RHGNS

2022 In-Person Rug Hooking School

Course Overview

Fruit Song, designer unknown, hooked and photographed by Mary Grant, NB

RHGNS Rug School Committee is pleased to present the 2022 In-Person Rug School at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 1st to May 6th

Stay tuned for more details on the evening activities planned during the week.

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Animal Crackers

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

‘Zuma’, designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock.

Instructor: Pam Bartlett, New Hampshire

We are all crackers over our pets and loved creatures, no matter how cute, cuddly or slippery they may be. Bringing creatures to life in rug hooking is a fun and creative experience.

Pam is known for helping her students see the small things that bring life to animals, by using multiple cuts of wool and mixed media such as silk, satin, yarns and fleece which help add yet another element of interest, realism and artistic interpretation.

Students will learn to use textures, swatches, spot dyed and dip dyed wools to create the detail in color and value found in animals. Whether you are hooking fur, feathers, fins or fleece, Pam will help you develop the confidence to try new ideas and techniques to add realistic or impressionistic details to your work.

Students are encouraged to work with either their own design, a commercial design or one she has designed for you.

Course Level

Intermediate

Number of Students

14

Celtic Wonders

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

‘Celtic Wonders’, designed by David Rankine, hooked and photographed by Gail Lambert.

Instructor: Gail Lambert, Nova Scotia

Celtic designs can be intimidating with their twists, knots and overlaps.  Where to begin when a creature has two heads and one leg?  Why were certain colours more important than others?  Who were the people creating these unique devotional works of art that influence the modern artist?  During the week there will be lectures on the historical significance of these designs and a glimpse into the mysterious world of the ancient Celt.

 Join me and learn to bring these timeless patterns into the world of contemporary rug hooking and create an heirloom for tomorrow!

You can bring your own pattern or purchase one from me.  There are free patterns in the back of my book, ‘ Hooked on Celtic ‘ that you can use, too.  All my patterns are created by co-author and Celtic artist David Rankine, from Ontario.

Course Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Number of Students

15

Design and Adaptation of Emily Carr, Group of Seven

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

Adaptation of Emily Carr, hooked and photographed by Sheila Stewart.

Instructor: Sheila Stewart, British Columbia

Some say that “art is derived from art” and “out of art grows originality”.  In this 5-day class, students will develop a rug adapted from the works of Emily Carr or one of the Group of Seven. 

The focus will be on developing the design and the use of spot-dyed fabrics to create movement and depth in the design including cutting the fabric and methods of dyeing. 

We will discuss copyright issues, styles of art (realism vs impressionism), color theory and how it relates to spot-dyed fabric. 

We will learn about Emily Carr and her relationship with the Group of Seven and why their art is still so valued today.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

15

Dye Course

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

Photographed by Anne Lockhart

Instructor: Anne Lockhart, Prince Edward Island

Time to get out the dye pot and discover the joy and science behind wonderful colours. I hope to expose you to the magic of the colour wheel.

We will dye 8 value swatches, dip dye, casserole dye, and include many more methods. Have you painted with shaving cream? What about ice cubes?

Let’s bleed, marry, and paint your wool. Cook top, oven, microwave, and deep fryer – let’s have fun.  Students will work in pairs

The Dye course is a certification requirement for Associates of the Teachers Branch.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

14

Fine Shading – Forbidden Fruit

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

‘Forbidden Fruit’,  hooked and photographed by Mary Grant.

Instructor: Mary Grant, New Brunswick

Join me to learn how to shade those inedible fruit on your mat.

The general shapes of fruits will be used so that the techniques can also be applied to other fruit.  Types will include round such as oranges; split round, such as peaches; elongated as in bananas; multi-faceted as in pineapples and variations on these.  Leaves which go with the fruit will also be addressed.

Shading techniques of fingering, mock shading with swatches, dip dyes, spot dyes and textures will be covered

Course Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Number of Students

15

Namely Kaleidoscopes

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

‘Emily’, designed, hooked and photographed by Donna Legere.

Instructor: Donna Legere, Nova Scotia

Create a name or word in a kaleidoscope.

You will learn to design your kaleidoscope, prepare the design from paper to pattern and your pattern to backing. Colour planning will be explored and finally hooking your own design.

