Rug hookers meet weekly in New Glasgow

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Hookers meet weekly in the community room of the Superstore in New Glasgow. For them it’s no profession, just a hobby.
To be clear, these are rug hookers.

Carla Carlos works on a rug-hooking pattern. Across from her is Brenda White.

The group known as the Bluenose Rug Hookers started more than 10 years ago and has a strong attendance at their weekly meetings which are held on Thursday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rug hooking is a craft that developed in the 19th century. Rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base.

Peggy Kilfoil said everyone is welcome to come and try it out regardless of whether they have experience.

“If they don’t have any experience they can just learn from us,” she said. “They don’t need any experience or they can come and hook if they already hook. We all help each other.”

She said she enjoys the social aspect of the group.

“It’s a fun getting out,” she said. “We exchange recipes and knitting patters and all kinds of stuff.”

Carla Carlos joined just two weeks ago but as her fellow hobbyists say, “she’s hooked.”

“I think it’s great,” Carlos said. “My sister in Antigonish she’s in a group down there and got me started. I’m from New Glasgow so I called to see if I could join here.”

She said she likes meeting the other rug hookers and learning from their experience.

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Antigonish

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