Did You Know??

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.

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 24th 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. 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 approximately 1100 mats registered to date
  • Mats must  have been hooked in this province prior to 1995
  • 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

2. 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 Kelley Fewer; 
  • 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 or Student fee at $15.00 per year;

Branch groups of the Guild can be found in Woody Point, Corner Brook, Gander, Lark Harbour, Grand Falls-Windsor, Eastport, Lewisporte, Point Leamington, 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.

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