At the end of this course you will feel confident to design and complete your own ‘Namely Kaleidoscope’. Multiple versions of the kaleidoscope will be demonstrated and finishing techniques will be discussed.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

15

Oriental

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

Hooked and Photographed by Jayne Nevins

Instructor: Jayne Nevins, Ontario

Travel to the East without leaving your favourite chair!

Bring a jewel of the East into your home by hooking an Oriental style rug, pillow or wall- hanging.  Come hook a Persian, Caucasian, Chinese, Kilim, or Azeri pattern and we’ll discuss the style and history of the various types of designs. 

Explore the use of colours, outlines, and use of textured wools. Hook your piece in fine or wide cuts. Bring a design of your own or use a commercial pattern.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

15

Primitive and Contemporary Wide Cut Landscapes

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

‘Whale’s Tail’ designed, hooked and photographed by Cherylyn Brubaker

Instructor: Cherylyn Brubaker, Maine

This course will explore landscapes hooked in the wider cuts (#5 and up) and with minimal shading. The subject can be the view from your kitchen window, a well-known location, have a folk-art feel or a non-traditional color palette. The pattern can be a commercial pattern or one derived from a photo or design of your own. Discussions will include hooking skies, trees/shrubs, water as well as contemporary versus traditional pictorials.

 This will be a perfect class to use your recycled wools and smaller pieces of wool. Textures, as is and hand dyed wools will work well. Fibre and yarn can be appropriate as well. Smaller details may require a multi-cut approach but mostly plan for using at least a #5 cut or wider.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

15

Hooking & Stitching with Sari Silk

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

“Mardi Gras’ Designed, hooked, and photographed by Dawn Liu-Smyth

Instructor: Dawn Liu-Smyth, Ontario

Silk ribbon from India has become a popular material for rug hooking in recent years. Available in so many bright and beautiful colours, the silk adds amazing sheen and texture. The ribbon is versatile and fun to hook with. In this one-week workshop, participants will learn techniques used to hook silk ribbon and explore how to incorporate stitching techniques.

The first day and half will be spent working on a 12×12 sampler. The instructor will use the sampler to teach techniques such as shisha, couching, feathering, etc. When completed, the sampler makes a perfect pillow or bag front.

Participants will then proceed to plan their own unique design. Under the guidance of the instructor, students will draw, transfer and colour-plan their own 16”x20” or 20”x24” original piece. By the end of the week, each participant will be on their way to completing their sari silk masterpiece. This class is suitable for all skill levels. Basic hooking experience is beneficial.

Course Level

All Levels Welcome

Number of Students

15

Taking rugs 3D

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

Designed, hooked, and photographed by Holly Kingdon.

Instructor: Holly Kingdon, Alberta

In this workshop, participants will learn techniques and processes used to design and hook a 3-dimensional hooked rug structure. Working with an idea, they will spend time developing the pattern and learn structural techniques to aid in the creation of their own hooked 3D sculpture.

Students will begin to hook their pieces within the time constraints of a 5-day workshop, and will gain the knowledge needed to complete their designs on their own time.

The hooked teapot pattern will be offered as part of this course, as an alternative to creating your own 3D project.

Course Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Number of Students

12

Water and Sky

'Zuma', designed, hooked and photographed by Lynda Hadlock. Sample rug for the Animal Crackers course at the May 2022 RHGNS Rug School

Designed, hooked, and photographed by Michele Micarelli.

Instructor: Michele Micarelli, Connecticut

Please join Michele for an adventure of beautiful sky and water. Like you she lives surrounded by water and of course under an amazing sky!

Skies can include sunrise, sunset, Nebulas from the Hubble, shooting stars, airplanes, birds, or anything else you can think of. Let your mind soar to outer-space as well as inner-space, maybe weather will enter the picture.

Water can include the ocean, lake, river, dew drops, tear drops, puddles, fish, jellyfish, kelp, coral, or anything else you can come up with. Think underwater as well as above water, or perhaps even a waterline.

You may choose from one of Michele’s patterns, draw your own, or use a pattern from another designer. Michele will custom design a pattern especially for you, with your input.

Course Level

Intermediate

Number of Students

14

On Your Own

Participants will pass the time in very pleasant, often lively conversation with like-minded rug hookers, all the while hooking their favourite projects.  There is much give and take in this room and sharing of ideas!  Having fun is the order of the day!

Course Level

All Levels

Number of Students

25