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Cheryl Bollenbach Retreat 2022

Explore Your Creative Side!

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Cheryl Bollenbach
Eads, Tennessee

“Explore Your Creative Side!”

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 16 – 19, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$400.00 / Sauder Village Members $380.00
Heritage Inn – Homestead A




It is wonderful to be constantly challenged and driven to create art according to your response to the world around you. For Cheryl, ideas and concepts for art bubble up so fast at times that it is impossible to recall them all. Color, textures, dimension, fiber processes and media mesmerize her. As a fiber artist and sculptor, her work often brings a story to life.

In this Open Retreat, Cheryl will guide you as you as you work on a project of your own choosing. You may choose to focus on color, portraits, sculpting or fiber art with meaning. Whether your pick a project based on a life event, a photo, or adapt a commercial pattern, Cheryl will help you to “Explore Your Creative Side!”



Cheryl has a love and appreciation of all styles of rug hooking, and is comfortable in teaching projects with cuts from #3 to hand torn. Her teaching focuses on figures, portraits, animals, landscapes, geometrics, still-life, and sculpting. Through color and the use of Cheryl’s beautifully hand-dyed wool, she demystifies dimension with the use of sculpting. With Cheryl’s sculpting education and specialty, she has developed, adapted and elevated sculpting techniques, originating in Waldoboro rugs, to contemporary designs with artistic features.

Cheryl enjoys helping students to develop new skills, learn a few tricks, and look further into what it is that they aim to achieve in fiber art.

Intermediate – Students must have a basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. 


Basic hooking supplies: frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #4, 6, 8, and a hook.  If you plan to sculpt, you will need a very strong pair of scissors like the Gingher brand pelican nose applique scissors or the Elan 5” serrated blade scissors. (You can find both on Amazon.) The bent blade scissors normally used in rug hooking are not strong enough to cut through multiple strands of wool, so they will not work for sculpting.


After observing rug hooking demonstrations for 3 years, Cheryl picked up a hook and gave it a try in March 2005. Ever since then, rug hooking has been her passion.

In 2010, Cheryl completed her McGown Teacher Certification.

While living in Hawaii, Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 — majoring in sculpture. Sculpting is her specialty viewing her subjects in 3-dimension. She sculpts in wood, clay, cement, metal, and fiber.

In 2006, she opened cdb Studios – a studio and online business that offers hand-dyed wool and instruction in rug hooking. Cheryl enjoys the artistic process, creating gorgeous wool, silk and velvets in her dye pot, producing unique artistic creations, and teaching others. In addition to teaching in her studio, she also travels to teach.

Cheryl is an active member of ATHA – Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, was a volunteer for the 2019 ATHA biennial in Denver, Colorado, a past representative for Region 10, and has served as the editor of the ATHA magazine since October of 2013. She is also a member of the Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters, and is the director of the South Central McGown Teachers’ Workshop. In addition to these organizations, she is member of the Colorado Rug and Fiber Guild and the Natchez Trace Rug Hookers in Nashville, TN.

Her work has been featured in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXII and XXV, ATHA’s Art of Rug Hooking and Rug Hooking Magazine.



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.