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Friday, April 21, 2023



This is a rug that was unveiled by two of the organizer.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of this combination rug. It was created by two groups with different ideas but it came together smoothly.  A lot of research went into the planning of these rugs. The rug on the left side was to represent all the old traditions of rug hooking,  which they called mats, that are registered in the Mat Registry of New Brunswick, and the one on the right was designed by another group to represent the modern tradition of hooking mats.  Unfortunately, I didn't write anything down, and will gladly correct the errors as they are pointed to me. 

The rug on the left was designed by Allen Tibbets who I met at the St Andrews Rug Hoo-in last fall. A very talented artist. 

The partial butterfly was to represent the new rug hooking traditions.  These pieces were encased in a frame and will be covered by a piece of plexiglass and will tour New Brunswick. The museum curator was working on a plan to have it on exhibit at a later date.  A lot of planning and cooperation went into every phase of this project and I was glad to have had the privilege to have been present at the unveiling. 

This is fully accredited Pearl McGowan's teacher, Doris Norman.  She was explaining the process of getting this project from the planning stage to completion and the name of those involved. I didn't write any information down. 

And these were the people who planned and oversaw the project to its completion. 

These were the rug hookers who also worked on hooking the rugs for this ambitious project.  It was difficult to get a good picture as everyone was trying to take pictures.

It always feels good to be the lucky winner of a large basket of hooking goodies. By the looks of it, she bought lots of tickets. She seemed to be very happy.  Sorry, I didn't get her name.

Another lucky winner of another large basket of goodies.  There was also a third winner but when I  snap a picture someone blocked my view and the photo was messed up. 

I would have loved to take photos of the many rugs that were being worked on but it was just too crowded to be able to do that.  


Yesterday, despite the flooded roads which took me through a long detour of bumper-to-bumper cars through the back streets,  I made it a few minutes after 8:30  am. on the North side of the city.  I volunteered with the Heritage Rug Hooking Guild in Fredericton to sew identification tags on the back of rugs that were being registered with the New Brunswick Mat Registry. There were 41 mats registered.  It was my first time participating in the Registry.  I enjoyed the process and Doris Norman was in charge of organizing this to commemorate the Heritage Rug Hooking Guild's 40th Anniversary. 

 The mats were brought in by the owner and registered. There was a group of volunteers assigned to different stations and long tables placed around the room to work from.  Everyone had a specific job to do. 

The first table at the door had two workers, to help register the mats.  Identification tags were prepared for the sewers.  

There were 4 sewers at our table. Once we had the tag sewn on, we checked the appropriate box that said the label was sewn on and the mat was returned to the runner volunteers. They then brought the mat to another station like the examiner station. The examiners were qualified teachers and they had two new examiners in training.   They examined every detail of the mat and it was all written on the attached sheet.  They clicked the box that said that the rug had been examined. The mat was brought to the runner who would bring it to the next station.

The runner would bring the rug to the photographer who took pictures of the front and back of the mat and clicked the appropriate box. Then the owner had to be interviewed about the history of the mat etc. 

It looked complicated but it was a well-organized process and we were done a little ahead of schedule. 
When I returned home, the water had risen about 6 inches during the day but I managed to drive through safely.  A very satisfying day.  I did not take any photos. 

You can learn more about the  NEW BRUNSWICK MAT REGISTRY by googling it and visiting its different aspects of it.

Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment. 


  1. It must of been so inspiring to see all the heritage rugs. And the hook in looks like fun but I hate it when they pack you in and you can't move around

  2. The show looks amazing. Speaking for myself I value my time as a volunteer and get more than I give. I hope you found the same.

  3. What an honor for you to be witness to this. We must preserve history when we can. Hopefully the flooded roads have subsided for you now. Janice

  4. An interesting and ambitious project - I can imagine the coordination and cooperation it entailed. And the mat registration project sound like an very worthwhile endeavor - generations to come will certainly appreciate the effort I'm sure. How generous of you to volunteer - especially when you have to venture out in flood conditions. We are alternating between snow and rain and hail showers....but nasty cold...and flood warnings of course here too. Happy Weekend-to-be. ~Robin~

  5. Glad you got there safe and sound albeit a minute late.
    Guess it's one of those things 'where you had to be there' because neither of those projects tickled my fancy.

  6. Praying that your flood waters are receding.
    How kind of you to volunteer to sew identification tags on rugs. So many hookers do not label their rugs. At one point, I was very guilty of that. Had several dozen to label. If not for my blog, I would have been totally lost!

  7. I am sure your being there was a great help in getting the project finished. I hope the flood waters are receding quickly. It’s time to dig in the dirt! Mary @Hilltop Post

  8. I'm sorry you're having flood issues up there. Please be careful as that can really be a hazard. Your rug activity looked crowded and amazing! I think it was great you could volunteer also. Always nice to be part of something big and exciting to everyone who loves that craft. I have a friend who ALWAYS wins baskets at raffles but then she ALWAYS puts in lots of money for tickets. Have a good week Julia! I hope you are doing well and Spring will arrive and the waters recede!

  9. First, I am praying for your flood waters to recede. Our rivers have also swelled, some road closure. In the Chippewa Falls area where our son lives, a major road way was closed due to the Chippewa River flooding.

    I enjoyed your post and giving us insight on how it all works. And I am sure your help was much appreciated.
    Love, Carla

  10. Hi,
    First, I am praying for the flood waters to recede. Our rivers have also swelled. We had some roads closed. Our son Atticus lives in Chippewa Falls, and a major road way was closed due to the flooding the Chippewa River was causing along the road way.
    I enjoyed learning more about the event. I know your help was much appreciated.
    Love, Carla

  11. Happy Spring Julia! You have been very busy in the rug hooking world & I will be looking into the New Brunswick Mat Registry. I don't go to the Miramichi Guild anymore by have a rug I must finish for the Napan Agrigultural Show in August. Thank you for your kind comments, I can always count on knowing that you have been there for a visit. I'm on antibotics now to help with this lung issue, I sure hope it works. I do not know the last time I had to take antibotics so my body should respond within the week. You are so busy with so many things, thank you for taking us there through your blogging! You have been in my thoughts with the spring thaw & I so happy that it has passed & your grass is greening! Do keep us up with your gardening, you were my inspiration for my NE NB garden! You have such a green thumb!

  12. I am so intrigued to look at the lovely hand work of others and the rugs and the rug get together looks to be so interesting and fun! How wonderful that you were able to be a help. Keeping you covered in prayer during this time of flood waters. Stay safe.

  13. How wonderful that you were able to participate and to help in such a wonderful event. Rug hooking is such a wonderful craft and I love to see the material (wool/yarn) colors incorporated in each one.

  14. That sounded really involved, but sounds like people knew what they were doing. It is nice to work with a group that can get things done. I would love to see the rugs...hope to later google and see what I can see.

  15. What a nice thing to do, Julia! You're a pro when it comes to rug hooking! You know so much! I hope the water didn't rise too much more! God be with you, friend!