art shows

October 2020

Diane Hodder: Hooked Rugs

An exhibition of hooked rugs— all 100% wool hooked onto linen


I was introduced to rug hooking while I was living in Ottawa but work was priority and so my first hooking project was put aside, only to be resurrected when I met up with a hooking group in PEI. I was encouraged to join their group and I became ‘hooked’ as one might say. For over 20 years, I have attended rug schools in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador and have taken several courses relating to rug hooking in NS, NL, PEI, BC, England and Australia, rug hooking cruises to Spain and Italy. I am a member of the NS Rug Hooking Guild, the Rug Hooking Guild of NL and a board member of The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR). While I was a resident in PEI, I was also a juried member of the PEI Craft Council. In NL, I am involved in the Cultural Craft Group of Partners which identifies and produces crafts that reflect the history and atmosphere of the Bonavista Peninsula. My hooking style is what is called primitive hooking— hooked with wide strips of 100% wool fabric. I use a combination of recycled (my favourite being men’s wool shirts (Pendleton)). I also use new wool, some of which I dye myself. I do commission work upon request.

I also enjoy quilting, working with 100 percent cotton and all of my quilts are hand-quilted.

Diane was born in St. John’s, NL, educated at Holloway School, Prince of Wales College, Memorial University (Commerce). Left NL in the 60’s, worked in the high-tech industry in Nova Scotia, with Inco in Sudbury, Ontario, with NLCS in NL, in Ottawa for 15 years with Cognos and EDS, in PEI until retirement in 2004, returned to NL in 2009.

Diane is a computer systems analyst, rug hooker, quilter, hiker, knitter and skier


192 Trinity Drive, George’s Brook/Milton, NL A5A 0L5