We purchased our home in Nova Scotia at the end of September and in and amongst the papers given to us by our realtor was a flyer announcing that a rug hooking shop had just opened on the 20th of September about a half a mile from our house.
When we returned to Nova Scotia on the 15th of November for the closing, I was able to visit the shop and got to spend some time with the owners. The shop used to be the neighborhood community center but due to lack of use and declining support and funding, the building was offered for sale. Four partners…who happen to be avid and accomplished hookers…bought the building and after four months of extensive renovations, the shop opened it’s doors this past September.
The shop is stocked with all kinds of hooking supplies and tons of wool. Be still my heart!
The finished rugs on display are to die for and most definitely a source of inspiration.
Did you know that rug hooking originated in Nova Scotia and in New England?
Every Tuesday, the shop hosts a hook-in and when I dropped in this past Tuesday, there had to be 25 hookers ranging from basic beginners to master hookers, all working on different projects.
The majority of the gals sit up on the raised stage area where there is lots of space with ample tables and chairs. You should see some of the works of art. I didn’t take these photos then but I’ll certainly try to get some this Tuesday. There’s Blaine, one of the owners, working on a rug depicting a scene of a typical Nova Scotia fishing village.
This photo was taken right outside the shop. If you follow the winding road across the Moose River and up the hill to the yellow house (click to enlarge the photo), turn right, go up the hill then proceed down the road for about a quarter of a mile. That’s where we live and remember, the kettle is always on and the ocean views are magnificent!
So tell me…coincidence or not? *wink*
Soon to be stitching…and hooking…