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“A Monochromatic Trunk Show” Rug Hooking Workshop

Donna Hrkman with rug

Donna Hrkman, Dayton, Ohio   

Dates: 2 day – Wednesday & Thursday, August 14 & 15, 2024  
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Class Fee: $250.00 / Sauder Village Member $230.00
Supply Fee:  $50.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Historic Village - Museum
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Have you seen beautiful rugs hooked in a monochromatic color scheme and wished you could create one? Or perhaps you’ve given monochromatics a try and just weren’t satisfied with the results. Well, this workshop will show you how and give you the tools you need.

Donna has specially selected an Elephant for your project and will teach you how to hook it monochromatic. The thick, wrinkled skinned Pachyderm with its multitude of shades is the perfect subject for our workshop. Donna is known for her hand-drawn and shaded patterns – which are such a great guide. She will have an elephant photo to use as an example for your color value choices – and show you how to use a photo as a tool for future monochromatic style projects. The beautiful wool for this project will be hand-dyed by Donna – in a range of values in a single color. Students will be hooking in cuts # 3 – 5. 

You will learn how to determine when and how to use each color value to create the Elephant’s face, eyes, trunk and body, all key elements. While it might sound simple to hook with one color in a handful of shades, it isn’t. Donna will address the challenging aspects in which to establish details, using just value. Donna will take away your fears - you can do it!

Donna has mastered monochromatic fiber art, with a long list of award-winning work, especially in this specific topic. She will share her knowledge, tips and tricks to help you build your confidence, skills and give you a rock-solid monochromatic foundation.

Once finished, your 12” x 15” elephant design, it would make a great pillow. 


Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply description:  Elephant pattern 12” x 15” hand drawn on bleached linen, wool packet to complete project, & a written handout. Additional supplies: Donna will have available for purchase in the workshop a variety of hand dyed wool for the background. 

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)


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 17 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. christopher-robin-winnie-Donna-Hrkman

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