Kim MacKenzie with the Northport Loopers spent last Saturday at the Northport Community Centre hooking and displaying her hooked rugs where the group held its annual rug hooking show. Rose Willigar - The Citizen
NORTHPORT – Every Monday morning the Northport Loopers get together at their local community centre to share in their passion of hooking.
The group of anywhere between 10 to 40 rug hookers meet at the Northport Community Centre, giving each other support and a little conversation while they make their hooked rugs.
“A two-foot-by-three-foot hooked rug generally takes about 60 hours to complete,” veteran hooker and Northport Loopers treasurer Heather LeMoine said.
Kim MacKenzie, Looper member, said it took her three months to complete a rug of two-foot-by-three-foot size.
“The group that meets on Mondays on a regular basis is about 10– 5 but in the summer the group tends to expand because of cottagers in the area join our group in the summer months,” MacKenzie said, adding that there have been close to 40 hookers at times at the Monday morning get-together.
The annual event is an opportunity for the group to sell their rugs in the community. The group does have a donation jar at the entrance where the proceeds are given to the Northport Community Centre for the use of the building.
In addition to their Monday get-togethers, the group travels to other hooking groups throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, where they have the opportunity to meet others that share their love of hooking.