Realistic Rug Hooked Animals – April 21-23, 2017

Registration for this class has closed. To be placed on a waiting list please email or give us a call at 717-431-8706.

Friday-Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Judy Carter

Skill Level: Students should have previous rug hooking knowledge and experience. If you have questions about whether this class is right for you, get in touch!


student working 2Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal. You will learn to use textured wool to create the many details, color and value changes which are found in all animals, whether you are hooking fur, hide, or feathers. You will develop the confidence to try new ideas or techniques to add realistic details to your work.

You may bring your own pattern and wool or coordinate with Judy to obtain a pattern and wool. Judy will contact you soon after your registration to confirm the details of your project. Advance planning will ensure that you have everything you need to bring your animal to life. Please refer to Judy’s website for examples of her and her student’s rugs.

Supply List:

  • a frame
  • scissors
  • cutter & cutter blades #3-6
  • a hook
  • wool & pattern
  • photographs for reference
  • a packed lunch
JudyCougarII022816Judy began hooking in 1993 when she took a beginners class taught by Pat Moyer. She was immediately hooked and continued taking classes from Pat and over 40 teachers, learning something new from every one of them! Her goal is to create beautiful art that encourages and inspires others to stretch and grow and step outside their comfort zone. She is a master artisan of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, accredited McGown Teacher, Past President of the McGown Northern Teachers Workshop, member of McGown, ATHA, TIGHR and the Woolwrights, Hunterton, and Conestoga Guilds. Her rugs have appeared in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 12 times and she was a Judge for Celebrations in 2010. Her rugs have won awards at National Exhibits, local shows and fairs, as well as Best of Fiber and Craftsmen awards at the PA Guild of Craftsmen and the Sauder Award at Rug Hooking Week for Eye See You and Eye See You II in 2012. Judy gives presentations, teaches classes, and writes articles for Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA, and McGown Newsletter. In 2014, her book, Hooking Animals, was published and is available from Stackpole Books/Rug Hooking Magazine. In 2015, Judy was a Feature Exhibit at Sauder Village Rug Week in Archbold, OH where over 50 of her rugs were on display.


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