You’ll Be Hooked! Punch Needle Fibre Art
Wednesdays, October 25 – November 29, 2023
9:30am – 12:30pm
In this lively workshop we’ll learn how to use a simple wooden punch needle and yarn to create anything from rugs to shoulder bags to stunning wall hangings. Rug hooking has a rich history in Atlantic Canada and using a punch needle is one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to go about it. We’ll explore the most common backings, frames and types of fibre that can be used so you can find a system that works for you. We’ll start by making smaller pieces together and then move on to making a pillow or wall hanging that each student can design themselves, with as much or as little help from Alison as desired.
Alison Mitchell is a Lunenburg-based multi-disciplinary artist. Her work features simplified, stylized subjects in a way that invites both delight and ease. Her fibre art is made with yarn and a simple rug hooking tool called a punch needle, and each piece reflects a unique blend of a traditional Nova Scotia craft with Alison’s modern aesthetic.
Prior to becoming an artist, Alison spent 16 years as a diplomat and legal advisor with Canada’s foreign ministry. Specialized in human rights and the law of armed conflict, she served at NATO in Brussels, at the UN in New York, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and in Washington, D.C.
Alison is a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia, the International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers, and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.