Class Offerings

Embellishing Techniques & Alternative Materials for Hooked Projects

In this class we will explore a variety of alternative materials and techniques to embellish your hooked rugs where the only limit is your imagination.  Techniques to be covered are (but not limited to):

  • simple wool applique
  • stuffed wool applique
  • needle felting within the rug
  • simply proddy
  • surface chain stitching
  • adding beads, gems, buttons
  • clipping loops for a shag effect
  • “checkerboard” effect with alternating loops
  • pulling loops with more than one material at a time
  • French knots – real and faux

Should you need guidance on a pattern to choose, just get in touch with Beth prior to class, but almost any pattern will work.  Look especially for designs that might benefit from these alternative techniques.

*THIS IS A BRING-YOUR-OWN-PATTERN CLASS*

Beth will provide all materials and embellishments, but you may also bring some of your own if they are special to you. This is a great opportunity to make an out of the box project and have some fun! 

MATERIALS PROVIDED: wool fabric, sari silk, roving, tee shirt material, yarns, beads, buttons, perl cotton, embroidery floss, applique materials and more.

*Class limit:  10 total

Instructor – Beth Miller Parris House Wool Works

Elizabeth Miller is the owner and artisan at Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine.  Beth has taught workshops at the Squam Art Workshops in Holderness, NH, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, Portfiber in Portland, Maine,  Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI,  the Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY, in other regional venues, and in her studio in Paris, Maine.  Her work was included in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 issues of Making Magazine, the Holiday 2017 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine, and the Summer 2018 issue of RUGS.  She is currently writing a book, Seasons at the Parris House: Heritage Skills for a Contemporary Life, for Down East Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, to be published in 2020.   Parris House Wool Works has a line of originally designed, hand-hooked home decor items available through the Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY, was a wildcard finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards, and is a member of Maine Made: America’s Best.  Beth’s work has been on display in the Maine Made case at Bangor International Airport and at the Down East Magazine Summer Pop Up Shop in Rockport, Maine.

Create a needle felted sleeping fawn 

Join Lisa Leavitt of Freedom Felts in creating a needle felted sleeping fawn. This class will be appropriate for beginners as well as the more advanced felters.  Lisa will provide education regarding working with armatures, different types of wool, preparing wool for felting and different needle types and sizes. All materials will be provided with the class. 

Class limit:  15 total

Instructor – Lisa Leavitt Freedom Felts 

FB @freedomfelts

Freedom Felts was established in 2006 when Lisa stumbled across the art of needle felting.  This art is relatively new and has been said to have started in the late 1980’s. Each woolen sculpture starts with washed, combed and sometimes dyed wool.  Small, sharp barbed needles are used to sculpt the wool together. Needle felting is a very labor intensive process which includes thousands of “pokes” with the barbed needles.  Over the years Lisa has enjoyed creating animals and birds of the State of Maine. Lisa enjoys making faux taxidermy miniatures and also likes to use a bit of a sense of humor with her custom caricatures. 

Punch Needle

If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a hooked rug, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it. In this class you will punch a small landscape that may be used as a wall hanging or table top decoration, or enlarged to make a pillow or stool cover. You’ll learn everything necessary to hook larger rugs, including various ways to finish. This class is suitable for beginners as well as anyone with punching experience.
Materials Fee: $35. Includes hand dyed yarn and pattern drawn on monk’s cloth. Punch needle and frame can be borrowed during class and purchased after class if desired. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Class limit:  10 total

Instructor Judith Hotchkiss

For over twenty years, Judith Hotchkiss has had a passion for rug hooking and braiding. More recently, Judith has turned to punch rug hooking and punch needle embroidery and is currently most interested in combining punch and traditional rug hooking. She is an Oxford Certified Punch Needle Instructor as well as McGown certified to teach traditional rug hooking. She dyes all her own yarns and wool yardage and occasionally includes her own handspun wool. Judith lives and works in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.

