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Hooking an Old Rug  Workshop


Lucille Festa  Pawlet, Vermont      

Dates:  1 day – Saturday, August 19, 2023 
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $130.00 / Sauder Village Member $120.00   
Supply Fee: See below – payable to teacher during class
Location: Heritage Inn – Gathering Rm A

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Plant-Hooked-Rug-Festa-AWhether Lucille’s classes are short or long - color, texture and design are always a main topic. So, in this one-day workshop, the focus will be on recreating one of those old rugs that is instantly recognizable. In doing so, we will be careful not to disturb or destroy the authenticity of the design.

The design is simple, but let’s not be fooled simple is sometimes the hardest to hook. In the morning, we will discuss how to build a flower, different ways of hooking hearts, and the theory of less is more. After lunch, we will spend time on hooking the background. We will also discuss different ways to hook the background that are appropriate for the design. An #8 cut or above is recommended for this workshop, but smaller cuts may be used.

The $115 workshop kit includes the Lollipop Basket pattern 14” x 14” and wool. If time allows, prior to the class, you may make changes to the color plan. Optional larger size Lollipop Basket patterns and wool kits are available in 18” x 18” and 27” x 20” – these kits prices will be provided by Lucille, when she contacts students.


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply fee description: 14” x 14” Lollipop Basket pattern on unbleached primitive linen, and enough wool to complete the project. (Larger size patterns & wool kits are also available, at an additional fee, and will be available in class.)  

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #8 & larger (unless you are using smaller cuts), & hook.

W - Festa CBio: Lucille holds a degree in American History, Political Science, and American Studies. An avid American History buff specializing in the American Civil War era and Women’s History, which is expressed in her hooked rugs.

In 2002, she started her business, American Country Rugs, and began teaching weekly rug hooking classes at her home in Wilton, Connecticut. Shortly after that she began hosting hook-ins and vending at local shows. In 2004, Lucille and her husband, Dave, fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Vermont, where she opened a studio and shop in East Rupert. American Country Rugs is also an online business, where patterns, supplies and equipment are available on their website.

Early American Life magazine selected Lucille’s work in numerous years for its Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Lucille and her work have been featured in Country Home magazine, The Cottage Journal magazine, and at prestigious Folk Art Shows. The American Folk Art Museum in New York City have purchased and sold her hooked rugs. Lucille is a member of ATHA, she served as the Region 1 Representative for 4 years, and was also a former ATHA Vice-President, and 2013 Biennial Liaison.



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