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Landscapes – Dye it, then Hook it!
Dye Class & Hooking Workshop


Cindi Gay  Pemberville, Ohio       

Dates:  1.5 day – Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. + 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Class Fee: $200.00 / Sauder Village members $190.00
Supply Fee: $80.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Dye Kitchen + Stage Right
Teacher’s Website: &


W - Gay F&S AaYou can hook anything with the right wool, and Cindi will show you how to dye the perfect wool for landscapes.

On Friday night, we will start in the dye kitchen - dyeing wool for this landscape project. Cindi will cover marrying/marbelizing, and spot dyes for brick and dip dying sky wool. One of the photos shows you some of the wool you will receive in your kit, but more will be dyed on Friday night. This will be a hands-on class with plenty of time for questions and answers. All recipes will use pre-dissolved PRO Chem dyes in this class. Both of Cindi’s dye books will be available for purchase, but are not required for the course.

Rug-Hooking-Pemberville-Ohio-Gay-F-&-S-BOn Saturday, Cindi will start the class by showing you her method for drawing a pattern on the backing - that will ALWAYS get the pattern on straight. Then students will practice this method and draw their 8” x 8” Country House pattern onto their backing. Throughout the workshop, Cindi will share her special tips and techniques, that she has mastered over the years, for hooking landscapes and other projects, like:

  • Where to start hooking and what to hook next
  • Where to put the bright colors v. where to put the dull colors           
  • How to hook a tree line in the distance
  • How to hook a corn field in perspective
  • How to hook a house with a beaded roof
  • How to mix textures and solids
  • How to hook a shaded realistic sky
  • How to add flowers to a landscape

Students will be hooking this landscape project in cuts # 3 – 8, and you will come out of this workshop with a lot of new hooking and dyeing skills and techniques to add to your fiber art tool box.


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  No

Level: Basic – students must have basic rug hooking & dyeing knowledge & experience. (Student who attend Cindi’s Wednesday night Back to Basics Dye Workshop may attend this workshop.)

Supply fee description: paper pattern, dot-less red dot, rug warp backing, all the wool you will need to hook the piece, and instructional hand-out with methods and recipes.

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blade #3-8, & hook. A notebook, pen & camera (which can a phone/tablet) too. For the Friday evening dyeing segment: an apron &/or wear clothes that you won’t mind getting stained, & wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for this part of the workshop. 



Cindi first applied her observant eye and art training to rug hooking in 2000. She began teaching almost immediately, at first learning just enough to stay ahead of her beginner students, and later deepening her knowledge of how to transform wool into art.

After teaching on the road for almost 2 decades, Cindi limited her in-person teaching to home and online. The front door of her farm house opens directly into her studio. This is a rare opportunity to take an in-person class.

By combining her love of rug hooking and computers, Cindi delivers rug hooking information to the public in the form of a podcast, blog, online courses and membership, and Live! Hook-ins and Lessons. Visit her website to learn more.

To get a sense of Cindi’s teaching style visit her YouTube channel. 

Cindi is a McGown Certified Teacher and strives to make what she is teaching understandable for everyone.  She is patient with everyone and welcomes beginners who are willing to learn as well as experienced rug hookers to her classes. 

She has published three books, Dyeing Without Dye, Dying by the Numbers and Pictorial Basics: Pine Trees, Grass and Sky.  Her landscape rug, The Village of Pemberville, was featured in Celebrations of Hand-Hooked Rugs and later won People’s Choice that year in Rug Hooking magazine as well as first place at the McGown Biennial in 2004.


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