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Show & Tell / Mother's Day

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May 9th, 2021  _   Special Show & Tell: Inspired by Mom    Cheers to our Mothers who are our source of love, guidance, strength, and creativity. To all Moms, thank you for the care and inspiration you have given us! Happy Mother’s Day! Claire Turturro. Kyoto panel, a Rittermere pattern. Claire Turturro , daughter of Lois J. Morris Kyoto panel Rittermere 1980 #6 cut 27” x 60” This is the first rug I hooked. I had loved the design in mom’s catalogue since I was 8 or 9. I never took a class from her per se, but always sat and had tea and chatted with the ladies who took her classes at our house when I would come in from classes at high school and college. I guess I learned by osmosis. When you have watched someone as skilled at their art form as my mom day in and day out for years, her knowledge and expertise rub off on you without realizing the knowledge you have acquired. When in college I finally said to Mom that I had always loved this design. She then gave me the pattern and wool

Punching Fun

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Zoom Punch-Along    By Emmy Maten    To celebrate International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day, members of our Guild met via Zoom to a Punch-Along, many of us doing Rebecca White Martin’s free The Crocus pattern, offered by Rug Hooking Magazine. A couple of members from the Thousand Islands Guild joined in and it was a perfect opportunity for Ti to share some of her punching tips. What a way to say hello to spring and to new hope! Happy Participants Our Projects Ti Seymour demonstrates the punching technique

April 10th

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International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day    Pattern by Rebecca White Martin Saturday, April 10th, get your Oxford Punch Needles out!!! International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day was started in 2010 by Oxford Certified Instructors to celebrate our love of the craft. Please join us as we pick up our punches on April 10th! Our 2021 theme is the much-needed HOPE, represented by Oxford Instructor Rebecca White Martin from StoryTeller Wool, with her pattern of the ever-resilient crocus blooming in the snow. Rebecca has kindly made her pattern available as a FREE download with complete directions at https://shopstorytellerwool.com. If you’d like to post pictures of yourself with your Crocus or other project, please use the hashtag #IPNRHD . On your post, be sure to say where you’re from. It will be fun to see what states and countries are represented! Please share with your friends and groups!

Punch Needle Day

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April 10th, 2021     International  Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day         By Emmy Maten  BHCG Members participating in Punch Needle activities from 2015 to 2018. Our members are always exploring new ideas, materials, and techniques, looking for alternative ways to express themselves and expand their creativity. After completing Amy Oxford’s Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program, Dawna presented 2 workshops to the BHCG members in 2018. Claire and Candace took a course as well in the past and they shared their learned experiences with the Guild.   Mini-punch needle hooking using embroidery floss is also popular as seen in many of Helen Radford’s, Carolyn Ells’, M McMurray’s, and Ann Arial’s pieces. Carolyn Ells presented a Show and Share in 2015 following her inspiration from Kathleen Menzies’ work. Today, to celebrate International Punch Needle Day, members of our Guild are meeting via Zoom for a Punch-Along. Dawna and Ti receive their Amy Oxford Punch Needle Hooking Te

Tartan Day

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Featured Rugs Gallery       On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Visit our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.  April 6th        Special Show & Tell: Tartan Day       Tartan Day commemorates Scottish heritage and is celebrated in numerous countries with parades, pipes and drums, Scottish dancing, and the display of many tartans. Canada has its own tartan named the Maple Leaf tartan. Today, we present 3 tartans along with an interesting story. For more information, follow the link: National Tartan Day in Canada Ti Seymour. Family Plaid.  Workshop: Playing with Plaids, by  Laurie Wiles. Family Plaid Ti Seymour I took this class with Laurie Wiles at TIGHR 2015. The plaid spells out TIGHR. By converting the alphabet into numbers and colours a pattern emerges. I gave a class to the Beaconsfield hookers on my return, for others to make their own unique Personal Plaid. About 10 ladies participated a

Show & Tell / April 2021

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Featured Rugs Gallery       On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Visit our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.  Show & Tell : Sugaring Off    Easter marks warmer days in Quebec, the beginning of spring, and the start of sap flowing in the sugar maples. Our rugs in this month’s Show and Tell bring back cherished memories of a visit with friends or family to a rustic sugar shack in the countryside. Traditional Québécois music accompanied by the smells of wood smoke, bacon, and sweet maple syrup fill the air. Maple Sleigh and Horse.  Artist Unknown. Vintage rug, collection of Ti Seymour. Antique Rugs / Collections Maple Sleigh and Horse Artist Unknown Vintage rug, collection of Ti Seymour 22” x 31” I picked up this rug, a scene of a horse pulling a maple sap harvesting sleigh near a sugar shack, at Finnegan’s Market about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, there is no label nor any markings as to who ha

April 1st

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April Fools' Day    On this day we wish you joy and smiles!  April Fools' Day. Illustration: Maria Romero.

