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Jamie Heap
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Northport Loopers’ Rug Hookers holds 10th annual show

LORNEVILLE-Members of the Northport Loopers’ Rug Hooking Club proudly displayed their creations Saturday at the Lorneville United Church.

“We do it every year now,” said club member Heather LeMoine. “The group meets every Monday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in Northport. It is open to everyone who wants to learn about the art of rug hooking,” stated LeMoine.

While the aforementioned hooking club has been holding its annual show for10 years, the group itself has been meeting for a considerably longer period of time.

“While we’ve been putting on this show between here and Northport for the past 10 years,” stated LeMoine, “we’ve been rug hooking for about 20 years now.”

As for how many people hook, and have hooked, with the Northport Loopers’ Rug Hooking Club over the years, fellow club member Mary Dickeson says it varies.

“It goes in cycles really, just like card parties do,” stated Dickeson. “We did have 15. Now we have about 8 or 10 who hook with us on a regular basis,” she added.

Surprisingly, unlike other groups (such as card parties), whose membership dwindles during the summer, the Northport Loopers Rug Hooking Club’s increases. “Our club grows because we have cottage hookers,” claimed Dickeson.

The aforesaid club displayed a variety of different rug hookings Saturday inside the Lorneville United Church that reflected their interests. “We hook anything and everything, even stuffed toys (such as sheep and geese),” stated LeMoine.

Other creations centred around Christmas/winter, Halloween/Thanksgiving, even one inspired by Harry Potter. “That ‘Welcome to Hogwarts’ one took Kim MacKenzie 4 months,” said LeMoine. “Others, such as the Amherst Shore circa 1900, took two years to make,” she added. “It was hooked by Carole Christie.”

There was even a rug hooking of the Lorneville United Church on display, notwithstanding a ribbon winner (Home on the Hill) hooked by Pauline Verstraten.

“Polly’s rug hooking won a ribbon last year at the Oxford Exhibition,” stated LeMoine. “It will be competing this year in Truro,” she added.  “We have a lot of fun rug hooking,” said LeMoine. “We have a great time together,” she concluded.

Organizations: Northport Loopers Rug Hooking Club, Lorneville United Church, Oxford Exhibition

Geographic location: Northport, LORNEVILLE, Truro

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