BY Jane Steele Emerald Mermaid hooked and designed by Nancy Sproull
The River House is a recently-opened rug hooking and fiber art studio, located in the former Bargain Bob’s building in Petite Riviere, on the river bank and next door to the Fire Hall—ie. easy to find! The space inside is divided into 3 areas: a gallery, where rug hooking shows are held on a monthly basis, with tables where hookers and fiber artists regularly gather; a retail space, a colourful area with tons of fibre, yarn and fabric and all necessary supplies; and a design and sewing area where I do my thing. In the past month, the end part of the building has been remodelled so instead of a defunct storage area, there is now a large, covered deck area so when the weather is good, we can hook outside—next to the sparkling river.
The shows can be based on an individual’s work (last month the River House presented the amazing hookings of local writer Syr Ruus); a group, or a theme—such as Mermaids, which is the current show opening on Saturday, 11th May.
The River House is open every day except Thursday (this may change in July and August) and is closed Sunday morning. Apart from supplies, there are also rugs and wall hangings for sale, and sewing services available (cushions, curtains, clothes etc). The River House also carries work by local artisans—folk art, felted scarves, hand weaves, jewellery, pottery—and work by clients from The Ark in Bridgewater, where I volunteer on Thursdays.