One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity, (December 2016) is a story of reinvention through creativity following a life altering illness. The first book from contemporary fibre artist Meryl Cook. This book documents the seven healing mats that Meryl designed and hooked as a way of processing her experience of healing. The book is filled with practical, powerful tips for readers to begin their own creative, healing journey.

Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, Meryl Cook reinvented herself. She turned her wake up call into wellness through her rug hooking. With each stage of her recovery, she gained increased awareness of herself and through her rugs, discovered a unique design method, along with a new way of thinking, and a new way of being. She discovered that creativity (her mediums of writing and rug hooking) could be a way of looking inside to discover next steps in life.

Meryl had been a homeopath and Bowen therapist for 20 years, but it wasn’t until she faced her own health crisis that she understood at a bone deep level what it truly takes to heal. One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity follows Meryl’s journey as she wrote and hooked her way to reinventing herself. The book is filled with practical tips that readers can use to begin their healing journey and look inside for answers.

Explaining the meaning behind each rug, Meryl takes you on her journey, showing how tapping into her creativity and Chakra colour theory led her to healing and finding her authentic self.

Meryl’s second book One Loop at a Time, The Creativity Workbook (November 2017) will give you simple, practical tools to begin to move forward and engage your creativity through writing and sketching. The Creativity Workbook is filled with writing and sketching prompts, delicious, close up photos of her healing mats (including some new ones!) and the original sketches from Meryl’s journal of each mat.

Warning: it will inspire you and leave you wanting more! Put on the kettle and start your creative journey now.

Where can I purchase Meryl’s books?

Meryl’s books and a selection of her hand-hooked mats are available online at Nova Scotia Makers Marketplace.  Her books are also available on and (Meryl signs and sends out all of her books that are purchased online, so be sure to let her know if you’d like your books to have a personal message.)

In the Halifax area, you can find Meryl’s books at  Bookmark II.

Further afield, they are also available at NovelTea Bookstore in Truro, Ewe-nique Boutique in Oxford, River House Rug Hooking Studio in Petite Riviere, Encompassing Designs in Mahone Bay,  TideWater Books in Sackville, NB and Baa Baa Bundles in Merrickville, Ontario.

What people are saying about One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity

“Meryl, I have just finished reading your wonderful book, this is the most thoughtful and clearly written book on spiritual healing that I have read. It is a Blessing from heart to heart.

I had no idea of the journey you have been on these last three years, now I will be guided by your 10 commandments along with my own heart centering where I place my hands upon my heart and say ” this is where heaven melds with earth, mind with body and soul with vast spirit. This is the center of healing presence, compassion and unconditional love.”” J.R.

A review of One Loop at a Time, the Creativity Workbook

“This creativity workbook will inspire readers, doodlers and wannabe writers to capture everything from ideas, joys, and fears to moments of gratitude and perplexing questions. Simple prompts and exercises are designed to move one from ‘stuck’ to ‘flowing freely’, from ‘pain’ to ‘possibility’, and from ‘fear’ to ‘curiosity’, all of which help one better understand what nourishes one’s soul. Meryl Cook knows deeply, from her own experience, that writing and drawing are healing activities and she generously shares her process and invites others to take a similar journey.”

Liz Crocker’s most recent book is Transforming Memories, Sharing Spontaneous Writing Using Loaded Words

Journaling with The Creativity Workbook