Laurie Wiles – Animal Portraits


This class will help you to create a portrait of your favourite pet or animal, whether you want to have life like portrait or just a fun representation. This low stress no fear class will explore different methods to hook a piece to achieve the desired result. I am ready to help you from design to finishing ideas. Wide and narrow cuts are welcome. Fine shading is not necessary to hook animals and I can advise you on dyeing as well as colour planning.


Laurie has a BSC in Home Economics, clothing and textiles, from the University of Alberta and has completed many art and design courses from the Extension Faculty. She enjoys all fibre art but specializes in rug hooking. In 2004 she received her McGown Teaching certification for Rug Hooking, and since then has taught classes in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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Laurie WilesLaurie hooks in Edmonton, Alberta where she is very active in the hooking guild, in charge of the learning and development section. She has shown rugs in several galleries and shows across Canada and the United States, and has published several articles in both Rug Hooking Magazine and ATHA newsletter.

In the 2015 Alberta Focus on Fibre Arts Competition her rug Prairie Landscape was awarded Best of Show.