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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Claire Fradette / In the News

OHCG 2018 Annual Exhibition

Claire Fradette won the CraftOntario Affiliate Award!



Claire Fradette showing her diploma


We are so proud of our member Claire Fradette who won the Craft  Ontario Affiliate Award at the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild 2018 Annual Exhibition.

Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

Chosen and presented each year by our Affiliate Organization Members, the Craft Ontario Affiliate Awards help celebrate excellence in specific craft disciplines. Award criteria varies with each organization, but generally recognizes innovative use of materials or theme and best standards in quality and technique.

Congratulations Claire!

Rug hooekd by Claire Fradette

Claire Fradette



Friday, April 20, 2018

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day

On Thursday, April 19th several of our members braved the unseasonable weather for a trip up to Burritts Rapids for RVBB’s Auction Day. What an amazing collections of goodies for sale, wool, patterns, quilting equipment, books. You name it, they had it! The auctioneer and helpers were kept hopping and the crowd kept spending! Not only did we leave with bins and bags full but we were served a lovely lunch. Thank you RVBB for a fun filled day!


Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day


Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Demo & Display

Rug Hooking Demo and Display


The Guild  have just received an invitation from the City of Pointe-Claire to participate in the event "Folk by the Lake"!


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Pointe-Claire Logo

Cultural Rendez-Vous: Folk by the Lake (Pointe-Claire)
May 26-27, 2018
10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Stewart Hall Cultural Centre
176 Lakeshore Rd.
Pointe-Claire, QC

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Show& Tell / April - June 2018

Canadian Cultural Heritage


The year 2017 was Canada’s 150th anniversary. To extend and commemorate Canada’s Culture and Heritage, this year our Website’s  “Show & Tell” section will be dedicated to heritage buildings and historical sites. In the coming months, two of these structures, lighthouses and covered bridges, will be shown as seen by our rug hookers. Starting in January, Lighthouses will be highlighted in Show & Tell, to be followed by Covered bridges a few months later. 

Show & Tell : Covered Bridges!


From the middle 1800’s to the middle 2000’s over 1000 to 1200 covered bridges were built in Quebec alone, and, of these, 82 were still in existence in 2012. (Certain sources claim 100). These structures were erected to facilitate the transport of timber across watercourses, replacing the early primitive bridges made out of exposed wooden boards, which, unprotected from the elements, were rotting quickly and were hazardous for the users. Covering the bridge with a roof meant a longer lifespan for the bridge and  protection for the horses and pedestrians. Over the years, many of these bridges were restored and are still in use today for pedestrians and cyclists. The longest covered bridge in the world is in Hartland, New Brunswick. It is the subject of  Claire Fradette’s rug, seen here.  To learn more about covered bridges, please visit:

Covered Bridges Map  (Interactive Map)


Denise  Morissette
St André Covered Bridge by Denise Morissette

St. André Covered Bridge
Denise Morissette

My inspiration for the covered bridge was found on the internet from a photo taken by Pierre L'Homme on November 10, 2006 of St. André bridge, west of St. Sylvestre, in  Quebec. 
I used recycled wool,  hooked it in cuts no. 6, 5 and 3. It measures 20 X 17 inches.




Claire Fradette
The Hartland Covered bridge by Claire Fradette
The Hartland Covered Bridge
By Claire Fradette

I hooked this rug in a # 4 cut. It is 20”x 14” and is adapted from a photo.

Built in 1898, and with its 1,282 feet long, the Hartland covered bridge is the world’s longest. It crosses the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick. I remember going through it as a young child, New Brunswick being my native province.
In 1987, the Olympic Torch for the 1988 Winter Olympics crossed the bridge and a 1995 Canadian postage stamp honours it.



