Kris McDermet

original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding






Welcome to the Wonderful Adventure of Making Combination Rugs!

I began braiding and hooking in the late 1970’s at the urging of my rug braiding teacher, Isabel Clough. I’ve been teaching over the last 34 years around the country and, in the last few years, in Australia and England.

My greatest interest is in combining the two art/craft forms to make interesting shapes for the wall or floor.  The colors, designs, and textures of hand dyed and ‘as is’ wool compliment both mediums. I’ve developed a joining technique to create endless design and textural possibilities, so that the delicacy of the hooking is set off by the boldness of the braiding. My favorite fabrics are wool and Charmeuse silk.
My work may simply tell a story, or show diverse themes in nature, native cultures, or the arts.  I often incorporate open spaces and fancy embellishments in my pieces to create added interest and fun.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.


1. Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding Basics,Borders, and Beyond. Learn More book cover

2. New Book-2013
Finishing Hooked Rugs
10 finishing techniques are illustrated with detailed instructions. There is a chapter on adding braid to a round hooked rug and a chapter on adding braid to a square hooked rug. The chapters on braiding were written by Kris, Dianne Tobias, and Christine
Manges. Learn More
www.rughookingmagazine.com to order
finished hooking book

New feature!

Work in Progress: see images and descriptions of different stages for current projects

The Kimono Project:
kimono pattern

Upcoming Classes and Events in 2015

Janurary 22
After the Hooking Comes Braiding
West Brookfield, MA
1 day class
Sandy Miarecki 413 967-4970
Woolen Memories

February 12 & 13 (evenings) and 14 & 15 (days)
After the Hooking Comes Braiding
Ottawa, Canada
Barbara Lukas  

March 24-28
After the Hooking Comes Braiding
Jerry Spears jerrymspears@yahoo.com
Merrie Mountain Rug Hooking Guild
Asheville, NC

September 9-12 ATHA Biennial
After the Hooking Comes Braiding
Thursday Oct. 10th-1 day class co-taught with Dianne Tobias
San Antonio, TX

October 4-8 TIGHR
Nine Loop Braided Center-3 Hour Class Oct. 5th
Demonstration with Dianne Tobias Oct. 7 Afternoon-
  Adding Braid to Enhance Hooking
Victoria, BC, Canada

October 16, 17, 18
After the Hooking Comes Braiding-BraidBowls
Schedule TBA
Carol Broadbent

Garden to Table
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
Through March 1, 2015

Strolling of the Heifers Health Art Show
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
November 2014-June 2015
See Making Peace with Snow and PRINTS!

Sisters-Wool, Silk, Paint, Paper
West Village Meeting House Gallery
West Brattleboro, VT
January 3-February 28

sisters show

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Last update January 2015
© Kris McDermet

"rugs that combine unique shapes with hooking and braiding"