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Day Art Retreat  May 25, 2024

Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners 

One Day Class, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fee: $60

Instructor: Christine Johnson

Minimum: 4 persons, Maximum: 10 persons

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Painting with Wool 

June 5 - 7

Instructor: Christine Johnson

Register with Calabogie lodge Resort



Make art by learning how to wet felt, needle felt and add finishing touches to your art piece using embroidery.  Inspired by the work of Scottish artist, Moy Mackay, this multi-technique process is easy and fun.  Wet felting uses wool (animal fibre), water, soap and agitation in order to create fabric.  It feels like magic! Once our wet felted masterpiece is dry, we’ll needle felt it.  Needle felting is a dry process using sharp needles. When the needles push the fibres together, they matt, creating felt.  This means you can add on details and textures. Once the wet felting and needle felting are finished, you can enhance details even more by embroidered stitches. 


To begin, time is spent first creating a simple design of your choice — landscape, still life or abstract and adapting it to suit the technical requirements associated with the felting process.  Once finished, framing options will be presented. 



Wednesday, June 5th

-  3 p.m. - Check-in 

-  4:30 p.m. - Meet and Greet with a show and tell of finished pieces and planning our designs

-  6 p.m. - Free time to prepare a meal in your unit or discover one of the local restaurants 


Thursday, June 6th

-  9:00 a.m. - Wet felting 

-  12:30  p.m. - Lunch at "on the Rocks" resturant ( included with fee)

-  1:30 p.m.  - Needle Felting

-  5 p.m. - Free Time 

-  7 p.m. - Open Studio (optional) 


Friday,  June 7th

-  By 10 a.m. - Check-out

-  10 a.m. - Embroidery Stitches for Finishing Touches

-  12:30 p.m. - Show and Tell

-  1 p.m. - Conclusion of Painting with Wool


Please note: Need 4 minimum and 12 maximum to run the workshop



Christine Johnson is a Certified Oxford Teacher, a program administered by The Oxford Company, under the direction of Amy Oxford, inventor of Oxford punch needles.   Christine  has been a fibre artist for over thirty years and uses many different techniques in her art including rug punching, felting, knitting, crochet, embroidery and quilting.  She hosts Fibre Art Tuesdays at Treehouse Art Studio in the Calabogie Lodge every Tuesday.  She lives in Springtown, near Calabogie, on the beautiful Madawaska River. 

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