A Newfoundlander who spent her working years on mainland Canada, Diane was first introduced to rug hooking while living in Ottawa. She did little hooking until meeting up with a hooking group on Prince Edward Island around 2002. She has been an avid rug hooker since her retirement as a Computer Systems Analyst.
Since returning to live in Newfoundland in 2009, Diane has been an active Guild Executive Member, currently serving as Membership Director.
Her work has been exhibited in PEI, while living there she was a juried member of the PEI Craft Council. Many of her rugs have sold, both in PEI and NL. She has also done commission work.
Diane has attended rug schools in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. During her many travels, including cruises, she has taken rug hooking related courses on Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Australia, Italy and Spain. She has taken courses with many teachers, such as Deanne Fitzpatrick, Jon Ciemiewicz, Elizabeth Black, Gene Shepherd, Anne Eastwood, Joan Young, Beth Calabrese, Heather Gordon, Joan Foster, Molly White, Sara Judith, Susie Stephenson, Rita Jenkins, Wanetta Evans, Doris Norman, Norma Silverstein, Carol Harvey Clark, Iris Simpson, Linda Low, Cheryln Brubaker, Sarah Ladd, Susan Feller, Heather Ritchie, Jo Franco and Judith Stephenson. Course topics such as: Grenfell, Tessellations, Designing, Dyeing, Sculpturing, Punch Needle, Creative Stitches, etc…
Using a combination of recycled fabrics (her favourite being Pendelton wool shirts), Diane also uses new wool, some of which she dyes herself. She considers her hooking style as primitive hooking, hooked with wide strips of 100% wool fabric. She also enjoys quilting, working with 100 percent cotton and hand-quilting all of her quilts. Her hooked mats are stunning and she is available for commission pieces upon request.
- Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador, Teacher Certification (Associate)
- NS Rug Hooking Guild
- The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR).
- Cultural Craft Group of Partners which identifies and produces crafts that reflect the history and atmosphere of the Bonavista Penisula.
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