Pam Whitehead was from Lancashire in the UK, she emigrated to South Australia in the late 1950’s/early 60’s after spending time in Canada. Pam taught the “traditional North American” style of rug hooking at Adult Education Classes held in the Elizabeth East High School, she used hand-dyed wool swatches and the traditional ‘finger shading’ technique on designs (mostly florals) which she imported from Rittemere, a rug hooking supply store in Canada.
Pam’s students went on to form rug hooking groups in Elizabeth, SA and other country towns in South Australia.
Students from Pam’s early classes gathered at her home the first Sunday each month for over 30 years for show and tell and afternoon tea and encouragement on projects. A lot of information and fabric was shared and Pam imported a stock of rug patterns and fabric dyes, cutting machines, hooks and other tools to sell to the Rug Group.
After Pam was no longer able to teach workshops, Joyce Emery, one of her original students conducted rug making classes around the district and demonstrate the technique at various community events. Traveling to teach those interested.