A workshop with Susan Feller.

The Magdalena Rug Hookers of Perry County PA hosted a workshop given by Susan Feller on Saturday March 14th.  It was held in my studio at Crow’s Foot Farm.

Susan’s topic for the workshop was Color and Value: two important elements in Design.  We learned about color, value, contrast, intensity, and temperature.  These elements are especially important when interpreting a design with fiber.  I particularly liked Susan’s description of  “light, bright, dark and dull” and how to use these principles to achieve desired effects in hooked rugs.  I am anxious to use these effects in my Five Fish rug design.

Of course rug hookers like to eat, so we took a break for a lunch of homemade soup and bread, which was provided by “Kathy’s Country Catering” (i.e. Kathleen Eckhaus).  Other edible offerings were provided by the Magdalenas.  We must keep up our energy for the day of learning.

Shopping opportunities are also a must at a gathering of rug hookers.  Susan brought copious amounts of beautiful wool, both as-is and dyed.  There were some beautiful pieces of her ArtWool, which I had to have.  She also brought dye recipes, patterns, and her book, Design Basics for Rug Hookers.

I know the other workshop attendees join me in thanking Susan Feller for coming up to Perry County and sharing her knowledge with us.  It was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday.  We are already talking about other workshops in the future.  To find out more about Susan, surf on over here.

There’s a lot of beauty out there, and in a workshop with Susan Feller!

Setting up my studio for twelve rug hooking students.

Setting up my studio for twelve rug hooking students.

Susan brought many examples of design, color and value.

Susan brought many examples of design, color and value.

Just a small sample of beautiful wool.

Just a small sample of beautiful wool.

Wool in every hue.....

Wool in every hue.....

Packing up.....

Packing up.....

While in the neighborhood, Susan visited the grave of Magdalena Briner Eby, who "resides" four miles from Crow's Foot Farm.

While in the neighborhood, Susan visited the grave of Magdalena Briner Eby, who "resides" four miles from Crow's Foot Farm.