Our 2018 rug camp at the Prairie at Round Top was such a huge success we have decided to hold the camp again in 2019. We have added a 2nd teacher and we're sure this expanded camp will be even better!! For 2019, we offer two teacher options and your choice of full accommodations for overnight stay as well as day student registration for local rug hookers. Select your preference below; we anticipate these class options will fill up quickly and registration is limited for each option. We have a wait list available as each class option fills up, you may sign up ($1 fee) and your request will be held in 'date order received' for any openings. You will be notified immediately if you have obtained one of your desired spot(s).
Camp hours - Check-in 3:00 pm Sunday March 10, depart after noon lunch on Thursday March 14. Meet and Greet 4:00 pm Sunday. Classes begin 4:30 Sunday. Additional one day stay is available at discount pricing.
Lucille Festa: Expand your knowledge of Folk Art, and learn what makes a rug a true primitive. Lucille’s class focuses on American Classics – American History is her passion and she incorporates those ideas, folk art and all the things she loves into her original designs.
This class is for those who love primitive rugs; focusing on the use of texture and wide cut wools, backgrounds, borders, and deep rich colors of Early American to create a rug that is an instant antique. Lucille’s philosophy is a pattern should be fun to hook and also contain elements of challenge. She will talk about how “America the Beautiful” holds an endless source of inspiration; old houses, baskets, holidays, boats, flowers, animals, flags, etc., then show you how to use those inspirations, plus a little imagination, to create original rugs that reflect who you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go.
Lucille holds a degree in American History, Political Science, and American Studies. An avid American History buff specializing in the American Civil War era and Women’s History, which is expressed in her hooked rugs. In 2002 she started her business, American Country Rugs, and began teaching weekly rug hooking classes at her home in Wilton, Connecticut. Shortly after that she began hosting hook-ins and vending at local shows. In 2004, Lucille and her husband, Dave, fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Vermont, where she opened a studio and shop.
Early American Life Magazine selected Lucille’s work for its “Directory of Traditional American Crafts.” Her work has been featured in Country Home Magazine, The Cottage Journal and at prestigious Folk Art Shows. The American Folk Art Museum in New York City has purchased and sold her hooked rugs.
Lucille suggests choosing from her extensive and varied collection of original patterns for this class, though this is an 'open' class and you may bring any primitive pattern. She does not use bright colors, spot dyes, dip dyes etc in her work. Her patterns are available online at AmericanCountryRugs.com.
Nola Heidbreder Nola teaches rug hooking and fiber art at her studio in St. Louis and across the country. Specialties: Creativity, embellishing, dyeing, recycling in crafting and historic rugs.
Her work has been featured in publications such as Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine, ATHA newsletter, Hooked on Rugs, Creative Hooker, Hooked on Wool, Hooked Rugs Today, Finishing Rugs, Contemporary Hooked Rugs and in The “Art” of Playing Cards.
Working with sister Linda Pietz, they wrote the books Knitting Rugs, Crocheting Rugs and Crocheted Baskets, and Knitted Baskets.
Nola hooked all 44 of the presidents in the 2013 Special Exhibit of Hooked and Knitted Presidents at Sauder Village. The collection received the 2013 Sauder “Collection” Award.
Nola has authored 3 cookbooks, Beautiful Backgrounds, and Houska Dye Recipe book.
Folk Art Museum, New York City
Comments from our 2018 camp:
"I truly left my heart in Texas at The Prairie! Thank you Shelley for such a beautiful heartfelt experience, BEST camp ever! I hope I can make it next year! "
"Please remember to e-mail me so I can sign up as early as possible for next year. Had a more than wonderful time!"
"I have loved this gathering! You do a superlative job"
"I want to say I have had a fabulous time at the camp this week. You and Marijo are outstanding and I learned more than I would have thought possible...good job and thank you"