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Meet the Team Behind Country Inn Rug School

Decades of Experience Teaching Rug Hooking

All of our teachers are excellent and McGown certified. They are delighted to work with you on whatever you choose. Although this is a National Guild sponsored school, any designer’s patterns are welcome to be hooked, including your own original designs.  Our teachers will color plan and dye for you, or provide you the information you need to do some or all of your own dyeing. They are able to work with dyed, as is, or recycled wool. They will bring wool with them for use in the class.

Beverley Mulcahy and Benita Watford Raleigh

Co-Directors

Country Inn Rug School
CIRS Teachers
Cherylyn Brubaker

Cherylyn Brubaker

Session 1

Sarah Guiliani

Sarah Guiliani

Session 1

Cherylyn Brubaker

Betty McClentic

Session 1

Dianne Stofell

Diane Stoffel

Session 1 & 2

Kathy Spellacy

Kathy Spellacy

Session 2

Jayne Nevins

Ingrid Hieronimus

Session 2

Lisa Chaloner

Lisa Chaloner

Session 2

Cherylyn Brubaker

Cherylyn Brubaker

Session 1

Cherylyn Brubaker

Cherylyn has had a life long interest in art. With her Fine Arts degree in graphic design, experience as a commercial artist and illustrator, and years of experience in fiber arts Cherylyn has mastered the nuances of incorporating color, textures, and composition in hooked rug design.

She is the owner of Hooked Treasures located in Brunswick, Maine. Her studio is a treasure trove of stunning wools and her own line of hand drawn patterns. There, Cherylyn has given classes for many years.

Her work has been featured in multiple issues of Celebrations as well as in the Rug Hooking Magazine articles that she has authored. Her piece, Bill, American Bison was selected as a semi finalist in the “Icons of America” contest sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum in NY.

In addition to McGown schools, Cherylyn teaches frequently in Canada, and throughout the US. Cherylyn is also a certified member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia Teachers Branch.

Cherylyn is known for creating unique approaches and color plans in primitive motifs. Her broad range of experience includes “sophisticated” primitives, snow scenes, William Morris, landscapes, water scenes, pattern design and animals.

Cherylyn will be teaching an open class for students of all abilities. Fine cut and wide cut projects are welcome.

Instruction will include presentations and discussions of interest to the students, Topics suggestions are welcome! The week is always completed with a full overview of her favorite finishing techniques.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Lisa Chaloner

Lisa Chaloner began hooking in 1991, studying for many years under Annie Spring, of Amesbury, Massachusetts.  During that time, Lisa explored the use of color in rugs and developed a love for that aspect of the craft. She completed the McGown Teacher Certification process in 2009.

Lisa has taught weekly and bi monthly private classes for over a decade, welcoming all hooking levels and skill abilities. She has also taught classes at the Northern McGown Teachers’ Workshop, Sauder Village Rug Week, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen/Nashua.

In 2017, Lisa was the “Featured Hooking Artist” at the Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH. Lisa is a past president of the White Mountain Woolen Magic ATHA Guild in New Hampshire. She currently serves as director of the Northern McGown Teachers’ Workshop. Lisa has taken part in the Eye See You II Project in 2012 and the Tarot Card Exhibition, which opened in December of 2015.

Lisa offers an open class with an emphasis on the study and use of color in rugs.  Each day, students will work to expand their understanding of color planning through a variety of activities.  Don’t worry, they’re fun!

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Lisa Chaloner

Lisa Chaloner

Session 2

Sarah Guiliani

Sarah Guiliani

Session 1

Sarah Guiliani

Sarah Guiliani is a certified McGown rug hooking teacher and Director of the ATHA Region 1 School South. She teaches at several rug schools throughout the United States, as well as teaching several classes in her studio. Her goal is to educate the public on what a remarkable media rug hooking is.

She loves working with students in all types of hooking from fine cut tapestry to wide cut primitives.

She will suggest additions, including embellishments, to enhance the outcome of the hooked piece. In addition to custom drawing patterns, Sarah will also work with commercial patterns.

