Upcoming Workshops

We’re posting information about workshops so that others beyond Olde Forge Rug Hooking (OOFRH) can know more about what we’re up to, and also what’s happening beyond OOFRH.
This page is divided into three parts.

First are the OOFRH organized workshops

. Please note that the workshops currently being offered are virtual, via Zoom. We’ve realized the value of Zoom throughout the pandemic and expect to continue to offer some workshops via Zoom, even as we resume in-person workshops when restrictions are eased.

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

The second section of this page highlights workshops organized by instructors

with registration via contacting them directly. These workshops follow those organized by OOFRH, so you’ll need to scroll down to find the information.

The third section contains workshops which were postponed

during the 2021/2021 membership season. They may be offered again at a later date.

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

Section 1: Organized by Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking  

Register by contacting workshops@ottawarughooking.com

*** Liz Marino: Using up those pesky Worms!

Dates: Oct 15 – Nov 19 2021  via Zoom

Time: 1.5 hrs each Friday for 6 weeks (total of 9 hrs)

Cost: $200 US

Class size: 9

Deadline to register: June 25 (once registration is confirmed, we’ll be in touch regarding deposit and second payment details)

Although you might think this will be about typical hit and miss rugs, Liz puts a whole different spin on using worms. Liz starts with a wonderful PowerPoint (PPT) of examples of hit and miss or random designs using worms, either for a complete piece, or for the background or border. As well, her examples go beyond rug hooking and even beyond fibre art.

This PPT becomes the basis for the class handout, which evolves over the 6 weeks, and is yours to keep at the end of the course. Each student has their own set of slides within the PPT. It starts with your design, and as you hook each week and share photos with Liz, she’ll provide feedback and suggestions. In fact, she may contact you in advance of a class if she sees something you might want to address beforehand. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a PPT which includes everyone’s progress as well as your own, and the initial slides of examples. There’s also a section on finishing – not finishing techniques like whipping, etc but finishing examples, such as a border, borderless, etc.

You’ll share the design you’ve chosen, and Liz may suggest how you might want to change it up. So, as well as helping with any design considerations, Liz assists in colour planning during the classes, which is key to making any rug like this not look like you’re using up your leftovers !

If I sound like a fan, it’s because Liz took me through the PPT from a class she did with several OHCG teachers. Liz herself is a certified OHCG teacher and also is McGown certified. She has been hooking and dyeing for many years and is in the Celebration hall of fame. To see more about Liz, https://lizmarinorughooking.com.

*** Michele Micarelli:  Sky and Water

Dates: Feb 9, 16 and 23, 2022 via Zoom

Time: 12:30-3:30 Eastern Time (9 hrs total. Note there will be a break during each of the sessions)

Cost: $120 US (Class only Any kit and/or wool purchases are extra)

Min class size: 10; max:  15 

Deadline to register:  June 25 (once registration is confirmed, we’ll be in touch regarding deposit and second payment details)

Description:  This class runs weekly over three weeks, with a focus on water and sky, but with a twist.  If you want it.

As Michele highlights:  Sky can include sunrise, sunset, nebulas of images taken from the Hubble, shooting stars, airplanes, birds or anything else you can think of. Water can include the ocean, a lake or river, dew drops, tear drops, puddles, fish, jellyfish, kelp, coral or anything else you can come up with. Think underwater as well as above water, or perhaps even a waterline.

As noted above, you may choose from one of Michele’s patterns, draw your own, or use a pattern from another designer. Michele can also custom design a pattern especially for you, with your input.

Workshop Coordinator’s Note: I think we’re incredibly fortunate.  Michele is excited to do a water and sky class as these subjects appear constantly in her rugs. I was in a four-day workshop during Nova Scotia’s rug school and I thought it was excellent. As Michele notes in the attached powerpoint, her classes are full of wonderful storytelling, laughter and an incredible amount of learning. The zoom techniques include a great use of the white board, and because you hear all the conversations between teacher and student, you learn from all the different pieces, not just your own. My brain was too full each day to hook after class, so I’m delighted this format gives everyone a week between classes to work on their projects.

Click here to view a Powerpoint from a recent workshop entitled Water, Water Everywhere.

For more examples, including those with sky, visit https://www.michelemicarelli.com Enjoy!!

Section 2: Organized by instructor  

Register by contacting instructor directly using contact information provided

Susan Clarke, SRC Designs

In October, Susan is offering a workshop on creating a tote bag using a hooking as part of the design.  To find out more and to register directly:  https://www.srcdesigns.ca/products/zoom-workshop-create-your-own-hooked-tote-bag
You can also find a few other workshops that have been added: hooking (and constructing) a weekender bag and hooking wildlife. To see all that’s on offer: https://www.srcdesigns.ca/products.

Deanne Fitzpatrick, Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio 

In addition to the online courses (with videos) that Deanne offers, there are four ‘Wednesday Workshops’ being offered via Zoom, one each month in June, Sept, Oct and Nov. A recording of each session is available to registrants afterwards. Topics are kitchen flowers; hooking people; rocks, cliffs and sand; waves and sea. For more info and to purchase: https://hookingrugs.com

Karen Miller’s In the Studio Workshop Week 3, Oct 2021

Ten different workshops are being offered in Oct, featuring Karen, other In the Studio artists and others. For info and to register:  https://karendmillerstudio.com/in-the-studio/ (note:  scroll down past the artist talks to see the details about the workshops).

