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.


  1. Hello, I have a needlepoint book by this artist. I absolutely love his beautiful rich colors & movement.
    I did the fox & the hair? finished but not pressed ... kind of forgot about them, oups!
    I am in Judy's group in Moncton NB.
    Lise Lacombe Gaudet

  2. Doris, I wish I could have attended rug school to take this course with you. Alas, Living in Toronto makes it difficult. It sounds marvellous!
    Cheers, Maureen


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.