Adults & Teens
ArtWalk Festival Workshops
Beginning Rug Hooking or Shaker Box Making
Friday August 10, 2012 9 AM – 3 PM
Carnegie Visual Arts Center
207 ChurchStreet NE
Shaker Box Workshop
Many people are familiar with the mellow colors often seen on Shaker boxes. The colors were actually a code, indicating the building in which they were used. Green, for example, was often reserved for ministry buildings.
You can learn more about the history and use of Shaker boxes, and learn how to make them, from Carl Huth, Oval Boxmaker from Findlay, Ohio. He will guide participants as they make two Shaker oval boxes. The $50 Workshop Fee includes all materials, instruction and lunch.
Huth is an experienced Shaker or Oval Box maker and teacher. In 2012, he was named for the fifth time to the Early American Life magazine’s “Directory of Traditional American Crafts,” 200 of America’s top traditional artisans working in traditional techniques, materials, and style who have been selected as the best in America by a jury of museum curators, scholars, and other experts.
Beginning Rug Hooking Workshop
Aileen Anderson of Bear Creek Rugs, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, will teach the Beginning Rug Hooking workshop. Participants will learn the basics of the traditional craft of rug hooking, which uses strips of wool fabric pulled through a backing to create works of art. The $50 Workshop Fee includes instruction and lunch. An additional materials fee of $50 covers the cost of a kit (various designs to be selected by participants) with hook, design on backing material and wool. Participants should bring a pair of sharp scissors and a 12” quilting hoop. Hoops will also be available for purchase.
Anderson has had a life-long love of sewing and handwork. Starting at the age of 8 with doll clothes for her Barbie, she is rarely without something to work on. Now days, she is busy dyeing wool fabric and yarn for rug hooking and wool appliqué. She loves to teach all styles of rug hooking and is an accredited McGown rug hooking instructor. Aileen has ongoing classes in Hot Springs Village and in Jacksonville, AR. She regularly hosts classes in her studio, Bear Creek Rugs, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. She is a demonstrating craftsman for the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.
Proceeds from both workshops benefit the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. Support for the workshops and the Traditional Craft Exhibitors at Saturday’s ArtWalk Festival is provided by Athens State University and Mooresville Mercantile.