Category Archives: Alberta Handicrafts Guild

Alberta Handicrafts Guild Rug Hooking

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild meets at Bow Cliff Centre, and one of the divisions of the Guild is the Rug Hookers. There is an increased interest in Rug Hooking lately and this group has grown.
The skill level to begin is very simple, a few supplies such as scissors, a hook, and some material can get you started, and your only limit is your own creativity. Many of the members create their own designs, but to get started you can use a pattern.

Watch this video to see Cheryl working on a project, and talking about Rug Hooking and the Alberta Handicrafts Guild.

If you are interested in checking it out, come down and talk to the Guild. They meet at Bow Cliff Centre every Tuesday morning and every 2nd and 4th Thursday 6:30 to 9:30pm.


Alberta Handicrafts Guild Keeping the Tradition Alive

What do you imagine when you think of knitting? Do you think of your grandmother sitting in a rocking chair in the winter making a hat or scarf? Well, there are some  members who might fit that scene at the Alberta Handicrafts Guild, but drop by on a Tuesday morning  at Bow Cliff Centre and you see a very different picture. The centre is filled to the brim with  80 women who are laughing, talking, working on their crafts, sharing snacks and stories. These are vibrant, hard working women who are able to use their creativity in such beautiful and practical ways with the crafts they make.

On any given day the Guild meets, you will find women working on knitting, quilting, tatting, or embroidery. We even have some weavers and some hookers… Rug Hookers that is! They make beautiful pieces that are truly works of art! And don’t be surprised to see a group of women talking about a project, and see them taking it apart because they didn’t get it “quite right”. There is a level of pride in their work and a bit of perfectionism in this group of women, I fear.

Women sharing at the Alberta Handicrafts Guild

The members are modern women who have businesses, homes, families, and they fit crafting into their busy lives. To stand in the room and watch them share their skills, their stories and their lives with each other warms the heart. And their commitment to keeping the ancient art of Handicrafts shines through their stories and their conversations. There is an honoring of the traditional, but a beautiful mix of modern and whimsical in their pieces that they see as opportunities to express their creativity.

Alberta Handicrafts Guild, Modern Quilt Style with scanned pictures.

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild members do knitting for charities such as hats & blankets for Preemie babies at the Calgary Children’s Hospital Neo-natal unit, they do Chemo Caps for Cancer patients, wheelchair lap afghans for assisted living centres. And that’s not all the Guild does for charity! The members who do quilting make placemats for Meals on Wheels clients, as well as cosmetics bags for the women at the Calgary YWCA Sheriff King Home, which is a shelter for abused women.

So if you want to try a craft, and don’t know what to make, perhaps you could do some charity knitting or quilting, so your projects can be fun and useful. You will be warmly invited by the members to share in crafts, socializing and fun!

Learn Beginner Quilting

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild is a vibrant, active group which meets on Tuesday 9:00am to 3:00pm, and 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month  6:30 to 9:30 pm at Bow Cliff Centre.

Watch a member talk about Embroidery at the Handicrafts Guild.

Watch the video to hear one of the members discuss Beginner quilting.

Have you been wanting to try a craft, but don’t know how? Or know how, but haven’t found the time lately to do crafts?  If you are interested in joining a class, come down when the Handicrafts Guild meets. The Handicrafts Guild offers classes to adults 18+ (they don’t offer childrens classes)

Or contact Bow Cliff Centre at or phone 403-207-1383

Handicrafts Guild Samples

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild meets at Bow Cliff Centre on Thursday evenings 6:30 to 9:00pm.  They displayed some items to give a sampling of what beautiful pieces of art can be created from this hobby.

Handicrafts Guild Display

Rug Hooking  Wall Hanging ” Yard of Gardens”

Hand Quilting “Blue Bird”

Pieced Work “Tranquil Water Garden”

Water Colour Technique ” Floral Wreath”

Pieced Work “Mama Loon and Baby”

Sewing Machine Embroidery “Garden Door”