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Savvy Shopper  Walk & Talk Workshop


Nola Heidbreder St. Louis, Missouri

Dates:  Evening – Wednesday, August 14, 2024 
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $65.00 / Sauder Village Member $55.00
Supply Fee: None
Location: Founder’s Hall
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savvy shopper shopping bag by Nola Heidbreder


Back by popular demand, and a sellout since 2015, is the Savvy Shopper Walk & Talk. Are you new to rug hooking and the wool world? Is this your first time at Rug Hooking Week? Have you ever been overwhelmed with the choices in rug hooking supplies and equipment? Or do you want to know what’s new on the market? Or what creative items are in this year’s Rug Hooking Week Vendor’s Booths?

If so, walk through the many wonderful vendor booths with a seasoned rug hooker and shopper - Nola Heidbreder. Get a first-hand behind the scenes look at the merchandise in the evening when there are no crowds to contend with. Learn what to look for in each booth and see what’s new so you are ready to shop when the doors open on Thursday morning. Here’s a great opportunity to ask questions so that you can become a Savvy Shopper too. Be a well-informed consumer who buys with confidence – no matter if you are a beginner or advanced fiber artist.

Please note: there will be standing and walking, chairs will be available if needed, just let us know when you arrive. 

Each Savvy Shopper will receive a shopping bag filled with coupons and samples from the vendors. Even if you have participated in Savvy Shopper in the past, our Vendors & their merchandise change – so each Savvy Shopper Walk & Talk experience is unique!


Teacher will contact students prior to class: No.

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required. Note:  If you sign up for the Savvy Shopper Walk & Talk, you might also like to take the Rug Hooking for Beginners Workshop on Thursday. 

Supply fee description:  None, however, each Savvy Shopper will receive a shopping bag filled with coupons and samples from the vendors.

Students Need to Bring:  Notebook, pen, & wear comfortable shoes (for walking/standing). 

booth of products for rug hooking


Nola A. Heidbreder teaches rug hooking and fiber art at her studio in St. Louis and across the country. Her work has been featured in publications such as Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, Rug Hooking magazine, ATHA newsletter, Hooked on Rugs, Creative Hooker, Hooked on Wool, Hooked Rugs Today, Finishing Rugs, Contemporary Hooked Rugs and in The “Art” of Playing Cards. Working with Sister Linda Pietz, they wrote the books: Knitting Rugs, Crocheting Rugs and Crocheted Baskets. Their fourth book Knitted Baskets debuted in fall of 2017! Nola has also authored 3 cookbooks, Beautiful Backgrounds, and Houska Dye Recipe book. 

Nola hooked all 44 of the presidents in the 2013 Special Exhibit of Hooked and Knitted Presidents at Sauder Village. The collection received the 2013 Sauder “Collection” Award. Nola’s work has been exhibited at the: Folk Art Museum, New York City; Shelburne Museum, Vermont; Sauder Village, Archbold, OH; Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Tiadaghton House, Lebanon, IL; Missouri State Fair; Barren’s Art Center, New Jersey; & Schwenkfelder Heritage Museum, PA.

booth of rug hooking materials Heidbreder workshop
stacks of wool Heidbreder workshop

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