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Small Purse / Part 2

Loretta Moore's project_   
For those interested in Loretta Moore's small hooked purse project, we invite you to visit her Blog, Hooked on the Lake. She has published four more posts, with a lot of pictures and details, so you can complete this piece!

Pick a fabric and follow the instructions for the body, the lining and strap of the purse. Follow the link to read her third post.
Next step in the purse project

The fourth and  fifth posts offer details about the strap and how to attach it to the purse.
Next step: the purse strap
Attaching the strap

The sixth and final post explains how to insert the flap into the body of the purse and how to stitch it in place.
Final steps in the purse project


Canadian Rug Hooking _
Here you have some articles about Canadian Rug Hooking published on vintages Maclean's Magazine issues. You're able to read the magazines on-line. Enjoy free access  to Maclean's archives from 1905 to 2018, for a limited time only.

Article by Gertrude E.S. Pringle
Maclean's, December 1st, 1922. Pages 68-70
Follow the link: Dec1922 Issueor click the image

Article by George Pearson
Maclean's , June 15, 1927. Pages 59-62
Follow the link: June 1927 or click the image

Article by Mabel Crews Ringland
Maclean's , April 15, 1929. Pages 93-95.
Follow the link: April 1929 or click the image

Article By F. L. DeN. Scott
Maclean's , August 15, 1932. Page 45.
Follow the link: August 1932 or click the image


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Small Purse

Loretta Moore's Little Project_     Looking for inspiration?      
By Dawna Matthew

A post on Loretta Moore's Blog, Hooked on the Lake, shows a neat little project some of you may be interested in trying: a small hooked purse. This may be just what you are looking for to use up some of your stash and leftover “worms”. You can draw your own design and it looks quick and easy!

Follow the links to read the first post  "New Little Project"  and the second post "Continuing the Project".


Virtual Hook-in / Happy Birthday, Dawna!      By Emmy Maten   

May 4, 2020

The highlight of our 3rd virtual meeting was the surprize birthday party for Dawna, organized by Ti and a few other members! Again, some of us joined in for the first time. Imaginative party hats were de rigueur. Balloons, music makers, cupcakes, candles, and Happy Birthday sung together (sounded more like sung in rounds!) to celebrate Dawna’s special day. Great fun!

Happy Birthday, Dawna!
From the whole Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild

Show & Tell / May 2020

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 / Floral Rugs (1)_ Flowers are one of the oldest and most common patterns in tapestry, and this is no exception in Rug Hooking. Here you have a selection of floral designs hooked by our members.

Dawna Matthew «Crewel Runner» Teacher: Lois Morris Lots of techniques which were new to me, a great learning experience!

Ti Seymour Big Momma 45.5” x 14.5” Design by Gene Shepherd This was a class offered by Gene Shepherd after TIGHR 2015 in Victoria, B.C. The wool is also from Gene. We worked on color placement and order of hooking. Gene gave many demonstrations, one-on-one advice and fun stories along the way. I loved his class!

Cathy Wilson Bench Pad
For many years this 83cm x 34cm rug was on a bench in the entrance to my cottage in Vermont. It is now on the floor in front of the …

Virtual “Hook-ins”

New! Virtual Meetings!   April 27, 2020   
By Emmy Maten   

Feeling out of the “loop”? Join us at our virtual “Hook-ins”!
When: Monday mornings (recurring) from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Many thanks to Heather McClure for suggesting, organizing and guiding us through our first and subsequent virtual Hook-ins.

April 20 was our first go at the new normal of getting together. What a joy to welcome every new arrival to the meeting, as each person is greeted with hellos and waves from the others. Ti surprised us by joining in too, it being 7 pm in Abu Dhabi, and no airplane trip involved! Conversation was easy. We asked how everyone is managing during “social distancing”, what each person is working on, and we shared some tips on how to get rug hooking supplies (and some practical things like groceries). Some unexpected guests were several cats, dogs, and a pet bird!

We were 15 for our first get-together, and again 15 for the second, although not all the same members. Each person appears in her o…

Virtual "Show & Tell"

“What’s on Your Frame?”      By Emmy Maten   

March 24 Dawna Matthew had a wonderful idea.

With everyone at home and physical meetings no longer possible, wouldn’t it be fun to try a “Show and Tell” by email, or better “What’s on Your Frame?” so we can see what everyone is working on? It has been a great success, opening up a new way to stay connected and inspired.

The process is easy. Just send Dawna a photo of your work with a few words. Dawna then sends it to all our members and then we can reply with a message to the creator if we wish.

To start the ball rolling, Dawna went first. She had attended the Searsport Rug Hooking School in Florida and worked on a Snowman piece and a Santa piece (both Searsport patterns) to “help keep me cool when it was 80F!”. She took a class with Ali Strebel to learn different techniques such as caterpillar, ruching, and needle felting to create a sea turtle swimming in the sea.

