Creative Rug-Hooking

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada

With Nadine Flagel

$295 [Includes $80 lab fee] class limit 14. Feb 17, 18, 19, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Some of the world’s most impressive folk artistry comes from repurposing textiles. In this class students will learn how to hook rugs as most early practitioners did, with reused fabrics and yarns. Reclaimed wool is both ethical and sustainable, and it results in unexpected yet felicitous juxtapositions of texture and colour. In this class we will work in the style of modern primitive rug hookers, with large (1/4” wide) strips of fabric.

Rug hooking involves the use of a hook to pull strips of fabric through an open-weave linen foundation cloth. Through imaginative exercises students will design and realize their own geometric pattern for a small rug.

Students will have many opportunities for hands-on practice and will learn through both group and individual instruction. Each participant will leave with a small piece in progress, as well as the tools, knowledge, and resources to finish that piece and start the next one. The potential of rug hooking is unlimited, often leading to many future projects.


About Nadine Flagel

Nadine Flagel is an emerging textile artist and rug hooking instructor who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has been included in several juried group exhibitions, and her articles on textile art have been published by Rug Hooking Magazine. Nadine has also received grants to make textile art with youth. She is a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Artists and the Craft Council of British Columbia. In 2015 she founded Pretext Studio:


Nadine completed her formal studies with a Ph.D. in English literature and taught English for many years. In 2003 she began to teach herself rug hooking and quilting skills. Studies with advanced practitioners of textile art such as Michelle Sirois-Silver have led to a greater commitment to Nadine’s artistic practice, to sharing skills, and to sustainable, ethical textile use, all regularly documented through social media.