Michele is a retired high school teacher who has always had a hand in the arts and crafts. She has been hooking since 2000 and teaching for the last 10 years both nationally and internationally. As a life long learner she continues to take classes to hone her skills and experiences. Her work reflects a wide variety of hooking styles and 3-d objects. Hooked books, mixed media and upholstery pieces are what she has been specializing in lately, but she continues with teaching classes in all aspects of using wool from quilts, dyeing, felting and rugs.
She is heavily involved in promoting rug hooking through her memberships in ATHA, TIGHR, GMRHG, McGown Guild, Aussie Rug Hookers and as director of the McGown Western Teacher’s Workshop, co-director of Puget Sound Rug School, and director of the Reiter Retreats. She also has been a judge for Celebrations.
Michele has written articles for the following:
Rug Hooking Magazine
N/D 2010 - Making dolls pg 36-39
J/F 2016 -Making Slippers
Wool Street Journal July 2010 pg 12
Aussie Guild newsletter
Rug Beat 2011 online magazine
#177 J/J 2009
#183 J/J 2010
#191 O/N 2011
#205 F/M 2014
#206 A/M 2014
#208 A/S 2014
McGown Newsletter Winter 2016
She has won awards for her rugs at Green Mountain Rug Show in Vermont, Kitsap County Fair and Washington State Fair, and Port Gamble Fiber Fest.
Her rugs have been published in these publications
Hooked Portraits by Ann Marie Littenberg
Design Basics for Rug Hookers by Susan Feller
Hooked Rugs Today by Amy Oxford
Bainbridge Art Museum - two hooked pieces are on permanent display after purchase from a patron.
CLASSES I TEACH
A hooked journal is one primarily made of small, hooked pieces combined in various methods to be viewed as a book. Everyday we go on a journey and it does not always include faraway places. Hooked books can chronicle your dreams, achievements, observations, family, and travels . A visual journal allows us to portray our lives in color and texture. Get ideas you have for rugs floating around in your head down on foundation without making a commitment to a large piece. Practice hones our art so journals are a great way to experiment and problem solving.
Hooking a travel journal, for example, is a wonderful take-along project because it is portable, you can use your scraps, and they are small enough to take with you to guild/shows to share your art. Experiment with the many different ways to bind the pages together. Your hooked journals will document your time here in the present and be a record for your family to share.
Live by the phrase “what if” and find out over 30 ways to embellish your rug hooking or other projects. I will take you on a trip where some things may be familiar and other techniques you probably did not know existed or had not thought of using in your hooking. In class you will make a sampler of the techniques and receive handouts and presentations to use in your creative pursuits. We will explore how to incorporate findings from a craft store to a hardware store. There are endless possibilities for creativity in this class.
Upholstery in Rug Hooking
Learn the proper steps in getting your furniture ready for upholstery. Deciding what designs will enhance your piece. Design the pattern from the properly padded piece you have prepared. Learn about the best color plan for your design. My experience in this field is enhanced by my husband who is an upholster. Together we have covered chairs, benches and stools. There will be step by step instructions as handouts as well as just plain fun in designing that special pattern for your piece.
As a McGown certified teacher I have taught fine shading using swatches. I also used shading in pictorials for realism. I have experience in shading flowers, fingering, mock shading and pictorials. I have also taught portraits of humans and animals.
Zentangles and Zendoddles
Learn about drawing zentangles and doodles to make up interesing backgrounds or designing an abstract piece. They are fun to play with even if you never use them for hooking. In this class we will learn how to draw these doddles; simplify the designs for the various sized cuts of wool, and then create the appropriate sized design for what you want to accomplish. No art ability is necessary as you find concentrating on one line at a time and filling in a space with a design creates a work of art. Learning how to color plan the piece is another lesson to be learned in this class.
Wool Applique Class - one day - needlecase
I taught this class at TIGHR. I made kits and most of the people finished their project in four hours of creatie fun, I have done many wool applique quilts and am working on new stitches all the time. I can design and teach a wool applique class for an extended time as well.
Zippered Pouch Class
I prepare a blank linen piece with a zipper and the students design the pattern. We color plan and hook the pouch and I teach them how to finish the projet with lining. It is a fun and different project.
I have made many stuffed projects as well as dolls.My MIL is a doll maker so it is hard to stay away from them. I have made sheep, standing crow, scarecrow and queen of hearts to name some of the more known ones.
Puget Sound Rug School - vending March 13-16
Western Teachers' Workshop vending June 21-16
Prairie Rose North Dakota Aug. 2-8
Prairie Harvest Canada Sept. 13-18
TIGHR October 4-7
Fall Rug Show Oct. 14
Mesa, Arizona - January 2016 three day course on zendoddles in texture
Vending - January 24-20 Reiter Retreat
Vending Puget Sound Rug School March, 2016
Vending and teaching at Western Teachers' Workshop June, 2016
Teaching Open Class ATHA Chapter - September, 2016
Teaching Zen-inspired designs - Victoria, BC Canada Oct.
Vending Brightwater Center Rug Show October, 2016
Vending Goldbar Retreat - Oct.
Vending Reiter Retreat - January, 2017
Vending Puget Sound Rug School- March, 2017
Rockaway - Friends by the Sea - April, 2017eachin
Teaching at Western McGown Teachers Workshop June, 2017
Hooker Hill July16-20, 2017
Wine Country Guild Retreat - September 1-3, 2017
Praire Harvest Rug School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Sept, 2017
Fiber Fest - San Juan, Friday Harbor - October. 2017
Vending Brightwater Center October, 2017
Vending Goldbar Retreat - October, 2017
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