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Rug School 2019

This year is our 23rd year and we are excited to announce our teachers; Donna Hrkman, Tracy Jamar, Kris Miller and Loretta Scena. Rug school will be held Monday August 5, 2019 through Friday August 9, 2019.

Click here to view and print the registration form. There are still a few openings for Rug Camp 2019. Donna Hrkman and Kris Miller's classes are full. However, there are limited openings in both Loretta Scena and Tracy Jamar's classes. All teachers are exemplary and can instruct in all styles. Registration is now open to non-members and other guilds, the fee is $275. To register, please contact Aggie Harris.

Registration forms will be accepted beginning October 12, 2018, the day of our October meeting. They can also be mailed to Aggie Harris, 56 Scarlet Oak Drive, Doylestown, Pa 18901.

The forms will be collected, no class list established. If a class goes over the maximum number of students, we will take all registration forms for that class that have arrived by November 12, (No matter how they are received and use a lottery system to choose the members that get into the class and to determine the order of names on the wait list.

Guild members who joined the guild before April 2018, will have priority in the lottery. Those who joined the guild on or after April 1, 2018 will be placed at the bottom of any wait list.

Donna Hrkman

Donna Hrkman has been an artist all her life. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting. Her artistic experience in different media includes drawing, painting, and stenciling, just to name a few. She got started in rug hooking fifteen years ago, developed a reputation for creating realistic portraits of people and animals and has added a Steampunk theme to her list of design motifs. Donna also enjoys teaching workshops and travels extensively to do that. She has exhibited her work in art shows and galleries, and has written two books: Rug Hookers Companion and Creative Techniques for Rug Hookers.

Her rugs have won awards in shows, have been displayed and sold in galleries, and eleven of them have been selected as Finalists in Celebrations magazine.

She continues to strive for excellence in her work and in her teaching. Donna loves making rugs and sharing what she knows with others. She lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her three sons are grown and on their own. Hooray! Her description of her class for HCRAG: I am pleased to have been invited to teach at HCRAG in 2019. This is the usual structure for the classes I teach:

First day I do my introductory talk, using my rugs as examples. It may take forty-five minutes to an hour, but it shows what I do and also explains concepts we'll use in class.

After my talk, I begin with the first student and get them started, working my way around the room until everyone has been seen. I then spend the rest of the class time walking around the room, student by student, monitoring progress, making suggestions, and answering questions.

Each day at the beginning of class, I'll give a short lecture or lesson, including how to draw your own enlarged patterns using a grid, which includes the students themselves doing a drawing. I also lecture about portraits, how to create depth, Backgrounds, Borders, and Lettering, and finally a talk about finishing edges.

Tracy Jamar

Tracy is intimately familiar with traditional forms of needlework as an antiques textile restorer and conservator specializing in quilts and hooked rugs for over 30 years. Starting in 1979 at America Hurrah Antiques, NYC and in 1985 with her own business Jamar Textile Restoration Studio, NYC.

In 2006 she returned to college to complete an undergraduate degree at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, an independent/individualized study of American history through women’s handmade textiles. After graduating in 2009 Jamar set her restoration business aside and commits her time to creating contemporary fiber works that blend her appreciation and admiration of early American textiles with her knowledge of textile construction techniques.

A few of her awards are top honors at Newtown Hooked Art 2014 exhibit at the University of CT on the Stamford Campus, two Awards of Excellence from the Surface Design Association and Jurors’ Choice from the Newtown Hooked Art Show. Her works have been shown in juried and invitational exhibits including “Beyond Rugs!” at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME and “Stripes” a traveling exhibit to Japan, two pieces in “9x9x3: New Visions” were on a national tour in 2014 and a piece was part of a large exhibit in South Korea in late 2016.

In Coils, Folds, Twists and Turns: Contemporary Techniques in Fiber (January 2017) she shares some of her textile techniques. She contributed extensively on American Sewn Rugs: Their History with Exceptional Examples (October 2012) with Jan Whitlock. She appeared twice on Martha Stewart’s Living television program, on HGTV with Mary Emmerling and in Mary Sheppard Burton’s A Passion for the Creative Live: Textiles to Lift the Spirit.

Jamar received Best Mixed Media at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY in the Member Exhibit in 2014; she has had three solo exhibits and received awards both years she participated in Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse Reserve’s “Planters ON/OFF the Ground” exhibit in East Hampton, NY. In March 2011 she became a docent at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs, NY.

Ms. Jamar expands the possibilities of traditional hand-made techniques such as rug hooking, collage, appliqué and embroidery in her diverse contemporary fiber pieces. Using a combination of new, old and repurposed yarns and fabrics as well as non-traditional materials Jamar works intuitively and spontaneously.

Students will explore the popular and colorful technique of coiling (aka quilling) as well as shirring techniques found in antique rugs from the early 19th century: bias, chenille, pleated, and bundled. These techniques add variety to contemporary hooked works. Strips of fabric are manipulated and sewn to the surface of a foundation creating interest and texture.

Kris Miller

Kris Miller specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts (#8 and above). She also enjoys hooking with hand-torn wool. Her style has been described as “soft primitives.”Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, novelty yarns, and hosiery have all found their way into Kris’s hooking style at one time or another.

Kris is the owner of Spruce Ridge Studios. She has won many awards and ribbons for her rugs including her county fair, Michigan State Fair, Sauder Village, honorable mentions in A Celebration Of Hand-Hooked Rugs XIII, XVI, XXII, and a Celebrations Finalist in 2018. Several of her original designs have also been featured as pattern inserts in Rug Hooking Magazine and the books Projects For Primitive Rug Hookers, Pattern Designs for Rug Hookers, and Finishing Hooked Rugs. She served as a judge for A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XVIII and XXVI. Her work has been selected for Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. She is the author of Introduction To Rug Hooking, published by Stackpole Books, and the self-published books The Grand Finale: Finish What You Start and The Little Book Of Eyes. She has taught at many workshops and rug camps across the United States, England, and Finland. She lives in Howell, Michigan with her husband and an assortment of Angora goats, sheep, alpacas and dogs.

Loretta Scena

Loretta Scena is a McGown certified Rug Hooking teacher from Long Island, NY. She is a self taught Fiber and Bead artist who uses fabric manipulation, specialty fibers and hand dyed wool to create whimsical embellishments, that will add dimension and texture to your rug. She loves teaching an open class where all styles of rug hooking and all levels of experience are welcomed. This year she will also include a class called going in circles. It’s a fun technique using noodles and hand dyed wool.

**Attend Rug School Free -- Anyone housing a teacher will get to attend rug school for free and will get the teacher of their choice. Hosts are asked to provide housing, breakfast and dinner for the week. Lunch is provided by the Guild. You are not expected to entertain the instructors. They are tired at the end of the day and need time to relax, reflect on the day and prepare for the next day. If you choose to host two teachers, $200 will also be allotted for your compensation. Teachers need a private room and bath and if you house two teachers, each needs their own room and bath.

If you have questions or interest in providing housing for an instructor, please speak with Rug School Directors Aggie Harris or Linda Hannemann.


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