“Hooked on Tancook”

We are pleased to announce that a recently approved grant from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Communities, Culture and Heritage will support a new island project entitled “Hooked on Tancook”. This project aims to rejuvenate the longstanding art of rug hooking on the Tancook Islands.

Our seniors hold the history and heritage of our island. Currently, Tancook is home to only a handful of local residents who hook rugs in the style and tradition of their ancestors. In order to preserve this centuries-old tradition, we plan to form an intergenerational island cooperative through which new and long-term residents and local youth will have an opportunity to learn this craft in order to keep it alive. We will build relationships and make valuable connections between our youth and senior residents; full-time residents with part-time residents; Big and Little Tancook islanders and experienced rug hookers with those who wish to learn.

This project will include regular rug hooking gatherings and workshops throughout the year.  We will also organize and host an exhibition in the summer of 2020.

Additionally, we will document existing hooked rugs that can be found in many homes on Tancook. Most often these rugs are 50+ years old and the patterns were locally designed. We believe that preserving these historical rugs in photos with any additional information we can uncover, will create a legacy for future generations.

For the remainder of the summer, we will meet at the Rec Centre on Tuesdays from 11:30 – 1:00. In the fall and winter months we will continue to meet at a time and place to be determined. Please join us if you are interested in learning rug hooking.


The Big Tancook Island Recreation Centre Association recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

2 Replies to ““Hooked on Tancook””

  1. Congratulations on your recent grant. Fantastic news for all those involved at all levels. It’s wonderful to know that the traditional art of rug hooking will not be lost thanks to the project, “Hooked on Tancook.” Great work to all those who worked with the Province of Nova Scotia’s Communities, Culture and Heritage to make this happen. I have one of my mom’s hooks that she used when hooking ‘Suttle Mats’ as they were called back in the day. Perhaps I’ll be able to attend one of the classes; sounds like so much fun.

    Cheers to all – Belinda

    1. Thank you Belinda for your kind and supportive words. We are excited by the response to and enthusiasm for this project. It would be a pleasure to have you join us. Hetty

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