RH01 Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners with Kathy Donovan
Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 5 at Turf Valley Resort
What says spring more than baby chicks hatching and tulips in bloom? Have you wanted to try punch needle rug hooking using wool strips? This “make it and take it” workshop will focus on the basics of punch needle rug hooking using wool rug yarn and wool strips. Completed egg is approx. 4” x 6”. Several Tulip colors will be available. Proficiency Level: Beginners. Bring to Class: Small scissors such as embroidery scissors, which should have a narrow point (not rounded at the end).
Class Fee: $50. Materials Fee: None.
Kathy Donovan began “Shepherding Sheep” over twelve years ago. With no prior experience of raising sheep, Kathy discovered the joy of raising heritage Karakul sheep. Since the start of her flock she has won awards at the Virginia State Fair and Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival for her sheep and fleeces. Her farm, Checkmate Farm, was featured in Living the Country Life magazine and their television program. sheep! magazine wrote a story featuring the unique characteristics and fleece products of the Karakul breed. In the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine, her Karakul wool sheep rug was included. Kathy has worked to build awareness of the “Fat Tailed” sheep’s wool as a valuable resource to produce various products due to the sheep’s long sturdy fibers used to make Persian carpets for many generations. Kathy is an accomplished instructor for punch needle and braiding of rugs, chair pads and runners for stairs. In 2014, she attended and became a certified instructor of punch needle yarn hooked rugs using the Oxford Punch Needle process. She is a member of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists), Goose Creek Rug Hooking Guild, Loudon County Valley Sheep Producers Association and is a vendor at the Festival.