Rugs by the Sea – Camp Info !

Rugs by the Sea

~A Traditional Rug Hooking School~


September 13 – 18, 2015 and September 20 – 25, 2015

Co-Directors:  Norma Batastini and Linda Woodbury


Seaside hooking with fresh air, sun and fun !

What’s New?

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of Rugs by the Sea in September.  After many snowy days here in the Northeast hooking on the porch will be a dream. This year we have added back the Tuesday night dinner to the meal plan.  Additionally, Friday’s lunch will be available as a box lunch for those leaving early on the ferry.   Returning to our teaching staff this year will be Jen Lavoie and Kris Miller with many new ideas to share with their students.  Betsy Reed joins the staff the first week.  She offers many options for wide cut enthusiasts.  Read the teacher descriptions for more information on all of the classes.

About Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, a seaside resort since the 1800’s, is rich with historic Victorian architecture and has captured the hearts of the young and old.  As discovered long ago by high society in Philadelphia and the South, the spa qualities of its sandy shores and waters warmed by the Gulf Stream will refresh your body and soul.  If beach lounging isn’t for you, put on your walking shoes for a stroll on the boardwalk or bicycle on tree shaded neighborhood streets.  Gas street lamps add a touch of yesterday to the evening.  Steeped in American history, Cape May offers a peek into the past with many tours of restored homes as well as antiques shops, art exhibits and specialty shops.  September is also the peak of hawk migration and the Audubon Society offers many bird walks as well as the internationally known hawk watch at Cape May Point.  Come have a fall love affair with Cape May.

About The Chalfonte

301 Howard Street, Cape May, NJ — 609-884-8409 or

The Chalfonte was built in 1876 by the northern Civil War hero Colonel Henry Sawyer.  The hotel was purchased in 1910 by the Satterfield family of Richmond, Virginia.  They are credited with imbuing the hotel with its Southern ambiance.  In 2008 Robert Mullock bought Cape May’s “grand lady” and he is committed to preserving the historic landmark with the addition of modern conveniences.  Chalfonte guest rooms are unique in character, featuring classic seashore cottage design.  Most rooms now have air conditioning; other rooms are cooled by ceiling fans and crisp Atlantic breezes.  Accommodations are comfortable and quaint and feature private or semi-private baths.  Telephones and a color television are located off the main lobby.  The dining room is famous for southern style home cooking especially their fried chicken.

Calendar of Events

                  Sunday, September 13 or September 20

                        Check in-4 pm to 6 pm

                              Dinner-6 pm

                              Set up and meet teachers-7 pm

              Monday, September 14 or September 21

                        Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 15 or September 22

          Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, September 16 or September 23

          Class time-9 am to 3:30 pm

            Rug Show 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 17 or September 24

          Class time-9 am to 3 pm

            Show and tell-3:30 pm

Friday, September 18 or September 25

          Check out-by 9 am

Class time-9 am to 12 noon

Box lunch available at 11:00 am

 All other meal times will be announced at check in.

Rug Exhibition

The rug shows will be held on Wednesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 23 from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.  Please bring any finished work that you would like to show.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share the art of rug hooking with the public and one another.

Travel Information

Located at the southern most tip of New Jersey, Cape May can be reached by car via the Garden State Parkway.  Cape May can also be reached via the ferry departing from Lewes, Delaware. The closest airports are Philadelphia International, 90 miles northwest and Atlantic City, 40 miles north.  Contact the following for more information:  Cape May Chamber of Commerce, 609-884-5508, Cape May – Lewes Ferry, 609-886-1725 or 302-426-1155 or


Prior to the start of classes, teachers will contact you about your project for the week.  They can provide patterns and custom wool if needed.  The school store will be stocked with patterns, wool, books and other rug hooking necessities.  If you plan to hook at night, please bring a work lamp and extension cord.

Rugs by the Sea provides instruction in the art of traditional rug hooking.  All styles are taught and small class size ensures that each participant receives adequate attention and workspace.  The teachers are very experienced and come with a love and enthusiasm for rug hooking.  The teachers for 2015 are:

Week 1   September 13 – 18, 2015


Beverly Conway   Middlebury, Vermont

COLOR CONSULTANT:  Bev is best known for her whimsical wide cut designs and luscious dyed wool.  Her color expertise will lead you to wonderful new combinations and color explorations.  Mini lectures throughout the week will cover many aspects of rug hooking.  You may work on one of her designs or any pattern suitable for a wide cut.  Bev has recently designed geometric patterns inspired by American artist Paul Evans.  Bev’s pattern catalog and patterns will be available in the shop.  Join Bev’s class where you all laugh together.

