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New Materials, New Techniques and the Hand Hooked Surface

October 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - October 4, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


New Materials, New Techniques and the Hand Hooked Surface
Michelle Sirois Silver

Wednesday October 3 & Thursday October 4, 2018
9:30AM – 4:30PM

Members and Non-Members: $240
$30 Kit Fee payable to instructor directly from students

New Materials, New Techniques and the Hand Hooked Surface is a workshop created to allow participants to fully engage in exploration, experimentation, and the creative process of surface design which is often applied in layers combining techniques and materials to create detail, depth, and interest. This two-day intensive workshop is ideally suited for students wishing to push beyond their current practice and into an exploratory framework. Students will develop a deeper understanding for the integration of new materials and techniques with the hand hooked surface. You will have the opportunity to explore your ideas using metal, found objects, hand embroidery, needle felting, beading, collage, machine stitch, and printing.

This class is sold out!

Instructor Bio:
Michelle Sirois-Silver’s innovative approach to her hand hooking workshops creates a framework where students explore the potential for this unique craft. She is known as a hands-on instructor giving each student one-on-one attention. With almost twenty years of experience, Michelle has taught at the Maiwa School of Textiles and the Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts. Her influences include: Gloria Crouse and her innovative use of nontraditional materials and techniques; the narrative inspired hand hooked work of mixed media artist Nancy Edell; and her first rug hooking teacher Barb Kennedy, who told her to hook what she loves.
Michelle exhibits internationally and works from her studio in Vancouver, Canada.


In this workshop you will:

  1. Begin each day with an inspirational paper-based exercise exploring relationships between colour, value, texture, line, and shape.
  2. Design, hand hook, and embellish two 6 x 6 inches art pieces.
  3. Engage in group discussions and reviews as the work progresses with an emphasis on experimentation, exploration, and the creative process.
  4. Watch a power point presentation about exploration, experimentation, and the creative process.
  5. Assemble a sample book that will include materials, resources and methods.
  6. Receive the online version of the New Materials, New Techniques and the Hand Hooked Surface workshop booklet.

Students are responsible for bringing the following supplies:

Inspirational images.  3 photographs (personal), 3 images from books, magazines, pinterest, etc.
Your favourite inspirational picture book.
Backing ½ yard
Frame, hook, cutter.
A selection of materials for hooking (2) 6” x 6” samplers. If you can hook it, bring it.
Found object to integrate with your hand hooked surface (1-2).
Sketch book.
Fabric scissors
Paper scissors
Acrylic paint brush (1/2”)
Felting needles (individual or tool)
Foam for needle felting
Embroidery needle
Tapestry needle
Embroidery floss – your choice of 5 colours
Sewing machine (OPTIONAL) & extension cord

Plastic yogurt container with lid

White plastic core sheet (3’ x 3’)

*$30 for Kit Fee to be paid directly to instructor on first day of workshop (Cash Only). The kit provided by instructor includes the following supplies:

Black card stock (8.5×11 inches/50 sheets)
White card stock (8.5×11 inches/50 sheets)
Colour paper (8.5×11 inches, a selection of 8-10 colours/2 sheets each)
Glue sticks (6 large)
Modge Podge – 16oz
Acrylic paint (red, blue, yellow, white, black, umber, sienna – student grade/6 oz tubes)
Metal grommets & installation tool (1 package –  ½”)
Fleece: red, blue, yellow, white, black  (8 oz packages)
Craft foam sheets (12) 6×6 inches, colour is not important
Double sided tape

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to the ECFTA.



October 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am
October 4, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
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