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Hook a Healing Mat


Meryl Cook, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dates:   2 day – Friday & Saturday, August 17-18, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $ $200.00 / Sauder Village Members 190.00 
Supply Fee: $35.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Heritage Inn – Board Room
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DESCRIPTION: A healing mat is a love letter to yourself. Through rug hooking and journaling exercises, discover how to set positive healing goals, reconnect with your creativity and joy. Create a reminder to take it one step at a time, put your feet down, feel the fibres and take a breath before you start each day. 

This workshop will provide participants with opportunity for self-awareness, reflection, and personal development. You might want to read Meryl’s book One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity prior to class. In class, you will learn practical tips for discovering what makes your heart sing, how to move forward or through difficult situations. We will play with colours and texture to create a 16” x 16” mat designed by Meryl, complete with your own healing phrase. It is Meryl’s hope that you will start to develop the practice of setting positive, gentle healing goals.

During Meryl’s recent recovery from breast cancer, she began writing and designing a line of healing mats as a way of moving forward and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life. Her healing mats will be on display in the Special Exhibit – One Loop at a Time. She was inspired by the dragonfly story as it relates to healing as an opportunity to transform, adapt, find joy and dig deeper into her emotions. 

Meryl uses a unique process of writing on the linen around her design to highlight the inspiration for each mat.  She also incorporates Chakra Colour theory and a technique of following the healing energy to design her healing mats. The original design being used for this workshop is from this series, called Love Letter.

Come and learn the story of how Meryl has made fibre and rug hooking a part of her healing journey and beyond.   



LEVEL: Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience.     

SUPPLY DESCRIPTION: 16” x 16” Love Letter pattern on linen.  

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING:  Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 6 - # 8, Sharpie Marker, pencil, & hook. Students have the option of bringing a journal/sketchbook, &/or a good variety of materials (wool fabric, wool and silk yarns, sari ribbon) to use or share --- or purchasing material bundles $7.50-$20 &/or Love Letter journals $12.95 from the instructor (more details will be provided by instructor).Optional: Bring Glad Press n’ Seal Wrap if you are using a frame with gripper bars.


Meryl-Cook-one-loop-at-a-time-bookBIO: Meryl Cook is an author, speaker, creativity workshop leader and contemporary rug hooking artist from Nova Scotia. She began hooking in 2008. Her 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 Newsletter.

Meryl has been teaching this often sold out Hook a Healing Mat workshop at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft & Design in Halifax since fall 2016. She also teaches creativity workshops Chakra Colour Love and Design for Healing Energy. She recently launched her own line of rug hooking patterns.

SPECIALTIES:  Exploring rug hooking as a healing art incorporating a variety of wool and other natural fibres.

BIO:  Susan L. Feller designs patterns for Ruckman Mill Farm and is a juried Fine Craftsman at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Included in three Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs issues and a judge, her work has been juried into several contemporary Hooked Art collections. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books 2011 her advice has helped many create their own “Great rug.” Her blog provides lessons on process along with product.


Involved in promoting the traditions carried on by artistic contemporaries, Susan teaches and lectures worldwide, and is a member of TIGHR, McGown and Surface Design.


SPECIALTIES:  Rug pattern designing and fiber manipulating techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage, and picture framer.



Registration starts at Noon on November 15th, 2017
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