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Sally Kallin

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Design, fabric, and art have always been a big part of Sally’s life. After getting her BFA and working as a graphic designer for 20 years, Sally started the business of Pine Island Primitives in 2001. Since then she has taught many eager students across the country and at her farm in Pine Island, Minnesota, and now in her new studio in beautiful Lake City, Minnesota. Over 200 rug hooking patterns and thousands of yards of wool are available through Pine Island Primitives.

She has her hands in many aspects of rug hooking – designing, dyeing, color planning, and teaching, but teaching is her favorite. Her classes are full of lots of tips and tricks and also lots of fun! She teaches many genres of primitive rug hooking including florals, geometrics, pictorials, and animals. She has a love for antique-looking rugs. Sally strives to help students create a rug that they love and are eager to finish.

In addition to primitive rug hooking, Sally also teaches a special class where students can learn how to add age to their rugs. This “Fragment” technique was developed and previously taught by Carol Weatherman of Oklahoma City. Sally purchased Carol’s business in 2019. This has added many new patterns to Sally’s offerings.

Sally’s work can be seen in various books and issues of ATHA Magazine and Rug Hooking Magazine and on her website at

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