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The Dazzling Dragonfly” Workshop 2022

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Deb Szwed

HookingDeb Szwed  Taylor, Michigan  

Dates:  1 day – Friday, August 19, 2022
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $130.00 / Sauder Village Member $120.00   
Supply Fee:  $80.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Description:  Dragonflies are insects that have long bodies, transparent wings, and large eyes. They come in a variety of colors, and are one of the most colorful insects on the planet. In this workshop, you will learn to recreate that beauty with an assortment of fibers and techniques.

Choose your favorite wool cut size between #4 - 8 to create an 18” x 18” dragonfly pillow top or mat, using the following techniques:

Tone-on-Tone - Tone on tone coloring or layering, is a decorative technique that takes a single or a few colors and uses different saturation of that color(s) throughout the design. The results can be dramatically transformed just by using a lighter or darker shade. We will use this technique to create a subtle yet interesting background.

dragonflies-Deb-Svwed-2022-workshopReverse Hooking – hooking on the backside of the piece, to create various flat lines of various lengths on the front of the piece.

Couching Embroidery – Couching is the art of attaching other fibers to a fabric with little stitches. Any fiber – different types of yarn, ribbons, embroidery thread, cord or even beaded chains can be attached to fabric with the couching stitches. The couching gives you a beautiful 3-D texture to the whole fabric which is very beautiful. We will use this technique on the dragonfly.

Making & Using Iridescent Wools - Iridescent wool is created by fusing sheer and iridescent fabric to wool before cutting and hooking. It will give an ethereal shine to the dragonfly’s wings.  


Deb will also demonstrate how to finish a pillow. Detailed written instructions are included for both the project techniques and finishing. Each of these techniques is a great tool to add to your rug hooking tool box.

When Deb contacts students, she will discuss the color palette options, as well as options for embellishments too – so your dragonfly will be colorful, iridescent, & filled with Pizzazz!


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply fee description:  18” x 18” dragonfly pillow pattern on traditional linen, a variety of wools, iridescent yarn, and embellishments. Everything you need to complete a pillow top (A pillow back & pillow form are not included.) or mat is included.


Students Need to Bring
:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blade # 4 – 8, & hook.

Bio:  Although Deb Szwed has indulged in numerous needleworks throughout her life, she has found her niche with rug hooking.

Deb is an award-winning rug hooking artist. Her hooked rugs that have won the Sauder Award, Rug Hooking Week – People’s Choice Award, and Craft Ontario – Affiliate Award. Deb’s hooked rugs have been in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs four times.

She is an active guild member and Education Chair of Michigan Rugg Artistes in Dearborn, Michigan, and also a member of ATHA, the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, and the National Guild of the Pearl McGown Hookrafters.

Deb is a McGown Accredited Teacher who has been trained in all styles of rug hooking and strives to learn something new with each rug she hooks. She has taught at her home, at guilds, at the ATHA Bi-annual in Cleveland, and at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village.



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.