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Kris McDermet

original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding






Welcome to the Wonderful Adventure of Making Combination Rugs 2019!

Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding has been my passion for 39 years. I’m thankful that my braiding teacher, Isabel Clough, suggested trying to combine these two wonderful art/craft forms! The possibilities are endless, the variety of fabrics available grow each year along with different embellishments, and more people are open to expanding their view of the more traditional hooked and braided rugs. All kinds of hooked and braided rugs have a place in our homes, museums, and art galleries, whether on the floor or wall.

I like my rugs to tell a story with the braiding holding together the various hooked pieces but both hooking and braiding are important to the finished piece. The open spaces left by joining the smaller hooked pieces can be left open to see the floor or wall that becomes part of the rug. My favorite fabrics are wool, Charmeuse silk, and taffeta. I’m always looking for that little bit of sparkle. Please contact me if you have question and I look forward to hearing from you.


Upcoming Classes and Events in 2019

Thank you to all who took classes in 2018! It was a very exciting year for many of us who are in love with Rug Braiding!
Christine Manges and I curated a braiding exhibit called The Contemporary Braided Art Rugs at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in Aug. of 2018-photos will be on this site in a few months. We took the same show to the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s show in October in Essex, VT. How nice it was to show the variety of braided rugs to many visitors and a big thank you to our braiding friends who made amazing pieces for this traveling show! 
The final showing of The Contemporary Braided Art Rugs Exhibit will be March 12-May 8, 2019 at the Schwenkfelder Museum in Pennsburg, PA.

This is a quiet year for me teaching so if you are interested in a 2 or 3 day class, please contact me. I also teach a 3 hour class in how to make a braided pin called a Nine Loop Braided Center-perfect for a guild meeting.

Classes for 2019

1.  Hooking for Brattleboro Area Hospice
March 16 and 30, April 6 and 20
This is a fundraiser for our local Hospice group in Brattleboro, VT that provides so much to our community. Please contact me if you are interested in taking this beginning rug hooking class for more details.  There will be 4 2½ sessions.

2.  Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild Braid In
April 26-28, 2019, Bethlehem, PA
Contact Christine Manges at

BraidBowls-learn how to combine a hooked center into a braided bowl.

3.  ATHA
Aug. 28-Aug 31, 2019
Denver, Colorado

After the Hooking Comes Braiding
Kris, Christine Manges, and Dianne Tobias
1 day class

4.  Amy Oxford Rug Hooking School
Cornwall, Vermont
October 5th, 2019

After the Punching Comes Braiding
1 day class


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Last update February 2019
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"rugs that combine unique shapes with hooking and braiding"