This class will challenge you to “think outside the box.” The 2 dimensional flat box that is. The focus of the class is the manipulation of our hooking medium – transforming it from flat into 3 dimensional, stand-alone sculptural pieces. Using hooking techniques, felting techniques and simple sewing techniques, we will focus on the formation of different types of small vessels such as small vases, bowls, bags etc. With the vessel used as the tool for exploration, we can devote our time into learning the techniques of shaping for different effects. Students will have patterns to choose from and, depending on projects chosen, may have time to complete several projects during the week. For those who would prefer, the 3 dimensional Canada Goose Pattern is also an option for this class.
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.