Hooked on Hooking

Watermark Lobby Art Gallery – Rug Hooking



For the 2019 season, the Watermark Gallery installation is a celebration of traditional rug hooking with a very creative nod to the lobster fishing history of North Rustico. The bows, gates and other pieces from old lobster traps have been used to showcase the hooked pieces. Some of the art pieces tell a story and others are PEI and seaside memories.

Rug hooking as we know it today may have developed in North America, specifically along the Eastern Seaboard in New England in the United States, the Canadian Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In its earliest years, rug hooking was a craft of poverty. The vogue for floor coverings in the United States came about after 1830 when factories produced machine-made carpets for the rich. Poor women began looking through their scrap bags for materials to employ in creating their own home-made floor coverings to cover up their cold floors. Women employed whatever materials they had available. After 1850 their hooked rugs were created on the burlap of used old grain and feed bags. Every scrap of fibre that was no longer usable as clothing was put into rugs. Yarns and wools are now usually used in the making of the pieces.

Today rug hooking or mat making as it is sometimes referred to has been labeled in Canada as a fine art. “…we call it painting with wool…” says rug-hooking instructor Linda Marchbank of Travellers Rest, who has been immersed in this art for the past decade. The art of rug hooking has made an amazing comeback with large rug hooking groups all over North America, in Australia and England. In 2006, the Hooked Rug Museum of North American Society was incorporated and opened in Hubbards/Queensland, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Visitors can enjoy the creative work of the Island Matters Rug Hooking Group and Friends, curated by Shelagh Lindley of The Plum Tree Studio, PEI in our lobby all summer long.

Official Opening of the Gallery is on July 10th from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.
The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 2:00PM to 7:00PM, Closed on Sundays.
Open until August 31st.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE  C0A 1X0

PEI Professional Theatre Network


PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

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