The Dorr Mill Store hosts ongoing classes in rug hooking and braiding. For details, email the the teacher of the class you're interested in.
Linda Cooney is a resident of Sunapee, New Hampshire who has been enjoying hooking rugs since 2001. During the past 15 years, Linda has attended workshops sponsored by Green Mountain Rug Hooking and the Green Mountain Guild and the Pearl McGown rug hooking school.
Linda most recently completed certification with the Pearl McGown Guild as an accredited rug hooking teacher. She has studied the craft of rug hooking for several years under the mentorship of Cyndi Duade.
Jan Seavey has been hooking rugs for 32 years and has been teaching traditional rug hooking for 22 years. Jan is an Accredited member of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookcrafters, and has taught at many rug camps. Jan was trained by Master Rug Hooker, Hallie Hall, for more than twenty years, and over ten years with Master Rug Hooker, Annie Spring.
Jan took art lessons when young and went to college in Boston as an Art Major. She took courses at Massachusetts College of Art, and studied under various artists in the Boston/ Rockport Massachusetts area.
Being a painter, Jan found that rug hooking and wool dyeing offered another exciting medium to explore the possibilities of color.
Jan has been teaching Rug hooking at the Dorr Mill Store for over ten years. Her classes are every other Thursday evening and every other Friday morning. Saturday classes also available.
Sandy Luckury has been braiding rugs for over 20 years. She began braiding rugs for her home and soon discovered that it was more than just a hobby. After retiring from banking, she began to pursue her dream of starting a business.
Sandy apprenticed with master braider Barbara Fisher who developed the braiding methods she uses. The precision of this method takes all the guesswork out of braiding. Each row of the rug is counted, then butted, and attached to the rug as a complete ring. Using this method allows rugs to be made in unusual shapes, such as rectangles, hexagons and octagons. Sandy enjoys working with the color and design of a rug to customize each piece for a client’s needs.
Gail Walden is a second generation rug hooker. In 1970 when her Mom showed her the technique she was hooked. Since that time she has become an accredited McGown teacher, and a member of Atha.
Gail directed the Atha Region 1 School in New Hampshire and is Director of Sebago Lake Rug School in Standish, Maine. She has taught at Green Mountain Rug School in Randolph, Vermont, Atha’s Region 1 School in both Madison and Litchfield Connecticut, Delmar Rug School in Ocean City, Maryland, the Country Inn Rug School in Rindge, New Hampshire and various workshops across the country.
Two of her pictorial rugs “Old Fashioned Fun” and “Home on the Mississippi” have been featured in the March 2006 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine
Gail enjoys teaching all aspects of rug hooking from a to z in fine shading to wide cuts and holds weekly classes as well a dye classes in her home in Weare, New Hampshire. She encourages her students to be creative and make each heirloom piece their very own. All levels of hooking experience are welcome in class.