Since the pandemic, many of us turned to rug hooking, and for many reason…

Show & Tell / Jeanne Osler

In Memory of Jeanne Osler_
It is with a heavy heart we say farewell to Jeanne Osler, a member of BHCG for nearly 40 years. In the days when you had to hook a rug with 9 flower panels before acceptance into the Guild, Jeanne was determined to join despite her lack of interest in the rug itself. Her heart was instead passionate for a butterfly rug she had seen and that saw her through to the end of the requirement. She completed a wide array of classes taught at the Guild from fine shading, to crewels, carving flowers and a Cheticamp picture frame amongst those that I’ve seen. She was a skilled rug maker and designed her own rugs too. One of her favorites was of a lighthouse scene. Jeanne was an active member even at the end of her time with us. She got us making and participated in the “Tuit” giveaways at our Annual picnic and always encouraged members. Rest In Peace our friend, we will miss you.

Submitted by Ti Seymour, Past President

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OHCG Newsletter / In the News

OHCG Newsletter / Spring 2020
Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)

This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter.

There are 5 BHCG pictures in this issue. On page 4, see Candace, Dawna, and Cathy in Williamstown for International Rug Hooking Day, and see a group picture celebrating Ti’s OHCG Teacher Graduation. On page 6 with our Branch Report, see a picture of Kitt and one of Claire at Ti’s Yarn Painting Workshop. On page 31, see a picture of Dawna at the November OHCG Teachers’ Workshop on colour theory.

Show & Tell / April 2020

Show & Tell: Easter_ This is a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Use the posts' label "Show and Tell" of this Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.   

Sugaring off Rosemary Jean Hudson
This Rittermere pattern represents a typical Quebec sugar-shack scene: the collecting of the sap from maple trees to make maple syrup, which takes place between mid-March and the end of April.

Bunny Cathy Wilson
Judith Dallegret and Susan Alain helped me with the design of my bunny rug. I got to use a variety of blue wool from my stash. This rug is on the floor in my very small bathroom.

Hit and Miss Birds Debbie Séguin
My husband and I love birds, in fact one of our spare bedrooms is called the Birdroom. I decided to hook a bird rug with scraps of wool I had. It’s hooked with strips of wool blankets, recycled clothing, and leftover worms from previous rugs hooked. I really enjoyed hooking it!

The Farm Nancy Thompson
This piece is a v…

April Fool's Day

April 1st_Poisson d'avril / April Fool's Day

Melanotaenia Beaconsfieldi (Beaconsfield's Rainbowfish)

Melanotaenia Boesemani (Boeseman's Rainbowfish)

Show & Tell / March 2020

Special Show & Tell : Things are going to be OK_ We will all get through these troubling times together!

Denise Vandenbemden 
Somewhere over the rainbow 

In 2015, the theme of the 45th Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Exhibition was "The Sound of Colour". This is what inspired the rainbow to represent colour, and the musical notes and the violin to evoke sound.

Monique Goulet 
Clothesline in the winds 
Adapted with permission from a painting by Francine Bourque

During a trip to the Magdalen Islands, at the first stop when I got off the boat, I saw a painting by the artist Francine Bourque. I was very touched by her art, and I asked her permission to copy her work. This piece is made with wool from Judith Dallegret, mainly cut in number 6 strips.


Reunions cancelled due to COVID-19_

During the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, all BHCG hooking sessions: both at Centennial Hall and at La Tricolette, are cancelled until further notice.

Saint Henri

Saint Henri Retreat_  Ermitage Sainte-Croix
Pierrefonds, QC         
February 15th-16th, 2020       
By Chris Delaney
What a wonderful weekend! What made it special was the gathering of guilds from not only Montreal but also from the Ottawa area. Present were members of St Henri, Beaconsfield, Old Forge and Burris Falls (hope I didn't miss any!).

There were hours of talking, laughing, sharing, consultation, encouragement, admiration and we did hook as well. It was a great success! 
Thanks to Loretta, Isabelle and Jacques for vending their fabulous wares! 

Carol P. from Old Forge sent me some photos of Saturday evening - the view from the dining room. Enjoy the photos!

Chesterville Spin-In

Rug Hookers at a Spin-In?_ By Isabelle Rollin

Jacques and I went a bit out of our comfort zone and accepted an invitation to vend at a Spin-in  on February 15th in Chesterville, Ontario. What fun! Jacques made spindles and distaffs for the occasion, and I designed special name tags and wooden things  for spinners. We also brought rug hooking items and introduced punch hooking to spinners who have tons of beautiful wool. 
We are looking forward to attending this event again next year. See you there.