RHGNS

2022 Virtual Rug Hooking School

Course Overview

Original designs hooked and photographed by Tatiana Knodel, Sudbury ON, completed in 2021, 16″ x 36″

Exciting news!

There will be two Rug Schools in 2022.

The In-person rug school at Mount St. Vincent in Halifax

will run from May 1, 2022 to May 6, 2022. 

Details for the In-person Rug School will be available

in The Loop and on the Website in December 2021

The Virtual Rug school will run from Feb 20, 2022 to Feb 25, 2022

The courses for the Virtual Rug School are highlighted below.   You must be a member of RHGNS to register for a course. Registration will open November 1, 2021 at 12:30 PM Atlantic.

All instructor led courses are $100 CAD. “Find It, Finish It” is $20 CAD per day.

More details to follow on the evening activities during the Virtual Rug School.  There will be captivating guest speakers Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, and virtual live music on Wednesday night.  On Thursday night, the “People’s Choice Awards” will be announced based on the rugs submitted to the Virtual Rug Gallery, your creative masks will be judged (Theme Air, Earth, Water) and there may be another round of virtual “Left Right Centre“.

Stay tuned for more details.

February 2022 Virtual Rug School Course Details

Beginner:

So You Want to Be a Rug Hooker ….

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ellen Tancock.

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ellen Tancock.

Instructor:  Ellen Tancock, Nova Scotia

Come join us and learn about this beautiful art that is part of our heritage.   You will hook this lovely picture of New Ross Farm, Nova Scotia and learn about types of hooking, backings, equipment used, such as hooks and frames, how to transfer patterns to backings, and about wool, lots of beautiful colors of wool.  You will be hooked! 

Kit available from Instructor with everything you need to get started.  Pattern may vary.

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3 days

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Beginner

15

Celtic Knots – Dots to Designs

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Motherhood knot designed, hooked and photographed by Anne Inder

Instructor:  Anne Inder, Newfoundland

In this course you will be shown how to go from making dots in grids to creating your own mat design.

We cover a brief history, tools of the trade, colour and design and how to transfer your design. You will learn the “T” method used to create 3 x 3 and 4×4 basic grids, Fish Entrails, 4 x 4 with 2 breaks and a Celtic cross – 2 breaks. You will also learn how to draw full borders, Carrick Bend knot, Linked Hearts and the Motherhood knot (as seen in photo).

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3 days

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Intermediate

15

Creative Indigenous

Designed, hooked, and photographed by Shirley Joyce

Designed and photographed by Shirley Joyce.

Instructor:  Shirley Joyce, Nova Scotia

Welcome to “Creative Indigenous” where we will explore the Mi’kmaw “Seven Levels of Creation”. During the three days, you will see work by Indigenous artists and learn the history of the creation of the Mi’kmaw people. While designing you may hook your animals as silhouettes or gather inspiration from the Indigenous artists you will learn about in class.

We will be hooking a chair pad that I have designed. Proficiency with #3 cut will be necessary to hook the animals as they are small.  Each animal has special meaning: Eagle is Love; Buffalo is respect; Bear, courage; Turtle, truth; Wolf, humility; and Beaver is wisdom. You will be expected to choose your own materials and colors to achieve the finished rug.  Join me for a fascinating three-day journey into the Mi’kmaw art and culture.

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Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Intermediate

20

Dyeing Beautiful Yarn for Hooking & Punching

Designed, hooked and photo by Jane Holden

Photograph by Jane Holden

Instructor:  Jane Holden, Nova Scotia

Whether hooking or punching, dyeing is the best way to get variety and your own beautiful colours. We will look at various colour palettes which resist fading.You will dye your favourite one.

Basics will be covered with special considerations for dyeing yarns using several techniques. Each new dyeing method will first be explained and demonstrated. You will then choose your colours and be guided to dye at home. Students are encouraged to have a rug/project as a focus. Previous dyeing experience is helpful.

Cost of setup, specific lightfast dyes and yarn will vary depending on what you have already. Plan for a minimum of $35 for yarn with setup for beginners ranging $70 to $120.

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Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Previous dyeing experience helpful

12

Exploring Vintage Japanese Woodblock Designs

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Crows at full moon (1925-1936) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945), hooked and photographed by Caroline Simpson

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Carp and fly (1900 – 1930) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945), hooked and photographed by Caroline Simpson

Instructor:  Caroline Simpson, New Brunswick

In this 3-day course, we will explore traditional motifs of vintage Japanese woodblock prints, using dip-dyes, spot dyes, swatches, and stained-glass techniques to replicate the image.  Choose one of three patterns adapted from vintage woodblock prints by Japanese artist Ohara Koson, 1877-1945 (PDF supplied for you to transfer to backing material of choice) — or create your own design. There are many copyright-free images that can be found online. These patterns are best worked in cuts #3 to #5.

