March 10 (Saturday) - April 28 (Saturday)
Hooked rugs tell stories about events, people and communities. Besides their historical interest, they are visually compelling to audiences of all ages. They range from functional to decorative
Hooked rugs tell stories about events, people and communities. Besides their historical interest, they are visually compelling to audiences of all ages. They range from functional to decorative in use, and from primitive to modern in style.
The Aurora Cultural Centre is pleased to present an exhibition of over 100 traditional hooked rugs created by members of the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild.
Rug hooking is part of the folk culture in Canada. Traditional hooking uses a hand hook, similar in shape to a crochet hook, to form a looped pile from fabric strips or yarn. It began as a pioneer craft in the mid-19th century that was part of a tradition that reused and recycled fabrics, including sugar and potato sacks. Rug hooking has evolved into an art form using sophisticated patterns and materials, including wool, ribbon, yarn, pantyhose and t-shirts.
The Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild is one of the over sixty branches of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. Some local members have been hooking rugs for over forty years. The group includes rug hookers new to the craft, certified rug hooking teachers and rug hookers who have won awards of excellence for the skill and artistry used to make their hooked creations.
We invite you to a hands-on guided experience of traditional rug hooking with the artists from the Newmarket Guild on Wed March 14, 1 – 2:30 pm and Wed April 18, 6 – 7:30 pm.
Interview with Curator Clare Bolton and Members of the Guild: Auroran Newspaper, March 15, 2018