2009 Rug School information will be available in
However, the 2008 information below should
a good idea of what to expect at rug school
Green Mountain Rug School
TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY
June 6–15, 2008
One Five-Day & Two Weekend Sessions
Vermont Technical College -
Randolph Center, Vermont
Stephanie Ashworth-Krauss, Director
Happy Hooking in the
Heart of Vermont!
MOUNTAIN RUG SCHOOL, Inc., offers innovative
instruction with highly qualified and well-respected
instructors in the art and craft of rug hooking. Now in its
27th year, the school supports and promotes all styles and
techniques of traditional and contemporary rug hooking.
During mid-June, the school offers a wide range of classes
for all levels at the scenic Vermont Technical College
campus in Randolph Center, Vermont.
from beginning hooking, dyeing, fine hooking tapestry to
primitives and wide-cuts, pictorials, folk art, punch
needle, penny rugs, braiding and more. Students select one
class per session. Classes are limited to 12-14 students to
allow for individual attention and are filled on a
first-come, first-served basis.
from all over the United States and Canada. Rug exhibits and
a well-stocked rug shop are open daily.
We also invite
you to visit us year-round at our shop, Green Mountain
Hooked Rugs, located at 2838 County Road in Montpelier,
Vermont. Give us a call at 802-223-1333, or browse this
to learn more and to buy wool and hooking supplies.
be time to renew old friendships
and make new ones.
The air is fresh, the view is great,
and the coffeepot is
Marston of Belmont, MA, Rug School 2007.
Robert Eddy photo.
Ashworth-Krauss was only six when she learned to hook
from her mother, Anne Ashworth, a nationally
recognized rug hooker who co-founded Green
Mountain Rug School (GMRS) with Jean Armstrong
in 1981. A fourth-generation rug hooker,
Stephanie spent much of her childhood traveling
to hooking classes with her mother, and helping
with the family's custom-dye business. As a
stay-at-home mom, Stephanie learned to repair
hooked rugs, and in 1990 became involved with
the administrative work of GMRS. When Anne
decided to retire from GMRS in 2001, Stephanie
was ready to accept the leadership of the
20-year-old school, and currently operates it
with her sister, Pam; her dad, Wink; and her
daughters, Cecely, Lindsay, and Mariah.
Stephanie, a custom-dyeing specialist, also owns
Green Mountain Hooked Rugs in Montpelier,
Vermont, where she offers wool, yarn, hooking
supplies, custom dyeing, rug repair, rug-
cleaning services, and classes.
THE CLASSES AND
Select one class per session.
Stephanie (right) with her father Wink Ashworth (center),
and sister, Pamela Ashworth Kirk (left). Robert
WEEKEND 1, June
Beginning Rug Hooking with Terri Strack
Color Planning for the
Color-Challenged with Leslie Levitt
Dye Pots in the Greenhouse—Essential with Karen Schellinger
Folksy Wide-Cut with
Sherri Hieber Day *FULL*
with Nancy Claflin Blood *FULL*
Picture This… with
Jon Ciemiewicz *FULL*
THE WEEK, June
for All Levels with Phyllis DeFelice
Developing Your Own Style—Enhancing Your Creativity
with Dianne Kelly
in the Greenhouse—Comprehensive with Karen
Primitives with Jule Marie Smith *FULL*
Hooking—Flowers, Leaves & Orientals with Nancy
Styles with Norma McElhenny *FULL*
Mixed Media to Documenting Your Art with Kim Dubay &
Yours with Jayne Hester
Places with Roslyn Logsdon
Primitives with Beverly Conway *FULL*
WEEKEND 2, June
Backgrounds Can Be Fun
with Jayne Hester
Dye Pots in the
Greenhouse—Advanced with Karen Schellinger
Florals, Leaves & Scrolls
with Diane Moore *FULL*
Fraktur Designs with
Fun with Color & Dip Dyes
with Angela Foote
Penny Rugs with Karyn
Rug Hooking for Beginners
& Flower Lovers with Sue Longchamps
Photo credit: Pamela Ashworth Kirk
Capturing the Essence
with Roslyn Logsdon
Tuesday, June 10, 7–8 PM
to the public
Old Dorm Lounge, Vermont Technical College
Saturdays, June 7 & 14
Thursday, June 12, 10
Old Dorm Lounge. FREE & Open to the Public
Students attending GMRS display more than 200 finished rugs
and hooked pieces in this spacious, well-lit room.
