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Rug Hookers Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday

Updated July 06, 2017

Happy Birthday, Canada!
 
Rug hookers all across Canada are celebrating their country’s sesquicentennial year.  How are they celebrating? By hooking rugs and mats, of course!
 
RHM wants to be part of the excitement, so we invite anyone—individual or group—who has hooked a piece in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday to send it to us so we can show it to the world. We believe that there are many groups across Canada working on projects and we would love to see them all.

How to Submit Your Own Rug

We will collect photos of these rugs during the entire sesquicentennial year, so between now and June 30th, 2018, show us what you are doing to memorialize this historical event. In the comment section below, upload your photos and a short paragraph describing your celebratory rug, mat, or project.
 
RHM is pleased to show the world how Canadians celebrate. Happy birthday, Canada!

CANADA'S BIRTHDAY RUGS

For a closer look, please click the image to enlarge.

  1. Canada 150 Project
    The Sussex Tea Room Rug Hookers, located in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada, celebrated Canada’s 150th Birthday by creating a collage of rugs depicting Canadian icons from east to west and north to south.  The images were made by individual members on nine inch linen squares in the mediums of rug hooking, needle punching and needle felting. To coordinate the project, each square was whipped with red wool yarn as a finishing technique. The completed squares were displayed on a large piece of styrofoam covered in black fabric. A creative “hooker” constructed easel-type stands to display the finished project. Another member created a 3D hooked sculpture of an RCMP officer to guard our creation. This was a great project with a Canadian theme that was created individually and then displayed collectively.  This endeavour strengthened our bonds of friendship and united us in our love of creativity and of our Country.  

  2. The Down East Rug Hookers in Sydney, Nova Scotia made a commitment to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in the fall of 2016. Work started in January of 2017 with Rita Wojtyniak and Betty Paruch coming up with the design. There are 14 cascading maple leaves with the sesquicentennial logo making 15. This represents the 150 years of Confederation. The background simulates the daylight peeking through the leaves. We are donating the rug to the Old Sydney Society.

Don't miss how Ontario rug hookers celebrated earlier this year! Visit this article: Canada's 150th Celebration.

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This mat was designed by Alan Tibbetts hooked by the Carnegie Rug Hookers, Saint John, New Brunswick. It currently hangs in the lobby of the Saint John Arts Centre.

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