These are the educational choices being offered at the Annual. Note the important information as you make your plans — and check out two new workshop sessions that have been added.

  • Most workshops have limited participation (12-15). Each registrant can select a maximum of two of these sessions, to enable a larger number of attendees to benefit from the program. Presentations that can accommodate 50-100 participants can be selected in addition, for a total of 3-4 education sessions.
  • Registrations will be processed after the OHCG newsletter has been received, and people have had time to complete and return forms. Processing of registrations is ongoing from Jan. 5, 2018.
  • All fees have HST added for 2018. To make it easier to calculate HST, a fillable form is now available on the OHCG website. Using your computer or tablet, you input workshops and other items you wish to include, subtotals are created and the HST is calculated and a final total provided. Online payment is not possible, but you can complete the online form and have the calculations done for you. Then print this form and mail it in with your payment.
  • Workshop supply fees are payable to the instructor, in class.
  • If you have any questions, click on the tab ‘Write us’ to connect. We promise to respond promptly!

New workshops: There is still space in some of the workshops. However, due to the interest we’re offering two new ones:

  • second session of Karen Miller’s Tulips: Hooking With Yarn, Sunday, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • new session by Tatiana Knodel, Hooking On Fabric, Saturday, 1:30-4:30 pm:
    Learn how to hook directly onto fabric. You can use the techniques learned in this workshop to make a pillow, wall hanging, bag or any other small piece. You’ll also learn how to apply proddy technique and creative stitches. Practical tips are discussed for putting a design onto verel and wool without a hooked background. Both fabrics will be available for purchase. Tatiana is an OHCG certified rug hooking teacher and has hooked more than 100 rugs. Four of her pieces have been featured in Celebration magazine.
    This illustration is an example of Tatiana’s work on fabric. Workshop cost is $50 plus supplies.

To sign up for any of these workshops, contact the registrar, Claire Osborne, directly, as space is limited: or 613-794-5077.

Field Trip: Canadian Museum of History (Max: 15)
Friday 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Cost: $50
(covers bus rental)
Fish Bones (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Loretta Moore
Saturday  10 am – 1 pm
Cost: $50 + supplies
(($50 includes bones, pattern, instructions))
Finishing (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Ruth Emerson
Saturday  10 – noon
Sunday 9 – 11

Cost: $35

Caring For Your Cutter (Max: 50)

Teacher: Al Robertson

10 – 11 am   OR
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $15
Al – the Cutter Guy – discusses and illustrates the components of Bliss, Fraser and Rigby cutting machines, demonstrating adjustments that can be made. He explains the purpose of the adjustments, typical malfunctions and remedies for them. Students are encouraged to bring their cutters, to follow along. Al’s background is in engineering, automotive and mechanical systems. He has been repairing Bliss, Fraser and Rigby cutters for more than five years.

Cheticamp Rugs (Max: 100)

Presenter: Dr. Laura Sanchini

Saturday  10 am – Noon Cost: $10
Laura earned her PhD in Folklore/Ethnology with a thesis on contemporary Cheticamp rugs. Through Proud to be Hookers: The hidden history of the most gifted artists you’ve never heard of, she will present on Cheticamp rug-making, and more generally on the hooked rug collection at the Canadian Museum of History. ?Laura is the curator of craft, design and popular culture at the Canadian Museum of History.
Tulips: Hooking With Yarn (Max: 10) —– Teacher: Karen Miller
Saturday  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 + supplies
($20 for pattern on linen, wool to complete, notes)
Funky Fish (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Jane Steele
Saturday  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 + supplies
($50 for kit, depending on size, plus patterns and hooking materials — $5 and up)
Geometric Sailboats (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Donna Grudnik
Saturday  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 + supplies
($50 for kit, includes pattern on linen, wool to complete, notes)
Wearable Art: Make A Poncho (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Tatiana Knodel
Introduction to Punch Needle (Max: 12) — Teacher: Simone Vojvodin
Saturday  1:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 + supplies
($20 for kit; students may borrow the tools needed during class; purchase optional)
Hooking In Order (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Karen Kaiser
Sunday  9 – 11 am
Cost: $35 + supplies
($30 for kit)
Felt A Lambchop (Max: 12) —– Teacher: Wendo van Essen
Sunday  9 – 11 am
Cost: $50 + supplies
($25 kit + mounting plaque)

Add Braiding To Your Hooked Rug (Max: 15)

Teacher: Kris McDermet

Sunday  9 am – 4 pm Cost: $75 + supplies
($55 US; students supply own wool)
Discover the beauty of combining rug hooking and rug braiding. With these two techniques you’ll be able to add braid to any round, oval or square piece. In one day you complete the braid and butting on a 6” round mat, and one or two corners on a square mat, using your own wool. Kris began braiding and hooking in the 1970s, and has taught in the United States, Australia, Canada and England. She is co-author of the book Combining Rug Hooking and Braiding: Basics, Borders and Beyond (2011), and authored chapters in Finishing Hooked Rugs (2013) and articles in Rug Hooking magazine.
Fast And Furious   (Max: 15) —– Teacher: Jane Steele
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $75 + supplies
($140, large 36″ x 14″; $95, small 20″ x 9″ pattern on linen + hooking materials)

Lobster Fishing: Maud Lewis
(Max: 15)

Teacher: Doug Rankin

2-day class:
Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $125 + supplies
($80 for pattern + water, boat wools; $127 for pattern + all wools; $50 for smaller, simpler design + all wools)
This class adapts a painting by renowned Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. The work gained fame when a version of it was found in a thrift shop, then sold for $10,000 more than any previous Lewis painting. Choose your version from two patterns available — one from her original painting, the other a simplified version. Doug has been an accredited teacher with the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia for 11 years, and a McGown accredited teacher since 2002. He has exhibited in the United States and Canada, and at ATHA exhibitions.

Hook A Healing Mat
(Max: 15)

Teacher: Meryl Cook

2-day class:
Saturday  1:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday  9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $125 + supplies
$85 (kit, including pattern on linen, journal with class notes + enough wool to get well started)
This workshop is about learning to write and hook yourself a love letter in both rug hooking and journalling. You’ll learn practical tips for discovering what makes your heart sing, and move through difficult situations as you play with colours and textures to create a 16” x 16” mat.  A Nova Scotia rug hooker who explores the use of contemporary rug hooking as a healing art, Meryl has been teaching writing and rug hooking since 2016.