Teachers Bios

Debbie Ballard

LOCATION: Fort Frances

TEACHER SINCE: 2010

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: debbielogan@shaw.ca
Phone: 807 274 3520

Where do you teach?

Fort Frances or anywhere

What do you teach?

I teach anything – all subjects. I hook mainly with 3 and 4 cuts. I love to show how the wool adds shape and dimension to your piece. Personally I am most engaged in projects that have a personal significance.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Shading with your wool and achieving realism

Do you offer workshops?

Yes, mostly beginner, to date.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

Really far!

What do you like best about teaching?

Having a student be thrilled with their results

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Don’t be afraid, go for it.


Elaine Copeman

LOCATION: Toronto

TEACHER SINCE: 2006

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: elainecopeman@rogers.com
Phone: 416-785-1617

Where do you teach?

Beautiful, bright studio in my North Toronto home.

What do you teach?

Beginners, Open classes – all levels, all subjects; Paisley Design, Original Pattern Design.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Pattern design through to completion – personal expression and creativity.

Do you offer workshops?

I offer a variety of workshops. Some examples of these are ‘Passionate for Paisley’, ‘Hook Your House’, ‘Design Your Own Pattern’ and ‘Beginner Rug Hooking’.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

Toronto and surrounding countryside.

What do you like best about teaching?

Watching a creative spark ignite in a student, especially when they thought they didn’t have one. I recently taught a Paisley Design and Hook class with a large group. In the end, every piece was completely unique and actually bore a strong resemblance to the person who hooked it. Amazing and gratifying!

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Hook up a sample of the wools you plan to use (especially textures). They can look very different when hooked, so this is a good way to be sure of their value (dark/light).


Janice Daniels

LOCATION: Brighton

TEACHER SINCE: 2003

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: janicerughooker@gmail.com
Phone: 613-475-9613

Where do you teach?

I teach whatever the students want to do. I’ve taught at Trent School of Rug Hooking, Loyalist College and Green Mountain Rug Hooking School and currently teach Wednesday afternoons at And jareena’s Place in Trenton Ontario. I am a member of the Campbellford Rug Hookers. I graduated from St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Ontario in June 2010 with Certification in Fibre Arts – Traditional Rug Hooking. The certificate course requirements are 6 rug hooking courses, art history, photography, basic drawing and crafts as a business. In 2016, I completed my McGown Teacher Training and received my certification .

What do you teach?

Everything in rug hooking. I love teaching and researching each subject.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

I love to have my left over cut wool sorted into colours and values. It is great to hook something from leftovers. I recently hooked a Deer using left over browns, greens and yellows. I also love hooking Cats, realistic or fantasy, Pictorials fine and wide cut; and using multi fibres in all rug hooking.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes I have offered many workshops such as shading with dip dyes, Orientals with a twist, Cats, primitives/wide cut and various beginner projects.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

Anywhere, and I love meeting new people and seeing different places

What do you like best about teaching?

The enthusiasm of the students. I love helping students in planning their projects and seeing them once they are finished.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Don’t cut your wool in big pieces. Take the time to rip and tear the wool into pieces approx. 2” wide. This stops your wool from going crooked when cutting and you won’t have shredding. Always cut one side, flip, cut other side, then flip again and cut the other side. It is always better to have the odd piece too wide or too narrow than having your wool going off grain. When using recycled wool always rip and tear to get the straight of grain and cut with it.


Wendie Scott Davis

LOCATION: Peterborough

TEACHER SINCE: 2006

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: wendie.scottdavis@gmail.com
Phone: (705) 760-9274

Where do you teach?

After teaching for a few years in Toronto, my husband and I semi-retired to our old cottage/new home in Parry Sound. After a couple of years there we moved to a bigger community–Peterborough, where I am happy to be near many OHCG Branches. .

What do you teach?

I have done beginner workshops as well as open classes. The open classes have been great, because I am exposed to many different kinds of projects in one group. I have also had the pleasure of working with hookers of all different levels and experience. The learning opportunities from the different projects are amazing.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Everything I have taught so far has been very rewarding. I have really enjoyed the variety. I really like smaller projects that allow people to have the same learning, but are finished more quickly for that feeling of gratification.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes. I’ve done several workshops with my Jeanius Bags as well as a few Colour Planning workshops. Finding topics for workshops that can be achieved in a weekend is the trick, but I am constantly experimenting.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

So far, I’ve travelled mostly around the province to other OHCG groups or other schools. I am happy to travel throughout the province, enjoying the hospitality of other groups. Would I like to go further afield as well? You bet!

