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Hooking Primitive Animals Workshop


Sally Kallin  Lake City, Minnesota    

Dates:  Evening – Friday, August 18, 2023 
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $65.00 / Sauder Village Member $55.00
Supply Fee: $80.00 - payable to teacher prior to class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Rug-Hooking-Animals-Cat-Kallin-ASally is known for her use of warm textures and richly colored hand-dyed wool to create an antique look in her hooked rugs. Many of her designs are filled with whimsical and primitive farm animals. In this workshop, Sally will share the tips and techniques she has mastered over the years, to help you create a primitive animal mat with an antique look.

Students will be working with a wide cut #8.5 and hand-cut strips on Sally’s 10.5" x 12.5" pattern called Primitive Kitty. She will bring a wonderful assortment of luscious textured woolens to use in your project.

Sally believes that classes should be fun as well as informative. Some of the topics she will cover in this workshop are:

-Choosing the right value and texture of wool for animals.
- How textures can add to the primitive or realistic look of animals.
- How widths of strips and direction of hooking help create shape and volume of an animal.
- Many tips and techniques to make your animal rugs come to life.
- Hooking more realistic animals with guidelines for hooking an animal from the eyes to the toes.
- Different styles of hooking animal rugs.
- Tips on how to make a portrait rug of your pet.
- Techniques for background treatments.

She will bring a collection of her own rugs that feature animals - which will be both inspiring and informative.

Your finished mat is the perfect size to make into a pillow.


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply fee description: Pattern hand-drawn on primitive linen, all wool (uncut) needed to complete the project, instructional handout on hooking animals, & a color photo of finished project. 

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blade # 8.5, a wide shank & small shank hook. (If you don’t have a cutter or #8.5 blade, one will be available to use during class.) 

Rug-Hooking-Ship-1875-Kallin-CBio: Design, fabric and art have always been a big part of Sally’s life. After getting her BFA and working as a graphic designer for 20 years, Sally started the business of Pine Island Primitives in 2001. Since then, she has taught many eager students across the country and at her farm in Pine Island, Minnesota and now in her new studio in beautiful Lake City, Minnesota. Over 200 rug hooking patterns and thousands of yards of wool are available through Pine Island Primitives.

She has her hands in many aspects of rug hooking – designing, dyeing, color planning and teaching but teaching is her favorite. Her classes are full of tips and tricks and also lots of fun! She teaches many genres of primitive rug hooking including florals, geometrics, pictorials and animals. She has a love for antique-looking rugs. Sally strives to help students create a rug that they love and are eager to finish.

Rug-Hooking-Animals-Cabin-Kallin-DIn addition to traditional rug hooking, Sally also teaches a special class where students can learn how to add age to their rugs. This “Fragment” technique was developed and previously taught by Carol Weatherman of Oklahoma City. Sally purchased Carol’s business in 2019. This has added many new patterns to Sally’s offerings.

Sally’s work can be seen in various books and issues of ATHA Magazine and Rug Hooking magazine and on her website.



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