Sheep at the Beach-Week 1

The first week of Rugs by the Sea, Sept 9-14, 2018,  was a success!  Students and teachers were satisfied with the rugs worked on throughout the week.  The “Sheep on the Beach”challenge had many entires. See the photos below. The second week of classes is underway with the rug show on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018.  The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 9-5.


Best of Show, hooked by Marilyn Nisius


Best Use of Materials, hooked by Patty Yates


Sexiest Sheep, hooked by Ellen Savage

Other entries:  Six sheep and one Goat.


Sheep at the Beach, Week 3

We had three sheep the third week of classes.  Thank you for everyone who participated in “The Sheep at the Beach” challenge.


Best of Show, hooked by Sarah Province.


Sexiest Sheep, hooked by BJ Bauermeister.


Best Use of Materials, hooked by Megan McKewan.

Katie Allman

Katie Allman will be teaching our first week.  We have know this fun, fun gal for many years.  Besides learning a lot in this class you will definitely have a fun time.  Below is the class description for Katie and some photos of her work.

Katie Allman Ashland, Ohio

LOVE WHAT YOU DO: Katie will help you create something special, a rug you will really enjoy. From fun, bright colors to primitive palates and medium to hand torn strips, she will help you love what you make. Katie enjoys the excitement of adding fibers of all types to create an uneven pile. Spinning art yarn is something she enjoys with no two skeins the same; Katie will show you how to incorporate them into you hooking for maximum pop. Her fun and lively style will keep you energized and engaged the whole week. Katie is a certified McGown teacher and was Co-Chair of the highly successful ATHA Biennial in Cleveland. See examples of her work on our blog at








Doug Rankin

We are excited to have Doug traveling from Halifax to be with us this year.  Immerse yourself in the world of Maud Lewis!  Here is the class description and some photos of rugs adapted from Maud Lewis paintings.

Doug Rankin Halifax, Nova Scotia

A VISIT WITH MAUD: Immerse yourself in the world of Maud Lewis. In her naïve style Maud depicted her surroundings in Digby, Nova Scotia. We are thrilled to have Doug travel from Halifax to teach this class. He and his wife Anne have specialized in interpreting Maud’s paintings into rug hooking patterns and they are licensed to produce Maud patterns through the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Doug will guide you in the use of the cheerful bright colors used in her paintings. In this class only Maud Lewis patterns will be taught. Visit Doug’s website at to view the collection of patterns; it hard to choose just one! Watch the movie, Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke for more inspiration.

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Norma Batastini and Judy Quintman

Norma and Judy will be team teaching during the third week, September 23-28, 2018.  These like minded women will guide your through your project of choice.  Their style is easy going and relaxed with the focus on you, the student, and your rug.  With over 40 years of experience together Norma and Judy will cover lots of new trends, tips, and the latest techniques.  Below is a sampling of their work.

Norma’s Birdhouse Geometric


Norma’s Crocodile Mola


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Judy’s Story Rug


Judy’s Abstract Floral


Judy’s Doodle Fun

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Capri Boyle-Jones

We welcome Capri during our third week of classes, September 23-28, 2018.  An outstanding colorist, Capri’s work has been featured in Celebrations and is sought after in galleries.  Capri will lead an open class where any hooking style and size cut can be applied to your project. She will assist you in achieving your preferred outcome. From problem solving an existing project to developing new skills with your hooking, the possibilities are unlimited. Custom design is available upon request.Fishing Day by Capri Boyle JonesEndurance by Capri Boyle JonesPoinsettia by Capri Boyle JonesPearls of Wisdom by Capri Boyle JonesOysters and More

Lisanne Miller

We welcome Lisanne Miller to our teaching staff during the first week of classes, September 9-14, 2018.  During this class she will focus on the antique look in the style of E.S. Frost and Ralph Burnham.  Lisanne will show you how to create warm and inviting backgrounds combining up to twenty five colors for one overall feel! Lisanne will have many Frost and Burnham patterns available or you may bring your own antique style pattern.

Well known for her “no rules just have fun” approach to rug hooking, Lisanne will guide you through the creative process for fantastic effects!

Lisanne is the owner of W. Cushing and Company.  She will have a selection of Cushing dyes and patterns in the camp store.



Antique E S Frost design

2018 New Teacher Features

Kathy Spellacy.  We are excited to have Kathy joining our teaching team during the second week of classes, September 9-14, 2018.  Kathy has been rug hooking close to 20 years. She owns a rug hooking business, Wool and goods, featuring the Patsy Becker Rug Pattern Collection.  Patsy was a long time teacher here at Rugs by the Sea so having Kathy join us will be really special.   Kathy loves to use a lot of textured wools and mixed cut strips to add interest to her rugs. Primitives, geometrics, orientals and florals are some of her favorites. She bases her teaching on each student leaving with the project well on its way to becoming the rug they had envisioned.  Here are some photos of her rugs.  IMG_1946IMG_1947IMG_1948IMG_1945IMG_1944