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Elizabeth LeFort – Rug Hooker from Cape Breton Island

Elizabeth LeFort was born in 1914, and lived her whole life in Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island – though her famous hooked rugs travelled the world.

She presented Eisenhower with his hooked portrait at The White House in 1957 and went on to do portraits of Pope Pius XII and Pope John XXIII, Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Charles, so her art has also graced the Vatican and Buckingham Palace.

In later years she hooked one rug with Prime Ministers of Canada, large portrayals of Canadian history, and Biblical scenes featuring hundreds of carefully hooked figures. Elizabeth LeFort, Chéticamp’s Master Rughooker, was given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Moncton in 1975 and made a member of The Order of Canada in 1987.

Her work has been shown in Toronto, Montreal, St. John, Moncton, Sydney, San Diego, Phoenix, and other places.

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