Sharon has been hooking for 30 years and is a McGown certified teacher and owner of Rose of Sharon Rugs. Her rug hooking journey has resulted in over 100 completed pieces in a variety of styles and subjects from animals, portraits, geometrics, shaded flowers and abstracts. While trained in all cuts and styles her personal favorite is shading without swatches in a 6 and 8 cut as well as geometrics and tessellations. She is known for her unusual color combinations and vibrant palette. Sharon has a patient way of pulling things out of her students that they didn't even know they had while making it feel easy.
Sharon's rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, Celebrations as well as The Rug Hooking Bible (Shepherd), The Creative Hooker (Turbayne) and Hooked on Rugs (Turbayne).
When not traveling for her day job, Sharon enjoys being at home in Seattle where she is active in the creative arts community and showing her classic car. Her son, and light of her life, resides in Denver where she visits often.
Her beautiful creations can be seen on her website at RoseofSharonRugs.com
Marijo Taylor is a fiber artist, designer, and teacher with over 40 years of rug hooking experience. She has taught rug hooking to beginners and experienced crafters in WA, OR, CA and Texas. She combines her passion for rug hooking and fiber arts with her background in education to offer inspiring and informative classes for her students.
Marijo hand-dyes and marbleizes her own wool to create a soft, timeless palette. While she loves color, she likes to add plenty of neutral wool choices and a range of values for her primitive folkart designs in order to give the work a soft, time-worn look.
Taylor grew up on a farm in a small coastal community. Her original designs reflect her reverence for nature, wildlife, flowers, positive affirmations, and her interest in primitive textiles and art.
She has contributed educational articles and free patterns in ATHA magazine and shown her original hooked work in juried art shows in Oregon and Washington.
Marijo will be teaching both a Sunday evening mini class and a Monday full day class. Marijo will also be giving a presentation during Sunday's lunch event.
Heidi Grevstad has been hooking rugs for 17 years. She has been a classroom teacher of adults for more than 12 years and enjoys putting students at ease. She has had two rugs accepted into Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations editions. She is in the final stage of completing her McGown teacher’s certification. Heidi especially enjoys teaching beginning rug hooking classes and emphasizes sound principles of color theory, visual balance and rug hooking technique into all of her classes.
Pat Finlayson is a certified Oxford punch needle instructor with over 25 years of rug hooking experience. She loves sharing her knowledge and skills with others and fosters a positive experience for all students in a friendly atmosphere. Pat is happy to answer all individual questions, provide tips and help with color planning or custom design development. She first encountered Oxford punch needle rug hooking in 2012, while living in Vermont, and was drawn to the depth, texture, and richness of this fiber art. Punch needle techniques are a great way to embellish your traditional rug hooking or to complete your backgrounds by punching with wool strips. Pat has developed a passion for hand dying yarns and frequently vends at fiber art gatherings. Private and group classes are available in the Vancouver, WA area. Please contact me for more information at 802-353-2899 or email@example.com Please visit PNWfiberarts.com to see my gallery of both punch needle and traditional hooked rugs.