I grew up in Northern Michigan (USA) and saw my grandmother braid and hook rugs, as well as do other hand-crafts. Sadly, she wasn’t interested in passing on her skills to me so it wasn’t until long after I migrated to Australia that I was able to teach myself the craft.
Little did I realise that it would take me nearly two years to collect the necessary books, tools, fabric and equipment to start the process! Since rug hooking/prodding are virtually unknown in Australia (this craft is generally confused with latch hooking) it meant that I had to import everything I needed from the USA, UK and Canada where this craft originated.
We know from the history of Australia that this craft did exist here during the early years of colonisation but as a craft it gradually faded from memory, until it became a “lost” traditional craft. (More on this later).
I finally started to rugcraft seriously in 2010 and haven’t looked back and I was grateful to discover a newly formed national group, the Australian Rugmakers Guild ( see: http://www.rughookingaustralia.com.au/ ) where I could access information and support through their small, but ever-growing group of rugcrafters in Australia and New Zealand.
There are a large number of websites and videos about rughooking and rugcrafting on the Internet and it is not my intention to simply repeat what is currently available. I will however try to make some of the information more specific to the needs of us who live and create in Oceania. We in Australia have reclaimed this “lost” traditional craft and have added our own signature to our work.
" From childhood's hour I have not been as others were; I have not seen as others saw.” - Edgar Allen Poe