Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beginner Class!


This was my first beginner class at Holly Hills Primitives in March.  They were a wonderful group of people, so eager and dedicated to learning their new craft.   Everyone did a fantastic job and they are well on their way to becoming talented rug artists!  It certainly was a delightful day and one full of great memories.

So let's do it again!  I am offering a beginning rug hooking class at Holly Hills Primitives on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  The class runs from 10 am to 5 pm.  The cost is $75.00 (payable to Kris Miller and due in advance of the class) and includes a beginner kit with a hook, pattern, cut wool strips, and twill tape, morning snack/coffee, and all day instruction from me.  We will take a one hour break for lunch (bring a sack lunch or dine at a delicious cafe around the corner).  You will need to bring a sharp pair of scissors and a 14" diameter quilting hoop or a rug hooking frame.  Scissors and hoops will be available on the day of class if you need one.  Class size is limited to 8 students.
The address of Holly Hills Primitives is 105 Civic Street, Holly, Michigan 48442 (248-634-7040).  I hope you can join me for a fun day of rug hooking!  Please contact me or Dawn Rossell at Holly Hills Primitives to sign up.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Kit!


This is Tombstone Sunflower, a Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm design.  I was drawing up the pattern for an order one day and a light bulb went off in my head.  What a great pattern for a kit!
I sat down that evening and began hooking.  I think it took me 3 evenings total to complete it and I enjoyed every minute.  I used all as-is textured wool, cut in a #8.5 cut. (I think a #8 cut would work just as well if you find #8.5 too big).  
You are getting a sneak peek because I haven't put this on my website yet. However, I have put some kits together and they are available for purchase now.
A kit with uncut wool and linen pattern is $58.00
A kit with uncut wool and monks cloth pattern is $52.00
I can cut the wool for you for $10.00 more.
The pattern dimensions are 11" x 14".
This is a great beginner kit but it's also just the right size for anyone to take along while they are traveling.  What a perfect project for hooking while at the cottage or lake!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Introduction To Rug Hooking

My new book has been out for about a month now and I have received some very nice reviews.  If you have hesitated about buying it because you are not a beginner, here is a comment that might change your mind:

I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your book Introduction to Rug Hooking. I have been hooking for about twelve years,but find your book very informative ~ Yvonne M., Canada

Yvonne has already hooked two projects from my book!  She used the Hearts and Flowers pattern and put the design end-to-end to create a lovely table runner.
She also hooked the Rise and Shine pattern, using happy colors that make me smile!  
Thanks for sharing, Yvonne!

Here are some other reviews from happy purchasers:

Hi!  I just wanted to tell you that I ordered your book from Amazon and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!  Wow, you did SUCH a great job!!  ~ Judi Y., Michigan

Congratulations on your wonderful new book!  I just wish I had this book when I was beginning.  It is fabulous and I think you have done a beautiful job.  I’ve actually learned a few pointers myself just going through it and I have a dear friend who is just starting in rug hooking and I am going to give her this book.  It’s wonderful. ~ Hazel W., Michigan

The book is just grand, Kris! Mine came last week. It is so well done - lots of photos that will be wonderfully helpful whether we're beginners or not. Your explanations are clear and I love the patterns you included. Your book should be a hit! ~ Carol W., Tennessee

I didn't think I needed another book on rug hooking - until I read this and have learned many new techniques. Thanks Kris! ~ Nancy B., California

Hands down....the BEST book on rug hooking I have ever read. Period. Order yourself a copy before it sells out completely.
~ Kathleen MB, New Jersey

I am so blessed and grateful for the wonderful comments!  If you haven't purchased your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Find out for yourself why everyone is buzzing about Introduction To Rug Hooking.  And if you already own one, I hope you are enjoying it!  Thanks very much for your purchase!




Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Very "Grand" Grand Opening!

My new store space within Holly Hills Primitives is finally set up!
Friday afternoon my husband and I stocked all the shelves and baskets and tables with rug hooking goodness. My new book took center stage on the main table.  We are ready for shoppers!  I wanted it to be cozy and inviting and I think we have accomplished that feeling.
The old pie safe holds half yard pieces of wool, perfect for backgrounds and borders.  Inspiring books are displayed on top.
Years ago, we found the lovely pie safe at a barn sale nearby.  It was in pretty rough shape ... missing a door, screens were torn, and chickens had roosted in the shelves...but I think it likes its new life now! It looks happy!
And here we are before the doors opened...(left to right):  Tammy Jias, Dawn Rossell, Teresa Kogut, and me. 
Teresa Kogut is my "neighbor" who shares my store space with me.  Her work is amazing! I can't think of a better artist to be connected with...our work just flows together.


