Judy has always had a love of working with textiles so thus, in 1996, she enrolled in an “Introduction to Newfoundland Rug
Hooking” at Anna Templeton Centre, St. John’s, with Elizabeth Tucker. This small taste of rug-hooking basics would eventually lead to the study of widespread and varied hooking styles and techniques including: Celtic Art and Heritage; Under the Sea (Doris Norman); Primitive Hooking (Linda Peckford); Fine Shading in a Wider Cut (Kathleen Gorman); Tessellations (late Linda Low); Creative Stitches (Susan King);Hooking with Hosiery; Natural Dyeing (Joan Foster); Bringing Animals to Life (Jon Ciemiewicz); New Dimensions in Rug-hooking (Diane Krys)— and various other techniques and styles of the art/craft of rug-hooking.
Having received her Newfoundland and Labrador Guild Teaching Certification in 2013, Judy prefers to teach Beginner, though a beginner class with Judy may certainly be considered Beginner/Advanced.
Judy designs her own mats and prefers to use good quality linen or finely woven burlap. She has sold her original hooked mats locally, across Canada and a few in the United States. Her patterns are such that she’s received permission requests from other rug hookers to use her designs.
Her work has been displayed in several exhibitions around the province, including a piece she hooked for the Ronald McDonald House Hooked Rug Tapestry.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Rug Hooking Guild, Teacher Certification 2013
- Juried member of the Newfoundland Labrador Craft Council
- Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild
- Has served as Publicity Chair on RHGNL Executive
- 2013 Arts and Letters Competition in the Visual Art: Senior Division
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