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Maria is known for her whimsical designs and projects. Over the years, she has combined techniques to develop some signature looks and finishes.

In this workshop, you will learn how to turn hooked motifs like snowmen, pumpkins, eagles and flags into wall art. Using wool for the motif and pennies, and cotton fabric for the background, Maria will teach you the basic techniques to turn these items into a fun wall hanging using a canvas board. She will also discuss finishing techniques for each of the projects.

Students will have the choice of the 6 projects to hook, photos only show pumpkin and snowman projects. Each piece will be worked in cuts # 7 – 9, and be unique depending on the wool, fabric backing and placement of the motifs. The finished wall art size are 10” x 20” or 12” x 16.”

Creating wall art can be so much FUN! Maria will bring some of her other projects to inspire you & you’ll rush right home to create more!  

snowman, hooked wall art
hooked pumpkin motif, Barton workshop
Pumpkin Wall Art
Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply description:  A pattern on linen, fabric (to cover board), wool for hooking motif, wool for pennies, canvas board, threads, & needle.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades #7-9, hook & Dritz Liquid Fray Check.

Recognized by Early American Life Magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2011, Maria was selected as one of the top artisans in the country for her hooked rugs. Her work has been exhibited at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week and Star of Texas Camp. She has taught workshops and at camps in Michigan, Arizona, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas, and Alabama.

In 2011, Maria served as a Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs judge. Her hooked rugs have been featured in the ATHA newsletter, and magazines such as Country Almanac, Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate, Early American Life, Rug Hooking Magazine, and Wool Street Journal. She has written articles for both Rug Hooking Magazine and The Wool Street Journal.

Maria, owner of Star Rug Company a website-based rug hooking pattern business, began hooking in 1992. Inspired by Polly Minick, after seeing Polly’s home and rugs featured in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine article; Maria is best known for her primitive and whimsical style and patterns. Her favorite topic and signature pieces are Halloween themed rugs.  

scissors, pins, thread, rotary cutter, ruler

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