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American Country Rugs Workshops


4743 State Route 315, Pawlet, VT 05761
Studio East Rupert, VT


Greetings, another year has flown by. Let us all put the pandemic behind us and have some fun.

We can all snuggle in and finish all those rugs we started.
Please visit my website for current information that would cause a schedule change.

Warmest wishes for Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year, Lucille


see Events for Open House, Hook In, etc. on Events page.

Please call if you have any questions about these workshops


Primitive Rug Hooking Workshops

Lucille Festa’s One, Two & Three Day Workshop Schedule

Expand your knowledge on what makes a rug a true primitive.  These classes focus on ideas gleaned from American Classical Rugs,American Folk Art and American History all of which are incorporated into my original designs and Antique Adaptations.  

Large Pattern - January Saturday 28th, & Sunday 29th ......... Cost $260.00

Spring - May Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17, Thursday 18.......... Cost $335.00


Summer - July Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20........ Cost $335.00

Fall - August /September Thursday 31, Friday 1, Saturday 2....... Cost $335.00


Large Pattern Workshop

Hours: Begins at 9am and ends at 6pm. Hooking may continue until 9 pm

Limited to six students.
Intent: To provide a comprehensive understanding of antique rug patterns, simplify the approach and finish a large rug without getting frustrated and giving up.

Pattern: A pattern must be from my collection either started in one of my workshops or a new pattern from my collection.

Discussion about the pattern choice and color
planning is a must before the workshop.

Meals: Follows the same format as listed below.

Color, Texture & Design for Primitive Rugs

These classes are for those who love primitive rugs; focusing on the use of textures, wide cut and color appropriate for the pattern design. Here, we will explore how the key to mixing many textured fabrics is balance. Hooking wool in the deep rich colors of Early America creates a rug that becomes an “instant antique.” Moreover, I believe a pattern should be fun to hook and also contain elements of challenge. We will talk about how “America the Beautiful” holds an endless source of inspiration; old houses, baskets, holidays, boats, flowers, animals, flags, etc., then show you how to use those inspirations, plus a little imagination, to create original rugs that reflect who you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go.

Create your own workshop

When your schedule does not agree with ours, then create a workshop that fits your life.

Requirement: Four students minimum

Number of days- The number of days for a workshop is flexible; it may be any day or days of the week.

Scheduling is easy- call for availability, set a date, send in deposit.

Advance reservations are recommended.

Workshop Details

All workshops follow the same format
Workshops are open to all skill levels - beginner to advanced

All workshops are held at the ACR studio located in a separate building on the property

The studio opens at 8 am; classes begin at 9 am and end at 3:30 pm. Although the teachers day ends at 3:30 pm, hooking may continue until 9 pm.


  • Breakfast - goodies are provided, in the studio, you can munch at will.

  • Lunch - A gourmet lunch is served at noon in the house.

Travel and Accommodations for Workshops

Lollipop Farm is located in Southern VT, 11 miles from Manchester center.

To ACR from Manchester: Take RT 30 North (follow the signs to Dorset) and continue to RT 315, make a left onto RT 315 and proceed about 1 mile. ACR is on your right look for the Red, White & Blue sign.

The following are Hooker's favorite lodgings:

Historic Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
802.867.5500 - $$$
"Best of the Oldest top 10 historic Inns, 18th century lodging" Yankee Magazine

Barrows House Inn- owned by Dorset Inn is more on trend.
802- 867- 4455 $$$ www.barrowshouse.com

Aspen Motel- www.theaspenatmanchester.com/
800.362.2450 - $$
A warm , friendly family business - By far the Hooker's #1 choice. (mention you are taking rug hooking and you may get a discount)

The Inn at Manchester - 802-362-179 www.innatmanchester.com
Quintessenial New England, Breakfast included $$$

Directions from Manchester: Follow the signs to Dorset. Take RT 30 North make a left onto RT 315, proceed about 1 mile. ACR is on your right look for the Red, White & Blue sign.

Local News:

Manchester (known as the Shires of Manchester) located eleven miles from Lollipop Farm was voted the most scenic town in VT. A must see in October.

Dorset Green just three miles from the studio was voted the prettiest town in Vermont.

The Dorset Inn is always special. The décor is a setting from Early American Life and especially charming during the Christmas season. Across the street is the Dorset Union Store, one of the oldest general stores in the country. My favorites are their pies, breads and cheese from local VT farms. The in house chef makes yummy takeout meals and desserts. This is great for those evenings when you want to stay in and just hook.

Please call if you have any questions


Workshop Registration Form - copy and paste


4743 RT 315 Pawlet, VT 05761


Workshop Registration Form

Name: ________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________City: _______________

State: _____ Zip: _____


Workshop: _____________________________________

Workshop Date(s): _______________________________


Dietary Needs: ____________________________________
Please note: Meals are not gluten and dairy free. Contact us for alternatives.

Email: ___________________________________________

Phone: _________________________

Emergency Contact: ___________________________

Tuition Please Note:

Registration is not guaranteed until a $165.00 deposit on any three day workshop or a $100.00 deposit for all other workshops is received. This deposit will hold your seat for 30 days before the workshop. At this time the balance is due.

Cancellations: 30 days prior to the workshop – you will receive a full refund of all the money paid at this time, minus an $85.00 cancellation fee.

Cancellations: Less than 30 days prior to the workshop – No refunds can be made.

ACR reserves the right to cancel a workshop without sufficient enrollment 6 weeks before the scheduled date. – A full refund will be given. To avoid disappointment register early.

Note: Please complete a separate registration form
for each workshop along with a
separate check for each deposit. Remember to send a copy of your Covid vaccination card.

* PLEASE note: As Covid compliance guidelines continue to change, Check the website for updates.


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