Candace Fradette
Covered bridge by Candace Fradette

Covered Bridge
Candace Fradette
  
A small covered bridge on County Road 19 in Williamstown, Ontario. The South Branch of the Raison River runs through it. Presently on private property.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Sugar Schak


Sucrerie de la Montagne


On March 29 we again* visited Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, Quebec, for a delicious meal and great entertainment. Several of our members are now experienced spoon players but the band members told them not to quit their day jobs! Thanks to Monique Goulet our VP for organizing such a fun filled outing!



* First visit: Spring 2018







Saturday, March 17, 2018

St Patrick Day!

Green Day!

March 17th, 2018

St Patrick’s Day fell on our regular Hook-In date at La Tricolette, so naturally we all came dressed in green! There was a door prize of a basket of green wool.


St Patrick Hook-In

St Patrick Hook-In

St Patrick Hook-In

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TV Serie

MAKE! Craft Britain :

A TV Serie about Rug Hooking!


Lynn Soule of North Hero Fiber Bees share this link with us!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09whc5t

Watch BBC to see Heather Ritchie in action, teaching six people during a two days Rug Hooking Workshop for Beginners! 3 episodes - 1 hour each. March 21, 2018 at 21:00

Novice crafters master the art of hooky rugmaking and traditional letterpress.
bbc.co.uk





Thursday, March 8, 2018

St Lawrence College Summer Classes


Rug Hooking Summer Classes

Exciting News!


St Lawrence College Summer School of the Arts is offering two rug hooking classes this summer:

At the Cornwall campus, July 9 to 13:

Basic Rug Hooking
This introductory course provides the foundational skills for the novice rug hooker to begin their artistic journey. Students will learn about the tools and selection of appropriate materials. They will develop the skills required for this art form, exploring fine flat hooking and finishing techniques.
Instructor: Carol Shewan

At the Brockville campus, July 23 to 27:

Intermediate Rug Hooking
By examining the properties, harmonies, and theory of the Twelve Hue Colour Wheel, students apply this knowledge in experimenting with various dyeing techniques. Procedures to promote health and safety in handling three types of acid dyes (Cushing, Majic Carpet, Pro Chem) is emphasized. Primitive dyeing techniques are also explored. Students assemble shared reference dye journals of their results for future rug hooking projects.
Instructor: Laura Boszormeny

Both of these classes are credits towards the Traditional Rug Hooking certificate offered by SLC but are open to everyone. Sign up a.s.a.p. if interested as these classes fill up quickly.

Your friends, the Beaconsfield Girls, are registered for both these class and staying in residence. We can guarantee excellent teaching by day and great companionship in the evenings.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Guild Challenge


Hook a Self-portrait!


Last week we put forth a “Guild Challenge” – to hook a self portrait. The suggested size was approx. 8” x 10”, but feel free to express yourself in any size, any cut, any fabric. You can go for the realistic look or the wild and wacky! It can be frontal, side or the back view! This is meant to be FUN.

Aim to have your piece finished by fall, 2018.


Hook a Self-portrait Challenge


Monday, February 26, 2018

St-Henri's Retreat

A relaxing time

St-Henri Rughookers Retreat
February 24-25, 2018
Ermitage St-Croix

By Dawna Matthew

In February we were so fortunate when our friends, Les Tapissiers de St-Henri, invited us to join them on a weekend rug hooking retreat at Ermitage St Croix in Pierrefonds, Quebec. What a relaxing time and how wonderful to see the talent and incredible work of everyone who participated.


Relaxing time and happy faces

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

St Valentine's

It's Valentine's Day!

Have a Happy Hook-In!

Illustration by Maria Romero
Illustration by Maria Romero

Monday, February 12, 2018

Red Day

Saint Valentine's Hook-In 

By Dawna Mathew 



On Monday, February 12, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by dressing in red. Everyone who came to our Hook-In wearing red had a chance to win one of several lovely door prizes. As you can see, we are a happy gang of hookers!



