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Show & Tell / Orientals

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Rugs From The Past   These pieces were exhibited prior to the 2017 Show. Use the label "Show & Tell" to see other rugs showcased in the past.Special Show & Tell : Oriental RugsWhen rug hookers talk about hooking Oriental rugs, we hear mention of the designers’ names Pearl McGown*, Jane McGown Flynn and Joan Moshimer. Hooking Orientals was popular with the BHCG during the 70’s and the 80’s and techniques were taught at the Guild. Oriental rug designs generally use one of 3 patterns: all-over, central medallion, and unidirectional (such as a prayer rug or a tree of life rug). Orientals require small cut wool, that is meticulously hooked in straight parallel lines, creating intricate often repeating patterns and usually with detailed borders.
*Pearl McGown is credited with the resurgence of rug hooking in the 20th century as a folk-art form and she created the McGown Certification program.






Lorayne Charenko Oriental Rug
This rug is about 30 years old and I started it during …

The Suburban / The Guild In The News

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The Suburban talks about our Virtual Celebration!Link to the article: BHCG celebrates 45 years of artistry virtually this year


By Kevin Woodhouse The Suburban, Sep 9, 2020


The life of an artist can be lonely at times. You work on a painting, sculpture for months alone with the notion that one day, it will be exposed to the world.For the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (BHCG), celebrating 45 years in existence, the hard work by these artists will be displayed this year, but due to COVID 19 restrictions, it will be done virtually.“Under normal circumstances, the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild would have had a 3-day exhibition of its rugs at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield,” said Guild Vice-President Emmy Maten. “However, this is not possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Celebrations this year are all virtual, and will include many pictures and stories of rugs, old and new, created by its members.”The guild was founded in 1975 by Lois Morris, who is still an active memb…

Show & Tell / Geometrics 2

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Rugs From The Past   These pieces were exhibited prior to the 2017 Show. Use the label "Show & Tell" to see other rugs showcased in the past.Special Show & Tell: Geometric Rugs # 2   There is something mesmerizing about looking at a geometric rug; the longer we look, the more patterns we see in it. Geometrics are timeless with their roots in ancient civilizations and are seen not only in rugs but also in tilework, weaving, quilting, and artifacts. Colour, both hue and value, plays a vital role in how the pattern is perceived. The symmetry, repetition, and even stitching add to these geometric rugs’ soothing appeal.


Lois Morris Santafe Original 2005 
I made this piece for my daughter Claire, with the colours she wanted. The rug  mesures 58” x 20½” and is now in Alabama, where she lives.

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Judith Dallegret East Ironbound + Squares Traditonal quilting pattern
My East Ironbound rug is based on the traditional strip quilting pattern. I love geometrics as they allow me to use up m…

West Island Blog / The Guild in The News

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West Island Blog : https://www.westislandblog.com/
Community - Featured Story   Beaconsfield Hooking and Crafters Guild Virtual 45th anniversary Celebration   By West Island Blog August 30, 2020 12:05 pm



Under normal circumstances, the Beaconsfield Hooking and Crafters Guild would have had a 3-day exhibition of their rugs at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield; however, this is not possible this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their celebrations this year are all virtual and will include many pictures and stories of rugs, old and new, created by their members. 
The BHCG was founded in 1975 by Lois Morris a skilled artist and rug hooking teacher. Her rugs have won many awards and have been featured in 5 separate issues of Rug Hooking Magazine. She has taught and guided many of the BCGH [sic] members in creating beautiful pieces. Lois is still an active member. Several members are now also rug hooking teachers, numerous members have received awards and recognition for their rugs, some member…

Show & Tell / Barachois

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Rugs from the Barachois Project!_Special Show & Tell : National Acadian Day_
August 15, 2020 National Acadian Day   Emmy Maten   
Since 1881, Acadians have been celebrating their history, culture and heritage on August 15. In 1710, the British conquered French Acadia. Acadia consisted of what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and included some areas of Quebec and Maine. There are remnants of the 17th Century French language that no longer exist anywhere except in books and amongst those who still speak the Acadian regional dialect!
Throughout the 1700’s battles continued at different fortifications including the capture of Fort Beauséjour in 1755. When the Acadians refused to sign an oath of allegiance to Britain, the British ordered Le Grand Dérangement, or the Great Expulsion, which started August 10, 1755 and continued for 9 years. 11,500 Acadians in all were deported to the New England States and many found their way to Louisiana. Others returned to France…

Show & Tell / Cats

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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.Animals # 2Animals share our world and occupy a large place in nature and our daily life. Special Show & Tell - CatsInternational Cat Day was created in 2002 by IFA (International Fund for Animal Welfare) to promote help and protection of these animals. It is celebrated on August 8. Here is a selection of rug designs representing cats hooked by two of our members.
Nancy Thompson Katia’s Cat From a free pattern in Rug Hooking Magazine 
This piece was a present for my daughter Katie who is a “cat” person. Her father, sister and I are dog people. There is both recycled and new wool in the rug. 


Sylvia SolomonCrazy CatsAdapted from Internet Cartoon, it was influenced by a photo I saw online. It was hooked with mostly #5 cut with recycled wool. It measures 25” X 56” . It was really fun to hook. …

Show &Tell / August 2020

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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.

