Fall 2014 Courses Offered

Daytime Rug Hooking Beginner’s Workshop



Try your hand at a Maritime Craft at least 150 years old.  The 4 session beginner’s workshop, will be given Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 commencing September 17th.  The pattern used will combine a traditional Maritime Inch Mat with a shaded violet, exposing the participants to a variety of hooking techniques.


The course includes a printed burlap pattern, 100% wool material, hook, and instruction.  Cost of course is $100.00.  For information or to register, please call Mary Grant, Certified Traditional Rug Hooking Instructor at 459-8525 or


A deposit of $25.00 is required to hold your place.

Waldoboro Style 6 week Hooking Course

Thursday 6:30 to 9:30 commencing October 23

Mary Grant, Certified Rug Hooking Instructor, RHGNS

Originating in Europe, but more commonly associated with a town in Maine; Waldoboro uses sculpting to add a third dimension to your rug hooking.  Use wool flannel strips, yarns or roving to create highlights in hooking.  Although some basic rug hooking knowledge is useful, it is not mandatory to taking this course.  Regular hooking equipment is needed, with particular importance to sharp scissors. This course gives a unique meaning to the term Clip Art.  Although the original Waldoboro hooking incorporated flowers, fruit and scrolls; the techniques can be applied to all types of patterns.

This course will cover the following:

    1. A brief history of Waldoboro Hooking
    2. Linkage of Waldoboro Hooking to European Fibre Arts
    3. Placement of highlights in your hooking
    4. Techniques for using various materials in sculpting
    5. Waldoboro in fine shading, primitive or whimsical patterns

Cost: $80.00 for instruction, materials and patterns extra

A deposit of $25.00 is required to hold your place

Please contact Mary Grant at 459-8525 or to register

Rug Hooking Courses

Mary Grant offers a number of courses either on her own or through the auspices of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Extension Program, the Heritage Rug Hooking Guild or other Groups and Guilds.  Courses vary in legth from 6 hours to 30 hours spread over 1 to 7 days.  For more information about the individual courses click on the button beside the brief course description.

6 Hour Courses



 Angelic Ornaments:  This day long course takes the participant from the design to the finished ornament.  A stain glass technique is used for the hooking. Basic hooking experience needed.




Proddy Brooches:  This day long course takes the participant from backing to a finished brooch ready to wear home.  Plain hookiong and proddy are used to create the flower brooch.  Basic hooking experience an asset.


A second brooch can be made using a simple design, plain hooking and some small embellishments. Basic hooking experience needed

Creative Stitches:  Utilize a simple seasonal or other pattern to learn how to mimic various embroidery stitches in rug hooking. Chevrons, Aztex, Daisy Stitch and Chain stitch are but some of the examples of the creative stitches used.  Learn how to hove or sculpt parts of a pattern.  Basic hooking experience needed.
Beginner Courses:  Learn a heritage course which has developed into an Art Form in its own right.  Using a prepared sampler, the participant will learn to hook straight lines, curves, do beginning shading and use a variety of materials such as wool flannel strips and roving.  Techniques for finishing the mat will also be taught.  Kits will be provided for the Participants.  The length of the course will determine the complexity of the design.  No experience needed.
Shaded Flowers and Fruit:  Using the participants choice of pattern, various types of shading will be used to create a 3D effect in flowers or in fruit.  Techniques will include the use of multivalue swatches, dip dyes, and spot dyes.  Lessons will include the use of various types of backgrounds.  Both narrow and wide cuts of wool flannel can be used.  Basic hooking needed
Colour Planning and a Dip in the Dye Pot:  This course introduces the participant to basic colour theory and utilizing ready-made colour smaples for colour planning.  Basic dye techniques include marrying or marbelizing recycled wools; spot dyeing, dip dyeing, abrashing, multi-value dyeing and painting on wool. Participants will colour plan a pattern of their choice and choose techniques for dyeing the wool for the project.
Waldoboro Style Hooking:  Participants will be introduced to the history and development of Waldoboro Type hooking.  Techniques to sculpt their own patterns will be taught in such a way that the participant will be able to shade and also decide on the height of the various sections of the motifs.  The use of wool flannel, yarn and roving will be discussed and demonstrated.  Basic hooking needed, shading an asset.
The Sky's The Limit:  Look at the sky around you, discuss the weather systems which bring about the phenomena we see in the skies.  Learn to dye wool and hook in order to create the type of sky you want in your mat.  Basic hooking necessary