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Off to Peterborough for the fibre arts show tomorrow. However, before I left I thought I would remind everyone from far and near about our Annual Rug show.

I am so excited about our show taking place in Ottawa this coming May 5 and 6. Our annual show is wonderful – 2 days of rug display, vendors and workshops. And this year I am even more excited because I am teaching Fish Bones. I think my workshop is almost full but if you feel like a funky fishy class check out the website.

There are a few (very few) spots left in other workshops – this is an amazing opportunity to take advantage of a fabulous weekend.  Check out the website at   for more info on the various workshops and BOOK NOW! as they are filling up so quickly that some have been doubled…

One of the  workshops I am very excited about is Meryl Cook’s full weekend workshop Hook a Healing Mat. Meryl visited our guild last year and talked about her journey through recovery from cancer using her hooking to explore her innermost feelings. It was wonderful – and so appropriate since so many of us are dealing with health and elder care issues. Here are some details…

This workshop is about learning to write and hook yourself a love letter in both rug hooking and journalling. You’ll learn practical tips for discovering what makes your heart sing, and move through difficult situations as you play with colours and textures to create a 16” x 16” mat.  ✤A Nova Scotia rug hooker who explores the use of contemporary rug hooking as a healing art, Meryl has been teaching writing and rug hooking since 2016.

Additional info:

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. Meryl uses new and recycled wool and yarns in her hooking.  Her style is loose and organic, with each piece evolving as she hooks.

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.


2 responses »

  1. Hi Loretta: I’m thinking of doing your Fish Bones Class during the Annual in May. As I already bought the Fish Bones Kit from you in Nov I’m ready to go. Right now I’m sitting in Florida and won’t be home until 2nd April. I will call and see if I can register with my credit card. I’m feeling stronger as each month goes by. The doctor tells me it will take a good year to get back to my old self. Glad we came to Florida for two months to enjoy the sunshine. Lots of R&R but starting to miss our three grandchildren and our home comforts. Hope to be in your class in May.



  2. Hi Loretta,
    Cathy Ivory forwarded this post to me. Thanks so much for the shout out! I really appreciate you helping to promote my class at the OHCG in Ottawa. Hopefully we will have the chance to have a visit in May.


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