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Hi Everyone,
I love everything about rug hooking and I enjoy the people I meet who hook.
However, after 11 years, I have stepped away from selling rug hooking supplies, other than my own hooked pieces, patterns and kits. Frankly, my mind and body need a rest. I started my own businesses when I was 32 and after 26 years, I long for some calm and also more spontaneity in my life.
Networking among rughookers is vital. I will continue to post Western Canadian news, events and contacts on this website as submitted to me. Also, I will be offering more of my own work for sale in the website gallery.
It's been a grand and sometimes (even in this low-key activity) WILD ride.
Best wishes and thanks to all of you wonderful customers for your support!

Colleen Wike



Colleen Wile of Sage House Rug-Hooking studio, hooking a new design

A list of Rug Hooking groups
can be found here

Hooking rugs can be the ultimate in creative expression. It is relatively simple to learn, and consists of one stitch - using a hook to pull a loop of yarn or fabric strip through a hole in a backing.

From this basic platform, you can expand to design your own patterns, dye your colours and hooking the cloth strips into the backing. There are many levels of rug hooking and the combinations of colour, texture and design are endless. The craft is appealing because it makes the beginner look good, yet challenges the expert.

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Sage House , where I live on Vancouver Island, is a rug hooking studio located in a little seaside cottage surrounded by fragrant flowers and herbs.As I hook, I am immersed
in the atmosphere of my environment. The world around me adds a distinct cachet to my work. My pieces are infused with silence; the call of raucous seabirds; chattering
children in the playground and the joyful barking of unleashed dogs. Evocative colours, transported through soft breezes; gusty wet winds; sun-washed skies, fresh, briny
sea scents and gardens inspire my work.

My passion to hook germinated at age 4  when I “helped” my grandmother hook at a huge frame resting against her kitchen table. The dark print of her traditional Mennonite dress contrasted wonderfully with the brilliant primitive purple and yellow pansies that she was creating.

Grandma's PansiesThis is a rug I hooked after tracing one of her own rugs.

She died at age 59 and I subsequently learned the finer points of rug hooking from my maternal grandma (below)  about 30 years later. She lived to be 103. Her large primitive rug hook is one of my dearest possessions and I use it often when I want to feel her near me.

Grandma Smith

This wise advice is adapted from an old book circa 1947, that I found in a Salt Spring Island used bookstore. It has a "common sense" approach to rug hooking that appeals to my Old Order Mennonite roots:

Four steps to Freedom From Fear & Frustration
[in designing your rug]

1. Don’t fuss over your designs.
You may have an idea come to you and you can’t wait to get it drawn. Do it while you are in the mood but know enough to stop at the right time! You’ll draw something and instead of stopping when the creative mood is over, you’ll go just a little bit farther and often spoil what you have done. It isn’t the time that you spend on a design, it’s what you do in that time that counts.

2. Keep your designs simple. Do not try to cram too much into one design. You have to allow space to show off your design. See your rug as a whole design, not as separate flowers or units.

3. Be original. Make your own or adapt from others and go with what resonates with YOU regardless of what others say. Have your own style. You may not be a famous artist but your work can be unique.

4. Do not aim for perfection in your designs. It’s handiwork that you are doing, so make it look that way.

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Renditions in Rags
Beginner Rug Hooking with Val Galvin 2009

One Day Workshop

Saturday October 24
Saturday November 7

$125 per person
which includes starter kit (hook, frame, fabric, backing, instructions)

Val will walk you through detailed instructions on fabric preparation, backing and finishing techniques, simple design and hooking methods.
Class size is limited.

Contact Val Galvin
10087 Chemainus Rd,
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K2
(250) 246-3979


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Woolly Thyme Rug Hookers
6th Annual Winter Hook-In

January 15-16, 2010

Victoria, BC
$65.00 Cdn registration includes 2 meals: dinner Friday, lunch Saturday; home baked goodies each day; Swap & Shop Friday night and 2 days of hooking.
Contact Sheila Stewart Blair (250) 595-6406


In Lantzville BC, Wendy Hallsall offers daytime classes.
For information, please contact her at or call (250) 390-4501.

If you are looking for a rug hooking teacher in the interior of BC,
contact Angela Possak


I am posting a list of rug hooking groups in British Columbia, as of August 2009. Please contact me if there are omissions or corrections.

Vancouver Island

Chemainus: contact Colleen Wike at
Duncan:  Faye Gillbert (250) 748-7068
Nanaimo/Nanoose: Dogwood Rug Hookers contact Shirley Burns at
Victoria: contact Martha Barchyn at
Victoria: contact Sheila Stewart Blair at
Sidney: contact Diane Cross at
Comox Valley: Peg Challender at


Chilliwack: Tuesday Matters Rug Hookers contact Betty Lou Carver 1(604) 824-4095
Vancouver: contact Michele Silver-Sirois at
Kamloops: contact Lois Peters at
Kelowna: Jean Anderson at
Summerland: Ann Kiefer at
Squamish: Jane Iverson at
Shuswap: Lynda Diepold 1(250) 675-5016
Maple Ridge Gone Hooking meets each Wednesday  from 10:30am - 3:30pm   Beginners lessons with supplies available.For more info please contact Freda at (604) 463-0043 email
White Rock  Irma Melanson (604) 531-6041
Campbell River  Bev Morris (250) 923-6545
Port Hardy/ Coal Harbour Debra Davidge 1 (250) 949-7988
Powell River Sunstar Hookers meet 2nd Tuesday of the month 7-9 pmSandra Johnstone (604) 485-7349

 Salt Spring Island

Sandy English at


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Ontario Hooking Craft Guild
ATHA -Association of Traditional Hooking Artists
Big Dog Rug Designs
Rug Hooking on Line
McGown Guild
Jean Delaney Designs