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50 Cove St
Portland, ME, 04101
United States

(207) 780-1345

Located in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, we strive to provide an encouraging community for fellow fiber-lovers by offering classes and carrying supplies for weavers, spinners, wet felters, needle felters, and dyers.  Stop in and let us help you on your merry fiber way!  

Heritage Art for the Modern Maker with Beth Miller

Classes & Events

Classes, instruction, and events in weaving, felting, dyeing, and spinning.

Heritage Art for the Modern Maker with Beth Miller

Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm & Saturday,December 17th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.  (We won't be meeting on December 10th.)

Rug hooking is rooted in 19th century New England and the Canadian Maritimes, but our ancestors in craft created an art form and technique adaptable to any era.  This class is about learning the heritage craft of rug hooking in a way that remains true to a sound foundation of technique while strongly encouraging contemporary aesthetic exploration in color, materials, and design.  

Because this class is meant to be accessible to beginners, a small 8" x 8" pattern created with "learning opportunities" in the design will be provided.  During the second class, these may be finished in to scented pillows (choice of buckwheat seeds with lavender, buckwheat seeds with lemongrass, or Maine balsam), or finished using a traditional binding technique to make a table trivet or wall hanging.

There will be a choice of three designs:

Maine Roadside - a black eyed Susan and fiddlehead fern

Sebago Sun - a fun retro sunburst design against a striped background

On the Lamb - a lamb against a multi-hued background that lends itself particularly to using roving or curly locks in the design

Patterns will be hand drawn on the grain and ready to hook on high quality primitive linen with serged edges

Beth will provide a variety of quality hooking wools, both "as is" types in textured fabrics (stripes, plaids, et al) and some of her own fun hand dyed wools.  However, it is encouraged to branch out and also incorporate some of the amazing yarns, roving, curly locks, etc. at PortFiber.  Feel free to bring your own embellishments as well.

A beginner hook will be included as part of the kit and Beth will have a variety of other hooks to try and purchase if desired.

A beginner rug hooking frame and flannel cover will be provided that students may borrow for the duration of the class and to take home between classes.  Frames and frame covers will also be available for purchase.

Please bring:  

  • A small pair of scissors - embroidery scissors are perfect
  • A small container or pocket for holding your "snips" or scraps that are trimmed while hooking
  • Your creativity and imagination!

Cost is $150 plus $49 to be paid directly to Beth for materials - pattern, hook, wool, embellishments, and pillow insert & back or binding/wool trivet backing

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