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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.

Upcoming Classes and Events in 2016


April 9
Virginia Rugfest 2016
Cool Spring Baptist Church
9283 Atlee Station Rd.  Mechanicsville, VA
Mary Henck 804-334-0058 OR

Guest Speaker & Featured Artist: Kris McDermet
Original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding.

April 29, 30, & May 1
Valley Forge Rug Braiders Guild: 2016 Spring Braid In
St. Francis Retreat Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The BraidBowl: Class is 8 ½ hours over 3 days.
Make a pretty braided bowl with a hooked base and braids coming up the sides!  Come to class with a small hooked circle, square, rectangle, or oval; we will learn how to prepare the hooking so that braids can be attached.  Make something pretty and functional!

May 13, 14, & 15
After the Braiding Comes Hooking-Bags, BraidBowls, Small Mats
Ermitage Sainte-Croix
21269, Boulevard Gouin Ouest
Pierrefonds, Quebec  H9D 1C1
Ti Seymour, President BHCG


June 11
Maine Tin Pedlars | Association of Traditional Hooking Artists

Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding
Kris will speak about her love of combining rug hooking and rug braiding. She will discuss color, texture, embellishments, wet felting and using silk for both hooking and braiding. She will bring many examples of rugs. The group will be able to try their hand at braiding.

Aug 13 & 14
After the Hooking Comes Braiding, 2 day workshop
The Southern Michigan Hookrafters Guild
Contact: Pat Sahakian

August 19
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week>Workshops
Location: Founders Hall – Stage Left
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $150.00 / Sauder Village Member $140.00 
Supply Fee: $ 50.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class

October 18, 19, & 20
Hooked In the Mountains Workshops
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearle Street
Essex Junction, Vermont

BraidBowls are beautiful, functional, colorful, and unusual and they combine the lovely art/craft of Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding!
With the techniques learned in class, you will be able to add braid to any round, oval, or square cornered hooked piece and add braid inside of hooking.

New feature!

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

Animal Crackers
This is a raffle rug for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s Hooked in the Mountains 2016 Show at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex, Vermont.

animal crackers

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Last update January 2016
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"rugs that combine unique shapes with hooking and braiding"