though its origins—strips of old clothing pulled through burlap
feed sacks to create mats for bare floors—traditional rug hooking
has evolved into a fiber art with unlimited possibilities for self expression.
This workshop will provide participants with an introductory project
that includes a pattern, woollen material for hooking, instructional
handouts, and the use of all tools and equipment necessary to complete
their mat. Topics covered in the course will include basic hooking skills,
dyeing wool, simple shading, and finishing techniques. Reference materials
and samples of rugs and hangings will be available to inspire participants.
Harvey-Clark, the owner of Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio
in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, has been teaching beginners how to hook
mats for more than ten years. Her work has appeared in "A Celebration
of Hand-Hooked Rugs" which, through juried selection, honours artisans’
use of colour, execution, and design or interpretation of a pattern.
She has exhibited at the Mary Black Gallery in Halifax and the Des Brisay
Museum in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
of Carol's work can be seen at www.sprucetoprughookingstudio.com