 Tammy Jias was there for the day with her whimsical creatures.  Oh they are wonderful!  These pictures are just a few of my favorites!  Dawn's store was stocked with an abundance of them and they sold quickly.

I was lucky to adopt this dapper rabbit fellow created by Tammy. He is actually quite tall but I know the perfect place for him.

I feel very blessed to be friends with so many talented artists!

It was a true pleasure to see so many familiar faces come out to the Holly Hills grand opening.  I was extra-surprised when my brother and my sister-in-law arrived!  It all added up to a super fun day!
For those of you who came, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  And for those who couldn't make it, I hope to see you some time in the future.  I love my new adventure and I am grateful for your friendship and support!  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's Here!

As if there isn't enough excitement around here, look what showed up on my door step on Thursday afternoon!
It's my new book!
Last year at this time, I was feverishly hooking and writing to make my deadline.  I have waited for this moment for so long and now it's finally here!
My book, Introduction To Rug Hooking, is packed full of information for beginners.  Everything that I would teach in a beginner class is here...information on tools (hooks, frames, scissors), how to choose and prepare wool,alternate rug hooking materials, how to draw a pattern, how to finish your edges, how to care for your rug, and of course, how to hook! At the back of the book is a glossary of terms and a list of resources.
There are 8 projects included in the book.  Every one of them includes the pattern, designed by me, a list of materials, and the complete instructions with step-by-step photos.  There are a LOT of photos (over 400)!
The projects start with the very basic and go from there.  Every project teaches a different technique or stitch, or gives a hint to make your rug hooking journey a little easier and more satisfying.
I am hoping that beginners will love it and refer to it often.  But it is not just a book for beginners!  Experienced rug hookers will love the patterns and I hope they will also find the techniques useful and inspiring.
I am waiting for a large box of books to arrive but I can take orders now and ship them ASAP.  The book costs $25.95 and shipping within the US is $5.05 via Flat Rate Priority Mail. (If you live outside the US, please contact me for a shipping quote).
I would be happy to autograph your copy...just let me know!
PS:  I will be doing a book signing next Saturday (January 31) during our grand opening at Holly Hills Primitives.  Get there early to get your copy!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Transformation

For the past week or so, my husband and I have been working on setting up my retail space at Holly Hills Primitives.  Every time we spend a few hours there, we see such a wonderful transformation and it makes us really excited.  It just keeps getting better and better! Here are a few photos so you can follow along:
I knew I couldn't take on this new adventure without my husband's help! This is the first time that we saw the room and he did some measuring. Then we needed to go home and decide which of our display pieces and props would work the best.
 The next two pictures show "day one" of moving in with our props, tables, etc.  Notice this is the same view as above, only we have cleaned and moved things around.

What a difference just one day makes!  We still have to figure out if we have the correct display pieces for the merchandise we want to bring in.
Books!  Patterns!  Wool!  Kits! Hooks! We have to make sure we can fit it all in.

Today we added lots of lights and painted the inside of the wool shelves.  What a difference the lighting makes! 
 I love this skirted table with the door behind it. The table cloth is a peach plaid and the door is  gray green chippy paint with some peach paint showing through...a match made in heaven! (want to know a little secret?  The table cloth was the one we used on our cake table when we got married.  No kidding.  That's what kind of pack rats we are!)
Lots of room for patterns and kits...and lots of light too!

We have a little more work to do yet before we start bringing in the merchandise.  I can't wait to start loading the shelves with wool and filling the baskets with patterns.   It's going to be a fun and cozy place to shop!

In case you hadn't heard, Teresa Kogut is also sharing this lovely room with me.  She has begun to set up a lovely space too and I can't wait to see what she has to offer!

I am so thrilled about this new adventure so I hope you will stop by for a visit.  The grand opening will be Saturday January 31st from 10 am to 5 pm at Holly Hills Primitives, 105 Civic Dr., Holly, MI  48442.  I'll be there to greet you!
(PS: don't come any earlier than January 31st...I won't be ready yet).