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Davey DeGraff: Hooking a Landscape

An Introduction to Hooking a Landscape
Davey Mace DeGraff

In a just a few short hours this workshop will cover some of the very basics of hooking a rural landscape in a painterly style.  Each student will be given a small pattern on linen that will include a building, a tree, a field, hills and sky.  Using smaller cuts and some yarns, you will be shown how I hook each element and then you can spend some time hooking yours.  The goal is to at least start each motif and then be able to finish it later.

Students will need to bring their own hooking supplies* including wool in the colors that please them.  I prefer to work on these small pieces using a 6 cut and spot dyed wools.  You can work with the colors and the wool you prefer bearing in mind the size of the landscape you’ll be given.  I will also bring some wool and some of my work as examples.

*Bring frame, hook, scissors and cutter, if you have one.

Examples of Davey’s work, from our 2023 Virtual Show:  The Mace Barn,  Field of Goldenrod, The Brown Barn.


Davey attended the Hooked in the Mountains Show in 1996 and it changed her life. Before that she had a quilt business in Vermont for twenty years.  After graduating from UVM and teaching a short time she began her business in order to stay home with her two children.  However, quilting never satisfied her creatively. After seeing the rugs at that show, she learned the basics of rug hooking from a friend, joined the GMRHG, took some classes and began meeting with a group of local hookers.  Davey later chaired the Rug Show a couple of times and ran a pattern business, Vermont Folk Rugs.  Today she lives with her husband in Hinesburg, Vermont and feels so lucky to continue to meet weekly with those same talented hookers.

Artist’s Statement

I have hooked a great many rugs in the past 20 years.  I haven’t focused on any particular style or let rules or technical perfection guide me. What I have come to learn over time is that when the subject matter has meaning to me, the hooking gives me more pleasure.

I am inspired by the natural beauty of Vermont and the generations of my family that have lived here. Lately I have been drawn to preserve those places, people and memories.


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