What do you like best about teaching?

My favourite thing about teaching is the learning. I find every teaching occasion, whether an evening class or a weekend workshop provides learning opportunities galore – for the students and for me. I especially love what I learn from them. If each and every rug teaches us something, a class full of rugs will teach us even more.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Experiment with your hooking. Try different styles and colours and subjects and cuts. The more you try, the more you will learn. And it’s fun finding out what appeals to you.


Marjorie Duizer

LOCATION: Goderich

TEACHER SINCE: 2003

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: duizer@hurontel.on.ca
Phone: 519-612-1846

Where do you teach?

What do you teach?

In the time that I have been teaching, I have done classes in geometrics, fine shading, pictorials, mini-pictorials, wide cut, textures, Orientals, punch needle hooking (Certified Oxford Punch Needle Teacher) and adapting a photo to hooking and open classes. I also teach a Shades of Gray class using various grey, blacks, white and textures to hook values in pictorial or shading.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

My favourite subject is generally the one I’ve been asked to teach.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes. I’ve done workshops for just about everything I teach, including: beginners, pictorials, mini pictorials, geometrics, fine shading, painterly colours, Shades of Grey, punch needle, purses, Orientals, hooking with textures and open classes.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I’m happy to travel where ever I’m asked.

What do you like best about teaching?

I enjoy the students, sharing what I know and learning from them as well.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

If you want an objective look at your work, take a picture with a digital camera and put it on your screen and study it.


Ruth Emerson

LOCATION: Grimsby, ON

TEACHER SINCE: 1985 (and supplier)

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: remersonrugs@gmail.com
Phone: 905-309-1047

Where do you teach?

I started learning Traditional Rug Hooking in 1972 and have been teaching since 1985. I am presently teaching in my home studio; but I have also taught at the Burlington Arts Centre as well as various mini workshops including the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Annual in 2000, some OHCG branches in Ontario, two OHCG Quebec branches and the International Guild Handhooking Rugmakers’ in 2003 in Toronto. I have been featured as a designer in “A Needle Pulling Thread” and have submitted articles to the magazine.

What do you teach?

I have taught all levels of students from beginner to advanced. I specialize in teaching floral designs, realistic portraits, pictorials, designing and sculpturing (in various forms such as: flowers, faces, brooches and Christmas ornament). I prefer the finer strips cut on #3 to #5, but will encourage my students to use whatever cut they like.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

My favourite thing is helping students to design and create what they really want to hook. I love it when they can enjoy the feeling of creating that one-of-a-kind piece.

Do you offer workshops?

I have taught one-day workshops such as trivets, five cut, five value swatches in floral designs, sculptured Christmas Ornaments, and sculptured brooches. I am presently offering a one-day workshop on a flowering cabbage cushion using casserole dye fabric going from one colour to another. For a week-long workshop, I am willing to teach designing, pictorials, and realistic portraits.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I am willing to travel out of my area, time permitting and with mileage reimbursed. I am also willing to billet with the group’s hostess, as in the past I have found that it keeps the cost down and can be a fun experience.

What do you like best about teaching?

My favourite thing about teaching is being stretched in all directions and possibilities. My students in the past have wanted to create things that I haven t thought of and that has taken me to new directions in order to help them in their projects.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

For the beginner student I like to tell them to be sure to have plenty of light over their shoulder in order to see their work and not strain their eyes. It is very important to maintain good posture in order avoid neck or back pain. If you are uncomfortable, you are not a happy rug hooker and may not continue. Learn to relax!


Jan Lord-Giraldi

LOCATION: Georgetown ON

TEACHER SINCE: 2012

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: jan_janett@yahoo.ca
Phone: 905-840-3409

Where do you teach?

In my home Studio, “LanaEwe Rug Hooking Studio”

What do you teach?

Beginners, Beginners Fine Shading, Purely Primitive, Open Classes on Primitive Rugs, Dye Classes for Beginners

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Beginners and Primitives

Do you offer workshops?

I offer Workshops on “Hooking a Rose with a Plaid”, Finishing Techniques and Design your own Pattern.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

From Guelph to Oshawa, Greater Toronto Area and north to Collingwood.

What do you like best about teaching?