Patterns available for you to transfer:

  •  Crows at full moon (1925 – 1936) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945).
  • Carp and fly (1900 – 1930) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
  • Poppies – Birds and plants (1900 – 1936) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

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3 days

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Intermediate

15

Find It, Finish It

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Heron and Fish designed by Carol Harvey Clark, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Instructor:  Ann Jones, Nova Scotia

FiFi is for everyone!  It is our virtual hook-in during rug school.  When we gather,  we help and encourage each other.  You can join us for 5 days or join in on the days you are not in your virtual classroom.  All are welcome.

Ask anything about the design, colour planning, any type of hooking in any cut. Any question is fair game.   There will be many answers and suggestions.   This is a gathering of like minds, of new and experienced rug hookers.  It is also a time to hook together, to start your project, to continue a project, to show us your project. We will learn from each other, get to know each other, and have some fun.

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5 days

Monday to Friday

All Levels

As many as register

Introduction to Fine Shading – Pansies and Pussy Willows

Designed, hooked and photographed by Ann Jones

Pansy and Pussy Willow Rug designed, hooked and photographed by Ruth Downing

Instructor:  Ruth Downing, Nova Scotia

In this virtual course the student will be introduced to the world of fine shading through the use of 6-value swatches.  Ruth has designed a round Pansy chair mat, one of the easiest of flowers to shade.  Her approach will be to acquaint the class with valuable shading techniques in a step by step process through power point and the use of visual aids, such as rugs, photos, and diagrams. The student will learn equal gradation of values, blending techniques, fingering, mock shading, as well as tricks for creating realistic florals.  Students must be proficient with #3 cut in order to take this course.

The paper pattern will be emailed to students for enlargement.  The cost is $15.  Well in advance of the course, Ruth will provide detailed instructions on how to dye your own swatches including formulas, reference material and helpful information. Invite a friend and learn this useful dye method together. If you are feeling timid you are more than welcome to purchase your swatches from a vendor.

Join Ruth for a fun and informative course learning basic fine shading techniques.  You will see colour and value in a new light!

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3 days

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Intermediate

20

Punch Hooked Pillows

Punched in Wool Stylized Flower, designed, punched and photographed by Simone Vojvodin

Punch in wool, Jack jumps over the carrot stick, designed, punched and photographed by Simone Vojvodin

Instructor:  Simone Vojvodin, Ontario

Do you ever have wool so beautiful that you wish you could use it as is? Beautiful pillow covers, wall hangings, or table mats can be created by punching directly into the wool fabric, allowing the fabric itself to be showcased as the background! 

Students will learn this special punch needle technique using quality milled and hand-dyed wool fabrics and yarns. The process of adding “pennies” or wool appliqué, and some fancy stitches with the punch will also be taught to embellish the pattern, plus a super simple method for pillow cover assembly. A fun class, with practical applications! This workshop is suitable for students with some basic punch hooking experience.

Kit fee: $100 plus tax (includes shipping!) Kit includes wool fabric, hand-dyed yarns, pattern, tracing item, embroidery thread, and class hand-outs. Variety of patterns to choose from.

Note from Teacher: A #14 or #13 Oxford Punch Needle is required. Students may order one from the teacher beforehand. 

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3 days

Tuesday,  Wednesday & Thursday

Intermediate

15

Wearable Pictorials on Mittens

Newfoundland hooking designed, hooked and photo by Winnie Glavine
Newfoundland hooking designed, hooked and photo by Winnie Glavine

Patterns designed, hooked and photographed by Winnie Glavine.

Instructor:  Winnie Glavine, Newfoundland

Combine your love for machine sewing, knitting and rug hooking as you take your rug hooking skills outside the box and create a pair of wearable mittens.  Not a seamstress or knitter?   No worries, team up with someone who is and have them waiting in the wings with their service.

Fabrics required:  medium weight wool fabric to make your mitten, (retired wool blanket), linen foundation fabric, wool yarns in a variety of colour and fleece for lining the mittens.

Hooked Creations NL is dedicated to reduce, reuse, recycle and therefore repurposed clothing is ALWAYS encouraged for your rug hooking projects when possible.

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3 days

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Intermediate

15

Yarn Painting with Flair

designed, created and photographed by Len de Graaf.

Created and photographed by Len de Graaf.

Instructor:  Len de Graaf, Ontario

What is Yarn Painting?

Melted beeswax is applied to a hard surface and when dry yarn is pressed into the hardened beeswax with a sharp implement to create a beautiful piece of art.

WHO: People who love working with yarn such as rug hookers, needle punchers, weavers and thread painters.

WHAT: Each participant will be mailed a kit containing an 8×8″ wooden cradled panel board. This board will have 6 coats of melted beeswax on it applied by me before it is sent to you. Included you will have instructions as to how to beeswax your own boards after the workshop. You provide  our  own yarn & fibres. Theme: You may wish to reference a landscape painting by Tom Tomson or use a picture you have taken yourself of a  landscape.

HOW: On Monday I will demonstrate yarn painting techniques which you will practise on your board. Then when you are comfortable you can start your yarn painting using yarn and alternative fibres to create your own painting. On Tues. you will continue to yarn paint. Then on Friday I will show  you how to work with edges, sides of the wooden frame and most importantly how to work with the corners.

KITS: Each kit will cost $45.00 which includes mailing.

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12