In the Studio is a series of online artist talks with textile artists from around the world. Each month will feature a new speaker, so watch this space for info and the ticket link!

Join Vancouver Textile Artist, Deirdre Pinnock, as she discusses her progression with textile work and how it intersects with her advocacy for mental health and diversity. You can find tickets for this online talk HERE.

About Deirdre Pinnock:

Deirdre Pinnock is a talented Rug Hooker, passionate mental health advocate, aspiring entrepreneur, and self-identified ‘woman of colour’ based in Vancouver, BC. She is passionate about fusing different materials, vivid colors and therapeutic qualities into her work with a dash of playfulness.

She is best known for her yarnbombing of positive and uplifting messages such as “be kind” and “you are enough” into public fences around the city as well as performs stand-up comedy about being Black in Vancouver. Her work also expands to hosting workshops, guest speaking on the issue of diversity through art, and her memorial pieces known as Hearts of Honour, which act as a living memory that allows families to grieve their loss. Courtesy of CTV, she is publicly known as the Vancouver Yarnbomber. 

 The purpose behind Deirdre’s art revolves around self-healing and the empowering ability to battle through her grief, anxiety and pain. Deirdre also weaves the current  political climate into her Fiberart and confronts the issues in a very whimsical and humorous way.

To learn more about Deirdre and her work you can find her on Facebook at Deirdre Pinnock Designs and on Instagram @deirdrepinnockdesigns.

The Zoom link for this presentation will be emailed to you the day before the talk (or after you purchase your ticket, if you purchase on the day of the event).  If you don’t receive it, you can contact the organizer at  
Tickets will be on sale until 10 am the day of the event.  After that time you will no longer be able to purchase tickets.
Please note that the time of the talk is 1:00 pm EASTERN (EST).
* Will this talk be recorded for viewing later?
Unfortunately, no. Due to the logistics involved, we decided some time ago to keep these events live. Hopefully if you can’t make it to this talk, you’ll be able to make it to a future talk.
* It’s the day of the talk and I’m having trouble finding or using the link for the talk. How can I find help?
It is very advisable to LOG INTO THE EVENT A FEW MINUTES EARLY to be sure that you have no trouble with the link, and if you are having trouble the organizer can help you out. You can email or message the event organizer up until one hour before the talk on the day of the talk for help. ONCE THE EVENT STARTS, however, messages and emails are not able to be monitored.
* I’m finding it distracting during the talk seeing all of the other participants on my screen. What can I do?
During the event the organizer will put the screen setting on “spotlight view” so that the presenter is the focus on your screen. Depending on your device, you may still see audience members on your screen and changing your setting from “gallery view” to “speaker view” should help with that.
* What Time Zone is the time of the talk in?
The time indicated on all ‘In the Studio’ talks is the EASTERN (EST) time zone.  If you live in a different time zone, be sure to check what time you should tune in to ensure you don’t miss the talk.
*I can no longer make it to the talk.  Or, I missed the talk.  Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately no- the price of the ticket is so low that it is not cost-effective to refund those amounts.  If you are unable to make it to the talk and you already have a ticket, or you forget to attend, please do contact me at  I always offer a ticket to the next talk to make up for it.  All of the artist speakers receive a portion of the ticket proceeds so we very much appreciate your contribution to supporting artists!

Workshop Week 3


Welcome to In the Studio Workshop Week 3 (WW3).   We are excited to offer you 10 new and innovative workshops.  You can sign up for just one or for all ten; it’s completely up to you.

All classes will be held online via Zoom.  The Zoom link will be sent to you by your instructor via email prior to the class.  Please read through the class descriptions carefully, and if you have any questions or would like to register, email the instructor of the class directly.

  • Note that by registering for any WW3 classes, your email address may be shared with all instructors for the purpose of organization and follow-up. You will not be added to any mailing lists.
  • All workshops will be taught in English.
  • One paid registration = one participant (with the exception of Adult & Child Rug Hooking; see class listing for full details)
  • Each instructor will have their own cancellation policy. Ask him or her for their policy before registering for their class.


