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Sunday, January 18, 2015

BHCG 40th Anniversary




Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild - 40 years
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The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild celebrates its 40th Anniversary

In 1975 Lois Morris founded the “Lakeshore Woolgatherers Hooking Craft Guild”, subsequently renamed “Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild” and thus began 40 years of rug hooking adventures that continue today.  Founding and early members, under Lois’ expert guidance, learned to hook and to this day, strive to not only expand their own creative talents but to share their experience with new members as well.  From McGown and Moshimer inspirations, to crewel and sculpted pieces, to designing original artwork, to proddy and scrappy and 3 dimensional, from #2 cut to #10,  BHCG members are ever evolving and attempting new skills.

The guild has met throughout its existence at Centennial Hall on the lovely shores of Lac-St.-Louis with the generous support of the City of Beaconsfield and its helpful staff.  

The current executive is made up of relative newcomers who appreciate the opportunity to serve in a long line of past executives who have helped to steer the guild, establishing BHCG as a long-respected organization dedicated to the craft of rug hooking.  

Plans for the 40th anniversary year include continued efforts to offer both beginners and more accomplished hooking crafters the opportunities to hone their skills,  to support the City of Beaconsfield in its activities, and as a final flourish in September, to exhibit 40 years of our work and guild history. 

Our 40th Anniversary Exhibit will take place at Centennial Hall, September 25, 26 and 27, 2015.  Our celebrations begin with a Vernissage by invitation on the 25th, followed by two days of exhibit and rug hooking related activities.  We look forward to welcoming visiting rug hookers and the general public. Visitors can expect to see some extraordinary works of art.

The executive is honoured to be part of this proud legacy.  We owe the success of the guild to those still treasured founding members from forty years ago, to their dedication and ingenuity and of the members who followed.   We raise our hooks to salute you and the next forty years!  

Best wishes from the Executive:

Ti Seymour - President
Linda Henderson - Vice President
Dawna Matthew - Secretary
Jacqueline Bouchard - Treasurer