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
Virginia Rugfest 2016
Cool Spring Baptist Church
9283 Atlee Station Rd. Mechanicsville, VA
Mary Henck 804-334-0058 OR email@example.com
Guest Speaker & Featured Artist: Kris McDermet
Original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding.
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
21269, Boulevard Gouin Ouest
Pierrefonds, Quebec H9D 1C1
Ti Seymour, President BHCG www.beaconsfieldrughooking.com
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 PSahakia@wccnet.edu
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week>Workshops
Location: Founders Hall – Stage Left www.saudervillage.org
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
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.
Work in Progress: see images and descriptions of different stages for current projects
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.