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The very first thing we saw, when we were driving into Cheticamp was JEAN'S GIFT SHOP. It was early, 9:00 a.m. and the lady that works at the gift shop was just arriving. We followed her in and what I saw just blew me away - hundreds of beautiful, colourful, hand-made hooked rugs - all created by local artisans.
The lady showed us around and even did a rug-hooking demonstration for us. A stretched piece of burlap was covering a wooden frame. The rug hook (a simple curved hook attached to a wooden handle) is threaded with a piece of wool, then pushed through the burlap with the right hand and through a small hole, to the underneath and then simply pulled back up again. This procedure, using many colours of wool, is repeated hundreds of times until the project is finished. She was working on a small rug "CAPE BRETON" when we were there.
I found it all so fascinating. Actually Cheticamp is famous for their rug-hooking artisans - "La Capitale de Tapis Hooke".
The Gift Shop also carries supplies of wool, small & large hooking frames, Hooking kits and also various other home-made crafts and souvenirs.
Shop Hours: Sundays 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.
July & August: Monday to Saturday 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.
June, September, October: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What to pay: To be expected, these hooked rugs are expensive because of all the time spent creating them. For instance a small rectangular piece app. 4" x 10" was $23.95 so you can imagine how much the larger pieces were.
Written Oct 3, 2012
Address: 2 km from Cheticamp Village