Students: don’t forget to bring your rugs!
THE RUG SCHOOL SHOP
Friday, June 6–Sunday, June 15, 8:30 AM–5 PM
Located in Morey Hall lounge, next to the cafeteria.
shop awaits you with more than 200 bolts of 100-percent wool
fabric, a wide selection of dyed-wool fabric and yarn, as
well as traditional rug-hooking supplies, such as frames,
hooks, cutters, patterns, kits, backings, dyes, magazines,
and books. In addition, a special line of Vermont-crafted
baskets is available, and GMRS teachers offer patterns and
books for sale. We also invite you to visit our year-round
shop, Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, at 2838 County Road,
Montpelier, Vermont 05602. Phone: (802) 223-1333. Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 to 5 PM (not open during Rug School).
TRANSPORTATION is available from the nearest airport,
which is in Burlington, Vermont, about one-and-a-quarter
hours from the school. Call Any-Where Taxi Service at
888-768-2958 to make a reservation. The taxi charge is $100
one-way, but they are amenable to two or more people sharing
the ride and fee. To coordinate with other rug hookers
arriving by air, contact Stephanie at 802-223-1333. The
Manchester, New Hampshire, airport is about 2 hours from the
school. Car rentals are available at both airports.
ACCOMMODATIONS are in a dormitory—two to a room, unless
single occupancy is requested. The college supplies sheets,
a blanket, one towel and face cloth. Please bring your own
pillow, as well as clothes hangers an extra blanket if
desired. Along with your hooking equipment and wool, you
might also want to bring a lamp. All buildings are within
walking distance, and there are plenty of paved walkways.
served from 7:30–8:30 AM, noon–1 PM, and 5:30–6:30 PM.
The cafeteria serves a wide variety of delicious foods,
including vegetarian selections, and provides a large salad
bar. Coffee, cold drinks, and ice cream are available
throughout the day.
AMENITIES and attractions include an indoor pool,
massage therapy (for a fee), and shopping and antiques
within an easy driving distance.
Check-in Friday morning, Welcome Lunch at noon,
classes begin at 1 PM.
Saturday and Sunday, 9
Student exhibit, Saturday, 10 AM–6 PM.
Check-out Sunday by 5 PM.
Check-in Sunday afternoon, Wine and Cheese at
5:30 PM, Welcome Dinner at 6 PM.
Classes Monday–Thursday, 9 AM–4 PM, Friday
Student exhibit, Thursday, 10 AM–6 PM.
Check-out Friday by 5 PM.
Evening lectures, indoor pool, massage therapy
“This was my 10th year…thank
you for all the work you do to give us such and excellent
Rug School. (My teacher) was wonderful and taught me more
than just rug hooking—it was also an art class!”
—Cynthia Currier, NH, 2007
Blood—Owego, New York
Leaves—Fine Hooking (Weekend 1)
Fine Hooking—Flowers, Leaves & Orientals (Week)
McGown accredited and a rug
hooker since 1976, Nancy has been teaching since 1980. She
has served on many national boards and helped author A
Rug Hooker’s Garden, now in its second printing. She has
published two dye books.
Ciemiewicz—Litchfield, New Hampshire
Jon (pronounced “Yon”) has
turned a fascination with wildlife into innovative hooked
pictures. His work has been featured in Rug Hooking, ATHA,
and McGown publications, and he exhibits at New England
state fairs. Jon’s expertise now includes portraits and
Beverly Conway - Whimsical Primitives (Week)
Best known for her hand-dyed
wool and whimsical patterns, Bev is the owner of Beverly
Conway Designs, a business she started more than 15 years
ago. She’s been a rug hooker for many years and teaches all
over the country.
DeFelice—North Sutton, New Hampshire
for All Levels (Week)
Phyllis received her
certification as a practical arts teacher in the art of
reversible braided rugs. She has taught a number of adult
education courses since 1979, and now has a home studio
where she teaches group and private lessons.
