Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland & Labrador
Come here till I tells ya
We’re some tickled you took the time to drop by.
We’ve been working on the content for this website since 1497, after explorer and navigator Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) made land, aboard the Mattea (Matthew), at Cape Bonavista on June 24, and claimed the island for King Henry VII of England.
Been flat out ever since trying to preserve a little bit of the past that might have fallen off the pages of history. It would have too, if it wasn’t for a ‘fine crowd’ working hard to ensure ‘Mat Making” maintains its place. Sure, there’s days it’s enough to wear you out! But, we’ll keep at it! We will continue to talk, to teach, to record and preserve the historical background of rug hooking here in this province.
So it’s real good of you to visit. Now, pour yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable, cause we got a lot to say!Learn More
You’ve never been part of a team like this one, we can guarantee you.
You’ll see lots of benefits for becoming a Guild member on our Membership page for sure.
But what you won’t hear, see, taste, or feel is what’s beyond the words you read here, unless you actually join the team and spend time with us.
You won’t hear words at any other rug school like: “Don’t you people sleep?” “Is your grandfather single?” “That crowd from Tilting” or “Nipply Weather”. You probably would never hear Kelley sing ‘The Butcher Boy’
You won’t see Philomena and Anne perform one of their famous skits: Aunt Aggie's famous letters offering hooking advice.
You won’t ever taste Jiggs Dinner and homemade blueberry or partridge berry pies, or have bologna, beans and toutons for breakfast.
You will never feel the joy of spending time with such a fine crowd as shows up to the hook-ins and rug school as we get here, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
So, what are you waiting for? Come on, join up now and enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget!Apply Now
For Members' information we have added a Teacher Prepared Formula for pricing your mat for retail, wholesale, or consignment sale. Visit your Member Page, Price Your Mat for all you need to know.
SAVE THE DATE: August 15 - 18, 2019 More information will come available on teachers and courses early in the New Year. Keep watching!!
Twelve members of our Guild, who are also members of The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR) just attended, October 2018, an international gathering of rug hookers in Reeth, England. There, they mingled and learned with some of the very best rug hookers in the world. This group meets every three years and in 2021, the international rug hooking...
The Rug Hooking Guild NL is actively searching out antique hand hooked mats here in the province for registration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Archives. If you have an old mat hooked by your grandmother, mother, aunt neighbor or friend, please contact us to arrange for the registration. Simply put, we take pictures of the front and back, try to...
Jackie Alcock of Corner Brook, NL designed and hooked this beautiful mat in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of a beautiful day which went, horribly wrong, and forever affected generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. 100 Years Later, Jackie has hooked a field of Forget-Me-Nots shining beneath a triangle shape sun, with a silver triangle in its center. An odd shape...
Before 1809 all mail to and from Newfoundland was handled through private arrangements with individuals, usually sea captains, who agreed to carry letters and packages by sea for a fee. Since there were few roads across the island most domestic mail in Newfoundland also went by boat with delivery dependent mainly on the integrity of the ship’s captain. On October...
FLighthouses - 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...
“Many wonderful things can happen when a simple thought is expressed” Winnie Glavine The arrival of RMHNL was a long time coming. The whole province was excited when the reality of a House being built in St. John’s was finally announced. To support Our House and the children and families who use it, we chose to produce a tapestry based...
Molly White has always enjoyed creating with textiles. Her love of rug hooking began in 2003 when she took Joan Foster’s course at Woody Point and she’d rug hook as a hobby while she and her husband raised three daughters. Since then, Molly has exhibited her mats from one end of the province to the other including during the...