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International Rug Hooking Day 2015 - Dec 4

Members around the province celebrated International Rug Hooking Day on Dec 4, 2015 by sharing projects and stories of their craft with people in their area, and working on their mats. The snow  interrupted some plans to meet in person, so members hooked in their homes instead and shared through other means. See this page for photos from some of the groups and individuals on that day.
Camp 2016

All Camp Info is Now

Killdevil 2016 Rug School Course Preview!  
Get out your Western jeans, boots, saloon attire and cowboy hats so that you’ll be gussied up and right in the swing of things, for Killdevil’s Western Rug School 2016!  We have some wild (!) teachers who are preparing a variety of courses you’ll be chomp’n at the bit to take…   
From New Brunswick, Doris Norman is getting hitched up with the Celtic tradition – she’s a star in that circle!  
Closer to our shores we’ll be delighted to welcome Heather Gordon from Nova Scotia. She will be helping you to prepare a Welcome to My Parlour mat, it’s as warm as she is!  
From nearby Springdale, Joan Foster is preparing to share our northern heritage by teaching the Grenfell Style Hooking/Dyeing Hosiery course to those lookin’ for a cool experience!  
Moving up to Twillingate, Diana Dove is busy with a challenge to Blend Rug Hooking and Braiding, a new combination for some of us.  This course will be sure to lasso a few of you!  
From Musgrave Harbour, Linda Tippett will have new designs for the beginner hookers.  As well, she is planning some additional ways to offer something new to the not-so-new rug hooker.  The person who would like to add interest to a pattern, but not get too complicated!  A Beginner’s/Beginner Plus Class may be just for you.  
What a delight it will be to experience Stained Glass Instruction from Heart’s Delight’s Marilyn Moore.  She will teach layer casserole dyeing and you will love the effect you will learn to create!
And, getting tangled up in tuckamore can be trouble, however Margaret Angel from St. John’s will be guiding you through a fun class.  She has developed a course which will create a feeling of being truly tangled up in Gros Morne.  Her Tangly Tuckamore will give you an opportunity to enjoy the forces the winds create on the coastal growth, called tuckamore!  
The other option rug school participants may choose is On Your Own/Find-it-Finish-it.  This is a fun time to share ideas, have a rootin’ tootin’ great time and do some hooking!  

Your Rug School Committee is looking forward to a wild, wooly hook-up!  Saddle-up your steed and round-up your pardners.  More details of each course will be the highlight of the Spring Newsletter – bet ya can’t wait?!
Get in touch with your hooking buddies and set your sights for Rug School 2016. Do it today... well maybe tomorrow. But don't put it off. Get your plans in place.
Jane Jesseau and Sue Morris,  Co-directors, Rug School 2016 


Historic Sites, Events and Locations of Newfoundland and Labrador


Historic sites, events and locations provide a glimpse into our past and an insight into our heritage.  But too quickly they are disappearing.  Remember the destruction of the 130 year old house at 25 Winter Avenue in St. John’s last March?  No matter how much the action was decried nothing could be done to prevent it.  Many structures have been destroyed, with nothing to show where they were.

Members of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to hook mats of different historical buildings, locations and events of Newfoundland and Labrador for a display in 2017-18.  This display would begin in the Legacy Centre in Cupids in May 2017, be at Rug School in Kildevil in August and travel to other sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador until August 2018.  

Is anyone interested in hooking a mat for this project?  Places or events depicted need not be registered historical sites, but must be at least 50 years old and of historical significance to Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Read more about the Historic Sites, Events and Locations project here

I Dream of ..... A home, family, friends, sunshine, growing up, and being happy, healthy,  and free to play.

Read about the rug project here



RHGNL participation in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory, Memorial University of Newfoundland Digital Archives Initiative

430 hooked mats from the collection of the Rug Registry of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador are available for viewing as a Digital Archives Initiative of Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2010, the folklore department offered to include this information from our files as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory. We have more than 800 mats on file so more may be added in the future.

Links: click here to visit the rug collection archive, or click here to see other parts of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory  or here to visit the MUN Digital Archives

Lighthouse Project

Lighthouses - guardians of our coastline - over 180 of these towering structures along with more than 300 other navigational lights have been put into service in the province during the last two centuries.   They have given immeasurable service to our fishermen and other mariners and are a part of our culture, especially for the vast majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have lived within sight of the ocean. Read more about the  Lighthouses of Newfoundland and Labrador Hooked Rug Exhibit hosted by the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador here.


Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador: Beauty Born of Necessity

This book, published in 2006 in partnership with DRC Publishing Inc., has been a very successful project for the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador. It features a collection of hooked mats compiled from the Guild’s Heritage Hooked Rug Registry and also highlights the history of mat hooking in the province and the formation and growth of the rug hooking guild itself.

The Heritage Hooked Rug Registry started in 1997 when Guild member Joan Foster began photographing mats, many dating before Confederation in 1949 and made in communities throughout the province. To accompany these pictures she collected stories and other personal accounts of the mat-makers and the circumstances that encouraged their work.

"Women made mats for several reasons but generally they were made to create warmth on floors often made of bare boards but some also earned a little money from their work and for others it was an important social event," said Mrs. Foster. "Whatever the reason, mat-making was certainly a part of the household duties for many women in rural Newfoundland and Labrador and one that seems to trigger memories of growing up in these households. What better tribute to our mothers and grandmothers than the preservation of this heritage."

As part of the Registry project, Mrs. Foster and other Guild volunteers visited communities to meet with mat-makers and/or their families. As the work of RHGNL began to spread, so did the interest in this project. In recent years, the Guild has held mat registrations at centers throughout the province and during annual rug school. To date, almost 800 mats have been registered and a copy of the Registry has been made available to researchers through the Provincial Museum at The Rooms in St. John’s.

Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador: Beauty Born of Necessity can be purchased directly from RHGNL for $15 plus postage by contacting Joan Foster at gjfoster@xplornet.ca.

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