Documenting Your Art (Week)
Kim has been designing and
producing hooked rugs since 1993 in her studio, Primitive
Pastimes, where she also sells supplies. Best known for her
embellished primitives, her work has been featured in many
Feller—Augusta, West Virginia
Media (Weekend 1), Fraktur Designs (Weekend 2)
Susan holds a dual degree in art
and history from UMass Boston. She learned handcrafts at an
early age from family members and enjoys energizing others
to expand their knowledge and talents. For more information,
visit her website at
Foote—Barrington, New Hampshire
Color & Dip Dyes (Weekend 2)
Angela is McGown-certified and
is an active member of the McGown Teachers’ Workshop,
offering classes in color theory, dyeing, and shading
techniques. She also teaches private workshops around New
England and in her home studio where she sells supplies
Hester—Kinderhook, New York
Backgrounds Can Be Fun (Weekend 2
Jayne was first introduced to
rug hooking as a child. Over the years, she attended many
classes and, to-date, she has hooked 150 rugs mostly in the
primitive style. Last year she was a judge for
Celebration of Hand-hooked Rugs. Jayne’s hooked rugs are
exhibited and sold throughout New England and the
Day—Long Valley, New Jersey
Wide-Cut (Weekend 1)
Sherri has been teaching for
more than 15 years in the United States and England. She
holds a Masters Degree in American Folk Art Studies and is
known in the rug hooking world for her use of color,
whimsical phrases and animal imagery. She enjoys designing
and hooking commissioned, one-of-a-kind rugs.
Your Own Style—Enhancing Your Creativity (Week)
Dianne has been hooking for 25
years and is a McGown-trained teacher. Her background is in
interior design and she enjoys color planning and design.
Dianne owns Woolen Cottage Primitive Rug Patterns and offers
classes in her studio, in addition to teaching all over the
Planning for the Color-Challenged (Weekend 1)
Leslie studied commercial art,
and after college worked as a technical illustrator for the
Butterick/Vogue company. In her spare time she designed rug
patterns for her mother and friends, and in 2004 began
teaching a color and design class.
Roslyn Logsdon (left) and Julie Smith
Logsdon— Bethesda, Maryland
Having studied art in college
and graduate school, Roslyn transitioned from painting to
rug hooking more than 25 years ago. Her work has been
exhibited all over the country, including the U.S. Embassy
in Ankara, Turkey. In 1998, she published People and
Places: Imagery in Fiber.
Hooking for Beginners & Flower Lovers (Weekend 2)
Sue has been hooking for more
than ten years and teaches classes throughout Vermont’s
Northeast Kingdom. She has a shop in her home where she
offers wool, patterns, and finished rugs for sale, as well
as hooking circles and private lessons.
Karyn’s been teaching classes
for the past 15 years and owns Wool and Whimseys, a shop
offering patterns and kits for her original penny rug
designs. Her enthusiasm for this form of Early American Folk
Art is contagious!
McElhenny— Brewster, Massachusetts
Norma has been hooking for 20
years and is an accredited McGown teacher. She teaches
around New England and is active in ATHA and local guilds.
Norma is currently the corresponding secretary for the
McGown Guild at the national level.
Leaves & Scrolls (Weekend 2)
Diane is an accredited McGown
teacher who specializes in hooking with finer cuts. Her work
can be seen in Celebrations of Hand Hooked Rugs VII and
VIII, and on the cover of A Garden of Flowers,
published by Rug Hooking magazine.
in the Greenhouse -
Essential & Advanced
(Weekends 1 & 2)
A McGown-accredited teacher,
Karen is best known for her wide-cut, primitive designs and
her warm, richly dyed wool. She teaches all over the country
and continues her own education by attending numerous
classes yearly. She has published three books on dyeing.
Smith—Ballston Spa, New York
Julie has been at GMRS for more
than 25 years and specializes in imaginative designs and
beautiful color combinations. Her work has been exhibited
all over the East Coast, including the American Folk Museum
in New York City.
