PUNCH NEEDLE WORKSHOP, MONDAY MAY 7, 2018
Time to learn something new?
There are many different ways and many different materials to make rugs and wall hangings etc. Punching has been around for many years. Depending on the size of your punch needle you can use thick and thin wool yarn, pearl cotton, embroidery floss, sparkly yarns, or art yarns. You can create textures with different sizes of loops or shearing the loops.
In this workshop you will start with a simple pattern (yours) and build a good foundation so you can experiment with some or all of the above materials. The emphasis will be on learning the technique of using a punch needle.
As they say “the sky is the limit”.
So come and try something new to you – you never know where it will lead.
INSTRUCTOR: MARILYN GAZELEY, NS
Marilyn is well known in the region as a rug hooker, organizer, past school director and teacher.
PENNY RUGS, TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018
Wool Appliqué is an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable art form for creative expression; combining wool cloth and embroidery techniques. If you have wanted to try your hand at wool appliqué; a penny rug workshop is a great start. A chance to learn a no fuse approach, you will be exposed to different methods of transferring a pattern and a stitching/joining technique that is strong enough for hundreds of “pennies” to be joined for table runners or hearth rugs. The picture shows a variety of sizes, styles, colours etc., from simple mug rugs and candle mats to larger table toppers and runners. From monochromatic and 2 colour combinations to a scrappy, primitive style, your options are endless. Layout options allow for hexagon styles, diamond shapes, even a Christmas tree! The construction technique we will use allows for the beauty of a favourite piece of wood furniture to emerge through the design. The most tedious part of penny rug construction is the cutting of the wool pennies; as we only have a day together, I have done that work for you. The kits will include die cut wool pennies that allow you to get to the fun part, stitching and creating your rug. You will be able to choose the size of your project as well as being able to choose colours.
INSTRUCTOR: SANDE GUNNING, NB
Sande Gunning is the owner the River Gallery, a combination rug hooking, quilting and wool appliqué shop in Glenwood, NB. She has been teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for wool appliqué and penny rugs across Canada for the last eleven years. A former community college teacher (for 17 years); she brings an appreciation for and is respectful of different adult learning styles. She sees wool appliqué as the wonderful merger of her love of traditional rug hooking and quilting.
FELTED ZIPPER BROOCHES, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018
Zip Zip Hooray! In this one-day workshop you will learn how to make a colourful, swirly, needle-felted zipper brooch. (P.S. You will also learn to keep your fingers away from the barbed felting needle. Ouch!) If you zip right along, you might even make two brooches. You will definitely take home one ‘Zippety Doo-Dad’ because we all love instant gratification. Zippety Doo-Dads look great pinned on shirts, sweaters and suit jackets. A fun one-day workshop that you can finish lickety-split! No experience necessary. (Band-Aids not included)
Kit: $35 (includes: brightly coloured roving, zipper, felting needle, sewing needle, thread, felt for backing, brooch pin, felting square)
INSTRUCTOR: ROBERTA HANCOCK, NS
One day in 2009, Roberta Hancock found a dusty old button box at the back of her closet and opened it to see what was inside. Nestled among the vintage buttons was her namesake grandmother’s beautiful rug hook with a red-painted ‘R’ carved on top. Roberta has been rug hooking ever since! Shortly after, she discovered the dangerous art of needle felting (ouch!) Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Roberta worked as a writer for radio stations in London (Ont.) and Toronto and then worked for 20+ years as Creative Director for ad agencies in Toronto and Montreal.
In 1992 she returned home to Nova Scotia and worked for CBC Radio/TV in Halifax and subsequently became a national CBC trainer, giving creativity workshops to CBC hosts and producers from coast to coast. In 2005, she left CBC with another producer to start their own video production company as well as haligonia.ca, an online social media site. Semi-retired, Roberta now devotes her time to fibre arts and silver jewellery-making.
FINISHING WORKSHOP, THURSDAY MAY 10, 2018
For many of us hookers it can be a challenge to finish our rugs.
After taking this workshop and learning these finishing techniques there will be less hooked pieces stashed away waiting to be finished. In this workshop we will learn to do a traditional finish (whipping, cording and binding), Doris Eaton Edge and other finishes for wall hangings, trivets and chair pads.
INSTRUCTOR: DEBBIE LESSARD, NB
Debbie has been rug hooking since 2005. She is always challenging herself by designing and creating her own work. She is a certified RHGNS teacher and has taught numerous workshops in her home province of New Brunswick. One of her rugs “The Journey” is owned and on permanent show at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.