When you think of rugs, you may think of the practical purpose they serve providing warmth to cold floors. What you may not know is the art of rug hooking has a rich history in Nova Scotia.
Roberta Palmer and Faith Piccolo, spokeswomen for The Kingfisher Fiber Artists, say the tradition experienced a revival in Nova Scotia during the 1950s when Edna (Bennett) Withrow, an avid rug hooker, began teaching the craft in various locations throughout the Province, introducing newer techniques and encouraging fine workmanship. “The love for rug hooking was reinvigorated as a result and women began forming groups, large and small. Such was the humble beginning of the Kingfisher group in Halifax, more than fifty years ago” says Roberta. The Kingfishers are the largest rug hooking group in the Halifax region with sixty-six members.
The Kingfishers are one of many members part of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia. The Guild will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a show and sale at the Scott Manor House Museum in Bedford. The exhibit will feature over thirty pieces from the Kingfishers, the Wooligans, the School House Rug Hookers and the Keshen-Goodwin Library group. The show will run from August 5th to the 10th, open 1 to 4pm daily.
Scott Manor House is a heritage house that serves as a community pillar by welcoming local artists, artisans, and musicians. On August 7th, The Manor will host ‘Music with Kathy and Keith’ who will be performing at 6pm. On August 11th, there will be ‘Music by Wendy & Friends’ at 2pm. All are welcome to enjoy these events and the history the house has to offer!