We’re now posting information about our workshops so others, beyond Olde Forge, can know more about what we’re up to.

You’re more than welcome to participate if space is available, and following an initial registration by our members. We keep wait lists, and sometimes they can lead to a second class. To register, contact us at workshops@ottawarughooking.com.

Check back often as the workshop news will be updated as workshops are confirmed or opened to registration beyond Olde Forge members.

Confirmed Workshops


Karen Miller: Portrait Clinic

Thurs Oct 17

3 spots available (now open to anyone interested)

This clinic is not a class; instead, if you’re working on a portrait, whether hooked with yarn or with wool strips, this is an opportunity to consult with Karen to get you over any hurdles standing in your way of finishing the piece. The added value of the group consult is the learning you’ll pick up from the other portraits and the points Karen raises about them.  It’s important to note – you should have a portrait in progress (or stalled) as this is not a portrait class.

Cost: $45 if tapping into Karen’s yarn stash; $35 if you’re not
Location: Karen’s home in Orleans – we’ll provide the address when your registration is confirmed

Margaret Mitchell: Simple Sampler Using Various Yarns & Wool Strips

Sat Oct 26

2 spots available (will open to others Sept 30)

In this one-day workshop, people will make a simple sampler that demonstrates the effects that can be achieved by punching with different kinds of yarn, using either a #9 or #10 regular needle (a needle size many people are already familiar with) and punching with strips for a variety of effects. (Margaret is a certified Oxford punch needle instructor and member of Olde Forge.)

Cost: $60, including supplies
Location: Maki House, 19 Leeming Dr, Ottawa

Daniel MacDonald & Karen Miller Framing: Hooked Rugs Seminar

Sat Nov 9

Several spots available due to seminar style (will open to others Sept 30)

Have you always wanted to try framing your rugs but weren’t sure when your piece could benefit from a frame, or how to go about it? If so, then this 2-hour seminar is for you!
This session will cover such topics as store bought frames vs. making your own, how to complement your design with framing and not distract from your rug, ideas for custom frames, using found frames (such as old window frames and other materials), and techniques and tips for attaching your rug to a frame.

Cost: $35 per Ottawa Old Forge member. Each member can bring ONE other person with them at no additional cost. Cost for non-members: $35.
Location: Maki House, 19 Leeming Dr, Ottawa

Wendo Van Essen: Magic Wood Dry Felting

Sat Nov 23

3 spots available

This is a one-day workshop, similar to the Tulips class, featuring a lovely wood.

Cost: $75 for the workshop and supplies; additional $15 for those who want a frame
Location: Maki House, 19 Leeming Dr, Ottawa

Karen Miller Pointillism & Paint: Exploring New Techniques in Rug Hooking

Sat Nov 30

5 spots available

Working from your own photos (or your imagination!) you will design and create a 5” x 7” piece that combines various types of paint with yarn rug hooking. The piece that you create can be abstract, realistic or a combination of both. This class emphasizes play and experimentation, and most of all having fun while you let your creativity soar! Topics covered in this class will include the basic rules of art, colour planning, values, shading and shadowing, the possibilities and limitations of each medium, and tips and tricks for hooking with yarn

Cost: $100
Location: Maki House, 19 Leeming Dr, Ottawa

Looking ahead to the new year

Margaret Mitchell: Two-day Punch Needle Techniques

Date to be confirmed

1 spot available

During this two-day workshop (over two Saturdays) you will punch a design that explores different techniques, including the use of different needle sizes, sculpting and bevelling and punching dotted lines.

Cost: to be confirmed
Location: Maki House, 19 Leeming Dr, Ottawa

If sufficient interest this fall or spring

Loretta Moore: Finishing with Wool Appliqué

7 spots available

There are a variety of ways to finish a rug with wool appliqué. Lambs tongue look a bit like tabs, a scalloped edge of wool is another technique – the possibilities are endless. The style fits well with a primitive rug. People can come with a small piece they’d like to finish with appliqué and learn how to do it, along with other techniques.

Cost, date and location to be confirmed once sufficient interest expressed

Loretta Moore: Wool Appliqué Project

10 spots available

Loretta is also willing to provide a workshop featuring a small wool appliqué project – shown here are her holiday mittens.

Cost, date and location to be confirmed once sufficient interest expressed

Sue Perry: 2-Day Beginner Rug Hooking/Refresher

Running over two Saturdays so there’s time in between to practice and bring your questions, and your work, to the second session. You’ll learn about the various backings, putting a design on linen, cutting wool strips, hooking technique (including making points and circles, turning a corner, etc) and finishing.

Cost, date and location to be confirmed once sufficient interest expressed

More to come about the new year possibilities

• (3 or 4-day Workshop) Colour Wheel of Texture Techniques and Creative Stitches – Sara Judith (availability to be confirmed)
• Hooking with Yarn: Nature Workshop – Karen Miller
• Beginner Punch Needle – Margaret Mitchell
• Canadian Molas – Loretta Moore
• Proddy Sunflowers – Loretta Moore
• Tessellations – Sue Perry
• Wendo Van Essen – Sunflowers
• And a few others…

(Also note that we can bring these instructors and others in for other topics and repeats of previous workshops if there’s something in particular you’re looking for)

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