St. Valentine's Hook-In
Valentine's Day Hook-In

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mandalas

*** NOTE:  February 2th, 2018: Sorry! The mandalas Workshop has been cancelled ***

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Upcoming Class on Mandalas

5 weeks

Teacher: Lois Morris

Mondays, February 26 to March 26

Cost: Guild members 200$; Non-members 235$

Minimum class size: 6, Max.:15


For more info contact Lois Morris at:  lomohook@bell.net




Mandalas
Mandalas Workshop



Sunday, January 28, 2018

BeaconsfieldRugHooking.com

10 years On-line!



10 years On-line
Cake by Une touche sucrée.



2008
A little Fish With Big Dreams
January 28th: Website launch announcement 
February 19th: French Version launch announcement


2010
Guild's 35th Anniversary
Guestbook
1st animated rug video


2012
Relooking
Blog launch announcement 
Website Refreshment
New Visual Identity (Actual Banner)
Matty, Our On-line Mascot
Facebook Profile
2nd animated rug video

2015
Guild's 40th Anniversary
Guestbook
Photoalbum
Illustrations
3rd animated rug video


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Website Committee

2008 - 2009
President : Denise Vandenbemden
Editor / Translator: Maureen Rowe
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero


2010 
President : Denise Vandenbemden
Editor / Translator: Rose Kandy
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero


2011 - 2012
President: Louise G. de Tonnacour
Editor / Translator: Rose Kandy
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero

2013 
Co-Presidents: Riita Jackson & Ti Seymour
Editor / Translator: Rose Kandy
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero

2014 
President: Ti Seymour
Editor / Translator: Rose Kandy
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero

2015  - 2016
President: Ti Seymour
Editor / Translator: Jacqueline Bouchard
Linda Henderson - Collaborator (2015)
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero

2017 
President : Dawna Matthew
Editor / Translator: Jacqueline Bouchard
Webmaster/Designer: Maria Romero



Friday, January 26, 2018

Patty Yoder

Hooked On Patty Yoder  

Sep 30, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018 
Shelburne Museum 



Wonderful trip down to Vermont. We were fortunate to catch the last weekend of the Patty Yoder Exhibition at the Shelburne Museum. What a talented lady and such a great loss to our rug hooking community. Here you have some pictures!. 

Patty Yoder
Claire and Candace Fradette visiting the Exhibition

Patty Yoder
Bailey has the Ball, 2004. Wool and cotton, 65 1/4 x 66 in.

Patty Yoder
Patty Yoder

Patty Yoder
Patty Yoder

Patty Yoder
Patty Yoder



Friday, January 19, 2018

Punch Needle Workshop

Oxford Punch Needle workshop with Sara Burghoff

By Dawna Matthew

On January 19th four of our members traveled down to Vermont for a 1 day Oxford Punch Needle workshop with Sara Burghoff. We spent a lovely day with Sara who is a Oxford Certified Instructor and the former owner of Violet Jane Yarn. We did lots of punching, dyeing and laughing. A relaxing and valuable learning experience!



Punch Needle
Candace Fradette

Claire
Claire Fradette

Monday, January 8, 2018

Show & Tell / January - March 2018

On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held on September 2017 at Centennial Hall

Canadian Cultural Heritage


The year 2017 was Canada’s 150th anniversary. To extend and commemorate Canada’s Culture and Heritage, this year our Website’s  “Show & Tell” section will be dedicated to heritage buildings and historical sites. In the coming months, two of these structures, lighthouses and covered bridges, will be shown as seen by our rug hookers. Starting in January, Lighthouses will be highlighted in Show & Tell, to be followed by Covered bridges a few months later. 

Show & Tell : About Lighthouses

In view of Canada’s substantial watercourses, and Quebec’s  geographical position, lighthouses hold a big place in the history of our country. Starting in 1734, when the Louisbourg lighthouse was built, their number has increased to 750 over the years. They have fulfilled an essential role in navigation, providing safety and sanctuary. Many of these beacons have evolved or have moved on to new roles.  To learn more about lighthouses, please visit:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Parks Canada
The Canadian Encyclopedia
La route des phares du Québec



My Little Lighthouse Mat - Judith Dallegret
My Little Lighthouse Mat - Judith Dallegret


My Little Lighthouse Mat 
Judith Dallegret

This mat was hooked as a learning piece and was part of a Nova Scotia teachers’ workshop project.

