Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Visit with the Kent Hookers/Hookeuses de Kent

Textile fibre art is alive and well here in Atlantic Canada, especially traditional and contemporary rug hooking. Weekly get-togethers or 'hook-ins' for like-minded folk happen on a regular basis throughout the area. Once a year each group usually invites all of the other groups to come and spend the day, have lunch, hook and share their work. During the summer months many groups choose to take the summer off, others meet on a less regular basis and others, like the Kent Hookers/Hookeuses de Kent, take on a special project.

Every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3pm. during the summer, members of the Kent Hookers/Hookeuses de Kent take part in demonstrating traditional rug hooking to visitors at the Bonar Law Historic Site on the Bonar Law Common in Rexton, NB. The kitchen of the historic home is decorated with mats made by the Kent group. There are mats on the floor, chair pads on the seats of the wooden kitchen chairs and hangings on the wall.  A special treat is the tea (with sweets) that is served at 2pm! 

The historic site is situated on the shores of the Richibucto River and recently was expanded to include activities that celebrate life as it was when the Law family lived there. As a young boy, Andrew Bonar Law left Rexton, NB after the death of his mother to live with his aunt in Scotland. He later became a prominent businessman, political leader and Prime Minister of Great Britain.  

Who's in the Barn?

A New Rooster for the Hen House?

Big Fred

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Let me introduce 'Big Fred'. He's one of the latest creations to come out of my studio. He's made from a piece of found metal that I picked up when on a walk with Sir Sebastien. I hooked long narrow strips on a nylon mesh backing for his feathers and plume. A piece of driftwood from Dennis' Beach makes a nice perch.

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Until next week!


  1. Wow, I love Big Fred!! You did a great job telling everyone about Rexton's historic site. Thank you from all of the
    Kent Hookers/Hookeuses de Kent.

    1. Thanks for the nice comments. My pleasure to be able to take part.

  2. happy to see the ladies pictures, was down to hook with them one thursday... Miramichi hookers...

    1. Glad to hear you were able to visit - I enjoyed the tea!