Living and creating from within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded lands of the Mi'kmaq people.

Hello from Ketch harbour, nova scotia.

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I am Laurie Dolhan, a "thalassophile" (aka ocean lover) making a maker’s life by the sea with my husband, Trevor, our son, James, Charkie the Berndoodle, and a bearded dragon named Draco. As part of my journey to date, I have been a Jersey Girl, a Yukon Sourdough, and now I'm what some Nova Scotians refer to as a CFA (come-from-away). 

Like my favourite things, I have been lost, found, and creatively reworked. In November 2017, I launched Hook, Line & Tinker with a line of modern embroidery patterns and kits using my own original illustrations. Each design offers a  fresh take on traditional maritime themes.

skill set (in varying degrees of proficiency): writing / canning / sewing / raising a small human / kayaking / crocheting / cooking / cutting wood / ice fishing / skydiving / camping / fishing / gold panning / creative upcycling / generalized tinkering


It is my intention that the printed patterns retain their original, hand-drawn aesthetic. All of Hook, Line & Tinker’s embroidery illustrations are original and designed by me by hand, beginning with a simple number 2 pencil and a sketchbook.

The completed images are scanned and minimally edited digitally to create the patterns. Each illustration is repeatedly rendered through the craft of hand embroidery using a variety of basic stitches to build texture and a pleasing design. The pattern evolves with each hand rendering with attention to texture and technique. Through this process, instructions for completing each design are developed.

The 100% cotton fabric is cut and prepared by hand, and all finalized patterns are printed onto the fabric in the studio using inks that maintain their integrity during the stitching process.

Each kit is packed by hand.

Packaging is designed to be lightweight and compact to reduce environmental impacts via shipping, and paper, including recycled content when possible, have been used rather than single use plastics.

Need another reason to feel good about buying from Hook, Line & Tinker? Your purchase supports my efforts to help women and children experiencing homelessness. I currently support Adsum for Women and Children through financial contributions and volunteer efforts.

A tour of the neighbourhood...