This class will explore the world of all cuts ranging from the antique look to modern interpretations. Students should plan to work with a variety of textures, spots, and overdyed wool. The workshop will include current rug hooking topics, tips and techniques. Students are contacted prior to workshop to discuss rug pattern, custom designs, and color choices. Students may begin a new project or spark up an existing project.

Sarah also completes commissioned rug hooking piece, focusing on her clients tastes and color schemes.

Several of her student have had rugs in Rug Hooking magazine and Celebrations.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Ingrid Hieronimus

Ingrid Hieronimus is the owner/operator of Ragg Tyme Studio in Mannheim (Kitchener), Ontario, Canada.  Her studio is in her home and she has a large variety supplies and wools for traditional rug hooking as well as 99 different colours of yarn in 4 ply and 3 ply for punch needle rug hooking.  She also enjoys combining punch hooking and traditional hooking in the same piece. 

She is an Ontario Hooking Craft Guild certified teacher, a certified McGown teacher, has her certificate in Fibre Arts – Traditional Rug Hooking from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, and is an Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking certified teacher.

She has been featured in Celebrations Rug Hooking and is internationally known for her teaching, dyeing and rug hooking.  Seminars, workshops and individual lessons are conducted in her own studio as well as in classrooms across Canada, United States and England.  

Ingrid also runs the Ragg Tyme School of Rug Hooking, which is held in May in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.  

Ingrid is the author of three dye books – “Primary Fusion”, “Multiple Fusion Spots”, and “Primary Fusion Spots”.  She has also written the “Special Effects Using Creative Stitches”.  She enjoys creating new and exciting colours in the dye pot using only the three primaries and black.

The student may work on any design and cut they choose in class.  A variety of techniques will be discussed and the student will be encouraged to challenge themselves on their project.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Ingrid Hieronimus

Ingrid Hieronimus

Session 2

Betty McClentic

Betty McClentic

Session 1

Betty McClentic

Warwick, RI. Betty has been teaching for over 40 years and has taught all over the country. She has a Masters degree in Creative Arts and loves all kinds of hooking. She encourages student’s ideas and input which makes for a great experience for her students.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Diane Stoffel

Diane teaches all over the country and back.  She has an eye for detail and color.  She works with each student to bring out the best of their ability.  She teaches all widths from fine to wide cut.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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Diane Stoffel

Diane Stoffel

Session 1 and 2

Kathy Spellacy

Kathy Spellacy

Session 2

Kathy Spellacy

Kathy has been hooking for about 25 years. She was self taught and is a McGown certified teacher.  Kathy resides in Eliot ME and owns Patsy Becker Designs located at the website Wool and Goods.

She thoroughly enjoys teaching rug hooking, applique and Russian punch needle.

Kathy loves to teach primitives and antique reproductions as well as geometrics, Orientals and florals.  She likes to use various mix cuts in the same pattern.  She strives to help each student to create the rug they envisioned.  Kathy has a small lesson planned for each day of class to cover many rug hooking topics as well as any topics  that her students request.

Click through the gallery below to see her rugs. 

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TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Say

Deb Burcin

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and enjoyed meeting so many new and interesting people. The facility is beautiful and I do hope I will be able to attend again in the future. 

- Deb Burcin

Elaina West

What a wonderful week! I learned so much, met wonderful talented people, made new friends, and ate amazing food! Thank you!

- Elaina West

Pam Pelletier

The experience is wonderful. The Inn is charming and the food is fabulous. The teachers are all wonderful and very well known.

- Pamela Pelletier

I am want to thank everyone for making my first Rughooking school experience so wonderful. It was so well planned and everyone was so welcoming. I plan on returning next year. 

- Judy Jakobsen

Bev Friedrich

What a fantastic week! Great teachers, great fellow hookers, the Woodbound Inn is fabulous, and the food is fantastic. Thank you Bev and Benita for being fabulous hostesses. 

- Beverly Friedrich

Marlene Wurtzbacher

Thank you Beverley and Benita for a wonderful rug school session! I truly appreciate your unending efforts to make everyone’s week memorable! It went way too fast for me and I look forward to next year.

- Marlene Wurtzbacher

It’s a great rug camp with lots of great teachers.

- Student, 2019

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