Museum hosts beginner rug-hooking workshop

Aug 22, 2014
Gabrielle Wicklow offers an introduction to traditional rug hooking at Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will host a three-day beginner workshop on rug hooking Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 2 through 4. The program, led by Gabrielle Wicklow, will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace streets, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

In this introductory class, the rich history of primitive rug design will be discussed and step-by-step rug hooking basics will be taught, including preparing foundation material, cutting the wool and hooking with yarn and silk. Students also will learn about tools such as hooks, frames and hoops; and they will be shown various hooking techniques and finishing options. By the end of the class, each student will have made a 12-by-12 inch rug from start to finish. No prior rug hooking experience is required.

Wicklow designed and taught needle art for more than 20 years before discovering rug hooking. She is a member of the National Guild of Pearl McGown Hookcrafters, the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild and the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists.

The fee for this class is $325, $295 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit or call the Education Department at 596-0949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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