Kathy Donovan

Wool Rugs (Braided, Hooked, Punch Needle), Chair Pads, Hanging Art, Felt Art
Purcellville Train Depot Guest
200 North 21st Street Purcellville, VA 20132
Loudoun Valley, Stop #20

Karakul roving braided 2' x 3' rug - 2015
Karakul roving braided 2' x 3' rug - 2015

Biography

"Shepherding Sheep" began over ten years ago for Kathy. With no prior experience of raising sheep Kathy discovered the joy of raising heritage Karakul sheep. Since the start of her flock she has won awards at the Virginia State Fair and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for her sheep and fleeces. Her farm was featured in "Living the Country Life" magazine and their national TV program. "Sheep" magazine published a story featuring the unique characteristics and fleece products of the Karakul breed. "Rug Hooking Magazine" featured her Karakul yarn original rug in their January/February 2016 issue.

Kathy has worked to build awareness of the "Fat Tailed" sheep's wool as a valuable resource to produce various products due to the sheep's long sturdy fibers used to make Persian carpets for many generations. Kathy offers Karakul rug yarns in natural, hand dyed and variegated colors.

Kathy is an accomplished instructor for punch needle rug hooking and braiding of rugs, chair pads and original wall art. She attended and became a certified instructor for punch needle rug yarn hooked rugs using the Oxford Punch Needle process completing an intensive sixty-hour classroom and hands on curriculum under the direction of Amy Oxford.

Kathy loves to introduce students to this ancient breed's unique wool characteristics for felt and rug projects. She is a member of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists), Goose Creek Ruggers Hooking Guild, Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild, and Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association.

Original design Karakul rug yarn 2' x 3' rug - 2014
Original design Karakul rug yarn 2' x 3' rug - 2014
Karakul yarn combined with braided roving chair pad - 2015
Karakul yarn combined with braided roving chair pad - 2015
Original chair pad combining rug yarn with wool fabric - 2014
Original chair pad combining rug yarn with wool fabric - 2014
Pillow top or wall hanging using Karakul rug yarn - 12
Pillow top or wall hanging using Karakul rug yarn - 12" X 12" - 2014
Santa pillow on wool using fine yarns - 12
Santa pillow on wool using fine yarns - 12" X 12" - 2014
4' x 6' rug - 2015
4' x 6' rug - 2015
Original design wall hanging using rovings, rug yarn, cotton yarn - 2015
Original design wall hanging using rovings, rug yarn, cotton yarn - 2015
Foot stool top - 2014
Foot stool top - 2014
2.5' x 3.5' punch needle rug made using Checkmate Rug Yarns, pattern designer unknown - 2016
2.5' x 3.5' punch needle rug made using Checkmate Rug Yarns, pattern designer unknown - 2016

Offering on tour: Rug hooking demonstrations. Handmade rugs, chair pads, wall hanging art, and wool materials.

Loudoun Valley Stop #20

Visit Kathy Donovan at Purcellville Train Depot
From Main Street in Purcellville heading west, turn right on North 21st Street, to the light yellow train depot in front of Magnolia’s.