Robin Whitford, Hooking Outside the Lines, fall workshops

Robin is offering her Angles and Architecture and her Pet Portraits workshops this fall. For info: https://hookingoutsidethelines.com/collections/workshops-1.

Almonte FibreFest Workshops

Almonte Fibrefest is virtual again this year and offering workshops via Zoom: https://mvtm.ticketsplease.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2dOUVz5-BFcVQmojvsDAWA_-DksXgBqFUNTyRQi5W6c2q_qYBuHrWLJlo

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Fall School

Many of the OCHG fall school classes are full; however, you can see if any with openings are of interest. Also, the beginner/refresher class is open to both members of OHCG and non-members. For info: https://ohcg.org/ohcg-school/

Workshops listed below were postponed in the winter of 2020/2021 due to Covid-19

Karen D. Miller: Bring Your Photos to Life: Rug Hooking with Yarn – Postponed!

Date: Saturday, March 28, 10:30 – 4:00

Location: Wool n Things, 1439 Youville Drive, Ottawa (Orleans)

Cost: $100.00, which includes yarn, linen and handouts.

(Note: this is basically the Nature and Landscapes class but with a different title so if anyone is interested in the Nature class this is the class you want to take.)

Min class size: 3

Using your own photos you will learn to look at the world differently in order to find inspiration for rug designs in unexpected places. In this workshop we will go through the entire design process in-depth: from finding and editing a composition, getting your design on backing, basic rules of art, colour planning, values and shading, choosing the best yarns to work with and how to rug hook, and ideas for finishing your piece. Students will apply what they have learned to their own small hooked work of art that can be based on anything from landscapes, close-ups, architecture or abstract design. This information packed class emphasizes fun, creativity and artistic freedom!

Contact: For more information or to register, you can contact Karen D. Miller directly (not the store) by email at marzipanroad@bell.net or by phone (613) 715-2676. A deposit of $25.00 will be required on registration with the balance due at the class. The deposit is non-refundable other than in the event of the instructor having to cancel the class.

About Karen D. Miller

Karen has been a hooked fibre artist for 13 years and has been teaching various rug hooking workshops to both adults and children for the past five years. Her work has been exhibited and won awards at a number of venues across Canada and the United States, and has been in publications in North America, Europe and Australia. Her first book, “Eyes Open to the World: Memories of Travel in Wool” was published by Ampry Publishing in November, 2019.

Loretta Moore:  Canadian Molas – Postponed!

Date: Saturday March 28, 9:30 am — 3 pm

Location: Maki House (Gravelle Room), 19 Leeming Drive, Ottawa

Cost: $35 plus HST ($39.55); linen backing and wool available and sold separately

Now open beyond Olde Forge! Max of 6 spots remaining

Min class size: 8
Max class size: 12

This class will cover the history of Molas, technique and symbology, as well as how to adapt this to a more Canadian theme and colours. With that base, we’ll then create designs and transfer them to linen. Loretta will bring pre-zigzagged linen in appropriate size and wool but suggests that everyone bring their own scraps as well because this style lends itself really well to using scraps. The small class size lends itself to lots of hands-on assistance with Loretta in the design of your pieces.   (As a side note, a mola is the intricate needlework designs and motifs that form the panels of blouses worn by the Kuna in Panama. Loretta has wonderfully Canadian-ized this art form.)

Karen D. Miller: Hand-Woven & Hand-Hooked – Postponed!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Location: TBC;  likely Karen’s home in Orleans

Cost: $65, which includes all materials

Min class size: 4

In this workshop you will take your creativity to the next level by learning the basics of yarn weaving on a small hand-held loom to create our own woven backing, and then rug hooking into it!

Creating your own hand-woven foundation allows you to experiment with the colour, texture and even the shape of your backing material, which in turn adds to the overall design of your hooked piece.

Prior weaving and/or rug hooking experience is not required.

For more information or to register you can email Karen at marzipanroad@bell.net.

About Karen D. Miller

Karen has been a hooked fibre artist for 13 years and has been teaching various rug hooking workshops to both adults and children for the past six years.  Her work has been exhibited and won awards at a number of venues across Canada and the United States, and has been in publications in North America, Europe and Australia.  Her first book, “Eyes Open to the World: Memories of Travel in Wool” was published by Ampry Publishing in November, 2019 and is available through Rug Hooking Magazine and on Amazon.com.

Karen D. Miller: Pointillism & Paint: Exploring New Techniques in Rug Hooking – Postponed!

