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Michele Wise Retreat 2022 

Hooked Books & Journals

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Michele Wise
Seabeck, Washington

Hooked Books & Journals

3 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Thursday, August 16 – 18, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$325.00 / Sauder Village Members $305.00
Heritage Inn –Board Room



hooked-book-by-Michele-WiseA hooked book is one primarily made up of small hooked pieces, based around a theme and combined in various methods to be viewed as a book. A hooked book or journal can chronicle your achievements, special events, dreams, observations, nature, family, travels, quotes, and music. Perhaps you have many rug ideas swimming around in your head - this is a great way to get those ideas on a foundation and problem solve, without a commitment to a large hooked piece. Hooking a travel journal, for example, is a wonderful take-along project because it is compact and portable – requiring only the packing of fabric scraps in airtight plastic bags, a small frame/hoop, hook and scissors. Once complete, you can share your hooked travel journal filled with art, color and texture, instead of the typical cell phone photos.

The goal of this retreat is to create a hooked book following a theme of your choosing. You will learn to minimize details and emphasize the most important elements. Students will be hooking with cuts # 3 - 6. Michele will offer ideas on varied embellishments which may be incorporated into your book. You will learn various methods of assembling your pages, creating a cover, and binding it all together. While you can use hand or machine sewing for binding, Michele will show you other options, such as fusible adhesives, grommets, Velcro, and glues. If your book is square or rectangular, it can be a side or top bound book, but what if you create a shaped book, like a house or flower, Michele will discuss applicable binding methods. 


During the retreat, Michele will have examples of her own finished hooked books on display for inspiration, ideas, and techniques. She will also have an assortment of wool and alternative materials, and embellishments, which can be used in creating your hooked book, as well as sewing and non-sewing materials and equipment for binding. Students are also invited to bring an assortment of materials and embellishments to use and share.


This is the retreat where we will turn off the inner critic, experiment, and practice our art. Your imagination is your only limitation! Your hooked journals will document your time here - in the present, and then become a record or journal for the future, and to share. 

Basic - Students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience.


Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades # 3 - 6, and a hook. Also bring scraps, worms, yarn, alternative materials, and embellishments to use and share with others. The following optional materials will be discussed in more detail when the instructor contacts you: sewing needles, thread, cotton/flannel lining material, fusible interfacing, plastic canvas, batting, cardboard, and fabric glue.


hooked-book2-by-Michele-WiseTwenty-four years ago, Michele was learning to quilt and in her favorite quilt store she spotted a hooked pillow. The shop offered a traditional rug hooking class to make that pillow, so she signed up. As a result of that class, many of Michele’s quilted tops have been sitting unfinished and aging.

Michele had a 30-year career as a high school teacher and is a life-long learner. In order to learn all there is to rug hooking, she attends many workshops and became a McGown certified teacher. She feels that hooking is a great outlet for creativity and as a teacher she believes in sharing all she knows through demonstrations, visuals and examples. Michele likes to problem solve and her interests in rug hooking vary from small to large cuts and various styles. Her students develop their own style through encouragement, humor and fun. She believes that the whole process, from designing to hooking, should be enjoyable.  

Michele has taught nationally and internationally as well as in her studio in Washington state. She believes in promoting rug hooking through her memberships in TIGHR – The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers, ATHA – Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, as well as the National Guild of Peark K. McGown Rug Hookrafters, and the Australian Rug Guild. Michele likes to use different materials and teaches many classes on using embellishments. Other classes and interests are 3-D, upholstery, hooked books, portraits, purses, room sized rugs, primitives, pet portraits, landscapes, indigenous patterns, Zentangles, as well as non-objective art. She also teachers needle felting, wool applique, and dyeing.


Michele is a former director of Western McGown Teachers Workshop, current co-director of Puget Sound Rug School, director of the Reiter Retreats, and former treasurer of ATHA Region 11. She has written many articles for Rug Hooking Magazine, Rug Beat, ATHA, Australian Guild, TIGHR, Wool Street Journal, and the McGown Guild newsletter. She has been a judge for Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs and the Virtual Exhibit - Re-imaged. Her rugs have been featured in Celebrations and many published books. She has won awards at Hooked in the Mountains, local and state fairs, fiber events and two of her hooked books are on permanent display at Bainbridge Art Museum. 


Gallery Talk registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

“Trio of Dimensional Halloween Pins” with Cheryl Bollenbach ($65 fee, evening class, Thursday, August 17) is the only class with additional openings. Registration will be accepted in person at the Founder’s Hall Information Table up until noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.