All registered students are eligible for two bonus Workshop Week events:

Workshop Week Gathering

You are invited to join the WW3 instructors and students for an online gathering.  It will be held Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at 6:30 PM EASTERN for 1.5 hours.  This gathering is a place to chat, work on a piece in progress, or just sit back and listen to the conversation! The Zoom link will be sent the day before the hook-in to all students registered for at least one class.

Workshop Week Panel Discussion

Join us for a bonus episode of our online series In the Studio in which the instructors will engage in a panel discussion and take your questions.  It will be held Friday, October 29th, 2021, at 1:00 – 2:00 PM  EASTERN.  The Zoom link will be sent the day before the panel discussion to all students registered for at least one class.  The topic of the panel discussion will be announced closer to the date.


We are pleased to have two great fibre art vendors offering discount codes for WW3!  Discount codes for both shops will be given to students upon paid registration only; we ask that you do not share it with those who are not registered.   Both vendors will be provided with a list of registered students to ensure that only Workshop Week 3 participants use the discount code.

In Canada, you’ll enjoy shopping with the Martina Lesar Hooked Rug Studio in Caledon Ontario.  Martina is a talented and experienced fibre artist and has a beautiful selection of wools, patterns, kits, supplies, and notions. To shop with Martina go to

If you are in the United States, check out Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine.  Owned by Elizabeth Miller, this studio also carries everything you need for rug hooking: wools, patterns, kits, frames, three foundations, and even punch supplies.  To shop with Beth, go to




When:  Sunday, October 24th, 2021, 1:00-3:30 PM (EST) EASTERN

Share a fun, new art form with the favourite little person in your life!  

Rug hooking is a very tactile means of creative expression.  Because the technique uses only one “stitch”, it’s easy for kids to quickly master.  Rug hooking is fun, and it furthers kids’ patience and concentration skills, all the while exposing them to an art form they may not be familiar with.

In this class, both adult and child will create their own hooked fibre artwork.

Neither the adult nor the child participant needs to have any previous rug hooking experience.

Materials Required (per person):

  • A quilting or rug hooking hoop;
  • A black Sharpie marker;
  • Scissors;
  • A piece of rug hooking backing fabric (linen, burlap or rug warp);
  • A small selection of coloured yarns.

A detailed materials list will be provided upon registration, and students are welcome to source the above items on their own. Alternatively, links can be provided so that you can purchase ready-made kits of materials if you prefer.

A design will be emailed for you to copy onto your backing material (instructions included). Or you can create your own design!

Class Fee$50 USD (Conversion will be made to CAD for Canadian students).  Payment can be made by e-transfer for Canadian students, or a PayPal invoice will be sent to students outside of Canada.

This class fee is for ONE ADULT and ONE child.  If an additional child would like to participate, there is an additional $10 USD fee per child.

For more information or to register, please email Karen D. Miller at

About Karen D. Miller:

Karen D. Miller is a fibre artist living and working in Ottawa, Ontario.  She has had her work exhibited across Canada and the United States, and in Canadian and American publications as well as those in Europe and Australia.  Her work has been featured four times in Rug Hooking Magazine’s annual Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs.  In 2020 she was invited to be a judge for the Celebration publication, as well as for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s online Hooked in the Mountains exhibit.  She is a frequent contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine and in 2019 her first book, Eyes Open to the World:  Memories of Travel in Wool, was published by Ampry Publishing.  You can learn more about Karen and see her work at



WhenMonday, October 25, 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 PM (EST) EASTERN

Is your art practice predictable?  If you feel ready to experiment, challenge yourself, and evolve, this class can provide direction.  Change doesn’t happen in just three hours, but we can do the following:  evaluate skills; create personal goals; and, through guided exercises, identify a path for your designs in 2021 and beyond.

Susan draws on her own experiences as a photographer, pattern maker of folk art, and contemporary studio artist for the past 30 years. Especially important was spending an extended “artist residency” during 2020 finding her art voice.  Questions asked, lessons learned, and opportunities to evolve will be shared and discussed in the workshop.

