National Rug Braiders Conference 2016

                                   Sept 28- Oct 1, 2016 in beautiful Gig Harbor, WA

                                            Hostess/Instructor: Donna McKeever            Guest Instructor: Kathy McMillen 

Please note that extended lunch breaks have been scheduled each day to allow for braiding, resting, shopping, or visiting the village of Gig Harbor.

WEDNESDAY, Sept 28
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Pre-Conference "Welcome Gathering" with appetizers (attendance optional)
THURSDAY, Sept 29
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.Introductions
9:45 - 11:45 a.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
Noon - 1:00 p.m.Lunch - Free Time
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Extended Lunch / free time or Workshop / Sharing Time
2:00 - 4:45 p.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Dinner
6:45 - 9:00 p.m.Discussion Group or Workshop / Sharing Time
FRIDAY, Sept 30
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 - 11:45 a.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
Noon - 1:00 p.m.Lunch - Free Time
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Extended Lunch / free time or Workshop / Sharing Time
2:00 - 4:45 p.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.Dinner
6:45 - 9:00 p.m.Discussion Group or Workshop / Sharing Time
SATURDAY , Oct 1
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 - 11:45 a.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch - Free Time
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Extended Lunch / free time or Workshop / Sharing Time
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.Classes (Basics & Advanced) or Workshop / Sharing Time
5:00 p.m.Conference Ends (no dinner served)

Final schedule may vary slightly.  Host reserves right to make adjustments to classes, discussion topics and schedule to best serve the needs of the attendees.

CLASSES have a teacher who will present specific topics through

the use of PowerPoint presentations and/or handouts, demonstrations

and hands-on time.
   Types of Classes Offered:

   (Subject to change depending on attendee preferences):
     * Beginning Rug Braiding (braiding, lacing, ending with taper/rattail)
     * Rugs with corners
     * Butting

     * Braided Shapes and 3D braided projects

            (i.e., baskets, Christmas trees, balls, pumpkin, corn, lazy Susan, etc.)
     * Multi-Strand Braiding  
     * Braided Borders on Hooked Rugs  
     * Fancy Borders - Picot/Lacy Edge  
     * Pattern within Rugs (lining up braids/tones to create a pattern within the rug)  
     * Unique Braid Designs 

  

WORKSHOP is work/sharing time with attendees learning from each other in a social atmosphere

DISCUSSION GROUPS are for those interested in talking about specific rug braiding topics.
Possible Discussion Topics (Based on attendee preferences):  
   * Planning a Rug (Color plans, designs, patterns)
   * Selling and Marketing your Rugs
   * Teaching Rug Braiding (How to get started, teaching an effective and fun class)
   * Braiding tools and Materials
   * Attendee demonstrations and discussions on unique braiding projects

DAILY SCHEDULE: "Something for Every Braider"

The days are planned to accommodate braiders of ALL skill levels, from those who want to learn beginning skills to those who are more experienced and would like to share their knowledge.