Hometown hookers

Dave Mathieson
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SPRINGHILL: The Springhill Ladies of the Night may have closed up shop for the summer but you can still get a close look at what these hookers have to offer during a two-week exhibit at the Nova Scotia Community College, Cumberland Campus.
"The display will be up until after convocation, sometime in mid-June," rug hooker Joanne Potter said.
Come fall, winter and spring the Springhill Ladies of the Night have been hooking at the library on Main Street Springhill every Wednesday evening for 11 years now.
Potter enjoys the social aspect of the group.
"I like being with them," Potter said. "Sometimes we won't even hook. We'll be tired at the end of the night and just yak and laugh."
Lady of the Night Barbara Murray has her own reasons for being a hooker.
"Shopping," she said. "I like looking for wool."
Sometimes the women start with a rug hooking kit but often they will start from scratch.
"You could start with a piece of burlap and draw your own pattern and buy your own wool at Frenchy's and dye it," Murray said. "It can be quite a process."
How long does it take to create a piece of work?
"It depends how much detail and how much time you have," hooker Janice Smith said. "A piece might take a year."
Whether it's a kit or starting from scratch they say it's all about having a good time.
"We'll be starting again in September," Potter said. "If a person doesn't know how to hook, we'll teach them how to hook and round up supply's. Anyone can do it. It's fun."
It costs one dollar to hook rugs with the Ladies of the Night. The money goes towards materials used to make a group rug for fundraising purposes or towards books for the library.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College

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