Hand Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Where in Canada is this???…….

…Pangnirtung, Nunavut!! Bet you didn’t see that coming. Ok, so first off a disclaimer. I have not actually been to Nunavut. BUT, my husband went there in the fall of 2006 and I was working from the many photos he took so I figure that makes it all legit. 🙂
The rug is designed by me and hand-hooked on burlap using a variety of materials including some Icelandic wool, acrylic yarns and some merino blends. The clouds about a third of a way from the top are actually done with some local alpaca that my loving husband hand carded for me. Using local materials is great as you get to meet the actual animal that you are going to use! This rug was a bit of a departure for me in terms of the colour palette. I’m used to mostly blues and greens so the introduction of the pinky/peach took some adjustment but I really like how it turned out and it has inspired me to try experimenting with more and more colours.
So, where is Pangnirtung, Nunavut you may ask. Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory joining the fold in 1999. Actually, it was already technically a part of the fold as it used to be a large portion of the Northwest Territories, but in 1999 it came into its own as the territory of Nunavut. The population of Nunavut as of the 2006 Census was 29, 474 with 83.6% identifying themselves as Inuit.

Pangnirtung is located on the southeastern shore of Pangnirtung Fjord on the south shore of Baffin Island’s Cumberland Sound. It is 297 km northeast of Iqaluit (the capital of Nunavut) and serves as the gateway to Auyuittuq National Park. The population of Pangnirtung is a whopping 1,325 people.


So, as mentioned, I have not been here so I asked my husband for a few of his lasting impressions. First and foremost was the flight into Pangnirtung. He describes the runway as being right in the middle of the town, right under the rockface because there is not enough space between the rockface and the fjord to put it anywhere else. As a result, as you are flying in you are forced to watch your plane heading straight for sheer rock before it safely lands. Yikes.

He also recalls walking around the waterfront early in the morning taking these photos of the fishing boats pulled up on their slips in the rocks. From what I understand there isn’t much of a harbour to be had.

This was another early morning photo and what struck him was the large layer of fog on the fjord and the way the sunshine brought out the pink in the rock. And it was all mirrored perfectly in the flat water. It was on this photo that my rug was based.

Lastly, he said that flying out over the fjord the water was so clear and still that you could see the seals swimming together below you.
I will always be greatful to Pangnirtung for their “Pang” hats. He brought me one back and you can see me sporting it in all of my Iceland and Faroe Island photos. It has kept my head warm on some blustery days let me tell you!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this whirlwind tour of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Feel the urge to go and check it out yourself? Go to www.nunavuttourism.com.
The “Pangnirtung, Nunavut” rug will be listed in the etsy store soon. I just have to do the requisite sewing, which you know I love to do. Blech. I should be starting a new rug soon so stay tuned for sneak peeks of that and there will be another installment of Where in Canada is this?? very soon.