March 20th

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International Day of Happiness       Here's a proof that Rug Hooking makes us HAPPY! Enjoy International Day of Happiness! For more information, follow the link: https://happinessday.org/ International Happiness Day to All from Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild

Ti Seymour / In The News

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Ti Seymour Featured in Rug Hooking Magazine    By Dawna Matthew       What a delight to open the March-April-May 2021 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine to find a 5 page- article by our very own Ti Seymour. A touching and inspiring story, bringing hope and sunshine into our lives.  This article contains Ti’s free pattern with detailed instructions.   Congratulations Ti! Rug Hooking Magazine ( Website Link ) Vol XXII, No. 5 March/April/May 2021 You Are My Sunhine By Ti Seymour Pages 8-12 Link to the article:  You Are My Sunshine Reproduced here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/May 2021. Cover Page. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/May 2021. Page 8. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/May 2021. Page 9. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/May 2021. Page 10. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/May 2021. Page 11. Rug Hooking Magazine. Vol XXII, No. 5,  March/April/M

Show & Tell / Réjean Courtemanche

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In Memory of Réjean Courtemanche  Réjean Courtemanche (1946-2021) We will all sadly miss Réjean Courtemanche (1946 – 2021), who was a very appreciated member of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild. Respectful towards all, he added joy and camaraderie to our meetings, and created beautiful rugs, adding this skill to his many artful talents. We will all keep fond memories of the times shared with him. Réjean’s obituary can be viewed at: Réjean Courtemanche - Avis de décès  We will miss you, dear Réjean. You hold a big place in our hearts. Isabelle Rollin and Jacques Lepage Members of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild September 2015: Réjean and Jacques at Finnegan's Market. October 2015: Réjean and Dawna. Returning member Réjean Courtemanche showing  photos of the plaster cast he made when he was 12 and is now going to hook a rug of them both. September 2016: Réjean and Lorayne. Réjean holding up his rug-in-progress for Show & Tell. October 2017/ Halloween: Réjean  an

March 8th

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International Women's Day     Happy International Women's Day from Beaconfield Hooking Crafters Guild! International Women's Day. Illustration: Maria Romero, 2021 .

Show & Tell / Maud Lewis

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Featured Rugs Gallery       On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Visit our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.  March 7th _   Special Show & Tell: Maud Lewis Maud Lewis (1903-1970), renowned Canadian folk artist, was born March 7 in South Ohio, Nova Scotia. Maud Lewis’s artwork lends itself to rug hooking as her colours are bright, she uses little shading if any, and the scenes are lively, reflecting life outdoors as she saw it in her south west corner of Nova Scotia. Claire Fradette. Hay wagon and Cove, replica of a Maud Lewis painting. Claire Fradette Hay wagon and Cove Replica of a Maud Lewis painting, pattern by Highland Heart Hookery 2015 20"×22" #6 cut In July of 2015, Candace and I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia to participate in a Maud Lewis Workshop organized by the Rug Hooking Museum of North America. This fun and interesting course was given by Doug Rankin. I hooked my rug

Maud Lewis

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Maud Lewis (1903 -1970)       To celebrate Maud Lewis Birthday, we want to share with you two videos: a short film, created by Diane Beaudry, and a clip from the CBC archives. Enjoy! National Film Board of Canada.  Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows . Diane Beaudry, 1976, 10 min. Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows , Diane Beaudry , provided by the National Film Board of Canada One of Canada's great artists Maud Lewis , 1965: CBC Archives | CBC Keywords:  Films & TV / Videos / Books & Others Sources

Show & Tell / Lorayne Charenko

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In Memory of Lorayne Charenko       Lorayne Charenko ( 1924 - 2021) w ith her owl rug at a guild hook-in. The guild was saddened to learn of the recent loss of Lorayne Charenko, one of our longtime members. Lorayne was a guild member for over 40 years and a very talented rug hooker. She served as president from 1993 to 1995 and up until recent years remained very actively involved with all guild activities. Lorayne always had a smile for everyone and loved to see what members were working on, no matter if you were just beginning or an old hand. No one could describe her better than Sally Perodeau, her longtime friend, who began hooking the same year as Lorayne: “Always elegantly dressed and gracious, she was friendly with everyone and always gave generously of her time to helping Guild members, offering advice on hooking techniques and encouraging others to share their talents.”   Lorayne giving Réjean some help with his rug. From left to right: Ti, Lorayne and Dawna having fun. 3 Bir