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Blythe Girl Snippet Bag  Wool Appliqué Workshop


Mary Blythe  Williamsburg, Iowa 

Dates:  Evening – Thursday, August 17, 2023  
Time:  6:30p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $65.00 / Sauder Village Member $55.00   
Supply Fee: $25.00 (Payable to teacher during class) 
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
Teacher’s Website: & Instagram - blythegirldesigns


Tags-Hooked-Rug-Blythe-AKeeping all your essentials together while crafting is key, no one likes to waste time fumbling for things. The Blythe Girl Snippet Bag holds those messy snippets, your hook and keeps your scissors handy on a strong magnet. Whether you are hooking or stitching, your bag will hang from your frame, stitching stand or table. Made from sturdy denim, your bag will last!

You have the choice of 6 wool appliqué designs that will decorate and personalize the front of your bag. Your snippet bag measures 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”, will be sewn and ready for you to attach your finished appliqué to the front.

Basic wool appliqué techniques will be discussed and practiced with this project. Using Heat-n-Bond Lite makes tracing, stitching and finishing easy. Learn how to use textured and over dyed wools in this and future projects. There are no tricky stitches involved and we’ll work to make you comfortable using the basic stitches and threads. Feeling confident about wool appliqué basics and finishing your projects is always the goal, you will leave the class well on your way to using this snippet bag.

This is the workshop for you if you have always wanted to start wool appliqué, learn the basics and special tricks. Plus, the snippet bag is useful, fun and a perfect gift for a rug hooker or stitching friend! You can’t make just one!


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes 

Level: Basic – students must have basic hand sewing knowledge & experience. Students may practice the blanket stitch before class, but not necessary.

Supply fee description: Denim snippet bag (sewn & ready for your appliqué attachment), one appliqué design selected from choice of 6, magnets, wool, threads, needle and heat-n-bond lite.

Students Need to Bring: Your favorite scissors, and a task light, if you need extra light while working.

Wool-Applique-Heirlooms-Blythe-CBIO: Mary has been in love with wool since the early 90s. She was lucky enough to stumble upon a rug hooking class being taught by the late Emma Lou Lais. Emma Lou taught her to appreciate what the wool could do for you and fostered her love for working with textured and over dyed wools. Mary has worked and looked at wool in that way ever since.

Because she was raised around antiques and an appreciation for history, she has always been attracted to what she considers heirloom crafts. Rug hooking, cross stitch samplers, penny rugs and knitting have been what drives her passion for handwork.

In 2006, she opened The Woolen Needle, in Williamsburg, Iowa, carrying civil war reproduction cottons, wool and yarn. While there, she designed more than 25 rug hooking, appliqué and quilt patterns and dyed the yarn and wool for the shop. In 2010, the shop was named one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Quilt Shops. Since selling the shop in 2011, she has spent her time designing and starting her design company, Blythe Girl Designs.

With her designs piling up, she wrote and released her book, Wool Appliqué Heirlooms in September 2019. Packed with 15 designs, it features antique-inspired wool appliqué patterns for all skill levels. Numerous other patterns are available at quilt/wool shops and wherever she is teaching and vending. Her home studio and fall appliqué design were featured again in the Fall 2022 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

While rug hooking started it all, her love for wool is now expressed in her wool appliqué designs. The warmth and texture wool brings to your projects and home is what keeps her designing and teaching others to love it too.


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