Welcome to the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia

Chickadee Welcome, Designed and Hooked by Marilyn Abramson. Started in Newfoundland a couple years ago, it won first prize for original design in the Atlantic Fair in the Fall.

The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia (RHGNS) is a non profit organization for those interested in keeping the art and craft of rug hooking alive and flourishing.

Although the guild originally promoted rug hooking in Nova Scotia, today the guild also includes New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Any rug hooker can become a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia. Currently the guild has over 700 members who represent every province in Canada, as well as members in Bermuda, Japan, Scotland, and the United States. The Guild was formed in 1979 with the first Rug Hooking School held at Church Point 1980. It was later incorporated in 1997 in Nova Scotia

Even more than an association, the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia represents a community of engaged members from beginners to lifelong contributors to the art form. As such, it supports a number of activities to engage sharing, inspiration and dialogue;

  • Internationally recognized Rug School in Spring
  • Loop magazine quarterly
  • Hook-ins & Regular meetings throughout the various Regions
  • Support of prizes at various fairs throughout the provinces.

RHGNS Mission Statement

The mission of the RHGNS is:

  • To encourage participation in the art and craft of rug hooking.
  • To foster a sense of originality and beauty in colour and design.
  • To provide support for the exchange of ideas and information among the members of the RHGNS
  • To sponsor and financially assist specific programs for the membership which are designed to promote excellence in the craft.
  • To promote public awareness through exhibitions and publicity.
  • To record and preserve the history of the craft.