Rug Hooking (Weekend 1)
With 27 years of experience,
Terri teaches around New England and is especially fond of
teaching beginners. She believes in offering a supportive
environment where students can explore their own personal
techniques while developing solid basic skills.
WEEKEND ONE, June 6–8
RUG HOOKING Terri Strack
Terri guides the beginner in developing solid basic skills.
She has kits available or works with each student on a
project of their choice. She welcomes both those who have
never picked up a hook and those who would like to improve
PLANNING FOR THE COLOR-CHALLENGED Leslie Levitt
Leslie walks you through the
steps of color planning and good design so that you can
leave with skills to color plan at home. Class includes the
use of paper and colored pencils, class discussion, and
hands-on experience with each student’s pattern. Students
are also encouraged to bring a “problem rug”.
Karen Schellinger's Dye Pots in the Greenhouse
IN THE GREENHOUSE - ESSENTIAL Karen Schellinger
In this hands-on dye class,
explore the fundamentals of dyeing by mixing the Pro
Chemical primary colors. Students practice the “dye-by-eye”
technique using fundamentals of the color wheel and learn to
set fear aside as confidence builds. Bring wool, comfortable
shoes, and dress casually. Create a “wool garden” of color
to take home, with a new understanding of the what, when,
and why in the dye pots. Students are contacted prior to the
class and receive a supply list.
WIDE-CUT Sherri Hieber Day
See how to use wide-cut strips (#8.5, #9 and hand-cut)
to maximize this distinctive and unique way of rug making.
Large, simple designs, including animals and flowers, are
perfect for wide-cut. Try your hand at adding words, phrases
or sayings to personalize your pattern. Play with color to
create the mood you desire and explore the use of border
designs to enhance your rug. Have fun combining all of these
design elements and create a very special and exciting rug!
LEAVES—FINE HOOKING Nancy Claflin Blood *FULL*
Hooking florals has long fascinated Nancy. Her study in
this area is extensive and her work reflects an accomplished artist. She shares
her knowledge of design and shading of hooked rugs in this class, with a special
focus on leaves. She welcomes any width of “cut” and any pattern. Students are
contacted prior to the class for suitability of pattern and colors.
THIS… Jon Ciemiewicz
Would you like to capture a special picture on a hooked rug?
Jon creates patterns from photos provided by students, and
helps them color plan and hook their rugs. During this
three-day workshop, receive instruction on creating faces,
color planning, shading,
and adding perspective. The picture can be of, for example,
a person, your favorite pet, your house, a
favorite landscape or seascape. You are also welcome to
bring a pattern of any of the above. The instruction is
applicable to wide- and
WEEK, June 8–13
FOR ALL LEVELS Phyllis DeFelice
Beginners explore the fundamentals of creating a braided
rug, including braiding, lacing, changing color, tapering,
butting, and planning a round chair seat or a small round or
oval rug. Experienced braiders have the opportunity to
expand their skills to include modified and squared-corner
articles such as rectangle, heart and square shapes, as well
as arrowhead and rail-fence designs. All braiding is done
the "old-fashioned way", by hand, folding the three tubes
throughout the rug to give a very even braid. This
once-utilitarian craft has seen a resurgence of interest and
is now considered an art form. Students are contacted prior
to the class and receive a supply list. Basic braiding
supplies are available at the GMRS rug shop.
DEVELOPING YOUR OWN
STYLE—ENHANCING YOUR CREATIVITY Dianne Kelly
Wide-cut, hand-cut and designing are Dianne’s specialties.
She likes high, wide-spaced loops that make for a very soft
rug with a unique look and feel. She encourages
embellishments if your pattern permits and has plenty of
hand-dyed wools in “country colors” for students to
purchase. Her line of patterns is available in the GMRS
shop, as well as her specially manufactured rug hook
designed for primitive hooking.
DYE POTS IN THE
GREENHOUSE—COMPREHENSIVE Karen Schellinger
Amazing color, creativity, fun, 14 dye techniques, and much
more! In this hands-on class, learn to mix the Pro Chemical
primary colors, “dye-by-eye” using the color wheel, and
explore at least 13 other dye techniques. There are no
limits to your creativity in this class—fear is set aside as
confidence builds! Bring wool, comfortable shoes and dress
casually. Create a “wool garden” of color to take home with
a new understanding of the what, when, and why in the dye
pots. Students are contacted prior to the class and receive
a supply list.
