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Ho, Ho, Ho, It's Santa Time! Workshop


HookingDonna Hrkman  Dayton, Ohio        

Dates:  2 day – Wednesday & Thursday, August 16 & 17, 2023 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Class Fee: : $250.00 / Sauder Village Members $230.00
Supply Fee: $65.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Historic Village - Museum 
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Rug-Hooking-Santa-Hrkman-AWe create heirlooms when we hook. Donna decided to offer a special set of rug designs that are fun to hook and will become a cherished holiday piece to be enjoyed for years to come. Santa Claus is coming to town!

The beauty of these rugs is that while you create a new Christmas rug, you'll also learn how to hook a realistic face and hair as well as learn about shading for a three-dimensional look. The rugs measure 14” x 17” and are hand drawn and shaded on linen. Donna has a dozen different Santa characters to choose from and you can find them on her website, the photos only depict some of the choices. Donna will contact students prior to class, and at that time you’ll select your Santa project. They're fun and clever and there's a Santa just waiting to be hooked by you!

Most of the hooking will be done in smaller cuts to deliver the amount of detail that makes the Santa look real, so think of #3, 4,5 cuts. Donna will bring her cutter with a #3 if you don't have one. Please don't be intimidated by the thought of small cuts! You will amaze yourself with what you will be able to do.

This class was so popular a few years ago, we brought it back, don’t miss this opportunity! 

Rug-Hooking-Santa-Hrkman-BTeacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

Level: Intermediate - Students must have good rug hooking knowledge & experience. This is an advanced techniques workshop

Supply fee description: Santa pattern (students will select from Donna’s Santa’s patterns in advance of class), each are 14” x 17” hand drawn on bleached linen. A wool packet of skin tones in three values as well as a small packet of wool strips to hook Santa's eyes will be included, along with a written handout.

Donna will also bring a wide variety of dyed wool for sale to choose from for Santa's suit and the various backgrounds. Additional Santa patterns from the collection will also be available for purchase.

Students Need to Bring: Basic rug hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #3-5, & hook. (Donna will bring her cutter & #3 blade, for those who don’t have that size)

Rug-Hooking-Santa-Pattern-Hrkman-CBio: Donna Hrkman has a lifelong history as an artist. She has experience in drawing and painting and has been hooking rugs since 2003. Donna had a stencil business for ten years and did freelance fabric design for the Daisy Kingdom Fabric Company prior to taking up rug hooking.

Donna has developed a reputation for realistic portraits, from hooking historical figures to important causes to members of her own family. Another specialty is monochromatic rugs. She has exhibited her work in art shows and galleries, and has written the books Rug Hookers Companion and Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers, and recently published a new book about monochromatic rugs, Shades, Tints, Tones, Values. Her rugs have won awards and have been in Celebrations 14 times. Donna was inducted into the Celebration Hall of Fame in 2018. She has also published many articles for Rug Hooking magazine. She continues to strive for excellence in her work and in her teaching, too. Donna has taught at guilds and schools all across the country. She loves making rugs and enjoys sharing what she knows with others.



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