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Jenny Smallridge Retreat 

Creating Primitive Treasures

Portrait of Jenny Smallridge

Jenny Smallridge
New Vienna, Ohio &

Creating Primitive Treasures

4 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Friday, August 13 – 16, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$400.00 / Sauder Village Members $380.00
Heritage Inn – Gathering Room A


In this retreat you will be creating a treasured heirloom that you will enjoy and be able to pass along to future generations.

Choose from one of Jenny’s many patterns ranging from antique adaptations to seasonal designs and pictorials – patterns are frequently being added to the website, so check back often! #8 cut and larger cuts will be used for hooking your Primitive style or wide cut rug. Jenny will have lots of her wonderful wool for you to select from, but you can also bring your own wool with you. She will have an assortment of as-is textured wool and some hand dyed woolens.

Jenny will show you how she achieves a primitive style, antique adaptations, or just makes a new rug look wonderful & old. Some of the “Primitive” topics she will cover during this retreat include:

  • Discussion of the Color Wheel (What colors do you like?)
  • Gaining confidence in color planning your own rugs
  • Styles of hooking & rugs
  • Wide cut hooking
  • Hooking with hand torn strips
  • Various backgrounds
  • Borders
  • Bindings
  • How to achieve an antique or primitive look

Jenny’s goal for students in this retreat is to…. Love your hooking!

two houses with pine tree rug hooked by Jenny Smallridge


Basic - Students must have a basic rug hooking knowledge and experience.


The teacher will contact pre-registered students, starting on March 1st, to discuss your retreat project and supplies (to be purchased directly from the teacher). See DESCRIPTION, above, which contains retreat information and project options.


Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 8 & larger, and a large shank hook. Students may bring wool from their stash. 

Pumpkins and Gourd rug hooked by Jenny Smallridge
Patriotic design rug hooked by Jenny Smallridge


Jenny Smallridge was intrigued by Ali Strebel’s booth at Yellow Springs Wool Festival, about 20 years ago. Jenny bought supplies, drew up a pumpkin pattern, and hooked every night until it was done. She learned how to finish it from a book by Pat Cross. After the pumpkin, she designed rugs with a steer head, sunflower and rooster.

She didn't pick up hooking again until about 5 years ago, when she took a class from Ali Strebel. Jenny’s passion was reignited and she hasn’t laid down her hook since. During that class, she also learned about the Miami Valley Rug Hooking Guild and became a member. The group was very welcoming, and she enjoyed seeing the gorgeous rugs that the members created. So, she started her journey to make beautiful rugs by spending the last few years taking in as much information about rug hooking as she could absorb.

Jenny enjoys mixing rustic, country and primitive styles all into one project. She hooks in wide cuts 8.5 and up, to hand-torn, but has also hooked in a 3 cut.

In 2020, Jenny started a business called The Wooly Horse, which offers her patterns for both hooking and punch needle. The Wooly Horse shop and online business have become an all-consuming passion. She loves every step of the process, starting with design, followed by color planning and punching or hooking, with the end result – a piece of fiber art with a personality of its own. Beside teaching at her shop, Jenny also travels to teach & vend at other fiber art events.

running horse rug hooked by Jenny Smallridge
Winter cabin with sled rug hooked by Jenny Smallridge

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