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     Every year in Nova Scotia, a different craft medium occupies
the spotlight, and 1995 is the Year of the Hooked Mat.

     Mat or rug hooking is a widespread and traditional craft in
Nova Scotia which has gained in popularity and scope since its
origins in the 19th century when it was a way of providing
economical floor coverings.

     There are over 600 members of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova
Scotia.  The wealth of designs, both traditional and
contemporary, are astounding in their vigour and integrity.

     The first event of the Year is Mind over Matter.  The
showroom area of the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design,
1683 Barrington St., Halifax, is displaying commercially
available works of rug hooking from all areas of the province
until February 16, 1995.  The following rug hookers will be
represented:  Janet Barkhouse, Mahone Bay; Myra Barss, LaHave;
Marlene Bartlett, Mahone Bay; Carroll Harvey Clarke, Bridgewater;
Joan Dewar, Petite Riviere; Doris Eaton, Italy Cross; Lee Farrow,
Liverpool; Shirley Hiltz, New Ross; Peggy Hutchinson, Bridgetown;
Muriel Peveril, New Germany; Molly MacMaster, Pleasantville;
Carol Morse, Middleton; Nan Ryan, Halifax; Marie Wakefield,
Bridgewater; and Joan Young, Sable River.  

     Visitors to the showroom may view the samples and place
orders directly with the producers.  The showroom concept does
not allow for purchases to be made on the spot, but provides an
opportunity to see and order product which is otherwise hard to
find in one location.

     Showroom hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact:  Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 424-4062
lm                               January 12, 1995