Happily hooking in Heart’s Content
Group helping bring communities together
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.
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.”
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.