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Having Fun & Playing with Color in a Wide Cut Oriental” Workshop 2022

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HookingLisanne Miller  Wells, Maine   

Dates:  2 days – Friday & Saturday, August 19-20, 2022  
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Class Fee: $250.00 / Sauder Village Members $230.00
Supply Fee: See Below - payable to teacher during class
Location: Historic Village - Museum
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Oriental-hooked-rug-Lisanne-Miller-2022Love the look of an Oriental rug? Don’t want the traditional Oriental color palette or narrow cut? Want to personalize an Oriental to your style and colors? Then this workshop is for you!

Lisanne Miller of W. Cushing & Co. will guide you through the color selection from neon to neutrals, show you how to hook your Oriental in a #4 to #8 cut, and teach you how to truly enjoy the beauty of a wide cut Oriental.

For this workshop, the focus will be on two patterns, the Small Frost Oriental 27” x 45” and the Frost Hardenbrook Oriental 28” x 42”. The Small Frost Oriental and Frost Hardenbrook can be hooked in any color palette from traditional to modern. Lisanne will show you “how to breathe new life into old patterns and traditions.”

This workshop will focus on using textures as well as hand-dyed wool - in a fantastic combination.  Lisanne will also guide you through the color planning process and how it works for an Oriental rug pattern - to achieve success and enjoy creating your own original Oriental rug. 

Amazingly, you will see how your rug develops with each layer you hook, and just how the Oriental rug blossoms.  During the workshop you will be able to pick your own colors to suit you.  While you will not get a lot hooked during this workshop, you will leave with the entire Oriental color planned. 

Oriental-hooked-rug-in-pinks-Lisanne-Miller-2022You will also learn how to apply these techniques to your future projects. This workshop will help you conquer your fear of hooking an Oriental rug, changing your color palette, and give you confidence in color planning!

Prior to class, Lisanne will contact students to plan your project, select and order your pattern. In class, she will have a wide variety of wools available. Students are always welcome to bring their wool as well.

Well-known for her “no rules just have fun” approach to rug hooking, Lisanne will guide you through this creative process for fantastic effects and results!


Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes

Level: Basic to Intermediate - Students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience. 

Supply fee description:  The supplies for this workshop are not a kit and are more similar to those of a Retreat project. Students will have the opportunity to select from two patterns: 1) Small Frost Oriental 27” x 45” on bleached linen $64.00 or unbleached linen $70.50, 2) Frost Hardenbrook Oriental 28” x 42” on bleached linen $67.50 or unbleached linen $70.50. Wool fees will vary accordingly to your selections. Options will be discussed in advance with teacher.

Students Need to Bring: Basic rug hooking supplies: frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #4-8, hook & Baggies. Teacher will have a wide variety of wools available & students are always welcome to bring their own wool.

Bio: Lisanne first held a hook at the age of fourteen as part of the Bi-Centennial Celebration of America—hooking a simple chair pad from some of her mother’s old wool suits. The hook, wool, extra burlap and chair pad traveled with her in her mother’s cedar chest until a dear friend one day revealed that she had a new interest she just loved—primitive rug hooking. Lisanne has never looked back or put her hook down since creating and designing whimsical, wonderful pieces of modern-day folk art.  

Oriental-hooked-rug-in-oranges-Lisanne-Miller-2022Lisanne is the owner of the W. Cushing & Co., previously P is for Primitive and Peace, Love and Wool.  Lisanne is the Director of Caraway Rug School, has earned the status of “Fellow” and a Master Craftsmen of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi—recently named as one of the Top 40 Artists, and her rugs have appeared in Rug Hooking Magazine, The Wool Street Journal, numerous ATHA publications, books by Jessie Turbayne as well as “Top 40 at 40.” Lisanne was nominated for her work and company by Martha Stewart Living as a “Made in America” craft/company.

Lisanne teaches across the United States privately and has taught and/or is teaching at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Hooked in the Mountains, Sebago Rug Camp, Green Mountain Rug School, Rugs by the Sea, and Caraway Rug School.



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.