PRIMITIVES Jule Marie Smith
This class focuses on early primitive rugs in the style of
the 1800s. Study the designs and colors of rugs from this
era, and apply your understanding to create a unique rug,
using motif ideas from your own life. As rug hookers of the
past used what they had, so will we! Bring your “wool stash”
of odds and ends to create the look of “running out.” See
examples in American Hooked and Sewn Rugs by Joel and
HOOKING—FLOWERS, LEAVES & ORIENTALS Nancy Claflin
Nancy specializes in #3- and #4-cut in fine tapestry work
using an artistic, painterly approach. The class focuses on
in-depth studies of assorted design elements using different
shading techniques and color schemes. All finely shaded
designs are welcome, including florals, orientals, fruit,
and crewel designs.
Styles Class display their rugs in progress.
STYLES Norma McElhenny *FULL*
Norma’s love of color is reflected in her country, folk-art
styles found in all types of rug hooking, fine- to wide-cut.
Start a new rug or bring one in progress. One of the
highlights of this class is a day of dyeing, in which Norma
reveals her tips for creating spot-dyed wool, gradation
swatches, mottled, and “abrashed” wool. Norma also shares
her “back-to-basics” approach with students, and concludes
the week by demonstrating her unusual styles of rug
FROM MIXED MEDIA TO
DOCUMENTING YOUR ART Kim Dubay & Susan Feller
GMRS is proud to support “team teaching” with this new
and innovative class featuring the collaborative work of two
very fine artists.
Students take on two projects in this cutting-edge class!
During the first part, Susan’s extensive knowledge of
rug-making techniques will enable students to create
dimension by experimenting with various tools and a variety
of techniques for manipulating fibers. In the second part,
students take their notes, sketches, dye formulas, and wool
swatches, along with their photos and text, to create an
“altered-art” book. Kim then shows them how to transform the
pages with scrapbook papers, ink and rubber stamps,
stickers, photos, and ephemera into a one-of-a-kind art
book. Examples of altered books will be on display.
Individual expression and creativity are highly encouraged.
Those wanting to work with wool can make a fabric art
journal. See Susan’s work at
www.ruckmanmillfarm.com, and Kim's book, Hooked
www.primitivepastimes.net. Students are contacted prior
to the class and receive a supply list.
Jayne guides students in the nuances of working with
wide-cut strips— #8.5, #9 and hand-cut. Using many different
textured wools, she demonstrates how to blend values to
achieve a warm, rich, color palette for an antique-looking
rug. Students may bring the pattern of their choice and wool
from their own stash. Jayne also has a large selection of
wools to choose from.
PEOPLE AND PLACES Roslyn Logsdon
Capture the memory of someone or somewhere using
fine-cut dyed or as-is material. You may design your own
rug, or for a fee, Roslyn will design a pattern for you
using your photos. Students are contacted prior to the class
and receive a supply list.
Bev is a well-known designer and a talented and fun teacher
for both beginners and advanced rug hookers. Her slide show
and commentary are insightful in critiquing artwork and
hooked rugs. She shows how to identify color harmonies, how
colors influence each other, and how to create harmony in
your rug. Her catalog and patterns are available in the GMRS
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE
Tuesday, June 10, 7–8 PM. $8
Available to the Public
Join Roslyn for an inspirational presentation on the
creative process. Through slides and discussion, she’ll
share her journey and
encourage you to develop your own style of expression.
WEEKEND TWO, June 13-15
BACKGROUNDS CAN BE FUN
Bring a rug with the main motif already hooked and Jayne
helps you choose colors of textured wool to complete the
background. She shares her expertise in blending textured
wool using wide-cut strips. This is a good class for
students with projects in progress! Join Jayne for a weekend
of good humor and relaxed hooking.
