Rug Hooking

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Samples of Debra Walland’s work       

Rug Hooking is the one unique American craft. Originally developed in New England and Maritime Canada in the early 1800′s, it was a craft of poverty to make rugs for bare floors. Rags and scraps were pulled through burlap forming looped pile. In the 1940′s rug hooking was rediscovered and raised from hooking primitive designs to tapestry like pieces. Presently, the technique of rug hooking is used in folk art and fine fiber arts.

This is a Hands-on course where all designs, cuts and levels of experience are welcome. Beginners are enthusiastically encouraged. Start a new pattern or bring a project that might be giving you trouble. The class content is geared to the specific needs of the students, with lots of time for individual instruction. The classes will also include talks on the history, techniques and styles of rug hooking as well as color theory, composition, and design. Your instructor will contact students prior to class to learn more about each student’s particular interests.

Required Materials:

  • 16 inch Quilting hoop or rug hooking frame (students must bring)
  • Wool Cutter (if not using precut strips)
  • Scissors (students must bring)
  • Hook
  • Rug Backing or Commercial pattern
  • Wool of fabric of choice for hooking
  • Kit purchased from instructor that includes most of above ($25) OPTIONAL

Course Schedule:

Dates: April 13, 20 and 27, 2013, New River Campus, 9a-11a

Cost: $89 (plus optional $25 paid to instructor for materials)

To register, call 843-525-8205 or online (Course code: XPCI 587)

About your instructor: Debra Walland

Debra Walland is a fiber artist, residing on Hilton Head Island, SC. She has designed rug patterns since 2007 and has taught rug hooking informally. She has shown pieces in shows in Vermont, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She is an exhibiting artist with the Hilton Head Art League and a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. Her rugs and patterns can be seen at


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