Design and hook an original art piece.

Instructor: Elizabeth Miller

A Rug By Any Other Name...

Are you ready for a different approach to rug hooking? If yes, you are in the right place. Floor mats require the durability of the wool strips we’re familiar with, but in this class we will use a linen foundation and explore a wide variety of non-traditional materials and embellishments that can be used to create or enhance a hooked panel intended for display: think sari silk, tee-shirt material, ribbon, roving, embroidery stitches, appliqué, beading, and more. 

You will also be creating your own original design. We will take a deep dive into the entire process,  from finding your inspiration to finalizing your design and transferring it to your foundation. We will use wordplay, sketches, and other creative exercises to identify the elements and experiences that will give your finished piece personal meaning - and explore all the additional possibilities that emerge as we hook. You will go home with a strong start to beautiful, unique artwork, and lots of ideas and techniques to take your hooking to the next level. A variety of finishing techniques will also be demonstrated.

This is a class for novice and experienced rug hookers alike, but if you are a new or inexperienced hooker you will need to take the additional introductory class being offered on Thursday morning.

Touchstone Workshop General Schedule

Materials fee: $30.00

This will cover all of the rug materials but please bring your own favorite hook, frame, small scissors, pencils, eraser, colored pencils, and sketchbook. A square quilting ruler can be helpful as well. You may also want to arrive with some ideas regarding the kind of design you’d like to do and, if desired, reference photos, poems, or other inspirational materials.

If you are bringing your own rug hooking frame and hook, please be sure they are in good working order and you are comfortable using them. Hooks and frames may be available for purchase with advance notice by contacting the instructor.

If you are taking the optional beginners class prior to this one, you will be able to use the same kit for this class.


This optional three-hour class on Thursday morning is for new hookers who will be taking the full rug hooking workshop, or for anyone who wishes to discover the pleasure and possibilities that rug hooking offers.

Kit (required) $25

The kit includes a 12” x 1” hoop, 3 mm Lacis hook, 6” x 6” Maine Mountains pattern on rug warp, and all wool necessary to complete the pattern.


The price for this optional beginners workshop is US$50.00 per person, plus the materials fee, to be paid directly to the instructor.

Pictures for Miller Rug Class (1)
Pictures for Miller Rug Class (1)
Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller is the owner and artisan at Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine, a center for all things rug hooking, fiber art, and other heritage skills. She is the author of Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life: Seasons at the Parris House (Down East Books) and a much sought-after teacher in the Northeast region. When she first moved from suburban New Jersey to rural Maine with her husband and four young kids she didn’t garden, didn’t keep chickens or bees, and didn’t know how to preserve food or hook rugs. That was nearly twenty years ago. She embarked on a journey to learn these largely forgotten, heritage skills, and it is now her mission to perpetuate artisanship through teaching and outreach.