Finishing Techniques for Hooked Rugs, Coasters, & Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ever wonder how to finish your hooked coasters or pillows or just want a refresher or someone to hold your hand through the process? Come on out to this class.


In other words, you must bring your unfinished mats/coasters/pillows to class. Beth can provide the finishing materials, but the base project must be hooked prior to class and brought along.

Beth will help you through one or more of the following techniques (depending on how many projects you bring):

FOR ALL PROJECTS – Correct steaming, blocking, and serging in preparation for finishing

MATS/RUGS – yarn or wool strip whip stitching, twill tape binding, corded wool binding

COASTERS – no-sew water resistent wool bonding process, simple whip stitching

PILLOWS – solid wool back attachment including how to select the right sized insert, how to cut the backing, how to hand stitch the back on without having any linen showing at the end

This is going to be a fun workshop that hopefully will clear up any uncertainty you may have with finishing techniques.

Paris Hill Founders’ Day Open Studio @ Parris House Wool Works
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Come on up to Historic Paris Hill Village’s Founders’ Day celebration on July 20th and stop in to the Parris House Wool Works studio to hook, chat, shop, or just relax. We’ll have refreshments, the studio and sunporch open, and everything you need for learning about and making hooked rugs.

Note: Our open house on this day is FREE. Founders’ Day activities down on the church green are separate events. Founders’ Day activities include food, music, a classic car show, vendors, and more.

Embellishing Techniques & Materials for Hooked Projects @ Parris House Wool Works
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Beth will provide all materials and embellishments, but you may also bring some of your own if they are special to you. Materials provided for you:

  • wool fabric
  • sari silk
  • roving
  • tee shirt material
  • yarns
  • beads
  • buttons
  • perl cotton
  • embroidery floss
  • applique materials
  • more

In this class we will explore a variety of alternative materials and techniques to embellish your hooked rugs where the only limit is your imagination. Techniques to be covered are (but not limited to):

  • simple wool applique
  • stuffed wool applique
  • needle felting within the rug
  • simply proddy
  • surface chain stitching
  • adding beads, gems, buttons
  • clipping loops for a shag effect
  • “checkerboard” effect with alternating loops
  • pulling loops with more than one material at a time
  • French knots – real and faux

This is a great opportunity to make an out of the box project and have some fun!

Should you need guidance on a pattern to choose, just get in touch with Beth prior to class, but almost any pattern will work. Look especially for designs that might benefit from these alternative techniques.

Parris House Wool Works Free Open Studio and Homestead Day @ Parris House Wool Works
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come on out and see what we’re all about at the Parris House this summer!

We’ll have refreshments, answers to all your questions (or try to), tours of the historic Parris House, and will provide you a self guided walking tour of Historic Paris Hill as well. See what’s growing in the garden, check out the bee yard, say hello to the Parris House hens, and get a free mini-lesson in traditional North American rug hooking.

If you’d like to stay and hook, knit, or work on some other project for a while, just bring your things with you and sit a spell.

We’ll give you the latest on our plans for hosting arts and homesteading retreats in 2020 and you may also put your name in to a drawing to win a future retreat.

Hope to see you there!

Yes, You Are & Yes, You Can – Beginner Rug Hooking Pattern Design @ Parris House Wool Works
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Yes, you are talented and yes, you can draw stick figures and a whole lot more.   Open up to your creativity (yes, you have it) as we talk about how to keep a rug journal, brainstorm pattern ideas, learn basic principles of pattern design, and go through the process of creating our own patterns from sketch, to paper pattern, to finished linen pattern.  Everyone will leave the class with a brand new pattern of her own design, ready to hook!  Class includes all materials and a few surprise goodies, $75.  Space is limited to six students.

Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join Beth’s other half, Bill Miller, for a fun morning of cold process soap making. We will be making an all natural cold process soap recipe using vegetable oils for the base and essential oils for the scents. These soaps are vegan friendly! Each student will leave with a 2 lb. soap wood soap mold with silicone liner filled with his/her own fresh cold process soap (it will need to cure 4-6 weeks at home), accessories needed for soap making, and a booklet for use at home. This class never fails to be fun and surprising (as in…it really IS easy to make your own soap!).

Making Wool Needle Felted Scented Buckwheat Sachet Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join teacher/fiber artist Beth Miller just in time to celebrate the arrival spring with these freshly scented sachet pillows!

These are small (4 x 4 or 4 x 6 inch) sachet pillows using your choice of base wool and a wide variety of wool roving colors to make a design and then needle felt it on! If you prefer not to draw your own design I will have some ready made on hand to choose from.

We will also learn the easy art of making buckwheat seed sachet filling using essential oils. The great part about using buckwheat seeds is that the resulting pillows may be either microwaved to warm or frozen to cool and then used as soothing ache & pain relievers.

Finish the whole project using a simple yarn whipstitch technique to close the felted pillow case.

We will provide all materials to make the pillows, and felting blocks and needles to borrow for the process.

Seventh Annual Paris Hill Hook-In! @ First Baptist Church of Paris
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Mark your calendars and register today for the

Seventh Annual Paris Hill Hook-In!

Sponsored by Parris House Wool Works


Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Paris

Center of the Village Green

500 Paris Hill Road, Paris, Maine


    • Registration Deadline:  October 26th, 2019
    • Ticket Price: $32.00
    • Breakfast & Lunch included
    • Informal Rug Show: Bring your favorites to share! As many as you like!
    • Vendors & Door Prizes


  • Ring the Early 19th Century Paul Revere Foundry Church Bell!



FMI and Registration Form contact: Beth Miller, 207-890-8490 or  Visit us at