Jen Lavoie  Huntington, Vermont

ORIGINAL DESIGN:  This class will focus on the challenges of balancing your time, energy and money while you create an originally designed piece of Hooked Rug Art that brings joy to the process.  Jen will focus on topics and subject matter that apply to all stages of the rug making process but are geared specifically to the intermediate and advanced rug hooker.  This is a fun class for people who want to be inspired; class discussion will allow students to share their individual journey.  Principles of design, compositions with impact and strategies for success are just a few of the topics that will be covered.

Betsy Reed  Claverack, New York

WIDE CUT FUN:  Betsy specializes in hooking with wide cut strips as well as hand torn strips.  Learn the technique of hand-torn along with simple finishes to give your work an “old” look.  You will also enjoy her charming hooked three-dimensional critters:  rabbits, kittens, elephants, snowmen and more. Betsy will bring as-is and overdyed textures especially created for hooked rugs and other wool applications.  She has recently purchased the pattern designs of Dick LaBarge.  You may work on your own design or purchase one from her. Betsy’s blog and website can be found at

Diane Stoffel, Brewster, Massachusetts

NON-STOP ENERGY:  In her first career Diane was an art teacher and her artistic skills have made her one of the most popular teachers in the country.  She never stops moving and leads her students to beautifully crafted colorful rugs.  She is comfortable working with all types of patterns and offers “tweaks” that will set your rug apart from the rest.  Diane will bring a supply of wool but can also dye something special for your rug.  Diane is an accredited McGown teacher and has a vast historical knowledge of who’s who in the rug hooking world.

Week 2  September 20-25, 2015

Cammie Bruce, La Grange, North Carolina

PRIMITIVE AND A WHOLE LOT MORE:  Bring your wide cuts (#7 and up) and explore the primitive arts of Cammie Bruce.  She loves incorporating textures, plaids, as-is, and any other kind of wool you find into your own rug.  Her work with color is subtle but definitive.  Cammie enjoys playing with shapes and has created many interesting edges and borders on her rug designs.  She can help you customize your pattern edge with a unique finish.  Cammie has been teaching since 2002 and is McGown certified.  Enjoy Cammie’s rugs at

Lucille Festa  East Rupert, Vermont

ALL AMERICAN FESTIVAL: A history buff and long time antique collector, Lucille incorporates folk art and Americana images into many of her designs.  Using wool plaids, checks, tweeds and herringbones, over-dyed and as is, she works to achieve soft and mellow colorations that have the look of being old but not worn.  With a keen sense of color, her ultimate goal is for you to create a unique wide-cut hooked rug that is aesthetically pleasing to hand down to the next generation.  Lucille’s patterns will be available in the shop and can be viewed on her website at

Michele Micarelli   New Haven, Connecticut

RUN WILD:  Join Michele for a week filled with vibrant color and fun explorations of your rug.  Her beautifully dyed wool will enhance any rug you consider and don’t forget to think about original design.  Michele’s creativity knows no bounds-come explore her fantasy world of mermaids, dragons, peacocks and more.  Her rug collection was featured during the opening year of the North American Museum of Rug Hooking in Nova Scotia.  Michele is an accredited McGown teacher.  Visit Michele’s website at for more information.

Kris Miller, Howell, Michigan

SOFT PRIMITIVES:  Since Kris was with us last she has published two books: The Grand Finale, a self-published finishing guide and Introduction to Rug Hooking, a beginner’s guide published by Rug Hooking Magazine.  In her class she will share all of the new ideas and techniques in her books. Bring your own design or visit her website to see a wide selection of patterns designed by her and other featured artists.  She will work with each student to create a soft primitive rug with beautiful textures and overdyed wool.  Her website and blog can be found at

Beginner’s Class (Available both weeks)

GETTING STARTED:  For those who have never pulled up a loop, learn the basics of rug hooking Monday morning with Linda or Norma.  Then join one of our regular classes based on your interests and class themes. On the registration form check beginner class.  We will contact you regarding the supplies you will need and which class you will join Monday afternoon.


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