Past Shows

From Fine to Primitive

We are delighted to present a show of hooked rugs and needle felting by Bette Young, fibre artist extraordinaire. Bette is a superb craftsperson and an accomplished artist not just in fibre, but in oils, acrylics, and watercolour. The show is up in the Studio now.

Bette has been hooking for over twenty years and felting for more than seven Many of her works are from her own original patterns and designs, and she dyes her own wool to get the exactly the shades she wants–and the occasional surprise. Bette started creating finely-shaded flowers in small cuts, and has mastered primitive wide cuts as well. The experience of that journey gives this show its name.

For many years Bette attended the N.S. Rug Hooking Guild schools, and learned from some of the best teachers in North America. She is always generous with help and advice, and has inspired and encouraged many hookers at all skill levels.

Stop by the Studio whenever we are open to enjoy Bette’s works. And please join us for the opening reception of “From Fine to Primitive” on Saturday, December 2, from 2 to 4 pm at the Studio.

 The Karla Gerard Show

We put out a request for people to lend us hooked rugs they have created using Karla Gerard patterns, and got a lovely response! We now have twenty rugs hanging on the walls, some sent from as far away as exotic Alberta. It’s fun to see how two artists, starting from the same pattern, can come up with radically different, and still very pleasing, finished works.


Karla Gerard is a self-taught folk art/abstract artist from Waterville, Maine who began painting in her teens. She has been selling her paintings and rug hooking patterns through online sites for many years. She enjoys creating strong designs in the folk art tradition, involving abstract trees, patterned landscapes, animals, and flowers. The designs support hooking with a strong palette of colours.

The show was up until April, 2017. The Moose River Studio stocks many Karla Gerard patterns, so when you drop in, you can select the pattern of your choice and get going on your own Karla Gerard rug.

Gayle d’Eon:
a Nova Scotia Gem

Gayle d’Eon started hooking in 2000.  The year before, she had seen one of her old school teachers hooking a coaster at the Yarmouth Museum. Gail is a seamstress, but thought hooking looked interesting and decided to try it.

Gail d'Eon creationShe spent the next year learning about hooking and dyeing before starting her first piece, a 5-inch-wide coaster she called Spider Trimming His Christmas Web.  Her next piece, Primary Coloured Tumbling Blocks, was to remind her of the primary colours, so important in dyeing.  She has been quietly dyeing and hooking up a storm ever since.   She figures the rugs on display are about one-third of the rugs she has produced.  The rest she has given to family and friends.

Gayle is largely self-taught and says she is a terrible student. She has hooked in every style from primitive to fine shading using both yarn and wool strips. She has dyed new wool for almost all of her projects and uses a variety of special stitches and techniques. She has hooked many of her own patterns as well as patterns by Joan Moshimer, Ingrid Hieronimus, Jane Steele, Bluenose, and Garret designs. Some of her creations, such as Peacock in Magnolia Tree, are derived from pictures she has liked.

Gayle is modest and self-deprecating about her talent and abilities, and it is high time her exceptional talent is recognized and shown.

She lives in Yarmouth with her husband and has been a member of The Rug Bees and The Carpet Baggers hooking groups since 2000. She has two children and two grandchildren and is still going strong at 80 years of age.

There was an opening reception for the show with Gayle present on September 19th.

The show will continue until the end of October.

Coastal Lighthouse Rug Hooking

A Travelling Exhibit of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia

The Coastal Lighthouses Show

The Coastal Lighthouses Show In 2012 the members of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia decided that they would like to curate a travelling hooked rug show, and various themes were discussed. One theme was the major role lighthouses play in so many communities in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. Unfortunately, with the recent decline in support for the lighthouses, many communities have taken on the responsibilities of caring for their lighthouses themselves. These lighthouses have so much meaning it is with great sadness that they are no longer being looked after and/or demolished.


The Coastal Lighthouses ShowTo help preserve some of the history of the lighthouses, the Guild decided that the theme for their rug show would be “Lighthouses”. To submit a hooked rug depicting a lighthouse, all entrants must be member of the Guild. Each submission accompanied a write-up from the artist who hooked the piece, telling a bit about the lighthouse. The rugs are all within the required dimensions and have a sleeve on the back with a rod to hang it.

The Coastal Lighthouses ShowThe final exhibit has 39 entries of various lighthouses in Atlantic Canada and beyond. The show will travel throughout 2014-2015 to various parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The show was at Moose River until May 8, 2015.
The Coastal Lighthouses Show



The Hooked Rugs of Joan Stephenson

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We are thrilled to present a new show featuring the hooked rugs of Joan Stephenson.

In 1993, Joan took a rug hooking course at Spruce Top Studio in Mahone Bay.  She has been an avid and prolific rug hooker ever since.   She has always been interested in early rug designs and has copied many, saving these designs for posterity. Traditionally, she has hooked with found wool (Frenchy’s), often dying to get early colours.  She usually hand cuts her wool and her new rugs have a wonderful old look.

Joan is the mother of well-known fabric artist, Susie Stephenson.  When you look through Susie’s book Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs, you can see the influence Joan has had on her daughter’s work .

We hope you enjoyed the exhibit as much as we have enjoyed presenting it.

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Circles and Beyond

May 13, 2016 we held the opening reception of the “Circles and Beyond” group show from Rustic Crafters.

Rustic Crafters started in 2004 in Weymouth for beginning rug hookers, and now includes a wide range of fibre crafters. The group supports the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse with sales of their crafts.

Volunteer Helper Lorraine Lovett received several bags of wool from a colleague in Fredericton and challenged the group to create a show with the wool. Members could use a design with circles and a piano key border, or a more free-form design, and each got eight ounces of wool strips to get started with.

A piano border rug    a wilder alternative

Twenty-two hookers responded, and for many it was their first completed rug. The show celebrates how the creative spirit can rise to a challenge!

circles and eggs      two entries

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