Date: Thursday,  April 21, 2020 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Karen’s home in Orleans

Cost: $100, includes linen backing, yarn, paints and handouts

Min class size: 3

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.
You should have some experience rug hooking but it is not necessary that you have previously hooked with yarn.
A $25.00 deposit will be required at registration.  This deposit will be non-refundable other than if the instructor needs to cancel the class.
For more information or to register you can message or email Karen at marzipanroad@bell.net.
About Karen D. Miller

Karen has been a hooked fibre artist for 13 years and has been teaching various rug hooking workshops to both adults and children for the past five years. Her work has been exhibited and won awards at a number of venues across Canada and the United States, and has been in publications in North America, Europe and Australia. Her first book, “Eyes Open to the World: Memories of Travel in Wool” was published by Ampry Publishing in November, 2019.

Molly Colegrove – Postponed!

Stylistic rug hooking: Hooking for effect / Building of a barn or architecture in landscape

3 days : Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24

Now open beyond Olde Forge! Max class size is 15; only 4 spots left

Approximate Cost: $300-350 (depends on class size and accommodation costs)
Deposit: A deposit of $150 to hold your spot will be required once your registration is confirmed; balance will be due by April 1. First come, first served. A wait list will be created.
Location: Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Rd, Ottawa

The above two titles were used to describe Molly’s sessions at Sauder Village and Green Mountain. Molly combines a variety of techniques to achieve interesting effects in her work, regardless of the subject. She likes using a variety of cuts and also a large variety of mixed materials including various yarns and fibres.  Most of the time she never sticks to a single cut of wool, but prefers to mix everything up.  She’s happy with any choice you make as regards cut of wool and preference of fibre though.

The following description is from the Green Mountain class info and applies to Molly’s session with us:

This workshop will introduce new techniques and materials to create different effects. Molly has been experimenting for the last few years with quilted skies, felted animals and rocks, and beaded sparkle so the sky’s the limit. Students will explore different techniques that may compliment their design, such as adding mixed media, yarn and quilting to offer dimension and interest. At the end of the workshop, students will feel comfortable with new techniques for use on future rugs.

Students can bring their own design, or use one of Molly’s. Students are welcome to select one of many photos of barns Molly has taken over the years, or bring their own pattern to work on, or both. Molly will offer a variety of fibers including handspun yarn of many types, roving, and mixed media pieces from wood and porcelain. Feel free to bring along any and all supplies that will make a rug come to life.

This is an Intermediate class. Students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. Students should bring a frame, scissors, cutter, and any wool or yarn they find interesting.

For more or scroll below for Molly’s bio and some examples of her work:



Susan Feller: Appliqué, Embroidery and Hooking – Postponed!

3 days: Friday, Oct 2 – Sunday, Oct 4

Location: Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Rd, Ottawa

Approximate cost: $300-350 (depends on class size and accommodation costs)

During this three-day workshop, participants will learn about new techniques to enhance traditional rug hooking, including the use of appliqué and embroidery. From the illustrations (refer to upcoming workshops on our website for more), you’ll see how Susan uses the appliqué in a less typical style, such as splicing hand-dyed wool appliqué to incorporate hooking, and embellishing with hand embroidery. Susan will take us through her design process and once we’ve created our own designs, we’ll then see which techniques work best in the execution.

This workshop is less about hooking a pattern; instead, it’s more about designing and determining techniques and materials to achieve our vision. Note that this is a workshop for those with some hooking experience; however, you don’t need to be advanced, only keen to stretch the possibilities.

For more about Susan and to view some of her work: https://artwools.com/susan-feller/. Also, Susan was featured in the recent 2019 Nov/Dec edition of Rug Hooking Magazine. You’ll see examples of her appliqué, embroidery and hooking there, as well as on the workshop info our website.

Examples of Susan’s work:

Summer Bouquet, pattern available through Green Mountain Hooked Rugs (Ruckman Mill Farm design)  Note the basket is made with a continuous plait (see detail at right), all else is hooked.

Snowy road, yarns in foreground, embroidery on trees, appliqué roadway, painted sky (whiter than image)

Seneca Rocks #3 applique, hooked, embroidery, painted linen … this appears in the Nov/Dec Rug Hooking Magazine article along with many other dimensional tree pieces

Example of appliqué, embroidery and hooking. These were made to document the work of the McDonald sisters of Gilmer County. The back of their work has stitches outlining the motifs. Susan mimicked this in the mate to floral design.

12 x 18 stuffed flowers with embroidered details, hooked background.

Mountaintop Removal, the hooked section has silver wire and is able to be detached from the stuffed cotton batik “mountain” and used as a necklace. This can be brought to the workshop. Framed 17 x 12

Sue Perry: Flips, Slides and Turns: A Tessellation Workshop – Postponed!

Date and location: November, 2020 – exact date and location to be confirmed once Maki House dates are secured with the City

Cost: $40-60, depending on class size and assuming Maki House is available

Min Class Size: 10
Max Class Size: 15

Come and explore the world of tessellation! We’ll begin by using one of three basic shapes to design a tile. Using the tile, we’ll experiment with different ways it can be moved to create a pattern for a rug. We’ll then look at different ways to design more complex tiles and how to move those. Finally, we’ll prepare a template for your rug.

Note: This is a workshop about design and how to create tessellations; not a lot of hooking will be done, but you’ll have your pattern and at a minimum, be ready to hook. Sue has provided a few examples of tessellations – just some of the possibilities!