DYE POTS IN THE GREENHOUSE—ADVANCED
More amazing colors, untapped creativity, uncommon
techniques, fun and so much more! We continue to use the Pro
Chemical primary colors but add more, while focusing on the
manipulation of the wool prior to entering the dye pot. The
many different techniques produce amazing color combinations
and reflect individual styles. Your understanding of color
expands as your imagination takes off. Bring wool,
comfortable shoes, and dress casually. You will not believe
your eyes.... Limited to students who have completed
Karen’s beginning or comprehensive dye classes.
FLORALS, LEAVES & SCROLLS
This class is designed for experienced rug hookers who wish
to improve their skills through a variety of shading
techniques. Fine-cut strips are used to create
realistic-looking flowers and leaves. Students also explore
different ways of shading scrolls. Diane contacts students
prior to the class to discuss pattern and color choices.
FRAKTUR DESIGNS Susan Feller
Susan shares her extensive knowledge of early-American
designs used to decorate documents in the Pennsylvania
German communities during the 1700s. Simple yet pleasing,
the colors are soft, warm and antique-looking. From
templates and resource materials provided, select the
designs that please you and decorate your rug as the Fraktur
artists did. Enjoy the history and hooking of this unique
FUN WITH COLOR & DIP DYES
Dip dyeing is an easy and colorful means of shading whether
using fine- or wide-cut strips. Students work on simple,
small projects or a project they’ve already started. Angela
demonstrates the technique of dip dyeing and helps
color-plan the project of your choice. Wool is available for
purchase. Students are contacted prior to the class to
discuss suitability of patterns and color preferences.
Take your love of working with wool one step further.
Through group and individual instruction, Karyn guides
participants from transferring the patterns to wool and
assembling the wool pieces, to stitching techniques and
final assembly. For inspiration, she presents and discusses
her extensive collection of penny rugs, including some
antique reproductions. Kits are available for purchase or
students may bring their own materials.
RUG HOOKING FOR BEGINNERS
& FLOWER LOVERS Sue Longchamps
Sue brings lots of laughter and enthusiasm to her classroom
and believes that everyone has the ability to create. She
focuses on a selection of simple garden-flower patterns,
using bold shapes and vivid colors. Basic skills are
explored with some of the history of rug hooking. Kits are
available. Sue contacts students prior to the class with a
“From beginners to seasoned hookers, I like them all.”
TUITION & FEES
WEEK Session (5 days): Double $475, Single $595, Commuter
$245. Tuition includes:
5 days of
hooking, Monday to Friday noon. Teachers are available
Sunday evening through Friday noon. Classrooms are open
until 11 PM for evening hooking.
Accommodations from Sunday to Friday noon.
include Sunday buffet dinner; Monday–Thursday: three
meals per day; Friday, breakfast and lunch.
includes Sunday buffet dinner and noontime meals.
Session: Double $245, Single $295, Commuter $140.
2½ days of
hooking instruction, Friday 1 PM to Sunday 4 PM.
Accommodations for two nights.
include Friday lunch through Sunday lunch.
fee includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lunches. Other meals may be
purchased separately at the cafeteria.
is $70, which includes a dinner and
breakfast. Accommodations for spouse/partner are
available for an additional $325 (Week), $135 (Weekends), which includes room and
due in full MAY 1, 2008.
No refunds will be given after May 15 for any reason.
If tuition isn’t received by May 1, your reserved place
in a class may be forfeited.
Send $75 (separate from tuition fee), registration
form, and self-addressed, stamped envelope to Green Mountain
Rug School, Stephanie Ashworth- Krauss, 2838 County Road,
Montpelier, VT 05602. Make check or money order payable to
Green Mountain Rug School. For two or more sessions, only
one registration fee is required.
FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE MAY 1, 2008. Please send full
Week: Double $475; Single $595; Commuter $245. Evening
Weekend: Double $245, Single $295; Commuter $140.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If requested in writing prior to
May 1, 2008, $50 will be refunded. After May 15, no refund
of registration or tuition fees will be given for any
reason. The administration reserves the right to cancel any
class that does not draw the minimum number of registrants.
If a class is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and
notified if any vacancies occur.
WELCOME LETTERS: Additional details, a map, and a
final bill are mailed out beginning April 18, 2008. For this
purpose, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope
with your registration form.