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Framing a Photograph in Your Rug:  A Meaningful Journey Workshop


HookingRémi Lévesque  Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick, Canada

Dates:  1 day – Saturday, August 19, 2023
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $145.00 / Sauder Village Member $135.00 (International/Canadian Teacher)   
Supply Fee:  $30.00 – payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
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This workshop is excellent for late registration. No preparation required and no photography skills required either. Rémi will demonstrate all you need to know toward creating a meaningful hooked rug with your favorite photograph actually embedded in your rug.

You will receive a step-by-step guide for you to hook at home in your own time. Rémi will share his tips learned in the last 7 years creating rugs with embedded photographs. All participants will also be able to contact Rémi at any time afterwards for help. This workshop is for you whether you consider yourself an amateur or an experience rug hooker.

If it's true that hooking is like painting with wool, you can do the same with photography by adding a photograph into your next rug. This workshop will guide you in doing just that. Rémi will show examples of rugs he created and many others created by rug hookers whom followed his workshops. You will learn about the different medium on which to print the photograph, the best size of print to choose and where and how to embed it to best enhance your final design.

Rug-Hooking-Photo-Levesque-Sat-BRémi will guide you through choosing the right backing, the best print methods, how to best match the colors of your hooking fabric to your photograph, and will share instructions on how to hook the area around where your photograph will be embedded(attached). Rémi will demonstrate the different methods us uses to permanently attach a printed photograph to your backing. Your favorite photograph will become the focus of a meaningful creative hooking adventure. Each loop will bring back the magic and memories of when you first saw your photograph and how you felt and still feel about it. Recreate the magic!


Rug-Hooking-Photo-1931-Levesque-Sat-DTeacher will contact students prior to class:  Yes

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

Supply description:  Photo fabric printing supplies and instructional handouts.   

Students Need to Bring: Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (size depends on your project), & hook. Students will also bring a printed photograph, linen backing, and coordinating wool to use for hooking their project. Much more detailed instructions on supplies will be sent by instructor prior to workshop. While the teacher will not have wool for sale, students can shop for wool from a wide variety of Rug Hooking Week Vendors, Wednesday – Friday 10-5 or during their class lunch break.


Rémi has always been intrigue by fabric. Like many of you he was brought up in a home surrounded by fabric artisans and artists. His mom, grandmothers and aunts were quilters, knitters, crocheters and macrame makers, as well as weavers, clothes makers and designers, and creators of huge braided rugs. They did it all except hooking. 

He was first introduced to rug hooking 15 years ago when he arrived early at his piano teacher’s home for his first lesson. He was invited to wait in the living room and there they were, rugs, rugs, and more rugs.  The walls and floors were covered with hooked rugs. For the following weeks he made sure to arrive a little early. His piano teacher and hooking artist extraordinaire, noticed his curiosity and prepared for him a bag filled with a frame, backing, yarn, odd cut wool strips and a hook. She showed him how to pulled a few loops and sent him home.  For a year or so, he hooked alone at home. It’s after visiting his first rug hooking exhibit two years later that he was literately hooked and joined the group “Les Hookeuses du Bor’de’lo” of Shediac. 

W-Levesque-Sat-GAt the same time, he developed a passion for photography, winning local awards, and became an active volunteer at the Barachois Museum and Art Gallery. It’s preparing for his first hooking exhibit in 2019, that he experimented with using a photograph in his rug design and the rest is history. He says his only fame to rug hooking is the creation of the Barachois International Collection of Hooked Cushions, a permanent exhibit of over 300 hooked cushions from all around the world. 

Like you, Rémi attended multiple courses and workshops, online courses, hook-ins, retreats and one-on-one courses. Rémi has led his “Framing with a Photograph in Your Rug: A Meaningful Journey” workshop with hooking groups in New Brunswick, Canada where he lives.  


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