In this workshop we will focus on the components that make a rug resemble a treasure from the past. Class presentations will study design elements (motifs) that add vintage charm and incorporating them into future pattern development; actual techniques for hooking antique-style; choosing fabric (wool and alternative fabrics) to add an aged look to a rug and additional steps you can take to add vintage patina to your rug. There will be an influence to hook “outside the box” as our foremothers did with less concentration on contemporary rug hooking guidance.
Visual aids will be shared to study the fine work of our foremothers whose hand work we find so charming today and to embed class learning.
Pre-class Kathy will work with you to choose a pattern design that lends itself to an antique-style so you can apply what you are learning in class to your project.
Kathy began hooking in 2006 as a way to create her own indigenous folk art. A passion for all things old and primitive influences Kathy to hook rugs that resemble a treasured antique. To achieve an antique look, Kathy has studied the components that add vintage charm to a rug and she freely shares her ideas and techniques with students. While often hooking in muted, weather-worn tones, she is equally comfortable with bright colors and whimsical and contemporary patterns.
Hand drawing her first rug led to the development of Kathy’s pattern line Briarwood Folk Art (www.briarwoodfolkart.etsy.com). She has contributed several articles to the ATHA Magazine in relation to her efforts to create antique style rugs and on her blog www.thegrinningsheep.blogspot.com. While preferring an 8.5 – 9 cut, she also uses smaller cuts as needed.
Most recently Kathy developed several finishing techniques that always pique the interest of her students and has self-published them in a booklet “Fun with Wool – Eleven Fun and Different Folk Art Finishes for Hooked Rugs.”
Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org