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.

Upcoming confirmed workshops

Margaret Mitchell

Advanced Techniques for Punch Needle

Two days: Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 8

1 spot available

Instructor: Margaret Mitchell, Certified Oxford Instructor (and member of Ottawa Olde Forge)

Class fee: $140 plus materials ($55 kit) Deposit required: $100; balance ($95) due: Jan 4

Prerequisite: basic punch needle skills

Note: If you have not yet done a beginner-level project with the Oxford Punch Needle, this class could be a bit challenging for you. If you really want to take the class, but haven’t yet tried the Oxford Punch Needle, don’t hesitate to talk it over with the instructor

Description: During this 2-day class you will make an 8×8” sunflower mat on which you will learn four advanced techniques that you can use to add highlights and depth to your work.

On Day One, you will learn the Stem Stitch to outline the outside of your mat. You will also use different sizes of Oxford Punch Needle to Punch and Sculpt the centre of your sunflower. On Day Two, you will learn Beading (making a dotted line) and basic Shading for the petals of your sunflower.

Loretta Moore:  Canadian Molas

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

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.)

Molly Colegrove

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

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

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

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

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