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Trish Johnson Retreat 

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Trish Johnson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada  


4 Day Retreat:  Tuesday – Friday, August 14 – 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$350.00 / Sauder Village Members $330.00  
Heritage Inn – Homestead A




Hook a place that’s dear to your heart. It could be your home, your cottage, a barn, a lighthouse, a church, a place you’ve seen on your travels. This retreat will focus on pictorial rug hooking with an emphasis on buildings. Of course, there will have to be a bit of landscape, so skies, clouds, rocks, and trees will also be included. You can bring a commercial pattern, an adaptation, or best of all, your own original design. Bring a new project or one that is already started. Any cut size is welcome up to # 8 (not torn strips). We’ll also discuss, color, dyeing and finishing.

For Trish, hooked rugs aren’t just works of art; they are visual diaries with meaning to the artist. She especially enjoys working on pictorial rugs of landscapes which tell her personal story. Her rugs are filled with childhood memories, family words, special places and a bit of mystery for the observer. Trish will share her award winning tips and techniques throughout this retreat.

When Trish contacts her students she will share some of dye formulas, so that students may dye wool in advance, if they desire. Trish’s newly revised pictorial rug hooking notes will be available for purchase during the retreat.



LEVEL:  Intermediate – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. This retreat will focus on the specific techniques and topics listed by the instructor; students are not required to have knowledge or experience in those specific areas.

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (in desired sizes), hook, pattern (on backing of your choice), wool*, pen, and paper. *Note: Trish will bring some, but not a lot, of wool. Students should bring a good variety of wool to use or share. Additional wool can be purchased from RHW vendors when needed.


Trish comes from Capreol, a small railway town in Northern Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto where she studied Art History and English Literature. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art where she studied photography.

Trish lives in Toronto with her husband and her cat. Her four children have all grown up. In 1988, Trish started hooking rugs. Her patterns are her own designs, mostly inspired by her own photographs. Many of her rugs tell a story about her family and the places they have called home.

Her work has been featured in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs and most recently in Paulette Hackman’s Story Rugs and their Storytellers and Tamara Pavich’s, Designed by You. In 2014, the Hooked Rug Museum of North America (HRMNA) selected Trish as their Canadian "Rug Hooking Artist of the Year."

SPECIALTIES:  Pictorial rugs of landscapes, including buildings and often text.


Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
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