Home Upcoming Events HOOK RUGS, SAVE THE PLANET – G21A0121WI


Open to New Mexico residents and out-of-state residents who have quarantined in NM for 14 days prior to arrival at the ranch.

Rug hooking is a fiber art whereby you push or pull loops of yarn or fabric strips up through a woven backing. You’ve undoubtedly seen hooked rugs your entire life, but not realized it. These days, Instagram is chock full of photographs of this medium.

Hooked art can be used on the floor or on a table; it can soften a chair or a bench; and it’s just as perfect on the wall. The two basic techniques are easy to master. In fact, it’s often been referred to as “coloring with wool.” And while your grandmother might have been limited to wool, you aren’t your grandma.

Instructor Laura Salamy prefers to create her pieces with recycled materials beyond the wool, things like old t-shirts and other clothing, bedsheets and other household textiles, even colorful plastic bags. She does, however, admit that some projects are better served by wool, especially yarn.

This course will include instruction in traditional rug hooking (pulling the loop through the backing) and punch needle rug hooking (pushing the loop). Unlike weaving, tools and materials are more minimal and include: a lap frame; a hook; a punch needle; base fabric; and materials to hook.

The only skill required is being able to thread a needle and sew a basic stitch in order to finish your rug. Students will initially hook and finish a small mat using each technique. After this students will design and hook and/or punch a larger piece that can be finished in class or at home. 

If the larger piece demands additional materials, the instructor will work with the student to source them from his/her home.

Secure your space by placing a $200 deposit (click blue button, upper right)
2-week Immersion
Dates: Sunday-Friday, January 10-22, 2021 (12 nights)
Rate: $2,195 + $150 for Rug Hooking Frame (to take home)
Includes: (12) nights lodging, 38 meals, tuition + provided materials
2nd person in the same room taking same course or different course – $1,295
2nd person in the same room not taking a course/Non-Participant – $495

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or other person that shares your full-time residence.


  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Laura Salamy
    Laura Salamy

    Laura Salamy is the fiber artist behind High at Hooking where she does “less than traditional” rug hooking. That is, despite her traditional technique, the mats and rugs aren’t necessarily fashioned using only the wool strips and yarn one typically sees. She prefers to up-cycle her materials from old clothes (especially t-shirts) and old bedsheets. Funky fabrics and ribbons and notions work well too. Cutting cloth strips by hand to a fairly broad width gives each rug a bit of rustic and bulky charm, creating something you can really sink your toes into. Unless you’d prefer them on the wall or your table.
    Having earned degrees in biology and biochemistry, Laura worked for several years in industry ensuring that employers complied with environmental rules. Perhaps that’s why recycling would-be throw-aways is a priority for her. While certain projects benefit from virgin wools and other fibers, Laura prefers to do her little part to slow the waste process and make something lovely at the same time.
    Laura teaches here at the New Mexico Fiber Arts Center, in her Albuquerque home, and now on Zoom. She currently serves as president of the Adobe Wool Arts Guild, New Mexico’s only rug hooking guild.
    You can see Laura’s work here on her website and in High on Hooking’s ETSY shop. She participates in several juried shows and markets in New Mexico. Find her website at www.highonhooking.com.


Jan 10 - 22 2021


$2,195 + $150 for Rug Hooking Frame

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