Rug Hooking Cruise

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August 21 - 24, 2021
August 23 - 27, 2022

All prices are listed per person and include lodging, meals, and shore excursions. 

Photo by Elizabeth Miller

Get hooked at sea! 

Come sail away on this rug-hooking getaway, hosted by 207 Creatives, a collaborative group of esteemed rug hookers who joined forces to create this one-of-a-kind rug hooking retreat off the Coast of Maine.  

The 2021 Experience

Join artist Hayley Perry aboard the J&E Riggin for a four day Get Hooked at Sea excursion!  This class will be a self-reflective journey that combines sketching with rug hooking in order to design your own hooked mat.  During the course we will be exploring the expressive aspects of color and icons, while learning to create a compelling and personal design.  This class is one answer to the question ‘what do I hook when I don’t know what to hook?’

Icons are the story of your hooked rug: the image, the object, the main subject matter.  Part of this course will teach you to take a critical eye to your intuitive artistic choices and figure out the best way to express your story within the context of “icons”.  How can we examine and develop our own Iconology in order to express our personal viewpoints? One goal of this class will be to examine our personal aesthetics – what visual languages are we drawn to and why?  It could be as simple as a favorite color or object.

The 2022 Experience

Join author and fibre artist Meryl Cook for this four day journey aboard the Get Hooked at Sea sail to explore your inner Wild Woman (or man). The class will be a blend of fun, journaling/sketching and rug hooking. Meryl will take you through her process of journal writing, tapping into the body feeling and design of your own Wild Woman mat. We will learn about using Chakra colours in your hooking and leave with practical journaling tips to tap into your own inner wild woman.

Meryl Cook

A Wild Woman feels free – to be part of the sisterhood, to dance, to have fun, to move freely and to say what is in her heart. She knows what she needs and gives herself permission to go for it, to accept it. Being a Wild Woman is feeling empowered to express yourself, to be true to yourself.  There is also an element of nature and wildness, like being moved by the earth’s rhythms.

A Wild Woman mat is hooked with all the colours from the seven Chakras, because a truly Wild Woman is in alignment with her body and soul. She has clear, flowing energy.

Meryl Cook is a writer and contemporary fibre artist in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her mediums are rug hooking, spinning and journaling. Meryl’s mission is to inspire others to reconnect with their joy and creativity.  She shares practical steps to unblock creativity, work through difficult situations and find meaning in life again as a speaker, a creativity workshop leader and through her fibre art.

She is the author of two books, One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity (December 2016) and One Loop at a Time, The Creativity Workbook (November 2017). 

Since 2016, Meryl has been teaching creativity workshops across Canada, in the U.S. and at the Centre for Craft. 21 of Meryl’s healing mats were a special One Loop at a Time exhibit at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week in Ohio in 2018. In November/December 2018 Meryl was a Craft LAIR (Local Artist in Residence) at the Centre for Craft, Nova Scotia. She is a juried member of Craft Nova Scotia.

Traditional rug hooking is a heritage craft originating in northern New England and the Canadian maritimes in the 19th century. Our forebears cut strips from wool clothing and other found fabrics and pulled loops through burlap foundation to create a Berber texture, founding an original folk art that has evolved in to both craft and fine art today. For this class we will be using modern linen foundation and a variety of materials, including 100% wool, which will be provided. All materials except your personal hook and scissors will be included and you can meet your fellow sailors and ask all your questions before the trip by joining our private “Get Hooked at Sea” Facebook group. Class suitable for novices as well as experienced hookers – come one and all!

For more details, pricing, and availability visit to 207 Creatives.