An Introduction to Rug-Hooking with Elissa Crouch

Saturdays from 9am – 12 noon

January 26th through March 2nd, at FACES

February 2nd through March 9th, at FACES

The above dates reflect the postponement of the first session, due to inclement weather, with a makeup session added on March 9th.

Introduction to traditional rug hooking is a six week session to be held every Saturday, from January 26th through March 2nd, 9am-noon, at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore. Learn basic traditional rug hooking techniques and tips while making a “mug” rug with instructor Elissa Crouch. Students will choose their own colors and work at their own pace to complete up to four 4in. x 4in. rugs. More experienced rug hookers are welcome to join the class and bring their own project to work on. Class size is limited to 12 so sign up today to reserve your space!

The cost for the six week course is $100.00, which includes the following materials: backing and wool (hand-dyed by Elissa) to complete the project. Hooks and hoops will be available for use during the 6 week course. Students need only bring a pair of scissors and their imagination!

About Elissa

Elissa Crouch is a certified McGown teacher (25 years) and a member in good standing of the McGown Guild. She comes from a long line of artistic women, in one form or another, from oil painting, to basket making and more. Her main interest began about 29 years ago when a dear friend introduced her to traditional rug hooking. Due to a full time job and the lack of available instructors, Elissa taught herself. Eventually she took classes from several well known rug hookers and began to regularly attend schools and workshops to further hone her skills.

Look for her upcoming FACES exhibit this March!

Elissa has completed many projects, with numerous rugs and hangings in private collections. She is a member of the Tidewater chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking Artists, as well as the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Rug Hookcrafters. She has taught adult rug hooking classes at Chesapeake College and the Dorchester Arts Center. Above all, Elissa enjoys the creative process of designing, custom dying and applying that to her incredible work.