Hooking and Stripping: A Course for Beginners
~~ NOTE NEW LOCATION: Birch Bay Village Inn Library, Village Inn Road (off Crooked Road), Hulls Cove
This is a course for beginners in rug hooking. Class members will make their own hooked rug or mat, learn about the history of rug hooking and the various styles that have emerged over the years. Many men and women have found that this form of self-expression gives them a sense of accomplishment and pleasure in making something that others also enjoy and value.
The class will include discussions on the history of rug making and its place in American folk art. Materials will be provided to class members to make their own rugs.
A possible field trip may be scheduled to the Maine Sea Coast Mission and/or Acadia National Park Archives. Both institutions have numerous hooked rugs in their collections.
About the instructor
Judith Burger-Gossart has received degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University Teachers College, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has curated hooked rug exhibits, written articles and catalogues on rug hooking, and given numerous talks on the subject. She is an author and antique dealer, and designs and makes hooked rugs. Judith and her husband live in Salsbury Cove, Maine.