Online resources will be sent to registrants ahead of the session to use as prep and to guide students at their own pace.  You will be invited to join a private Facebook group for continued feedback from the instructor and fellow students.  There will be individual follow-up with students by appointment.

Prerequisite:   Students must have confidence in the use of art materials and tools of their choice. They must also understand design vocabulary including the elements and principles of design.  For more information, see

Materials Required:

  • Blank drawing journal or sketch pad (size of your choosing);
  • Pencils; and
  • Examples of current work.

Class Fee$50 USD

For more information or to register, please email Susan L. Feller at

About Susan L. Feller:

Susan is the author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers (Stackpole Books).  She designed the line of patterns for Ruckman Mill Farm, now available through Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, and is an exhibiting artist from West Virginia.  As a former gallery owner and advocate for the arts in Appalachia, her experiences provide lessons beyond the “right” colour to use in a design.  Connect by subscribing to her blog at and review the Year Study project on her website for an example of how to approach “mastering design.”



WhenMonday, October 25th, 2021, 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) EASTERN AND Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) EASTERN

This is a two-part class on the process of Story Rug Design and Mat Making.  It will be a guided deep dive into self-exploration and personal his/her story art expression.  Things may get emotional for individuals, so personal follow-up and direct messaging is also encouraged.  We begin the first evening with a presentation of Lisa’s mat, Joe Izzard Plays the Fiddle circa 1900, and then an open discussion of the following topics and more:

  • Therapeutic benefits of rug hooking;
  • Taking stock of our art practices;
  • A conversation with self;
  • Tapping into sensitivities with compassion;
  • Designing to speak without judgement; and
  • Finding perfection in imperfection.

Participants will be asked to journal their notes on the above topics during and after the session.  The second evening, participants will share their thoughts and then brainstorm about designs and mat making techniques. 

Materials Required:

Class Fee:  $75 US (Conversion will be made to CAD for Canadian students).  Payment can be made by e-transfer for Canadian students, or a PayPal invoice will be sent to students outside of Canada.

For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Meecham at

About Lisa Meecham:

Lisa Meecham is drawn to the utilitarian craft of rug hooking, with every loop pulled contributing to the story-telling narrative of the Canadian experience.  She is alternatingly playful and challenging with her artistic statements.  Lately, Lisa is struck by the colonial parallels of the Canadian indigenous experience and that of her own neglected, abused, and often displaced ancestors in the black settlements of Nova Scotia.  As a sixth generation Canadian and descendant of Africville, it is Lisa’s intention that her art spark conversation around truth and reconciliation, while highlighting the indefatigable spirit of the people it touches.

Lisa is an accomplished artist in multiple media including furniture and fibre arts. Re-purposing and upcycling are regularly deployed in her work to create functional pieces of art.  An award-winning traditional rug hooker, Lisa’s mats have been displayed at local MP and MPP offices, Ontario galleries, and Nova Scotia guilds. Some have toured the province of Newfoundland & Labrador as part of a Canada 150 travelling exhibition.  Learn more about Lisa and her work on Facebook and Instagram @woollygoodhooking.



When:   Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, 1:00-4:00 PM (EST) EASTERN

Get ready to play with Chakra colours!  Learn about the Chakra colours and how to use them in your art and your life.  Meryl will share her journey employing the colours in her rug hooking.  The workshop uses various exercises (journaling, sketching, affirmations and your chosen medium) to give participants the opportunity to play with each of the Chakra colours.

All artists are welcome be they painters, weavers, embroiderers, knitters, and so on.  Anyone who loves to work with colour is encouraged to come and play!

Materials Required:

  • Journal or paper;
  • Pens or pencils;
  • Enough backing in your medium of choice to complete a small project; and
  • Materials in your chosen medium (e.g., wool strips, yarn, paint, coloured pencils, etc.) in each of the Chakra colours:  red, orange, yellow, green, pink, blue, indigo and violet.  We will be spending time with each colour, so you will want to have your materials ready to play!