Seeing the students achieve wonderful rugs, using there talents to the fullest. Meeting and making life- long friends. Sharing my knowledge and receiving knowledge from my students.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

“LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH”… Plan your rug well before you pull your first loop.


Marg Miller

LOCATION: Richmond Hill

TEACHER SINCE: 2005, started hooking in 1998.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: mamiller@bell.net
Phone: Richmond Hill, Ontario 905-884-5731, May to November - Bonita Springs, Florida 239-676-5129, November to May

Where do you teach?

Private and group lessons at my home studio in Richmond Hill, Ontario: Spring, Summer and Fall or at home in Bonita Springs, Fl. during the Winter months. I have taught beginner courses in Bala Ontario, for the Art League in Bonita Springs Florida and 10-Cut Flowers, with 36″ dip dyes for the Newmarket Rug Hookers. As well, I design, colour plan, and dye for custom orders.

What do you teach?

Available to teach beginners to advanced students. Courses in: Colour Planning, Crewel, Scrolls, Wide cut, Wide Cut Flowers, Fine Cut Floral Shading, Open Classes, Dyeing, Finishing, Family Memory Rugs, Design, Hooking Techniques Beginner to Advanced.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Every phase of rug hooking interests me and I would be happy to consider any proposal for teaching. Flowers, wide and fine cut, is where I have concentrated a lot of my study efforts. Designing family memory rugs with students is, however, top of the list. I particularly enjoy them because they are so personal and hold so many memories.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes, for groups looking to engage a teacher, and also for individuals who are looking to join a workshop at my home studio. Either way, please contact me to discuss where, when and the subject matter you and/or your group are considering. If you don’t want workshops but would just like to come to hook, and get help as needed I am open to that as well.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I am willing to consider travel to anywhere in Canada or the US for a full week workshop. I am open to billeting with the group’s hostess, to help offset costs. In Ontario or Florida I am willing to travel for 2 or 3-day weekend courses approx 2 to 3 hours from my home, expenses and mileage in addition to course fees. Fees on request.

What do you like best about teaching?

What I like best about teaching: Sharing with others the passion for rug hooking. Sharing the “Aha!” moments, where the student moves forward in technique and creativity. Sharing other opinions, where both the students and instructor have other opportunities to teach and learn.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

From your heart to your hand, the inner artist is revealed. You might start rug hooking as a craft, but you will end up as an artist.


Jayne Nevins

LOCATION: Ajax, ON

TEACHER SINCE: 1999

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: jnevins@rogers.com
Phone: 905-686-9315

Where do you teach?

I teach 1 day and 5 day workshops in Canada and the United States. I will teach beginner classes in my home.

What do you teach?

I teach fine cuts and wide cuts in any style and will assist with designing, dyeing, and colour planning.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

No one subject matter in particular – I love them all! Whatever you’d love to know how to do, that will be my favourite thing to teach. It is so gratifying to see your students enjoy the piece that they are working on.

Do you offer workshops?

Beginners, crewel, oriental – any fine and wide cut subjects

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I am quite prepared to travel anywhere – expenses incurred can be discussed.

What do you like best about teaching?

Being able to motivate the student and watch their rug hooking abilities grow. It is so rewarding to see the student finish their piece and want to get on to the next rug hooking project. I, too, learn tips from my students so it’s a win-win for everyone.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Do some planning up front about what you want to do, what colours you’d like to incorporate into the piece, and remember at the end of the day, it is your piece. There is lots of room for creativity in rug hooking!


Carol Shewan

LOCATION: Westport

TEACHER SINCE: 2010

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: cshewan@kingston.net
Phone: 613 273 6707

Where do you teach?

I teach in several locations around Westport andPerth. Please contact me for information on new classes and workshops.

What do you teach?

Beginner and intermediate levels. Creating your own design, fine shading, wide cut and primitive.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

I am interested in all types of rug hooking but I am really drawn to flowers and folk art. I like teaching students to design their own rugs.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes I recently taught several Proddy Flower Workshops that were a lot of fun. Other workshops available are “Playing with Plaids” and Hex Signs.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

Pretty much anywhere in South Eastern Ontario as far west as Toronto.

What do you like best about teaching?

The best part of teaching is sharing what I know to help students improve their skills.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Have fun and enjoy your creativity.


Grace Tanfara

LOCATION: Ajax

TEACHER SINCE: 1993

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: grace.tanfara@sympatico.ca
Phone: 905-426-3491

Where do you teach?

Home, Creative Needlework Festival (Toronto) and workshops.

