauty, and confidence!  Whether your project is inspired by folk art, quilts, animals, geometrics, or florals there is much to learn in this retreat, including: a broad spectrum of antique reproduction color, material, and hooking tips and techniques along with how to shade with wide cuts. Cathy will discuss finishing techniques for your piece as well as share how she builds her own frames to create an easy rug display.


Basic - Students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience.


Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 8 & larger, and a hook. 




Cathy Stephan has been hooking and teaching for more than 25 years. While she teaches a wide variety of styles and cuts, she primarily works with textures, wide cuts, and primitives. She has also created a collection of original, custom, and antique reproduction design patterns.

Her work has been featured in The Wool Street Journal, Rug Hooking Magazine, Tamara Pavich’s book: Rug Hooking Journeys: Finding the Maker in the Rug, and other publications. Cathy’s rug The Gleaners was selected as a finalist in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXVI.

She lives on a rural farm in central Wisconsin with her family and a large menagerie of animals, from chickens to horses, which also serve as inspiration for her designs.

Cathy’s business is Red Barn Rugs. She teaches from her studio and travels across the country to teach and vend at numerous rug hooking camps and events.




Gallery Talk registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

“Trio of Dimensional Halloween Pins” with Cheryl Bollenbach ($65 fee, evening class, Thursday, August 17) is the only class with additional openings. Registration will be accepted in person at the Founder’s Hall Information Table up until noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.