The cherry on the sundae was a visit from Michele Micarelli. Fresh from teaching at the Nova Scotia rug school, she traveled to Mahone Bay to visit a new friend, our very own Charlene Scott, who took the dye class at school this year. They were making the rounds, popped into the shop for coffee and then headed to Mary's house for a visit and stronger libation. Mary took a class with Michele and I’ll be posting her project as soon as I get to see it! Shelley was at the hook-in last evening so we saw what she was working on from the class, a fabulous portrait of her dog that I will share at a later time. It's a stunner!
I’ve never officially met Michele but our paths have crossed by way of ordering supplies from her and Facebook. I’ve seen her marvelous body of work which speaks volumes for her talent and now that I know she has a wicked sense of humour, I can tell she must be a phenomenal teacher. I know my friend Mary really enjoys her classes and this was her second year under her tutelage. I can’t wait to see what Mary is working on as she is no slouch in the creativity department so the two of them together will have hit another home run…remember the Mona Lisa stocking of last year?
Michele and I posed for the picture below so I could say I rubbed elbows with a hooking great. She was recently honoured with the title of Rug Hooker of the Year in the US by the North American Rug Hooking Museum. For those of you unfamiliar with Michele I poached her profile from her site for a quick outline and if you would like to read more, click the link below.
Michele Micarelli is a certified rug hooking teacher whose main objective is to unleash creativity.
The classes she teaches are full of storytelling, imagination exercises, and laughter. She has been a rug hooker since 1991 and prefers using 4 and 5 cut wool and linen for lots of detail.
Michele is also a beader, a doll maker, and a Sailor’s Valentine Artist . She started rug hooking because of her childhood memories of rugs her Father hooked. Her other loves are her family, painting, collecting, and gardening.
Michele has proudly served on the A.T.H.A. Region 1 board of directors for ten years, is past President of the Northern McGown Teacher’s Workshop and is a judge of Craft’s Adventure in New England.
Michele is proud to have had her rugs appear in several editions of The Celebration of Rug Hooking as well as having been a judge in Celebration 13. Michele was honored artist at the Green Mountain Shelburne Museum “Strong Women” show and winner of The Silver Hook Award at The Newtown Rug Show 2008 for her dedication and contribution to rug hooking.