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Hooking from the Inside Out - Design and hook your own healing mat

October 12 as part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival 

Your next step in life – what does it look like? Design and hook a personal, abstract mat that best represents your next steps in your self-care journey. In addition, you will receive a practical tool to tap into your own ability to unblock creativity. You will have an opportunity to share the instructor’s loose, organic style of hooking with a variety of recycled, new wool fabric and yarns.

Meryl Cook brings her lifetime of work in the healing arts together with her experience as an artist and contemporary rug hooker to this unique workshop. In this workshop she shares the process of journaling and abstract design that she uses to develop her healing mats. She will help you explore colour and artistic expression as a way of looking inside for answers and overcoming challenges.

Participants will:

Learn practical tools for unblocking creativity.

Design and hook a piece of art that represents a next step in their self-care journey (8×8 or 6×10 on linen).

Experience the instructor’s flowing, organic style of rug hooking with a variety of recycled and new wool fabric and yarns.

Be introduced to a process for using creativity as a healing art.

Materials required:

Sharpie marker

Journal or notebook, pen, pencil for sketching

Rug hooking equipment: hook, hoop or frame and scissors (Note: instructor can have some rug hooking equipment available for loan for the day)

Materials provided:

Linen suitable for a small project

1 fabric bundle (a variety of hand dyed, recycled and new wool fabric)

1 yarn bundle (a variety of hand dyed yarns and textured fibres)

These materials will be enough to complete the project.

About the instructor: Meryl Cook is an author, speaker, creativity workshop leader and contemporary rug hooking artist from Nova Scotia. Meryl brings her lifetime of work in the healing arts together with her experience as an artist and contemporary rug hooker to her exploration of rug hooking as a healing art. She has developed a process which includes writing on the linen around her design to highlight the inspiration for each mat, selection of colours based on Chakra Colour theory, and a technique of following the healing energy to design her healing mats.

Hooking since 2008, Meryl’s work is inspired by Deanne Fitzpatrick. She is the author of two books One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity and One Loop at a Time, The Creativity Workbook. Meryl’s first book has been featured in the July 2017 Rug Hooking Magazine Good Read’s section. Her article Hook a Healing Mat appeared in the August/September Issue 226 ATHA Magazine. Meryl’s healing mats will be part of a special exhibit at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in 2018.

Cathy Ivory  of Baa Baa Bundles comments: Meryl Cook is a wonderful teacher and will gently help you find your own answers which shows up in your very own unique design. Take the class…you’ll love it and Meryl

Location details : Friday, October 12, 9 to 4, at the Amherst Fire Hall.



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