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Tatiana Knodel Retreat 

Design a Purse for Your Outfit


Tatiana Knodel
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Design a Purse for Your Outfit

3 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Thursday, August 15 – 17, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$325.00 / Sauder Village Members $305.00
Heritage Inn – Board Rm


This workshop is for those interested in creating a designer style purse to add to their wardrobe. Once you select your outfit, the purse will be designed to match - to complete a fashionable outfit or look.

While learning the steps of making and assembling a purse, you will also learn a number of creative techniques to add to your fiber art toolbox – such as #3 Cut Snips, Waldoboro Sculpting, over hooking, and more. You will also work with a variety of fibers – like wool, velvet, and yarn. Tatiana will show you how and where to best use those fibers for maximum impact.

Prior to the retreat, students will send a photograph of their outfit to Tatiana, and she will create a matching purse pattern for you. Tatiana will also color plan, select, and dye fibers, so that the purse matches the colors of your outfit.


During the retreat, Tatiana will cover assembly, lining, handles, and finishing your purse. You’ll end up with a custom designer bag – and you made it!

Additional information about these matching purses can be found in Tatiana’s article in Rug Hooking magazine, Jan/Feb 2023 issue.

Purse Kit: 9” x 18” pattern on linen, #3 cut hand-dyed wool for design, hand-dyed or off the bolt wool for the background which can be cut #3-#5, yarn, or velvet depending on the fabric, lining with sewn pocket, snaps, yarn for whipping, the leader handles (optional), and instructions on how to finish a purse. (To put the purse together the students do not need to use a sewing machine.) The size of the finished purse is 6” x 9”. The price of the purse kit is – $90, and the leather handles are an additional $25.



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


The teacher will contact pre-registered students, starting on March 1st, to discuss your retreat project and supplies (to be purchased directly from the teacher). See DESCRIPTION, above, which contains both specific retreat information and project options. If teacher has not listed specific project info, they will typically offer a range of project designs/patterns and sizes.


Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3-5, and a hook. 



Tatiana began making rugs in 2008. She has made more than 180 pieces and six of her rugs have

been featured in the Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs. The rug Black and White was selected as the cover of Celebration 32.

Her "Beyond Our Borders: Pretty Practical Ponchos" article about making ponchos using rug hooking techniques was published in Rug Hooking magazine in Sept/Oct 2018. Another of Tatiana’s articles, "Chinese New Year", in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue, featured hooking animals in the Chinese calendar. Her article "Simple Geometric" was published in the winter 2021 issue. Sixteen of Tatiana’s pieces were featured in Janet Conner’s book Magnificent Hooked Rugs.


She is a certified teacher of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild and belongs to the rug hooking group Rugs on the Rocks in Sudbury, Ontario. She is also a member of the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild. She taught at Ontario Annual Conference and at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village. In 2019, Tatiana was selected as an artist in Rug Hooking Week’s Feature Exhibit – Hooked on Dimension, where a collection of her ponchos was featured. In 2023, the North American Rug Hooking Museum in Nova Scotia, Canada selected Tatiana as Rug Hooking Artist of the Year – her work will be displayed at the museum from May 1 – October 9, 2023.

Making rugs is more than a hobby for her. She finds it a means of self-expression. Tatiana believes rugs have limitless potential as an art form. Every new rug involves the use of different artistic elements and she is happy to share her experience with others. Her favorite style of rug hooking is a fine cut (#2 and #3) with sculpting, but she enjoys all other styles.

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