 

 

 

Felted Soaps & Soap Making Class

This class will be divided into 2 sessions.  In the morning session you will get your creative juices flowing as each participant will felt soap using a bar of Ledgeway Farm’s goat milk soap, roving wool, a nylon stocking, and some hot water. Felted soaps are beautiful, luxurious on your skin, and provide mild exfoliation.   After lunch we’ll put our chemist hats on and really dig in to make individual batches of wonderfully moisturizing soap that you can take home to enjoy.

Participants should bring:

A small bottle of essential oil/fragrance oil that you would like to scent your soap with (I will have some there for you to use as well)

A rubber spatchula to scrap ingredients out of bowl with

1 Medium to large size hard plastic bowl

1 Medium to large size sauce pan

A stainless steel spoon

An old bath towel

 

Class limit:  10 total

Instructor – Sarah Perkins Ledgeway Farm

I come from a long line of family farmers in Maine. My mom and dad both grew up in 4-H showing cattle from their family’s farm – so no surprise that my brother, sister, and I did too! We loved every minute of it, made lifelong friendships with other farm kids from around the state, and learned Oh So Much!!!! Growing up we were allowed to bring home just about any animal we wanted – except goats, go figure. There was always this unspoken rule, we never asked why, we didn’t really care, we just didn’t bring home goats!

Rug Hooking Class

Wide Cut Primitive Floral Design. Pattern will be provided. Rug hooking. Class appropriate for all levels.   You may provide own wools or may purchase them from Toni. Price tbd.

Class limit:  15 total

Material fee is $24.00 (linen will be used) 

Instructor – Toni Philbrick

Toni Philbrick is the owner of The Keeping Room in Hampden, ME. She began rug hooking 50 years ago and it continues to be her passion. She started her business in 1980, as Country Flowers and Accents, growing and drying flowers. That led to making lampshades and then carrying antiques.  After many years in group shops, she opened her own shop in 2010, where she can work, create, teach, display and sell. A prolific designer, she has designed hundreds of rug hooking and wool applique patterns. Her hooking style is refined primitive, using a wide cut, and her teaching method is hands on- when anyone needs help. 

Knitting Skills Class

Learn to do a provisional cast-on several different ways. You’ll find one that works best for you! Bring light colored worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles and some cotton yarn (like that used for dishcloths).

Class limit:  10 total

 

Instructor – Bette Sturtevant the Knitting Goddess –

Yardgoods Center

Bette “The Knitting Goddess” Sturtevant is known in the knitting arena as an expert in all things knitting.  She can knit her way out of any problem and is happy to share her knowledge of the craft.

Beginning Spinning & 

Introduction to Fiber Prep Techniques

This class will provide an introduction to spinning for those who have not spun before. We will discuss the general characteristics of wool and the basics of spinning and plying. All students will have the opportunity to begin spinning on a spindle. There will also be spinning wheels available for demonstration and for students to try. As time permits, additional topics will be addressed in keeping with the students’ interest and may include information on different types and styles of spinning wheels; spinning different types of fibers; alternative plying techniques for different effects; and ways to work with hand-dyed fibers. Materials fee to be determined.

This class is for anyone interested in learning how to prepare fiber for spinning, whether they have begun spinning or not. We will discuss the various techniques and tools used for fiber prep, including hand cards, combs, drum carders, flick carders, and others as available. We will also cover some techniques for washing raw fleeces. For those who already spin, bring your wheel or spindle so you can try spinning the different preparations! Limited tools will be available for students to try, but if you have your own set of cards or combs, please feel free to bring them along. Materials fee to be determined.

Class limit:  15 total

 

Instructor – Kendra Millis

Kendra Millis started working in needle and fabric arts at an early age, but has been focusing more heavily on fiber arts for the past 10 years. She first learned to knit in order to make hand-knit socks, and that quickly led her to spinning and dyeing. Over the years she has continued to explore additional arts, including crocheting, felting, weaving, and rug hooking. Kendra started Maine Fiber Workshop several years ago, and she enjoys sharing her experience and learning from her customers at the various fiber events she attends.