Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild

Teaching William Morris May 5 - 9 in Halifax Nova Scotia

The Rug Hooking School Committee is pleased to announce the courses and dates for the 2014 Spring Rug School to be held at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eight courses plus On Your Own are being offered.

Course descriptions follow with a brief Teacher biography. Please read the information before completing the application form and consider your alternate choices carefully. Should none of your choices be available, you will be contacted by the Registrar to see if you might consider joining a class not yet filled. You will receive a letter of confirmation plus all other school information in late February.

Please note — Membership to the RHGNS is required to go to the Spring Rug School. Membership runs from Oct 1, 2013 to the end of Sept 2014. As applications will be received as of Nov 1, 2013, please have your new membership before you apply for Rug Hooking School.

Teaching in Newfoundland August 2014

Rug School 2014 will be held in St John's in August

As taken from the official Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador website:

To get ready for the rug school campfire practice this song!

(sung to the tune of Squid Jiggin’ Grounds)

O, this is the place where the hookers are meeting
With scissors and mat frames there’s fun in the air
We’re getting together for fun, food, and laughter
As we gather again for rug school this year.

We’re here from the East Coast, and here from the West Coast,
From South Coast and Central, and further away,
With old friends and new ones from our own great big country
As well as some hookers from the U S of A.

We’ll learn new techniques and improve on some others,
We’ll share our ideas and make up new plans,
It’s always a pleasure to spend time together
As we work on our projects with hooks in our hands.

When school is all over, it’s time to go home
We’ll get on the road with a heartfelt goodbye.
We all drive away in different directions
And work on our hooking for next year’s display.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Nova Scotia May Rug School 2012


Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Take a trip back in time with me to the eighteen hundreds; we will create works of beauty inspired by this remarkable man’s designs for tapestries, tiles, stained glass, wall paper etc. I encourage you to create a pattern in the Wm Morris style. My student letter to you will include dye formulas, list of copyright-free books, and pattern suggestions. We will have dye demonstrations during the week. Although not a lot of intricate shading is involved, shading will be taught using wide and narrow cut wool flannel [new or reclaimed] or yarns. Hooking techniques, fun and learning will be emphasized. Join me, William and his artsy friends as we listen to relaxing music and stories of the period while studying design and colour. Course is open to anyone with some hooking experience, wishing to share and to be inspired to create tomorrow’s heirlooms.

Hooking with Textures Feb 2012 Fredericton

Hooking with Textures
Doris Norman, Rug Hooker
Thursdays 6-9 pm
A fun rug hooking course that encourages students to bring various textures to class and design a geometric or pictorial pattern to accommodate the fabric. Texture adds dimension and depth to hooked mats. It lifts the mat from a flat surface to an interesting work of art and makes the person want to reach out and touch the surface. There will be wools, yarns and patterns available for those not wishing to design.
Early contact with instructor is important, so that she will be prepared for the student needs.

Supplies: No cost for backing and fabrics brought to class
For purchase from instructor;
Backing: Linen 30”x 36”@ $15
Wools and yarns @ various prices
Pattern $ 55 Wools $85
Hook $12 14” hoop frame $35
Students can bring their own material or purchase from Doris by
contacting her through her email:
Register at College of Craft and Design phone 506-453-5941

Doris Norman Bio

Doris is a skilled artisan and instructor who teaches rug-hooking courses and workshops across the United States and Canada. She is an accredited Nova Scotia and Pearl McGown teacher, specializing in Celtic Art, William Morris, Jacobean, Pictorial, Stained Glass, Primitive Fruit and Shading. Her work has been featured in Canadian Living Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine and is included in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Permanent collection as well as many private collections. Doris has taught at Nova Scotia schools for many years as well as the Prairie Harvest school, Newfoundland and Labrador school, Hooked in the Mountains, and Friends by the Sea in Oregon.