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My First Traditional Hooked Rug…

I have been taking a rug hooking course that concluded this past Thursday, which was offered at Flower’s Cove through the College of the North Atlantic‘s general interest course offerings.

Over 5 weeks, I was able to learn the process and get guidance, support and share some laughter with my classmates. There is something wonderful about adult learning. Even as adults, we are not to old to learn, to complain, to question and to open our minds and be amazed at our own abilities.

Below is an image of the completed hooked portion of my mat.

My First Hooked Rug

During the last class, I was very hesitant to get started. I really detest sewing. After cutting the edges of the burlap and ironing the back of the mat I began folding the edges and started sewing. Well the instructor, help get me started around the difficult corner. I know I will never be a seamstress, but I hope to finish sewing the edges of the mat to allow me to proudly hang it on my wall. I have one more side to complete and a few others before it is finished. I will take some photos and show you the completed project in one final post.

I have received my Certificate from the College of North Atlantic for completing 15 hours of traditional mat hooking. It is re-affirmation that youth can learn traditions of our ancestors and pass them on to others.

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Christopher Mitchelmore

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