December 4 – International Rug Hooking Day – Plans are being made for local hook-ins around the province. Check with your local Director and our Calendar to see what’s happening in your area. Some events will be welcoming the general public to their events, others may not mainly due to space availability.
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 world will come to Newfoundland and Labrador. Dianne Warren and her committee will host TIGHR members from around the world and the event is open to our local rug hookers as well. You will need to become a member of TIGHR, an $80.00 fee for three years. Check out http://tighr.net/ for all the information you will need.
A Strategic Planning Meeting was held October 29-30, 2018. Guided by the results of the Survery, this meeting focused on ways to improve and build our Guild profile over the next 5 years and beyond. The Survey results have been posted on a separate page under Membership and further updates, as they become available, will be added here as well.
Click here to see the results of the Survey. Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador Survey Report If you have any comments or questions, please direct them to Guild President Roy Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- one to record the historical background of rug hooking in our province
– 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 Necessity‘ held 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
- 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;
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;
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.