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​Classes with Nola HeidbrederSally Kalin,
 Trish Travis and Carol Weatherman

Nola A. Heidbreder 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. Fourth book due out in fall of 2017!

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
Shelburne Museum, Vermont
Sauder Village, Archbold, OH
Houska Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Tiadaghton House, Lebanon, IL
Missouri State Fair
Barren’s Art Center, New Jersey
Schwenkfelder Heritage Museum, PA.
Contact information
Nola A. Heidbreder, 314-640-6344,

Modified Magdalena

Magdalena Briner Eby was a woman that lived in the 1800’s and hooked rugs. She drew simple designs of animals and flowers. She used the fabrics she had, thus creating very “scrappy” primitive looking rugs.

Join me in this class to learn how to design this type of primitive rug. Perfect design class for people that think they cannot draw. Each student will design their own “Modified Magdalena” rug. Bring your cut strips of wool in the color palette you like to use. Colors can be muted or bright or whatever you like. I will bring plenty of cut strips to share! You will learn how to use your scraps to create a successful hit or miss background and/or motif.  

We will also learn how to create a primitive finish for your primitive “Modified Magdalena”.

Class includes:

Bleached Linen 30 x 36”
Cut Scraps for everyone to use
Written handouts


$110.00 per person

 Lulu Chair Pad and/or Lulu Reindeer 

(student's choice: 1 or both designs, or multiples of one design) 

By Sally Kallin, Pine Island Primitives

Learn this fun and fast technique call Lulu Hooking - wide, high and clipped loops. These resemble proddy rugs, but they are faster and easier to create and you don’t need a proddy tool. Also, you can get an idea of how colors will look before cutting your wool into little pieces - as you would do for a proddy rug. 

These have a very antique look and are really comfy to sit on or walk on. We will discuss how wools vary when cut in different widths and clipped and what type of designs and wools work well for a Lulu rug. Students will learn different finishing techniques appropriate for Lulu rugs and other hooked rugs.

This technique is so fast, that I added a second project! You can choose one or both of the kits. It is possible to finish one (or both) in class.

Chair Pad 14" diameter, $98 per kit, Reindeer 11" x 20", $110 per kit. You can also order more than one kit.  

Materials used and provided: Kits include pattern hand drawn on linen, uncut wool needed to complete project and binding tape.  

Materials Students need to bring to class: large shank hook, scissors, frame, small needle (for finishing) and cutter with 9 blade for Chair Pad or 8.5 and 10 blade for Reindeer. 

Class & Kit fee: Two-Day Class Fee $60.00 
Lulu Chair Pad Kit: $98 
Lulu Reindeer Kit: $110

Business name: Pine Island Primitives
Email Address:
Contact Phone #: 507-356-2908 or cell: 507-272-0879

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Tricia Travis

"Halloween Greeting Postcard Rug"

Nola Heibreder

Carol Weatherman
Class Taught by Carol Weatherman

Definition of a Fragment: Patterns are manageable size to hook; so, a full understanding of
finishing a piece can be achieved in class.

My inspiration came from an early hooked piece I purchased. It was cut to a
smaller size; most likely this fragment was the only salvageable section
primitive style is not easy to achieve; unless your textiles have been aged in a matter of
believability. Each Student will have available aged textiles for their use.
Wool and other textiles will be used. Early pieces contained varied textiles (use what you had)
for there were no wool stores for rug hooking in the 1800’s.
Burlap is used for a base. This is not a messy burlap. Your piece will be light weight just like an
early rug.

Instructions will be given on hooking techniques, tricks on wearing fibers and finishing (no
binding, this is an option though).

The result will be a finished piece with the provenance of the 19th century. The students can
apply these lessons for future projects.

The feel of a piece is very light weight, fibers are worn, and colors are aged; this is hard to
capture in a photo.

This is the first year for the “Fragment” class to be taught. Therefore, a limited number of
patterns are available now. I am working on additional patterns. As the pieces are completed
the pattern will be placed under this section for your choosing.

Summary: An unconventional class has many surprises! It will be a fun lesson and time passes

Kits are not sold online at this time; the kits are only sold to classes.

Classes are great for beginners.

Cost of class and kit is $117.00
Includes instruction, pattern and aged wool and textiles.

Cost of class and kit is $110.00
Includes instruction, pattern and aged wool and textiles.

Cost of class and kit is $95.00
Includes instruction, pattern and aged wool and textiles.
Halloween Greeting Postcard Rug

This 14" wide by 22 1/2" long rug is hooked using #8 size strips and is composed of different textured and hand dyed wools.

  Class with the pattern and wool is $150.00 and includes detailed directions and closeup pictures. Different rug hooking techniques and directional rug hooking will be discussed in the class and is part of the creation of the rug. 

Tricia Travis​

​Rug Hooking has been Tricia’s passion since 1988. As a collector of antiques, she both studies and purchases old rugs. Tricia opened Country Gatherings in San Antonio, seventeen years ago, to provide a place to teach rug hookers and to offer a source of wool, patterns, and other rug hooking supplies.

She teaches fine cut, historic primitives, dyeing, color planning, wide cut shading, proddy techniques, rip and tear, binding techniques, rug mounting, three-dimensional hooked figures, applique, scrap booking, and challenge rugs. A frequent contributor to many publications, Tricia is also a certified McGown instructor. Color planning and quality hooking are her areas of expertise. Her favorite color palette is the muted historic colors — but she also loves and uses bright colors.

Beginning in the fall of 2017, she became President of ATHA. Tricia’s desire is to expand the love of rug hooking everywhere through teaching and service to the rug hooking community!

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