Traditional Rug Hooking

Traditional Rug Hooking


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Instructor:  Libbey Lundgren Class Description: This is a traditional rug hooking class. It is not a punch needle, latch hook, or locker-hooking class (which are also beautiful) as it uses a different hook and technique. We will be making a primitive rug/mat using #8 wool strips – or 1/4″ strips. Date / Time: Friday, September 8th, 8:30 – 4:00        Harms Center Class Size (min/max): 2/ 8 Class / Materials Fees: $80 / $45

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Class Description

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Traditional Rug Hooking

Instructor: Libbey Lundgren

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 8th

Harms Center

Primitive rug hooking is a craft that was born in the early 1800’s. It was thought to have been carried to America with the immigrants from England, Scandinavia, and Scotland to the English colonies. It was born out of the need to warm home and hearts by covering the cold dirt floors while adding a spot of beauty. This is a traditional rug hooking class. It is not a punch needle, latch hook, or locker-hooking class – which are also beautiful fiber art pieces.   This is a different method and uses a different style hook. We will be making a primitive rug/mat using ¼ inch wool strips. We will begin with the history of rug hooking, the material used, cutting the wool strips, learning how to do the hooking, and hooking your rug/mat. Finishing techniques will be demonstrated as well as information about American Sewn rugs and new techniques that can be incorporated into traditional rugs. At the end of the class you will have started your own piece of history for your home while enjoying the friendship that comes from ‘hooking’ friends. There is a warning attached to this class – it can become addictive!

Skill Level:

Both beginning and more advanced can be in this class. The class was designed for anyone who wants to try their hand at traditional rug hooking. The class can also be adapted to more advance students by learning new techniques, stitches, and ways to embellish their rugs.

Maximum Class Size: 8

Supplies to Bring:

All material will be provided for the class through the purchase of a kit from the instructor. Frames for hooking during the class will be provided. Please bring scissors.

Homework to complete BEFORE class:

None- just bring your sense of fun and be prepared to enjoy yourself. You can look up finished rugs from The Wooley Fox website, the Woolwright’s photo gallery, and other sites. Please contact the instructor for addresses if you are interested in looking at other finished rugs on other websites.

Class Fee: $80

Materials Fee:  

The kit will cost $45 and will be paid to the instructor. This kit includes the pattern drawn on the backing cloth (which is copyrighted); all the wool to complete the rug; the hook; and the needle, yarn, and binding for the finishing of the rug. This additional charge is cover the cost of the materials that are in the kit.

Instructor :

Libbey has been a teacher for most of her life. She was a classroom elementary teacher for over 26 years teaching preschool through third grade in both country and town schools. She is now retired and has a studio on their farm near Morrill. She has taught private painting classes, weaving, and rug hooking through classes at the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair, demonstrations at the museum, and in her studio. She has demonstrated weaving on the Cricket looms at the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair since it began. Her journey to becoming a rug hooker began quite innocently. She loves to create. She started with embroidery, then painting, and then weaving with one loom and then four more. While looking for new yarns with a friend at a fiber fair she discovered a little booBio picth with stacks of colorful wool and a crazy rug hooker who introduced them to the fine art of hooking. That adventure lead to more – first to a rug hooking class at the fiber fair; then a little shop and teacher Karen Haskett, in Loveland; to joining the ATHA a national guild, the Colorado guild, and the Woolwright’s – a Pennsylvania guild; Barbara Carroll at the Woolley Fox in Ligonier, PA; Sally Kallin from Pine Island Primitives from Minnesota in Colorado; Jan Goos from Goos Nest in Nebraska City; Sharon Smith – Off the Hook Rugs; Ali Streble – Ali Streble designs; Maggie Bonanomi in Denver; Norma Batastini in PA with Story Rugs; Nola Heidbreder – Let Nola Do It; Jane Hester – the queen of neutrals in Primitive Rugs; Martha Lowry in Texas; and is in her Junior year of the McGown certification process. She has designed her own rugs, used designs from other artists, dyed her own wool and wool for others, and created antique reproduction rugs using textured wools. She also designed and hooked a rug which was displayed and auctioned at the Wyoming Master Gardener’s State Convention. Through rug hooking she had made and reconnected with friends from across America. With the growing number of rug hookers a rug hooking group has formed which meets both at the Farm and Ranch museum and her studio each month. This group was featured in an article in ATHA – the National Rug Hooking magazine. She loves sharing her passion for rug hooking with others She has enjoyed the beauty of rugs, making a piece of history for her family, and the wonderful friends she has found all because of hooking – RUG HOOKING, of course.   E-mail address: If you have any questions, she would be very happy to answer them.


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