Animals # 1 Animals share our world and occupy a large place in nature and our daily life. Here is a selection of rug designs representing animals hooked by our members.



Barbara Silver Cheese, peanuts and flowers Original
This is my pattern that was inspired by 3 crows I was feeding in my backyard. The male is from the 4th generation of the crow family that has been around my house since I moved here in 1996. He was 3 when he found a mate and it was his first year to mate. The couple had one surviving chick and, of course, all 3 showed up for snacks together. When I threw out small pieces of cheese along with shelled peanuts, the male would pounce on the cheese, the female went for the peanuts and the baby who was just learning to feed itself kept going for my flowers near the birdbath.
Thi…

Get-together

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Get-together in Centennial Park_July 31, 2020 Emmy Maten
Several members of our Guild have been involved in a group project of one large rug made of smaller tiles, each hooked by a different member. More than half the rug pieces were handed in by February. And then the Covid-19 restrictions came in early March.
Recently, with cases down, we decided to meet safely outside in Centennial Park to collect the remaining rug pieces. With masks all the norm, we felt no inhibitions wearing them and were delighted to see each other in person. It has been 5 months since we were last together in Centennial Hall!
Everyone agreed that we should plan a September Hook-In in the park, as long as Covid-19 cases are still low. Rug hooking creates such a special bond between us all.





Show & Tell / Red Shoes

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Featured Rugs
Show & Tell : July 25th     On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Use the label "Show & Tell" to see the rugs showcased in the past.    Special Show & Tell : International Red Shoes Day_
July 25th is International Red Shoes Day and remembers /celebrates all those who have passed away from Lyme disease and other "invisible diseases" such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Follow the link: Global Lyme and Invisible Illness Organisation




Andrée Lapensée
Rouge et Noir

I liked the picture of these red high-heeled shoes and I hooked it into a cushion as a gift for my cousin. The cushion measures 14”x14”, with wool cut in #6.

Show & Tell / July 2020

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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.

Floral Rugs / #3   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.




Andrée Lapensée
House with three flowers

This wall hanging is my original design. It measures 10”x14”, was made with a proddy, using a #6 cut. It was a gift for my cousin.




Monique Goulet
Flower

This is my first hooked rug made with a pattern from Judith Dallegret. It measures 17” X 17”  I used wool cut in #8.



Fay Louch
Sunflowers

This was my second rug. I joined a rug-hooking group in Shubenacadie, N.S. when I was half finished with a hit-and-miss rug I had started on my own. Another member gave me the sunflower pattern she was making so I started it next. I did not have variegated wool or spot-dyed wool,…

Show & Tell / Moose

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Happy Canada Day!   
Special Show & Tell :  The Canadian Moose    The Moose is associated with Canada’s native wildlife. The Moose is represented on the coat of arms of the Ontario and the Newfoundland and Labrador provinces, and some Canadian stamps and coins.
Follow the link: Canadian Wildlife Federation - Moose



Andrée Lapensée Freedom
This mural hanging measures 30”x20”. It was made with wool cut in #6, yarns and leather antlers. The moose and antlers are glued onto the background, creating bold relief. I made it for my son.




Claire Fradette Canola Moose
On May 2017, our Guild held a “Canola” Rug Hooking Workshop with Loretta Moore. Canolas are Loretta’s Canadian rug hooking version of traditional Mola designs, which are hand-made textile pieces created by and for Guna women, from Panama, to be worn as a part of their blouses. In fact, Mola or Molas means shirt or clothing. Members of this course designed their own patterns based on typical Canadian animals, and I chose the Canadia…

Show & Tell / Quebec

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June 24th Bonne Fête nationale!   
Special Show & Tell /  Fête nationale
Carolyn Ells Fleur de Lys
The fleur de lys is taken from the Quebec flag. Made with a punch needle, I challenged myself to give it a shaded effect using variegated wool.





For more information  about  the Quebec flag, follow these links:
Quebec's Provincial Symbols
The Quebec Flag History



Surprise

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Show&Tell / Happy Birthday Candace!_

Girls shopping
By Claire Fradette


This is the fourth rug I hooked, and I have created it as a gift for the occasion of Candace's 50th Birthday.  Candace and I have known each other for a very long time and one thing we like to do is shop!

Special Show & Tell / Marinas

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Show & Tell : June 1st, 2020   
On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Use the label "Show & Tell" to see the rugs showcased in the past.          Special Show & Tell : Marinas & boats              Marinas & boats is a special Show & Tell to celebrate the June 1st reopening of marinas, camping and certain types of tourist activities in Quebec, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



Lois J. Morris Dock 
This piece was inspired by a picture I had taken somewhere outside of Portland, Maine.  I just put it together one afternoon when I was wanting to hook but didn’t have a pattern hanging around to hook.





Debbie Séguin Boats at Harbour in Nova Scotia Adapted
Our family went to Nova Scotia and we bought a magnet for a souvenir. I had it on my fridge and decided one day that it would make a great rug!  Alice and Betty, two former hookers, came to my house.  Alice had prepared four squirt bottle…