Recommended:  It is highly recommended that you be familiar with Meryl’s two books One Loop at a Time, a Story of Rug Hooking, Healing and Creativityand One Loop at a Time, the Creativity Workbook.

Class Fee:  $50 USD (Conversion will be made to CAD for Canadian students).  Payment can be made by e-transfer for Canadian students, or a PayPal invoice will be sent to students outside of Canada.

For more information or to register, please contact Meryl Cook at

About Meryl Cook: 

Colour, texture, joy and self-compassion are the key features of Meryl Cook’s beautifully crafted hooked mats, her books about her journey from homeopath to artist and journal writer, and her journal writing practice.  Meryl is the author of two books, One Loop at a Time, a Story of Rug Hooking, Healing and Creativity (2016) and One Loop at a time, The Creativity Workbook (2017).  Learn more about Meryl and see her work at



When:  Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM (EST) EASTERN

Join rug hooker and teacher, Elizabeth Miller, for this two-hour beginner demonstration of wool fabric and yarn dyeing with acid dyes.  We will introduce pot dyeing, microwave dyeing, and casserole dyeing.  There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.  Each student will also receive an emailed file containing step-by-step instructions for each method and other resources related to dyeing.

Materials Required:

  • No need to bring anything but yourself and maybe a notebook and pen to take notes

Class Fee: $30 USD

For more information or to register, please contact Elizabeth Miller at

About Elizabeth Miller:

Elizabeth Miller is the owner and artisan at the Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine.  She has taught workshops for numerous organizations, including the Squam Art Workshops and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.  Her work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Making Magazine. As well, she has a line of originally designed and hand-hooked home décor items available through the Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. 

You can learn more about Elizabeth and see her work at  Her newly published book Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life:  Seasons at the Parris House is now available for purchase.



When:  Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, 6:30-9:30 PM (EST) EASTERN.

In this class we will explore fantasy and imagination to create funky patterns for a small rug hooking project.  Students will participate in a series of drawing exercises to aid in the creation of an interesting and creative image for their individual project.  Along the way, students will explore a few design principals that will make their design stand out as truly their own.  Topics include:

  • Focal point;
  • Colour choices and how colours relate to one another;
  • Using interesting and unusual shapes; and
  • Texture.

Materials Required:

  • Graphite pencil;
  • Coloured pencils;
  • Sharpie marker;
  • Lots of paper;
  • Fun, coloured yarns;
  • Rug hooking hook;
  • Embroidery hoop or rug hooking frame;
  • Large and small needles; and
  • Felt, canvas or fabric.

Class Fee:  $50 USD  (Conversion will be made to CAD for Canadian students).  Payment can be made by e-transfer for Canadian students, or a PayPal invoice will be sent to students outside of Canada.

For more information or to register, please contact Anastasia Tiller at

About Anastasia Tiller:

Anastasia Tiller is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lethbridge, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Her work ranges from monochromatic figure work referencing photographic imagery, gestural flat acrylic works on paper, and colourful landscapes.  Her textile works move in a different direction altogether.  Anastasia is actively involved in the provincial visual arts community as an art teacher, as well as a member of the Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Directors.  You can learn more about Anastasia and see her work at and on Instagram @frozenpartridgeberry.



When:  Thursday, October 28th, 2021, 1:00-4:00 PM (EST) EASTERN with a follow-up session  Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM (EST) EASTERN

In this class you will learn how to bring your favourite dog or cat to life in a hooked portrait!  Charlie will guide you through the entire process including:

  • Selecting an image and transferring it to your backing fabric;
  • Using values and shading; and
  • Capturing the little details of your pet that make them unique.

Participants should be proficient at rug hooking basics. Please register early enough to talk with Charlie about what makes for a good pet image, your hooking experience, and suggested materials. This workshop will be divided into two sessions:

  1. Going over Charlie’s portrait process from photo choice to transferring the photo to a backing to starting to hook AND
  2. A follow-up session for trouble-shooting and sharing your work with the class.

