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Rug School 2021

August 2nd – August 6th 2021 will be our 25th annual rug school.

We have four teachers lined up for Rug School 2021.

Camp registration will be handled as it was last year. Registration dates have not yet been established. Registration forms will be available hopefully 2 months prior to the registration starting date. We hope to have an in-person Guild meeting prior to this to answer any questions from the membership. We will also have a book of teacher information along with photos of some of their work available at our next meeting. This will afford members without access to a computer to view the teacher information prior to registration.

Pull out the stops on your creativity! We need to make up for lost time in our great HCRAG Rug Camp 2021.

Cheers, Aggie and Linda

HCRAG 2021 Rug School Instructor Bios and photos

Sarah Guiliani

Sarah Guiliani is a certified McGown rug hooking teacher and Director of the ATHA Region 1 School South. She teaches at several rug schools throughout the United States as well as teaching several classes in her studio. Her goal is to educate the public on what a remarkable media rug hooking is.

She loves working with students in all types of hooking from fine cut tapestry to wide cut primitives.

She will suggest embellishments to enhance the outcome of the hooked piece. In addition to custom drawing patterns, Sarah will also work with commercial patterns.

This class will explore the world of all cuts ranging from the antique look to modern interpretations. Students should plan to work with a variety of textures, spots, and overdyed wool. The workshop will include current rug hooking topics, tips and techniques. Students are contacted prior to workshop to discuss rug pattern, custom designs, and color choices. Students may begin a new project or spark up an existing project.

Sarah also completes commissioned rug hooking pieces, focusing on her clients tastes and color schemes. Several of her student have had rugs in Rug Hooking magazine and Celebrations

Cherylyn Brubaker

Cherylyn was bitten by the rug hooking bug in 1994. With a fine arts degree and experience as a graphic designer, it seemed to be a natural transition to begin designing patterns and dyeing wool.

She is the owner of Hooked Treasures in Brunswick, Maine. Her work has been featured in ATHA, Rug Hooking Magazine, Celebrations X, XVII and XX and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

She has taught workshops in Nova Scotia, PEI and the U.S.

Cherylyn utilizes many wools in her primitive style hooked pieces to create form as well as a richness in color. She is also equally at home with fine cuts. Animals, birds, flowers, and pictorials are all dear to her heart.

Her patterns and finished rugs can be seen at her website

In this open class students may work on their own design or a commercial pattern. Combining textures, hand dyed wools and yarns make for a wonderful journey and a hooked piece to treasure.

Cherylyn particularly enjoys working with students to create a finished project that excites them and often has personal meaning.

Donna Hrkman

Donna Hrkman is an artist, designer, and teacher. She's been creating hooked rugs for almost twenty years and travels to teach all over the country. She's been published in Rug Hooking magazine and has written two books. Her rugs have won awards at Sauder Village and she's had rugs in Celebrations thirteen times. She specializes in portraits, monochromatic rugs, and Steampunk designs, but she can teach a wide variety of styles and themes. She loves sharing her experience, knowledge, and appreciation for the fine art of rug hooking.

Caroline Twigg

I have been hooking for 15 yrs. I've had the honor of studying under Cynthia Norwood, Barb Carroll, Tricia Travis and many other wonderful teachers. I live in an old log cabin with my husband and our two beagles. I've tried my best to fill our home with new and old hooked rugs. I'm fascinated by the style and warmth of antique rugs. I love larger cut rugs and my favorite size cut is a 9 cut.

Our class focus will be on primitive patterns and colors using wider cuts and texture wools to achieve the feel of old rugs, I just have to add a few splashes of color though. This class will be an open class.

If you have looked at the back of an antique rugs most start out life with brighter colors and over time have worn to the old dusty colors we all love. We will focus on the dusty worn color pallet in class.

During class we will discuss ways to enhance the look and texture of your rug. I hope to eliminate some of your fear and doubts about your own color planning skills. We will also talk about how and where to start your rug. Remember textured wools are work horses, let them do the work for you.


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