A family from Vancouver island, BC came into the shop and I got to meet Hollis who struck up a friendship with Laura while visiting in Nova Scotia. They both learned to rug hook. Their enthusiasm led to a couple of sweet designs and they are doing a heck of a job hooking them. You could feel the excitement that radiated from the girls as they chatted about the exciting journey they are on. It is so nice to see kids take up this craft to ensure the rug hooking torch will be carried on.
Hollis 12, and her new found friend Laura 14, have shown the same enthusiasm I had that evening fourteen years ago when I pulled my first loop. A craft is a skill that can follow you throughout your life, partaking in when time allows and putting it away when it doesn't, but like riding a bicycle you can pick it up at any time. I joked that as long as the girls were hooking they wouldn't have time for boys and the mother laughed, there will be plenty of time for those kind of relationships in the distant future, right now pursuing a fabric art comes with a greater comfort level for a parent.
With vacation now over, the girls were separating and you could see that it was going to be a sad parting, but with social media being what it is, it allows for constant communication unlike in my youth when pen-pal snail mail was the only way to go. Hopefully they will continue to forge a lifelong friendship, built on a mutual interest of rug hooking.