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Rug Hooking Design: Patterns from Nature

Course Overview

Rug hooking is a textile craft, born out of necessity and the desire to bring beauty and warmth into the home. In this class, we will use the natural surroundings of the North Shore landscape to design a rug that is uniquely your own. We will go for walks to see the patterns of the lake’s waves, the tree bark, the swirls in agates. Please bring old, worn-out clothing to cut up and use, but we will also be visiting the thrift store to see what fabric we might find there. The end product of this class will be a personally designed rug that can hang on a wall, decorate a table, or warm up the floor. This class is for the beginning to advanced rug hooker who would like to use their personal color palette and their sketches to design a rug that is uniquely their own. The rug can be as simple as a single star or as complicated as a menagerie of animals or a North Shore landscape. Students will be shown how to use some more advanced hooking techniques and learn many of the ways that a rug can be finished. However, the focus of this workshop is for you to find your own symbology, your own colorway, your own rug designs. Come with ideas, and be ready to explore the North Shore.

Required Tools

  • Small scissors.
  • Instructor will have some wool for purchase, but it would be great if you could bring used clothing, preferably wool flannel (like a Pendleton shirt or skirt), but even t-shirts or yarn can work well.  
  • Pencils and sketchbook would be nice.  
  • If you have your own rug-hooking equipment—frame, cutter, hook, etc.—please bring that.  Otherwise, it will be provided.

Session Information

Materials Fee

This class has an additional materials fee of approximately $20-$25 payable to the instructor during the course depending on materials chosen

Early Bird Discount

Register before July 16, 2021 to receive a $30 early bird discount

Please Note: North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible.  Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases, regardless of their vaccination status. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Fri, Aug 27th, 2021  –  Sun, Aug 29th, 2021

Course Details

Hours: 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $315.00