Workshop: Hand Hooked Rugs

by - Sunday, June 06, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
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Hand Hooked Rugs
Michelle Sirois-Silver

$165 (Includes $40 Lab Fee) Two full days

October 25 - 27 (Mon - Wed) 10 am–4 pm
Maiwa Loft - Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 16

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

"The first time I watched someone pull up fabric strips through a backing, I knew instantly that this was the craft for me. The serenity of that moment stays with me today, and 14 years later my passion for hand hooked rugs continues to grow and flourish. I often think back to Canada in the mid-1800s and to the men and women for whom making a hooked rug was a matter of thrift. For many it would be their only opportunity for creative expression, and I believe they would laugh to hear me call their rugs art or sustainable. They were making rugs to warm their beds and keep out cold winter drafts. They didn’t hook rugs to last a hundred years and yet they left us a legacy rich in history and storytelling."

In this two-day workshop students learn the basic rug hooking and finishing techniques needed to make their own hand hooked rugs and accessories. Each student receives individual one-on-one attention from the instructor. They may select from one of three designs provided by the instructor and are welcome to create their own design. Students will leave the workshop with a completed hand hooked 20 x 20 cm sampler. Topics covered in the workshop include selecting fabrics and backing, sourcing supplies, and the history of hand hooked rugs in Canada.

This two day workshop is ideal for those who are beginners as well as those who are relatively new to the craft and may want to refresh they skills.


Michelle Sirois-Silver is a McGown certified instructor and teaches rug hooking workshops on design and colour planning in Canada and the United States.

Her work has been exhibited at fibreEssence, Contemporary Craft in BC, Surface Design Traveling Exhibition, FibreWorks Gallery, Convergence, Gibsons Fibre Arts Festival, and at the Silk Purse Arts Centre. She has a Creative Arts Diploma from Vanier College, a BA Specialization in Communications Concordia University, and a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Toronto. She studied colour theory with Michele Wipplinger and at BCOU. Ms. Sirois-Silver first began teaching rug hooking in 1998 and formed Big Dog Hooked Rug Designs in 2004.

Student Supply List

All materials provided.

The full course calendar is on the web. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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