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Linda Pietz  Needville, Texas

Dates: 2 day – Friday & Saturday, August 16 - 17, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $250.00 / Sauder Village Member $230.00
Supply Fee: See below - payable to teacher during class
Location: Heritage Inn – Board Rm
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Tucked in a sleepy corner of Alabama is a group of very talented ladies that create the most amazing quilts. These fabric masterpieces are found in art museums around the world. The ladies that create these pieces are the descendants of previous generations that passed on the tradition of quilt making. The first generation of quilters were emancipated slaves that used what they could get their hands on to make these cloth wonders. All these skills have been passed on from mother to daughter in this tight knit community.

In this class we will start by viewing a slide show of some of the beautiful quilts that these gifted ladies have produced. No matter what type of hooker you are, you will be inspired. Along with the slide show there will be a brief history covered of Gees Bend.

Our next step is to design your own Gees Bend style rug measuring 18 x 24 with the help and suggestions from instructor Linda. Straight lines not needed here. Don’t want to design a rug. No problem. There will be some patterns available from Let Nola Do It – which you should preorder to make sure you get the pattern you want. For those designing their own rug, you can preorder bleached linen from Let Nola Do It or bring your own.

The next step is color planning. Of course, the entire rug can be planned or just put in one color at a time in the spirit of the Gees Bend quilters. In that same spirit, you will be encouraged to try your hand at hooking with some alternative materials such as t-shirt strips in your rug. The ladies of Gees Bend often use whatever materials they find available to them such as corduroy and other non-traditional items.

Whether you like those dreamy primitive colors or like to go bright, you will love this class. Feel free to bring leftover stash to utilize in your rug, or share with classmates. These rugs are best hooked in cut # 6 and larger, up to #10.

Teacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes 

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

Supply description:  Depending on the project you select: 18” x 24” patterns on linen range from $25 - $95, Unbleached linen (so you can design your own pattern) $25, & there will be a selection of wools & alternative materials ranging from $3 - $18.

Students Need to Bring:  Basic rug hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 6 - 10, & hook. You may also bring leftover stash to utilize in your project, or share with classmates.


Linda Pietz grew up in a family of artists, but her medium of choice has always been fiber. She has been designing needle work since childhood and as an adult, she designs for a number of companies including rug hooking patterns for her sister, Nola Heidbreder’s company – Let Nola Do It.

Holding a degree and a teaching credential in fine art, she loves teaching as much as designing. Linda has co-authored five books with her sister and has been a regular contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine along with other publications. She enjoys thinking outside the box when it comes to rug hooking, bringing in fresh and unusual techniques to the medium.

display of multicolored designed rugs
The quilters of Gee's Bend Alabama

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