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Teresa Steele

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Teresa is an accredited McGown instructor and past director of North Central McGown Teachers Workshop in Dubuque, IA. The week-long NCMTW is held annually in late April/May in Dubuque and helps individuals learn rug hooking techniques to achieve their McGown accreditation. She is a member of both the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists and the National Guild of Pearl McGown Rug HooKrafters. Owner of Black Earth Woolens, she has been designing rugs for over 20 years and is experienced with doing florals, geometrics, pictorials, monochromatic, faces, impressionism, paisleys, primitives, water, light reflection, tessellations, kaleidoscope, mandalas, dip dyes, swatches, and rug braiding.

Rug hooking has been a journey of learning various techniques, expressing my desire to create patterns, color planning, dyeing wool and the joy of meeting fiber artists. Teresa works with recycled wool/new wool and enjoys fine cut to primitive pieces. Teresa is a seasoned traveler and with her 20-year experience of teaching, she is excited to share the rug hooking techniques and experiences.

Teresa lives in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, in her 1905 Victorian home called Victorian Rose Inn. The Inn is a guest house for weekend retreats for quilting, rug hooking, knitting, crafting, etc.


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