Hook, Line and Tinker

Website: http://hooklinetinker.com

Laurie Dolhan became “immersed in embroidery” in 2016. When she couldn’t find beginner-friendly, nautical themed patterns that felt fresh and modern, she began designing her own. She launched Hook, Line and Tinker in October of 2017 as a small side project selling hand-crafted embroidery kits—and now it’s her focus. “I’m thrilled to be able to share a little piece of Nova Scotia with beginner stitchers around the world,” she says.

From her studio in Ketch Harbour, NS, she designs and builds embroidery kits inspired from nature. Each pattern is an original, designed by her by hand. Packaging is lightweight and compact to reduce environmental impacts via shipping, and she uses paper rather than single-use plastics. She also transforms fabric scraps from the production process into fabric garland. About 50 per cent of Laurie’s materials are sourced from local suppliers, as she is very conscientious about supporting local and about minimizing the environmental impact of her products.

This will be Laurie’s first time attending Saltscapes Epo and she’s very excited about it—not only to introduce her products to others, but to discover the works of others for herself! She expects to have several new designs making their debut at Expo, and currently her two best-selling designs are a knitting octopus, and an owl that likes to read past its bedtime (and who doesn’t love to do that!).