What do you teach?

Beginners, Shading, Primitive, Pictorials, Geometrics, 3-D Hooking.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

Everything

Do you offer workshops?

Yes. I offer one-day workshops (9:30 to 3:30) for 3-D hooking, Christmas Stockings, Tea Cozy, Sculptured Pins. I am happy to travel to teach them.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I generally like to travel about 50 km, but can talk about other distances.

What do you like best about teaching?

It is wonderful seeing students trying new ideas in rug hooking and finding out how their creative thoughts can come alive. I love showing how simple rug hooking is and how to save money by using both recycled material and new.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Create a diary of what you are hooking; use it to record when you start, the name of the designer, colours used, problems that happened and how they were overcome. Don’t be afraid to work with all kinds of material to create some wonderful affects in your hooked pieces.


Vivien Thompson

LOCATION: Toronto, ON

TEACHER SINCE: 2007

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: v.thompson@rogers.com
Phone:

Where do you teach?

I teach classes in my basement studio in my home and also rughooking for seniors, for Parks, Forestry and Recreation, on Thursday afternoons. Workshops are generally done in a group setting such as my Agincourt Branch in our regular meeting venue. I am flexible as to where I do my classes.

What do you teach?

I have taught a few beginners their first piece and some beginner flowers, in addition to workshops on specific topics (see below).

What is your favourite thing to teach?

I have no real favourite style of hooking. I’m just amazed at all the possibilities.

Do you offer workshops?

I teach several workshops: Stained Glass, Penny Rugs, Finishing, Creative Stitches, Feathers, Dream Catchers, Borders, Backgrounds, Native Baskets and Ontario Houses.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I’m willing to travel within one hour of Toronto.

What do you like best about teaching?

I enjoy researching my topics and implementing them into teachable course outlines. I love to assist others in producing beautiful rugs and to help them extend their knowledge. Mostly, I enjoy the many friendships I have made.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They are opportunities to learn more and often are the occasion to have a good laugh about ourselves.


Tatiana Knodel

LOCATION: Sudbury

TEACHER SINCE: 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: tvknodel@Yahoo.com
Phone: 705-523-6206

Where do you teach?

Private and group lessons at my home.

What do you teach?

What is your favourite thing to teach?

I like to teach beginner classes and help students with their color planning.

Do you offer workshops?

Beginners, Shading, Geometric, 3-D Hooking, Stained Glass

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I can travel as far as North Bay.

What do you like best about teaching?

When I began to teach I realized that I am teaching myself too. It is amazing how much you are learning this way. Teaching is a two way road. You help students realize their potential but the students push you to develop new techniques in order to solve their problems.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist”. Pablo Picasso


Judy Kielczewski

LOCATION: Fort Frances, Ontario

TEACHER SINCE: 2012

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Email: jkstitchnsew@hotmail.com, judykielczewski@gmail.com
Phone: 807-274-7120 or American Cell is 218-240-4444

Where do you teach?

I have been teaching at Trent School of Rug Hooking, Small groups in the US, Workshops at public schools, and workshops in public Library. Out of my home workshops. Art classes at Community Centre. I have been teaching some form of fibre arts since 1985. My passion is to educate and keep old traditions alive with knowledge and laughter.

What do you teach?

I love teaching: Fine Shading, Wide Cut Shading, 3D, Pictorial-Landscape, Portraits, Flowers and Leaves, Seascapes, Story Rugs, Shades of Grey, Alternative Fibres, Christmas, Bags, Stained Glass, Fruits and Veggies, Animals, Butterflies and Bugs.

What is your favourite thing to teach?

I love to impart the importance of design, compositions, and balance when creating.

Do you offer workshops?

Yes, in any subject that a group would like to learn.

How far are you willing to travel to do a workshop?

I'm willing to travel and Teach from East Coast to West Coast, North and South. Wherever I can spread the Rug Hooking and Fibre Art word.

What do you like best about teaching?

I love seeing the happy faces on students, especially when they are creating their own work. Encouraging creativity.

What is your favourite tip to share with your students?

Enjoy what you do! Do what you enjoy.


OHCG FALL SCHOOL

The Theme for the 2018 OHCG Fall School is "Birds of a Feather".
"Hooked on Waterways" is the Competition Theme for the next OHCG Annual Conference,
running May 4 to 6, 2018. Rug Display open to the public Sunday, May 6 from 10am to 3pm. $10 admission fee.