History of the Guild

Concern that traditional as well as native handicrafts might not survive the industrial age resulted in the formation of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild (CHG) in Montreal in 1902. Edmonton became a branch of the CHG in 1922. In 1968, the absence of any return from per capita dues and lack of communication between the Provincial organizations and the CHG whose offices were in Eastern Canada, led the Alberta group to sever its affiliation and become an independent organization called the Albert Handicrafts Guild.


On Thursday, October 31, 1985, at the Southwest Cultural Centre, with 14 members present the “Alberta Handicrafts Guild, Edmonton Branch Traditional Rug Hooking” was formed. The objective was the preservation and advancement of traditional rug hooking. In December 1986 the guild moved to a larger space at the Pleasantview Hall at 10860 57 Avenue NW where they meet to this day.


Charter Members of the Guild who formed the group included:

Shirley Caswell            Sylvia Enfield         Fran Fahlman          Gwen Field

Ethel Kremer                Ruth Kendal          Aileen McHugh        Imogene Monks

Jean Nemirsky             Lucille Oddson       Ruth Small              Fran Stelck

Frances Sutherland      Joan Williams  


The above information was pulled from Forever Hooked: Traditional Rug Hooking, compiled by Edmonton Branch, Alberta Handicrafts Guild.