At 90, Helen Weurth the nonagenarian is as sharp as the scissors that she uses in her rug hooking.
Weurth celebrated her birthday at the Chantry 55+ Centre on Friday surrounded by her rug-hooking peers. It was the 28th anniversary for the Rug-Hooking group and Weurth has only missed one in 28 years and that was due to a major surgery.
Part of her collection lined the walls of the Centre and each had a story behind it. There was the barnyard where her mother and grandmother are depicted along with their horses that reminds Weurth of growing up on a farm near Galt, ON.
Then, there is the portraiture with Weurth’s own children when they were young. “My mother used to read the same book, the Little Whale, and I read it to my children and every time we’d get to the part where the whale was caught in a net, the children would cry,” chuckled Weurth.
Included in the work is a photo of Weurth’s mother hanging on the wall.
Weurth did not often use a pattern. “I would just look at a photograph and create from that, such as the one of the Northern Lights.”
More than 20 of her works fascinated the other rug-hookers but Weurth says she has many, many more at home. “I still do it because I enjoy it. My children and others have some, but I don’t know what’s going to happen to all the rest when I go.”