Lighthouses of Newfoundland and Labrador Part 1
By: Text by Joan Foster/Photographs by Margaret Angel
King’s Cove Head Lighthouse, 16" x 18", wool yarn on linen. Designed and hooked by Alice Kelly, Gander, Newfoundland, 2012. Photo source: Photo by Kraig Anderson of Lighthouse Friends.
A Project of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador
Faced with the fact that some of our history is in danger of disappearing forever, I suggested to the executive committee of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL) that we undertake a project to pay tribute to these well-loved landmarks through the art of rug hooking. A committee consisting of Ruth Chaffey, Lillian Dwyer, Venissa Fancy, Kelley Fewer, and myself sent out a call for submissions in 2011. Each entry had to feature an operational lighthouse (past or present) of this province and be no more than 24 inches wide when completed.
We received a total of 44 hooked pieces depicting 34 lighthouses from Battle Harbour and Point Amour, Labrador, and around the entire island of Newfoundland. They vary in style from realistic to folk art and in size from quite small to a large 22- by 43-inch piece. Each one is an original design, and most were based on Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) pictures, personal and old family photos, or research at local museums.
For a 34-piece preview of these hooked lighthouses, see our selection below, as well as part 2 and part 3. For the full set of lighthouses, buy this November/December 2013 issue of Rug Hooking magazine.