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Jon Ciemiewicz Retreat 
Animals - Realistic or Haida

Jon Ciemiewicz

It is with deep regret we have to inform you that Jon Ciemiewicz will not be able to teach during Rug Hooking Week 2017.

We are also delighted to announce that Laura Pierce will be teaching a retreat in his place.  Details about her retreat are available - follow this link: Laura Pierce “Faces, Places & Animals, too!” , and there are a few open seats.

Sauder Village  

Jon Ciemiewicz
Hudson, New Hampshire

“Animals - Realistic or Haida”

4 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Friday, August 15 – 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$350.00 / Sauder Village Members $330.00  
Heritage Inn –Gathering Room B




This retreat will focus on bringing real animals to life as well as the unique animal forms that are found in Haida art.

The native Haida people from the islands off British Columbia, Canada developed an exceptional form of art and craftsmanship. Their animal art is a statement of social identity, or reminders of rights and prerogatives bestowed on their ancestors by supernatural beings, or of lessons taught to them through mythic encounters with the animals or other beings whose likenesses were embodied in the crests passed down through generations.

Students will have several options for their project. One concept for students would be to hook a real animal such as a wolf and then creating its Haida image as a different form of reflection. Alternatively you could do a Haida depiction of several animals combined into perhaps a geometric or circular pattern. And yet another option would be a single focus on just a realistic or a Haida animal.

Each day, there will be presentations of subjects including Faces, Fur and Feathers. Jon will also cover topics like - How to create the illusion of depth - Effective use of color and The Haida culture. 

The concepts being taught are to create realistic detailed images and therefore the student should consider the amount of detail desired and base the pattern size and cut size to be used to achieve that level of detail.  Small patterns would therefore best be hooked in a # 3 or 4 cut and large patterns can easily accommodate # 6 to 8 cut with effective detail.

Jon's teaching style is rather laid back and encouraging. Students are welcome to bring their own designs on their own backing, a purchased pattern, or alternatively, have Jon create a pattern for you from a provided photograph or based on a desired concept. Please note - this is not a design or drawing class. Students may bring their own hooking material or request that Jon custom dye wool for their project.  



LEVEL:  Intermediate to Advanced – students must have good rug hooking knowledge and experience. 

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (sizes based on design), & hook. Optional – any wool you would like to use in the project.

Jon has been rug hooking for the past 20 years, it all got started when he was looking for a hobby to do in retirement.  His introduction was in the fall at a craft fair in New Hampshire and then a visit to the Dorr Mill Store during that winter.  He hooked independently for the first four years and then got talked into teaching this wonderful art form after taking his first class.  

Several of Jon's rugs have been included in Celebrations, and have also been judged for numerous awards at State Fairs. His work has also been displayed at museums during fiber arts exhibits. Jon has been teaching this fantastic art form throughout the U.S. and Canada for the last 16 years.

SPECIALTIES: Bringing Animals and Humans to Life.