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
In honor of International Rug Hooking Day, December 4, we are holding a contest. 18 answers in total but answer a minimum of 15 and your name will be placed in the draw Your membership must be current. You must answer the questions using the Contact Page on the website. Direct emails will automatically be disqualified. Deadline – Midnight,...
You won't want to miss the amazing Mats hanging on the walls at The Rooms until January, 2018 Featuring rug hooking from across the country including some from our own archives, this exhibit offers a piece that will speak to each and every person who views it. Be sure to visit before it's gone!
Killdevil Rug School 2017 was an event which will long be remembered by all who attended. Killdevil Staff stepped up once again to provide us with the utmost service, food and weather! It couldn't be better. "Elvis" made quite the showing! As did Aunt Aggie and her helpful assistant who between them kept the crowd entertained beyond measure! Old friends...
On the Cover! St. John's NL Dianne Warren's interpretation of a masters painting from circa 1870, French artist Henriette Brown, called "Young Girl Writing" AND Moncton NB Lucy Richard's portrayal of a Ganong Lady in the article entitled: Ganong All Gone and Ready for More RHGNL members have much talent and we are so very proud of these accomplishments. Be sure...
Like Mother/Like Daughter Elva Stuckless created her Celebration Mat in honor of Canada's 100th Anniversary. Her daughter, Joan Foster recreated her mother's mat for Canada's 150th Anniversary. How Beautiful is that!
Sponsored by the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL) Historic sites, events, and locations provide a glimpse into our past and an insight into our heritage. But too quickly they are disappearing such as the 130 year old house at 25 Winter Avenue in St. John’s during March 2015. As a way to preserve the history as the...
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...