Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking (Finished)

  • Skill level: Complete Beginner JB_sample_III
  • Dates: Saturday,  24 Sep, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Using the very simple technique of traditional rug hooking, participants can discover ways to use their ʻstashʼ to create a work of art, while exploring colour and texture.
Rug hooking aficionado Jane Bridgeman will provide an overview of traditional rug hooking, including types of hooks, backings, frames, fibres and cutters. After a short demonstration of hooking technique, you will get assistance to hook a small 5” x 7” mat from a kit containing linen backing, and a range of fibres including hand-dyed yarn, roving, wool strips, wool flannel, silk sari ribbon, and silk yarn. The small project can be completed in class, allowing easy progression to larger hooked landscapes or abstract works in the future.

Several different simple finishing options will be demonstrated, as will transfer of a pattern to backing.
Different types of frames and hooks will be available for loan during class, making this a very accessible way for anyone curious about the technique to try it out without first investing in tools.


Techniques coveredJB_sample_IV
  • Choosing backing material, frame, and hook
  • Basic hooking technique
  • Transfer of a pattern to backing material
  • Simple finishing techniques
Skill prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.  This class is suitable for anyone curious about traditional rug hooking.


Please bring the following with you to class:

  • Scissors

The instructor will provide rug hooking kits (materials fee $30, payable to teacher at start of class).  JB_sample_IIKits contain:

  • Linen backing, for a 6″ x 8″ mini-mat, as shown in the samples
  • Hand-dyed yarn
  • Roving
  • Hand-dyed wool flannel
  • Pre-cut wool strips
  • Silk sari ribbon
  • Silk yarn

Students who do not wish to buy a kit are welcome to bring plenty of wool or other fibres from their ‘stash’ and work on a piece of burlap which will be provided, or linen backing (available for purchase) to create their own mini-masterpeice – they will learn the basics of hooking.


There is no homework required to prepare for class.

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