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Jan '15

Madeline School of the Arts

I got some interesting photos this week from a place I have never been.


This beautiful island retreat, near La Pointe, Wisconsin, is holding it’s first rug hooking retreat and I am going to be their teacher.  Just looking at the photos, I can tell it is a place I will enjoy.


The classrooms are lovely.


The sleeping cabins are cozy.


And I will make sure the instruction is both informative and challenging.  If you are looking for a great rug hooking workshop this summer, why don’t you check out their website –



I understand that they even have the best ever sun tea, which sounds right up my alley.  Let me know if you have questions.

Thursday was a busy classroom day as my studio was a mini School of the Arts.

I had my regular 1st/3rd Thursday students during the day and my beginning rug hookers at night.


Due to a couple of family emergencies, only 5 of my 7 beginners were able to be there.  However, they all came back to class having finished the assignment:  Get the 4″ center hooked.




I can’t remember another beginner’s class where everyone finished their assignment.


I even got personal and checked the backs of their projects.  Happily, everything was tight and ship shape.  Another first!

This allowed us to concentrate on their next assignment –


Design the blank space that will expand the design from 4″ to 12.”  I will have more to report on that in a couple of weeks.


Of course, one of the students had previously attended this class with her children.  She brought her first finished piece for show and tell.


I was particularly interested in how she finished it.  After making a simple wooden stretcher frame, she stretched and stapled the piece on it.  Eye screws and wire made a easy way to hang the piece.  The linen backing, stretched over the wooden frame, was covered by four thin pieces of wood that were nailed onto the sides of the stretched piece.  This created, what look like, a very nice, deep box frame.  I think it is a concecpt that can be adapted for other rugs.


That artist worked on her second piece during the evening class.

Of course, one of the real stars of the night was her son Grayson … who did not even bother to show up.


He did, however, send his current piece (hooked with nylons) for a critique and a little more fiber to get the job done.  I think his piece is  … cool.

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