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Fiber Stories: An Introduction to Rug Hooking with Elizabeth Miller

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April 1 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Rug hookers have always told their stories through original designs, beginning with depictions of their North Atlantic homes and farms, animals, seafaring experiences, sea and sky, as well as creative geometrics and abstracts. This workshop is designed to teach you solid rug hooking fundamentals and techniques while giving you the creative freedom to explore your own story and aesthetic, gathering design confidence and methodology along the way.

In this four session workshop, we will explore the history and heritage of traditional rug hooking up through the present day. You will be invited to think about your own life stories, what words and images hold meaning for you, and then to interpret those in your own beginner-friendly original hooked rug design.

You will learn and practice the basic loop technique using wool strips on rug foundation. You will also experiment with yarn and other fibers, just as our rug hooking ancestors did. Elizabeth will guide you through the process of creating a simple design based on your chosen story or memories and you will have the opportunity to choose your colors and materials for this project. Each participant will make a good start on a small piece which will be suitable for wall art, a pillow, or table mat when completed. Steaming, blocking, and finishing techniques will also be covered.


Elizabeth Miller is a fiber artist, writer, and instructor in the Western Lakes & Mountains region of Maine. Her primary sources of inspiration are the natural environment and matters of being human, including love, motherhood, trauma, and grief. Her western Maine village homestead keeps her occupied with gardening, beekeeping, chicken keeping, and many things fiber.

North Atlantic Fiber Arts is Elizabeth’s art and creative writing hub. It is a container for her love for Maine and Nova Scotia and the artistic themes she revisits in her work as a result of her ties to both places. Elizabeth is also the founder and artisan at Parris House Wool Works, a rug hooking studio based in her historic home and online.

Her work has appeared regularly in Making magazine and Rug Hooking Magazine. She has also appeared on the Magnolia Network show Maine Cabin Masters, episode 704, teaching Ashley to hook. Her art has been exhibited at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Munka Studio & Gallery, and at the Virginia Quilt Museum. Her work continues to be shown around the Mid Atlantic in the traveling exhibit Stories are Made Loop by Loop. She is a contributing artist to the collaborative book, Mothering: Our Lives in Colour and Shadow, by Karen D. Miller, published by Rug Hooking Magazine.

Cost: $225/$210 for members plus $30 materials fee (you will be able to keep the materials after the class has concluded)

9 Grace Street
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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207-596-6457