Hooking Outside the Wool Box: Alternative Fibers in Rug Hooking, Mixed Media Landscapes

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • Basic rug hooking technique of pulling loops

Class Length

  • 2.5 Days
  • Friday: 9 am to 12 pm; 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm; 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am to 12 pm


Be brave in your rug hooking! Let’s jump outside the wool box and use alternative fibers! This class will be a study of mixed media and how to incorporate fibers, other than wool strips, into our rug hooking. Velvet, sari ribbons, wool roving, silk, novelty yarns, art yarns, ribbons, mohair locks, and more will be used! We will learn how to hook the various materials and how to combine different fibers to create even more texture. Our pattern for class will be a landscape design.


Registration Fee $450 for members, $525 for all others
Materials Fee $35

Materials Fee includes: 8” x 10” Pattern hand drawn on primitive linen, edges will be serged. A tremendous variety of mixed media fibers, including silk sari ribbon, silk fabric, velvet, hand-spun yarns, novelty yarns, wool roving, ribbons, mohair locks, fun yarns, and miscellaneous fibers for experimentation! Books, visual aids, and samples will be available for students during class time.

Students to Bring

  • All your favorite hooking supplies to include:
  • Hooking frame
  • Hook
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Table lamp (optional)
  • Footstool (optional)
  • A few of your favorite yarns, fibers, or fabrics you might want to incorporate

Instructor Bio

Karen's home is in Ocala, Florida where she has a little fiber studio for teaching rug hooking. She's taught rug hooking for 12 years and has all the supplies students need. Her local group in Ocala is the Greenway Fiber Arts Society. They enjoy all fiber arts and love to learn new techniques. She is a member of the Weave it to Us rigid heddle group in the Villages, and the Weavers of Orlando. She has taught rug hooking classes at FTWG in the past as well as a couple of mini-classes.


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