Winnie Glavine

Paradise, NL CAN


Never Without Our Mittens


“My Mother, Ruby, the second oldest of six, was born in 1922 and grew up during the ‘dole’ days about 20 kms outside St. John’s.  She was just 7 when their father died, leaving the family nearly destitute.  At the ripe old age of 9, her brother Albert went to work as did their mother.  Ruby left grade 2 to care for her 4 young siblings, between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.  She often told the story how one Christmas they all got new mitts.  But, early in the New Year, their mother needed Mom’s and Uncle Albert’s mitts so she could trade them for flour at the local store.  I often wonder if it was this circumstance in her life that played a part in her ensuring that all 9 of us, our spouses and our children each got a new pair of mitts each and every Christmas.  Mother once tried to show me how to knit these mitts on 4 needles, beginning with 2 stitches at the bottom and adding on as she knit her way to the wristband.  We both soon realized knitting was not going to work for me.  So, I began to hook mittens.  Mother used acrylic yarn where I choose to work with bright colors of Briggs & Little wool yarn.  Mother knit mostly diamonds and ‘crazy’ mitts from left over pieces, where I like to add scenes from life around us.”

“I found my rug hooking niche by taking previously loved clothing and using all of its elements, including buttons and zippers, to create hooked mats suitable to become functional art and family heirlooms. Honing my skills in rug hooking since 2003, I am very proud to say I’ve been juried by Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council, have received the Crafts of Character Accreditation from the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Innovation and Industry, GOVNL and Accreditation from the St. John’s Farm Market (SJFM). A Certified RHGNL Rug Hooking Instructor since 2012, I thoroughly enjoy offering both beginner and advanced rug hooking classes both through Zoom and in person.”

~ Winnie Glavine