Materials needed:

  • A high quality photo (or three) of your pet;
  • A computer with an app to edit and print your image (e.g., Photoshop or Photoshop Express which is free);
  • A wool cutter with a #4 blade OR good fabric scissors for cutting;
  • 2 rug hooking hooks (smaller shank hook for hooking and a larger shank hook for tracing);
  • A sheet of carbon paper;
  • Packing tape;
  • Printer;
  • 18” x 16” piece of linen (12” x 10” working space);
  • Sharpie marker;
  • Scissors; and
  • A good selection of wool in the colours that you will need for your particular pet (these wools can be new and/or recycled).

Class Fee:  $50 USD

For more information or to register, please contact Charlie Dalton at

About Charlie Dalton:

Charlie Dalton, aka The Hooking Colonel, is a former Spanish teacher who now lives in Price, Utah.  He learned to hook from his mother-in-law, Cass Gannaway, while teaching in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He likes geometrics and enjoys incorporating his drawings inspired by Alma Thomas into the rugs that he hooks, but his passion is animal portraits.  He started creating animal rugs to give to friends mourning the passing of pets, and over time his work developed into the cosmic pups that he hooks today.  Charlie credits a close circle of friends with some pretty special pups for being the impetus for his pet portraits.  You can learn more about Charlie and see his work on Instagram @thehookingcolonel.



WhenThursday, October 28th, 2021, 6:30-9:30 pm (EST) EASTERN

Join teacher/fiber artist Elizabeth Miller to create a freshly scented sachet pillow.  No prior felting experience required!

These are small (approximately 4”x4”) sachet pillows created with your choice of a base wool and a wide variety of wool roving colours. The latter will be needle felted to the base using your own design.

We will talk about how to make buckwheat seed sachet inserts using essential oils, but you should make one prior to class by following the directions on this link:

Alternatively, you might choose a different filler (such as balsam, rice, corn, or even Fiber Fill) with which to stuff your sachet which is fine.  The great thing about using buckwheat seeds, though, is that the resulting pillows may be microwaved to warm or frozen to cool and then used as soothing ache-and-pain relievers.

If you are in the US, you may also purchase from me an interior sachet already made up in your choice of scent. Just get in touch as soon as possible after registering to let me know what size you would like.

We will finish the whole project using a simple yarn whipstitch technique to close the felted pillow case.

Materials that will be provided by the instructor (these items will be shipped to you in advance of the class):

** please note that additional shipping charges may apply to Canadian and International students for this kit.  The instructor will discuss this with you when you register for the class.

Materials that you will need to supply yourself:

  • 1 piece of wool fabric that doubled over will be the size of your sachet;
  • 1 small pattern design that will fit on 4” x 4” or the size that you have chosen (we will work on these in class- no need to have the design finished in advance);
  • Paper and drawing pencil;
  • 1 piece of tulle or red-dot transfer material;
  • 1 black sharpie, fine point;
  • 1 small skein of colour coordinating yarn;
  • 1 tapestry/finishing needle (large enough eye to thread the yarn through); and
  • Finished insert- your choice of scented filling- the size of your project.

Class Fee:   $50 USD

For more information or to register, please contact Elizabeth Miller at

 About Elizabeth Miller:

Elizabeth Miller is the owner and artisan at the Parris House Wool Works in Paris, Maine.  She has taught workshops for numerous organizations, including the Squam Art Workshops and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.  Her work has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Making Magazine. As well, she has a line of originally designed and hand-hooked home décor items available through the Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. 

You can learn more about Elizabeth and see her work at  Her new book Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life:  Seasons at the Parris House is now available for purchase.



WhenFriday, October 29th, 2021, 6:30-9:30 PM (EST) EASTERN

Have you ever wondered how to create a wall hanging that emulates your favourite landscape photograph?  Join modern fibre artist, Carmen Bohn, to learn how to weave an inspired landscape of your own!

In this workshop you will learn how to incorporate yarn and textiles from your own stash (or someone else’s) on a found object that Carmen will teach you how to warp. 

This is a beginner weaving class; no previous weaving experience is necessary.

