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American Country Rugs Workshops
Hello and Welcome to Lollipop farm


4743 State Route 315, Pawlet, VT 05761
Studio East Rupert, VT


have a jolly

It is a wonderful time of year! The snow has come and the ground looks like a sparkling white blanket making Vermont look like the picture on the cover of the Irvin Berlin’s movie, White Christmas. Hooking Holly Jolly all fall was so much fun it put me in the holiday spirt early. I am full of good cheer and ready for a long winter with lots of snow and good hooking. I hope you have a lot of fun winter projects to hook on those cold snowy days.

My best wishes for a Holly Jolly New Year….lucille

Maggie Bonanomi is back this year by popular demand! Maggie is a premier primitive designer and teacher. Those that attend will have an opportunity to purchase her ninth, and new this year book, work on a newly designed pattern and/or applique kit. Maggie will teach a three day rug hooking class and a one day wool applique class. See below or Please visit her web site -

maggie bonanomi - https://blackberryprimitives.com

Thank you for your business but most of all your friendship.

The Fifth Annual Open House at Lollipop Farm and Hook In at the Manchester
Country Club are back by popular demand..... RSVP

Open house: Thursday April 19, 2018
Hook in: Friday April 20, 2018

Please call if you have any questions about these workshops


Primitive Rug Hooking Workshops

Lucille Festa’s Workshop Schedule

Expand your knowledge on what makes a rug a true primitive. These classes focus on ideas gleaned from American Classical Rugs, American Folk Art and American History all of which are incorporated into my original designs.

Spring- May- Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 ---------Cost $318.00

Summer- July- Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 ------Cost $318.00

Fall- October- Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Thursday 11---------- Cost $318.00


Color, Texture & Design for Primitive Rugs

These classes are for those who love primitive rugs; focusing on the use of textures, wide cut and color appropriate for the pattern design. Here, we will explore how the key to mixing many textured fabrics is balance. Hooking wool in the deep rich colors of Early America creates a rug that becomes an “instant antique.” Moreover, I believe a pattern should be fun to hook and also contain elements of challenge. We will talk about how “America the Beautiful” holds an endless source of inspiration; old houses, baskets, holidays, boats, flowers, animals, flags, etc., then show you how to use those inspirations, plus a little imagination, to create original rugs that reflect who you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go.


Maggie Bonanomi

Maggie delights in mother nature and this inspiration is the essence of her designs. Old baskets, flowers, small animals, fruits and vegetables grace her Rug Hooking and Applique patterns. Her wool in earthy colors is an integral part of her pallet that compliments nature’s gifts.

Rug Hooking and Applique Workshops

August- Tuesday 14, Wednesday15, Thursday16 -----------Cost $340

Wool Applique Workshop - Friday 17----------------------------- Cost $120

Rug Hooking workshop – This class will focus on how to hook in Maggie’s style that
requires the purchase of one of her patterns.

Wool Applique Workshop Maggie will make kits for the class. Material fee to follow

Create your own workshop

When your schedule does not agree with ours, then create a workshop that fits your life.

Requirement: Six students minimum

Number of days- The number of days for a workshop is flexible; it may be any day or days of the week.

Scheduling is easy- call for availability, set a date, send in deposit.

Advance reservations are recommended.


Workshop Details

All workshops follow the same format
Workshops are open to all skill levels - beginner to advanced

All workshops are held at the ACR studio located in a separate building on the property

The studio opens at 8 am; classes begin at 9 am and end at 3:30 pm. Although the teachers day ends at 3:30 pm, hooking may continue until 9 pm.


  • Breakfast - goodies are provided, in the studio, you can munch at will.

  • Lunch - A gourmet lunch is served at noon in the house.


Travel and Accommodations for Workshops

Lollipop Farm is located in Southern VT, 11 miles from Manchester center

The following are Hooker's favorite lodgings:

Historic Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
802.867.5500 - $$$
"Best of the Oldest top 10 historic Inns, 18th century lodging" Yankee Magazine

Aspen Motel- www.theaspenatmanchester.com/
800.362.2450 - $$
A warm , friendly family business - By far the Hooker's #1 choice.

Manchester View Motel - www.manchesterview.com
800.362.2739 - $$

also -

Palmer House – For Groups: Inquire about the availability of the group housing apartment.

Location: Manchester Village 802.362.3600

Directions from Manchester: Follow the signs to Dorset. Take RT 30 North make a left onto RT 315, proceed about 1 mile. ACR is on your right look for the Red, White & Blue sign.

(my mailing addresses does not work in a GPS)

Local News:

Manchester (known as the Shires of Manchester) located eleven miles from Lollipop Farm was voted the most scenic town in VT. A must see in October.

The Dorset Inn located 3 miles from Lollipop Farm was chosen as one of the top ten Inns in New England.

The Aspen Motel has been the students favorite.

The Dorset Union Store located across the street from the Dorset Inn is one of the oldest general stores in the country. My favorites are their breads and cheeses from our local VT farms.

Vermont Open Studio May, 26-27 2018
Presented by the Vermont Crafts council


Each year on Memorial Day Week end hundreds of participating artists open their studio’s to the public. This is a great opportunity to see these artists at work in their milieus. Maps are available at any studio or at the Northshire Book Store in Manchester. Look for the yellow signs and do stop in to say hello.


Workshop Registration Form -


4743 RT 315 Pawlet, VT 05761


Workshop Registration Form

Name: ________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________City: _______________

State: _____ Zip: _____


Workshop: _____________________________________

Workshop Date(s): _______________________________


Dietary Needs: ____________________________________
Please note: Meals are not gluten and dairy free. Contact us for alternatives.

Email: ___________________________________________

Phone: _________________________

Emergency Contact: ___________________________

Tuition Please Note:

Registration is not guaranteed until a $165.00 deposit on any three day workshop or a $75.00 deposit for all other workshops is received. This deposit will hold your seat for 30 days before the workshop. At this time the balance is due.

Cancellations: 30 days prior to the workshop – you will receive a full refund of all the money paid at this time, minus an $85.00 cancellation fee.

Cancellations: Less than 30 days prior to the workshop – No refunds can be made.

ACR reserves the right to cancel a workshop without sufficient enrollment 6 weeks before the scheduled date. – A full refund will be given. To avoid disappointment register early.

Note: Please complete a separate registration form
for each workshop along with a
separate check for each deposit.

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