We are pleased to welcome back volunteers from Red River Ruggers and Prairie Edge Rug Hookers to demonstrate their work at the Festival. Val Jackson of Beausejour offers this introduction to anyone who would like to get involved —
Rug hooking is both a craft and an art form. Basically, wool strips are pulled up through an open weave linen backing into loops using a hook to form a picture. Anything that is or can be cut into strips of different widths can be used to enhance the hooking including yarns of all types, ribbons, other fabrics- even fish skins! Patterns are available but many hookers create their own designs.
Plain or patterned, plaid or striped, wool can be dyed to get a full range of colours. Shaded florals, landscapes, abstracts, whimsy, portraiture, and primitive are some of the types of the many designs you can create for mats, tote bags, cushions, runners and pictures. A hook, hoop or frame and wool, recycled or new, is all that is needed. This relaxing pastime is ideal for watching TV and is not physically demanding.
We invite you to come to one of our friendly groups to see what hooking is all about.
Red River Ruggers (Winnipeg): meets the first Saturday of the month, 10 – 4, contact Susan Hancharyk at 204-257-0589 firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaynna Gilmore at: email@example.com Bring your own lunch.
Prairie Edge Rug Hookers (Eastern Manitoba) meets every second Tuesday, come and go or come and stay 1 to 8 (dinner out). Meets in Beausejour. Contact Val Jackson 204-268-2212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For both groups call ahead and we can bring tools and wool to let you try it out.