Holly Kingdon – Bold Prairie Landscapes


Electrify the prairie! In this class we will take the scenes from all around us and turn them into a bold statement. By using a prominently primary and bold colour palette, multiple cuts of wool, alternative fibres, and a simple scene, we will create an electrified piece. We will blend shades and values of colour to bring movement and excitement to the fields and the abandon farm buildings we see all around us on our prairie road trips. We will play with the prairie sky to give the illusion of a stormy night. Participants will be encouraged to create their own simple patterns, either using a photograph or by drawing their own simple lines (crooked lines are encouraged!). Simplicity makes way to delight! This is a wide cut class. Suitable for experienced beginner to advanced hooking levels.

Holly Kingdon is a stay at home mom of two very active, musical teens. She has been rug hooking since 1999, when she discovered the craft while on a trip to the East Coast with her husband and was immediately “hooked.” Loving both the freedom and creativity of the medium, Holly has been rug hooking and pushing the boundaries of this traditional craft by bringing new fibres and techniques into her work ever since. Holly has been honored for her work, with an honorable mention in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs XXIII.   Holly has been teaching traditional rug hooking for ten years including many beginners’ workshops in her hometown of High River, AB, and larger fibre workshops for the Hand Weavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta Conference and at Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School. Holly gained her teacher certification by the Western Canadian Rug Hooking Education Association in 2011.


While rug hooking is always her first love, she has expanded her fibre art techniques to include water and needle felting – and now teaches these techniques as well as working to combine them with her rug hooking. Holly is a member of the Sheep Creek Weavers, The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers, and is a member and past President of the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts in Calgary.