About Me

My name is Karen Kahle and I am a fiber artist from Eugene, Oregon. For the past 10 years or so I have hooked and designed rugs for my mail order business called Primitive Spirit.

I chose the name Primitive Spirit because my designs are in the primitive style of rug hooking. The look is vintage, stylized, with soft, time-worn colors. These are the colors I live with and make me feel at home and happy.

Other than my mail order business, occasionally I travel to teach about color. I have written articles in Rug Hooking Magazine, and have a rug chosen for the annual publication A Celebration Of Hooked Rugs 2011.

I publish several dye books that feature my antique colors, as well as The Marbleized Wool Book on creating colorful wool without using dyes.

Here are some sites where you can see more of my work:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/primitivespirit
http://www.etsy.com/shop/primitivespirit
http://www.primitivespiritrugs.com

22 thoughts on “About Me

  1. LOVE YOUR WEB SITE!!! I LIVE IN BROOKLIN,MAINE AND I JUST STARTED HOOKING 2 YEARS AGO.I AM A FRIEND OF CAROL AND ALAN R. IN FLORIDA AND CAROL’S SISTER PATRICIA IS A VERY DEAR FRIEND ALSO IN FLORIDA!! I AM SHARON HOLDEN.

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  2. I am interested in the Friday project – the hit and miss geometric.
    How do I proceed? – looking forward to this interactive project.

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  3. Do you publish a schedule of when/where you will be teaching in the future? My friend and I might like to travel to a class sometime. Thanks!

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  4. Finally found you! I admired a picture of one of your rugs several years ago but couldn’t find much about you on the web. Now, thanks to pinterest, I have found lots of lovely info. Thanks.

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  5. Hi there,

    I just read an article on vacation and travelling that you posted a while back on your blog: http://primitivespirit.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/vacation-time/

    I thought you might be interested in a vacation infographic we just published, it’s titled ‘Vacation Time goes unused for most Americans’, check it out: http://complianceandsafety.com/blog/vacation-infographic-vacation-time-goes-unused-for-most-americans/

    If you like it, feel free to publish it on your site.

    Thanks a lot,

    Matthew Pelletier
    Director of Public Relations
    C&S Safety Training Videos

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  6. Do you ever give individual lessons? I visit my sister in Oregon and would love to book an afternoon for private lesson in rug hooking. I will watch your blog for classes. I am a beginner and want to learn.

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    • taffra, no i don’t teach beginning students. i would suggest picking up a copy of Rug Hooking Magazine (B&N stores) and finding out what is near you as far as classes and guilds. you may be surprised as what is available in your area. once you get the basics in hand, you might then be interested in taking a color workshop from me.

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  7. While surfing through Pinterest I came across your Site…..I thought I would have a look. My married name is Robertson, my maiden name is Kahle………Karen Kahle. It kinda freaked me out to see somebody else with the same name! Lol

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