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Historic Franklin Rug Hooking Retreat

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October 20-24, 2019

Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin Nashville

1874 West McEwen Dr.

Franklin, TN 37067


We invite you to join us for our first annual rug hooking retreat!



The Drury Plaza is conveniently located right off I-65 approximately 18 miles south of Nashville, TN. The area surrounding the hotel is filled with shopping and lots of restaurants. Beautiful historic downtown Franklin is just 4 miles away and lined with antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and delicious eateries. For the history buff, there are two interesting civil war properties to tour. You may also want to visit the Arrington Vineyards, which is a short drive away. Golf courses abound for those spouses who wish to tag along and play a few rounds. The October weather is delightful in Tennessee! Make it a true Tennessee vacation and extend your visit before or after our retreat.


The Retreat:

We offer 4 nationally known teachers with room in each class for 15 students. Join us for a Meet and Greet on Sunday evening to check in, meet your teacher and get settled in your spot. Instruction hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday Thursday with a break for a catered lunch at noon. Evenings are on your own for dinner. You may return for evening hooking in the conference room until 10pm.


Fees (due with registration form):

$375 tuition for residents staying at the Drury Plaza

$425 tuition for commuters

Your tuition fee includes 4 days of instruction, light snack/dessert at the Meet and Greet, 4 catered lunches and beverages throughout the week. Dinner is on your own at the many restaurants in the area or stay for the evening KickBack meal at the Drury Plaza.



The Drury Plaza has extended us a discounted room rate of $139.00 per night, double occupancy, plus tax. Your reservation includes: a hot breakfast, free wireless Internet, free parking, complimentary KickBack hot food buffet and complimentary adult beverages from 5:30 pm 7:00 pm. There is free soda and popcorn in the lobby from 3:00pm to 10pm. All rooms are provided with a TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, and hairdryer. The hotel also features a pool and fitness center.


Reserve your room on line at www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-325-0720. Please use the group number 2350323 to get our special rate. You must reserve your room by Friday, September 20, 2019 to receive the special rug retreat rate! Your stay at the Drury Plaza helps support our rug hooking retreat. (Please note that the Drury Plaza books their rooms up to one year in advance, so 2019 room reservations can be made starting on October 24, 2018).

Please note that due to the hotels liquor licensing, we are not permitted to bring outside liquor into the meeting rooms.


Camp Store:

For your convenience, Spruce Ridge Studios will run the rug hooking store with a wide variety of supplies for sale during the retreat, beginning at 1 pm on Monday. If you have handmade items that you would like to sell in the store, please contact us for an inventory form. There is a 15% consignment fee for all items sold in the camp store.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be received in writing before August 15, 2019 and you will be refunded $275.00 of your registration fee. After August 15, 2019, no refunds will be given for any reason. Lodging reservations must be cancelled with the Drury Plaza.



Nashville International Airport is 21 miles from the Drury Plaza.


Other Good Things To Know:

We will draw attendees names for door prizes throughout the week. On Thursday after lunch, we will have a grand prize drawing for a 2020 camp tuition with the teacher of your choice! You must be present to win!


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Please contact Kris Miller for more information. 517-546-7732 or franklinrugretreat@icloud.com



2019 Teachers:


Katie Allman ~ Ashland, OH


Katie enjoys the excitement of incorporating all sorts of fibers into her rug hooking creations. One of the most important aspects of class time is for her students to love what they make. A certified McGown instructor, she teaches at many camps, guilds and in her home. From fun, bright colors to primitive palates, Katie will help you create something special youll enjoy. Although schooled in all cuts, she prefers medium to wide cuts, hand torn wools and chenille, especially in an uneven pile. To see examples of her work, visit www.katieallman.com. When shes not rug making, she works as a nurse and a baker at a local restaurant in her hometown.


Cammie Bruce ~ LaGrange, NC


Primitive and unique finishes is what you get when you take a class with Cammie. Bring your wide cuts (#8 and up) and experience the primitive arts. She loves incorporating textures, plaids, and dyed wool into your rug to create depth and movement. Her work with color is subtle but definitive. Cammie enjoys playing with shapes and has created many interesting finishes, edges, and borders on her rug designs. She can help you customize your pattern edge with a unique finish. Throughout the retreat, she will have short group discussions and demos, but her priority is to meet the individual needs of each student to help them create their own unique primitive rug. Cammie has been teaching since 2002. You can find Cammies work on her blog: basketsofwool.blogspot.com and her patterns at www.etsy.com/shop/basketsof wool.


Janice Johnson ~ Independence, MO

Janice became addicted to wool and rug hooking more than 20 years ago. She took her first class from Emma Lou Lais, who became her main influence in hooking and color planning. Janice is known for her primitive style and the use of soft, old antique colors. She would love to help you create the look and feel of a rug using the techniques and colors that resemble the vintage rugs from long ag0. Her rug patterns can be found at www.woolywoolen.com. Janices sense of humor will keep you laughing during the entire week.


Kris Miller ~ Howell, MI

Kris specializes in primitive designs with an emphasis on textured wool and wide cuts (#8 and above). She also enjoys hooking with hand-torn wool. Her style has been described as soft primitives, with subtle value changes and beautiful textures. Roving, sheep curls, paisleys, novelty yarns, and hosiery have all found their way into Kriss hooking style at one time or another. You may bring any primitive/wide cut pattern of your choice or choose from one of the many designs found on her website, www.spruceridgestudios.com. She is the author of Introduction To Rug Hooking, published by Stackpole Books, and the self-published books The Grand Finale: Finish What You Start and The Little Book Of Eyes. She has taught at many workshops and rug camps across the United States, England, and Finland. Her fiber pets are a constant source of inspiration!

Registration is first come/first served, with a postmark of October 1, 2018 or later. We will not accept forms that are postmarked before this date.


Please print and send in this form. Fill in all blank spaces and sign at the bottom of the form (your signature is required for registration).


Make checks payable to Historic Franklin Rug Hooking Retreat and

mail to: Spruce Ridge Studios/Kris Miller, 1786 Eager Road, Howell, MI 48855