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TCL to offer rug hooking class

May 01, 2012

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The Technical College of the Lowcountry Division of Continuing Education will offer a three-session rug hooking class from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 5 through 19 and again on Saturdays, June 23 through July 7 at the TCL New River Campus in Bluffton. This hands-on, introductory class will allow participants to complete a small piece over the three sessions. Students will be working with cut wool fabric.  Cost is $65, plus an additional $25 paid to the instructor for materials.


When rug hooking developed in New England and Maritime Canada in the early 1800s, it was a craft of poverty to make rugs for bare floors. Rags and scraps were pulled through burlap forming looped pile. In the 1940s 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.


Required Materials:

  • 14-inch quilting hoop or rug hooking frame (students must bring)
  • Scissors (students must bring)
  • Kit purchased from instructor ($25)


Course Schedule:

Hooking straight and diagonal lines
Turning corners
Ending rows
“Outline and Fill”
Intro to hooking curves


Session 2:

Hooking curves and circles


Session 3:

Finishing Techniques
Pattern Making


To register or for more information, please call 843-525-8205.


About the instructor: Debra Walland

Debra Walland is a fiber artist, residing on Hilton Head Island, S.C. She has designed rug patterns since 2007 and 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


The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.

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