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Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking

This event takes place on the following dates
6/11/2024 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
6/18/2024 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
6/25/2024 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Have you seen beautiful hand-hooked rugs and thought about trying to make one yourself?  Well here's your chance to try rug hooking and complete your own piece!  In this 3-part class you will get a brief history and introduction to this fiber art and learn:

  • the traditional method of hooking as well as some other styles

  • basic color planning

  • the use of values in rug hooking

  • finishing methods and other rug hooking tidbits!  

You will be able to complete a small, 8-inch  piece as a mat or a wall hanging during our time together  - and maybe some hooking time at home.  

You will have a choice of patterns and be provided with that pattern on linen plus the wool to complete your project.  Pattern choices: Heart, Sailboat, Mountains, Geometric.

After this class you will feel confident to start your next project or inspired to take more classes!

Please read our Class Attendee Policy prior to class.

Location:  Second Floor Arts Space accessible via stairs or elevator.

Class Size:  minimum 3 and maximum 8      Age group:  adults plus youth 8+
Youth under 18 require our Youth Waiver signed by their responsible adult at the beginning of class.
Youth aged 8 - 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Registration Fee:  $150 non-members and $120 members & youth.
Non-members will need to sign our General Waiver at the beginning of class.

Materials Fee:  The teacher will provide your pattern and the wool necessary to complete your project and you may borrow a hoop and traditional hook for classes.  If, at the end of classes, you'd like to purchase the hoop ($15) and/or hook ($12), you may pay the teacher directly. You may bring  your own hoop and hook if you have them.

Instructor:  Rachel Johns
Rachel is originally from Maine but has lived in New Hampshire for the past 3 years.  She has been rug hooking for about 30 years off and on while raising a family and working, both in business and as a school teacher.  She learned from her mother, Norine Bucknell, and many teachers in many workshops and rug schools along the way.  She has written articles for ATHA Magazine (Assoc. Of Traditional Hooking Artists) and the Pearl K. McGown Newsletter and displayed her work with her ATHA Chapter (Tin Pedlar of Maine) at the Cumberland Fair (ME) and local shows.  She is currently working on her McGown Teacher Certification, and is President of Tin Pedlar of Maine and Director of the  ATHA Region 1 North Rug School.



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Youth 8-17: 8 - 14 must be with a responsible adult.



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