Loose Women Series: Abstract Design

Loose Women Series: Abstract Design

Instructor: Heather Gordon


Basic hooking skills required. Participants don’t need a lot of experience but having a good stash of wool and other fibres is a definite asset. The most important thing is a desire to experiment and try a new style of hooking.

Course Objectives:

Participants will learn how to appreciate and enjoy abstract art work with a variety of materials including plain wool strips and yarn, specialty yarns, synthetic fibres, eyelash and fringe yarns, sparkly and loosely spun yarns, roving and hand cut fabric strips and plan and refine an original abstract design.

Course Outline:

You will create your own designs using finished samples and photos as a guideline to:

  • discuss the basic principles of abstract art and how they apply to rug hooking
  • find easy ways to design abstracts through simple drawing exercises
  • decide on a general style of design and type of project (cushion, wall hanging)
  • draw and refine the design to size on paper
  • assemble a collection of colour co-ordinated fibres
  • plan the placement of the fibres and textures in the design
  • refine the design, transfer to linen and begin to hook

Materials students bring:

  • Backing. Linen or burlap.
  • Sketch book or paper, pencils, erasers
  • Frame, hooks, Sharpie pens
  • Rug hooking scissors and sharp sewing scissors
  • A variety of cut strips and textured fibres from your stash. You can use your own and add fibre
  • bundles available in class.

Materials for sale:

  • Fibre bundles $5-to $10
  • Frames $5-$8
  • A variety of kits to which techniques can be applied. $35-$50 – Includes patterns, fibres and detailed instructions.