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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Take your rug hooking to the next level. This is an open class, meaning that Carol will work with you on a project you are currently doing, any pattern you choose to bring from another source or you may purchase a pattern from her. She will also work with beginners in this session, so no rug hooking knowledge is required. Students who are beginners will choose from several 8"x 8"; kit designs which some students may be able to complete during the class and which will help them develop their hooking technique. The kit will include the pattern, wool and a beginning hook (Moshimer Primitive) for a cost of $44.00. There will be rug hooking frames for beginning students to use during the class. The frames will be available for purchase.  Students may choose a different pattern and wool for an additional cost, but may not have sufficient time to complete the pattern during class. She will work with experienced students individually on technique, color planning, answering questions and discussing her/his project. Because of the nature of the classroom, large and open with several types of seating, students will have the option of working with the group for social rug hooking, moving to a separate spot to work quietly, or weather permitting, moving to the deck to work beside the lake.  In addition, many sample hooked rug projects and a generous display of hand-dyed and mill-dyed ready to hook wool will be available for inspiration.  Carol notes: "Many of us, as we evolve into 'hookers,' feel the need to tell our own stories with our rugs; family history, pets, homes we've lived in and favorite places." It promises to be a relaxing and creative three-day class inspired by the beautiful setting at North House on the shore of Lake Superior.

Carol has designed many patterns that will inspire students who wish to work on a primitive rug.  You can see her work at  If you want to work on one of Carol’s rugs, she would like orders to be in by Jan 15, 2017.  Please email her if you find a pattern on her site you would like to use.


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$255.00 per student (Regular rate)
$225.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

Please bring your own frame, hook and project materials. If you don't have a project, you will need to contact the instructor to select an option prior to class beginning.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Carol Dunn Carol Dunn

Carol is a  retired middle level English teacher. As a way to relax and maintain her calm easy-going personality (read “therapy”) she became a "hooker" when a friend taught her to rug hook in 1989. In the 27 years since then, Carol has attended many hooking retreats and workshops and like many traditional folk artists has learned her skills through experience and learning from a very talented community of rug hookers and teachers. She has taught both beginning and intermediate/advanced classes. Carol and her husband Bart have been coming to Grand Marais on their summer vacation for many years. She has been teaching rug hooking at North House for 8 years. 

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Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session