Did You Know??

Rug Hooking is a participant friendly, non-gender specific, cost efficient craft that can be learned by the very young to the older but still young at heart individual

If you have two hands and can hold a pencil, you can learn to rug hook

Our Guild is now into its 23rd year, having been formed on Change Islands in 1995 due mostly to the efforts of a very talented rug hooker Linda Peckford who was our first Guild President.

Two Reasons for our existence

  1. one to record the historical background of rug hooking in our province

Rug Registry:

–          Started in 1997

–          Aim is to record and preserve history of traditional mat hooking in province

–          Ongoing with 861 mats registered to date

–          Mats must be 25 years old and have been hooked in this province

–          Process is to photograph mat, record info on current owner and on the mat maker (if known) and do a condition report

Copies of our Book –Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador:  Beauty Born of Necessityheld by the Guild will soon be all gone. There are no plans to have the book republished. 

information on the old mats can be found at:

–           The Rooms

–           MUN Digital Archives

  1. to create public awareness, encourage participation, and provide opportunities for learning the craft of rug hooking

We have approximately 260 members;

Our current Guild President is Roy Evans; 

We have 18 Guild Certified Teachers;

Our Guild Offers:

Opportunities to learn rug hooking;

Socializing/networking events;

Encouragement, support and advice wherever it can to rug hookers who want to turn their hobby into a business;

One and two day workshops at various skill levels throughout the year around the province;

Three day rug school each year in  August offering various skill level classes;

Four Newsletters a year and discount fees to all Guild related Workshops except Rug School for just $30 a year;

2018 Rug School is taking place at  Camp Emanuel Conference Center in Lewisporte;

Class lineup is: Abstract Rug Hooking, Vikings, Hook Your own Story, 3 Dimensional, a Dyeing Fabric Class and  Find It and Finish It;

A  travel bursary for a member to attend from Labrador;

Opportunities to show case your work through various exhibits such as the exhibit currently travelling the province based on Historical Events and Places;

Our next viewing will take place in Clarenville at the Public Library and will run from May 15 – June 15.  From there, it will head to Trinity, then to Fogo Island and will end up in Lewisporte for the Rug School in August, which will be its final stop;

Earlier Exhibits –  Lighthouses around Newfoundland and Labrador; Newfoundland Stamps; I Dream – a hooked rug tapestry we partnered with the law firm McInnes Cooper to create for Ronald McDonald House;  Cuper’s Cove or Cupids tapestry which hangs in the Legacy Center;

Branch groups of the Guild can be found in Woody Point, Corner Brook, Gander, Lark Harbour, Grand Falls-Windsor, Eastport, Lewisporte, Springdale, Summerford, Northern Arm, St. Alban’s Clarenville, Paradise, St. John’s, Harbour Grace, Paradise;

Service Awards, Lifetime Membership

Service pins – awarded after each five years of membership to members in good standing

Life Membership Awards
– call for nominations within the membership each spring
– recipient will have completed 10 years of membership and be in good standing
-will have made an outstanding contribution to furthering the purpose of the guild
– recognized with a certificate of Life Membership, and free membership in the guild going forward

Our 25th anniversary – Change Islands and Fogo Island.  Lillian Dwyer who lives on Fogo Island will once again lead the way on this celebration.  We have no doubt it will be a wonderful event for our members.