Current Artists: Almonte Rug Hookers

2 October 2018 – 4 December 2018


Current Artists : Almonte Rug Hookers


Hooked rugs were once simply functional mats made of scraps of old material.  This early form of recycling produced rugs of exquisite beauty and rustic charm.  Cold, drafty floors were warmed by the thick, heavy mats that were as attractive as they were useful.

The Almonte Rug Hookers group formed in 2015 after an original member took a beginner’s hooking course at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum from renowned teacher Loretta Moore.  Her excitement was such that she had the idea to start a group to hook together.  Her posted photos of rugs on Facebook spread the word and soon the group numbered five.

As of the spring of 2018 the group has grown to 15 and has members who travel from Ottawa, Galetta, White Lake and the outskirts of Almonte to share ideas, inspiration, skills and conversation as they hook together.

Each member brings their own interests in different styles of hooking as is evident in the pieces in this exhibit.  These styles include primitive, geometric, contemporary, traditional and story rugs.  Some of the rugs are designed by the artists while others are hooked using purchased patterns.  The rugs are hooked with wool, wool blends, silk, nylon and recycled clothing, blankets and coats.

The hooked rug’s star is rising and grows brighter with the passing years as more and more people are lured by the artistry of old mats and the satisfaction of hooking new ones.

The amazing items on display are by the following hookers:

Bill Brown
Donna Code
Pauline Hewitt-White
Cathy Ivory
Kay Lewis
Susan Logie
Loretta Moore
JoAnne Morton
Jill Moxley
Lorraine Murphy
Claudia Smith

For information on classes in rug hooking go to:
and check under the Upcoming Events tab
or contact Loretta Moore 613-273-8347






























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