You should take this class if:

  • You are interested in translating a favourite landscape into something simple, elegant, and beautiful to grace your wall;
  • You are curious about weaving and have never tried it before or have only a basic knowledge of it;
  • You enjoy other types of fibre art; and
  • You love to recycle or upcycle fibre and textiles.

Please note that the woven project you will create will differ from the example shown above depending on your own supplies and photo inspiration.

The class fee includes the following:

  • 3+ hours of personalized online instruction, plus support before and after the workshop;
  • A detailed supplies list so that you can find everything you need for this workshop without having to spend a cent;
  •  Step-by-step instructions to follow to complete your project;
  • Video tutorials to remind you of what was learned in the workshop and to help you to complete your project; and
  • A boredom-busting good time and something to look forward to!  Carmen’s workshops are always engaging and this project will get your creative juices flowing!

Class Fee:  $60 CDN (equivalent to $50 USD). 

For more information or to register, please email Carmen at

About Carmen Bohn:

Carmen Bohn is a modern fibre artist, creative entrepreneur, and educator living and working in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the owner and CYO (Chief Yarn Officer) of Ply Studio. Carmen has a lifelong passion for creating weird and wonderful things with paper, paint, yarn, textiles, markers, and anything else that might be lying around. Match this with a solid background in designing and facilitating learning experiences, and you get a dynamic and personable force. Carmen creates memorable and meaningful workshops, retreats, and arts programming through her personal fibre brand, In The Ply, and in her arts space called Ply Studio.

Carla’s aim in her fibre art is to reclaim and upcycle textiles and household waste that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. She spins yarn and creates woven tapestries and freeform crocheted and knitted objects out of a lot of materials typically considered past their useful life. Creating fibre art with a textural and colourful message is her heart’s passion. She is currently working on a series of larger tapestries, which she will showcase in her studio in 2021.

Learn more about Carmen and see her work at and



When: Saturday, October 30th, 2021, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (EST) EASTERN

Folks are starting to realize how much fun it is to hook with t-shirts, but maybe you’ve been a little tentative.  Hesitate no more!  Workshop Week 3 is all about trying new things, so it’s time to find those shabby, old t-shirts that your significant other or your kids probably shouldn’t be wearing in public.  But don’t throw them in the trash!  Instead you’ll cut them up and make something beautiful with them.

Hooking with t-shirts allows us:

  • The chance to create new and different effects in our rug hooking;
  • To use something we probably already have in our homes;
  • To see what’s available in our favourite thrift stores; and
  • To potentially do some good for the environment.

This class is designed for a student proficient at rug hooking basics, particularly the mechanics of pulling loops through a backing.

Because this is an online workshop, students will supply their own materials.  You’re encouraged to draw your own pattern, use one you already have, or purchase a new one just for this class.

Materials required:

  • Rug hooking hooks;
  • Preferred backing/pattern;
  • A rug hooking frame;
  • A colourful variety of t-shirts (and/or other knit clothing, knit bedsheets etc.); and
  • A mind and spirit open to experimenting.

Class Fee$50 USD

For more information or to register, please email Laura at

About Laura Salamy:

Laura Salamy is the hooker behind High on Hooking.

I’ve never been a “traditional” hooker, preferring to color outside of hooking’s more “typical lines.” Instead of limiting myself to wool, I prefer to use most any material I can get my hands on. Often that means cutting strips from old t-shirts and bed sheets. Up-cycling throw-aways to art is a priority for me. Our landfills are filling up. Or they’re already full. While certain projects benefit from virgin wools or other fibers, I like to do my little part to slow that process and make something lovely at the same time.

Laura’s work has been seen in various exhibits as well as Rug Hooking Magazine; ATHA’s Art of Rug Hooking magazine; Karen Miller’s book Eyes Open to the World: Memories of Travel in Wool; and Judy Taylor’s T-Shirt Treasures: Creating Heirloom Hooked Rugs from the Humble T-Shirt. She currently serves as President of the Adobe Wool Art’s Guild, New Mexico’s only rug hooking guild.

Learn more about her work at