You might well ask…what has this to do with rug hooking? Well here is the background. About a year ago, the various organizations in town were notified of this upcoming celebration, and were invited to participate. The Sunshine rug hookers decided to see if this was an event we could contribute to, and Mary Anne Grant volunteered to attend the committee meeting. Indeed it was, and for the past year we have been hooking pieces to celebrate Canada’s first prime minister. With Mary Anne’s guidance, enthusiasm, and information, our group contributed not only hooked pieces but other fiber work of the day including tatting, embroidery, quilting, cross stitch and crochet. And so the exhibition not only features the political events and social scene of the times, but also a fine display of the handwork being done by women in Canada in the 1800’s as well.
There were many surveying instruments used in the building on display, but I seem to have missed taking a photo of them.
…..so very “Victorian” with its abundance of decorative articles….so many of them fibre related. There were many examples in the exhibit. Rugs and chair pads… ….pillow cases, quilts and table cloths and blankets… ….cross stitch…
…even a warm (and well used) buffalo coat…….all looked over with appreciation by Victoria herself….wonderfully interpreted by Cynthia Young.Perhaps the most touching article for me was this…..common in an era where many children failed to live to maturity…..a photo of the child with a lock of hair….a precious keepsake of a lost child.
Happy Birthday Sir John. Thank you for helping to create this wonderful country I call home.