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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

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Course Overview

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen, or burlap with a curved hook much like a crochet hook. This session welcomes beginners looking to take up this therapeutic yet utilitarian craft, as well as intermediate hookers interested in building on their skills. Students who are beginners will have several designs to choose from. All of the instructor's designs, wool, and kits can be seen on her website or Etsy site. However, nothing should be purchased until the first day of class. Choices can be discussed with the instructor several weeks before class begins so that both materials needs and information regarding which patterns will best help develop hooking technique will be clear. Any kits that beginning students choose will include the pattern and wool. The cost of materials for kits will start at approximately $50.00 and range up in price depending on size and wool required. Rug hooking hooks will be available for purchase from the instructor. There will be rug hooking frames for beginning students to use during the class. The frames will be available for purchase or can be purchased online.

For intermediate hookers, the instructor will work with you on a project you are currently undertaking, any pattern you choose to bring, or you may purchase a pattern from them. Because the classroom is large and open with several types of seating, students will have the option of working with the group for social rug hooking or moving to a separate spot to work quietly. In addition, many samples of hooked rug projects and a display of hand-dyed and mill-dyed ready to hook wool will be available for inspiration. The instructor notes: “Many of us, as we evolve into ‘hookers,’ feel the need to tell our own stories with our rugs; family history, pets, homes we've lived in, and favorite places.” 

Materials Fee

$50 and up payable to the instructor during class

Required Tools

  • Scissors (sharp, any sewing style scissor should work)
  • Check, credit card or cash to purchase supplies from your instructor (no Canadian checks please).


Fri, Oct 13th, 2023  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am - 4pm each day
Tuition: $330.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Carol Dunn
Carol Dunn
Hackensack, MN

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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session