Hap­pily hook­ing in Heart’s Con­tent

Group help­ing bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

For Jean Boland of Heart’s Con­tent, hook­ing rugs is a prac­ti­cal way of bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

As pres­i­dent of the lo­cal mat-hook­ing group, she loves “what comes out of it and shar­ing with some­body else. You’re not only shar­ing their sto­ries, but their time, as well,” she says.

Boland is as­sisted by Joan Smith (vice-pres­i­dent), Betty White (sec­re­tary) and Paulette Cumby (trea­surer).

Last fall, a group of two women from Win­ter­ton, one from New Per­li­can, and 25 from Heart’s Con­tent met in dif­fer­ent homes for an­other sea­son of mat hook­ing.

Fed­eral grant

Their pro­ject was made eas­ier by a $19,000 grant from the New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram, a fed­eral gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive. They used the money to buy ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment, as well as en­list the ser­vices of Frances and Max­ine En­nis of En­nis De­signs, St. John’s, who taught them the finer points of mat hook­ing.

Un­der the theme, “Hook­ing With Heart,” the women cre­ated story mats which had some per­sonal con­nec­tion.

“It can be some­thing that hap­pened to them in a life­time or some­thing they brought from their par­ents,” Boland said.

Juanita Ge­orge, who lives in Win­ter­ton, hooked a mat of the old post of­fice in the Trin­ity Bay town. She and her late hus­band, Stan­ley, bought the build­ing and used some of the frame for a house. She re­grets that he died be­fore he could en­joy the house.

Emma His­cock, also of Win­ter­ton, chose to de­pict a fish­ing stage her son, Chris, had erected as a like­ness of his great-grand­fa­ther’s stage.

“It made me feel good know­ing the younger

“It made me feel good know­ing the younger peo­ple are in­ter­ested enough to bring back some of this shore­line again.”

peo­ple are in­ter­ested enough to bring back some of this shore­line again,” His­cock says. Hook­ing mats also con­sumes her mind, she adds. “And you meet some re­ally good friends here.”

Com­mu­nity mat

Ali­son Dove and her hus­band, Robert, moved to Heart’s Con­tent from West­ern Canada. Her mat, which rep­re­sents the view from their home, is ap­pro­pri­ately en­ti­tled “Our Hearts are Con­tent in Heart’s Con­tent.”

A dis­play of 29 mats opened to the pub­lic on Satur­day, June 11, at the Mizzen Her­itage Mu­seum in Heart’s Con­tent. The ex­hibit will run through­out the sum­mer.

Boland says vis­i­tors are wel­come to “ have a lit­tle hook” on a com­mu­nity mat set up in the hall.

She’s look­ing for­ward to an­other year of mat hook­ing. “ We’ll in­crease our group and have an­other fun year,” she says.

How­ever, the group has no plans of ap­ply­ing for an­other grant.

“I don’t know if we should try,” Boland said. “Per­haps we should give some­body else a chance.”

Bill Piercey’s store, a.k.a. House of Com­mons, in Heart’s Con­tent. A pop­u­lar meet­ing place for men in days past. This rug was hooked by Lucy House.

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