By KAREN WELLS
PROVINCIAL — Creating a traditional hooked rug is a labour of love.
Participants in the upcoming Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador Rug School know just that. From Aug. 16-19 they will come together at Twin Ponds Camp near Glenwood to further develop their skills and enjoy the fellowship of other crafters.
This is the 17th annual Rug School, and with close to 100 participants registered as of last week, interest in rug hooking is not just limited to Newfoundlanders. While a majority of participants are from throughout Newfoundland, there are students registered from Ontario, Minnesota, and Florida. Some have connections to Newfoundland, while others have visited the province and learned about the Rug School and decided to attend.
Guild president Ruth Chaffey of Lewisporte said while a number of the Rug School students are repeat attendees, she is expecting six to 10 new students. Instruction will be provided at different levels from beginner to advanced by teachers who are well-versed in rug hooking techniques.
Each teacher has developed their own rug/pattern to suit the classes they are teaching. Ms. Chaffey is also one of the instructors. She explained that from these rugs the teachers will also develop a lesson plan to teach it to the students.
“It takes about a year to plan for a class,” she said. “As soon as one is over you are planning for the next.”