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Kris McDermet

original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding






About the Artist

I love the combination that can be created by joining hooking and braiding in one rug - the colors, designs, and textures of the wool compliment both mediums. So much beautiful wool is available, whether woven, dyed, or overdyed, and the possibilities are endless. Now I have added silk dyed in the same dye bath as wool. It takes the dye a bit differently yet still can be used with the wool in both hooking and braiding. The Charmeuse silk give a wonderful shimmering look to pieces for the wall or table.

My latest addition is Nuno Felting. I dye various wool and silk fibers and felt them together. I cut out shapes, pad and line them before inserting into the hooking. Look at my rug called Passion for an example.
One to two rows of braiding can frame a hooked piece nicely or switching back and forth between hooking and braiding several times in the same rug - and even leaving "holes" – for added interest and texture. The hooking is padded to be the same thickness as the braiding and will last for many years on the floor or wall.

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1. Combining Rug Hooking and Rug Braiding Basics, Borders, and Beyond.

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2. 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

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2015 Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration Finalist in the Original Category for PRINTS!

August 2014 Sauder Village
PRINTS! Mixed Media

October 2014 GMRHG Hooked in the Mountains
Viewers Choice for Passion and PRINTS!

Special announcement:
October 2014 GMRHG Hooked in the Mountains
My sister in law Beth McDermet honored with a Viewers Choice for her rug Passages

Peoples Choice Award
Sauder Village




Recent Exhibits

Sauder Village Celebration
August 2015

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

Rug Hooking Magazine
(link to online copy)
March, April, May 2009 Issue
Article titled “Hooking with Braid”
by Kris McDermet
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"rugs that combine unique shapes with hooking and braiding"