Yes, they are!! These gals spent a long day learning eight different finishing techniques to use on their hooked rugs. Class was from 9 - 3 with time out for lunch ~ much needed time I think!! I was afraid this info wouldn't fill the entire day but holy crow ~ we were lucky to get it all in!! They learned basic rug tape application, using a width of wool to bind the same as rug tape, corded wool, braiding (a brief overview) and attaching it, a proddy edge, crochet edge (which I learned Monday night!), whipping with wool strips and yarn, flat fold wool or show finish, and I swear I can't remember the last one!
At some points, I think it was more work than fun ~ I heard a sigh or two! Binding a rug is the least fun part of rug making but a necessary part if you're going to use it!
There were gals from Wyoming and Virginia and states in between ~ even a few from Ohio! Sauder Rug Week is definitely something you want to put on your to-do list. The facility is fabulous, great vendors and teachers and the rug show is wonderful! I haven't even seen it all yet ~ that's on this morning's agenda.
Kathy Wright and Dawn Hauter coordinate this week for all of us to enjoy and I truly can't imagine the hours and effort that go into making it all run so seamlessly. As a first-time teacher, everything was ready down to the name tags being laid out and ready for the gals to pick up! It was a great experience and I hope my students left feeling the same way!
In the mornings, there is a buffet breakfast and I'll go down there shortly and hopefully, see some people I've missed. Also picking up an order of wool for marbling and eventually, I'll make my way to the condo to meet up with a cute older gentleman that I know!!!!
Each day, I'll post rug show pix ~ I've taken lots!! Have a good weekend and I have to say thank you to all the girls who came to class ~ you made my day!! And one person who really made my day easier was friend Martha ~ she was there to take the class but served as cashier and helped me pack and brought CANDY!! Thank you, Martha!!!
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