First, we dyed the sunset sky and water and it was to be  hooked as it came off the cutting wheel in order. I completely mixed my pieces up and was quick to forget that rule. I just hooked the colours as I felt  it would  best create the sunset and its reflection on the water. Thus, it became a more painterly piece for me.

Dyeing one piece of spot wool for the rocks was another challenge. They were then hooked in a different “direction of hooking lines “ as this seemed to keep the rocks simple without adding too many different colours. This lighthouse is in Cape Breton, as I recall. The mat was designed by one of the teachers in the Nova Scotia guild, Kathleen Gorman, whose mother taught us to “Always hook a red line around your border” before finishing a mat - and she was right!

This little mat is now owned by Shelley Ambrose, the executive director of the Walrus Foundation and publisher of The Walrus magazine in Toronto, Ontario.



Lighthouse on a Stormy Day - Candace Fradette
Lighthouse on a Stormy Day - Candace Fradette



Lighthouse on a Stormy Day
Candace Fradette

I began my lighthouse piece as the subject of a session I was taking in Brockville with teacher Laura Boszormeny in summer 2016. The subject was Primitive rugs. I finished it in early 2017, submitted it to the Williamstown Fair this summer and was awarded 2nd place under primitive rug hooking.




Little Light - Claire Fradette
Little Light - Claire Fradette


Little Light
Claire Fradette

This little footstool representing a lighthouse is from a kit from Doug Rankin I picked up while visiting his shop in Halifax.



More rugs with the same theme!


Portland Head Light - Jeanne Osler
Portland Head Light - Jeanne Osler



Portland Head Light – A childhood Memory 
Jeanne Osler

This lighthouse is the Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Pre-World War II  my family and many relatives always vacationed in the Portland area.   A visit to the lighthouse was always a must where as children we played on the rocks and collected periwinkles to  bring home to our grandmother, one of her favourite meals.



Atlantic Puffins - Rose Kandy
Atlantic Puffins - Rose Kandy

Atlantic Puffins
By Rose Kandy

This wall hanging is 35 in. long x 12 in. wide. I purchased the stamped pattern on burlap from Encompassing Design Rug Hooking Studio in Mahone Bay, N.S. This is a design by the late Susan Leslie. The rocks were hooked with a variety of dyed and natural re-purposed Harris tweed jackets, while the sky, lighthouse and puffins were hooked with recycled and new dyed wool cut in no. 3, 4 and 5 widths. The border was whipped using recycled black knitting yarn.

Puffins are fascinating creatures; who can resist a combination of Peggy's Point Lighthouse and puffins? This rug hooking project started off life as part of a hooking demo. The burlap was stretched on an ancient hooking frame at the Dorval History Museum - fellow rug hookers Betty Austin, Alice Hamilton and Denise Morissette may all claim a couple of the rocks.

Note: This rug has been already showcased in the past
See Show & Tell July - September 2015


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Show & Tell / January 2018

2017: The 150th Anniversary of Canada and 375th Anniversary of Montreal

Special Show & Tell : Canada


On this Show & Tell, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held on September 2017 at Centennial Hall.


Canadian Flag
Canadian Flag 150

Mini-mats
By Carolyn Ells

These mini-mats acknowledge Canada’s 150th birthday and Montreal's 375th birthday, both celebrated in 2017. The white pine motif was added to Montreal’s flag in 2017 in recognition of indigenous peoples who are part of the roots and life of the city. Both miniatures are punch needle embroidery on weaver’s cloth. The Canadian flag is made with cotton floss and the Montreal motif with wool. 


White Birch
White Birch 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

OHCG Newsletter / In The News

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.


Click to enlarge.





winter 2017
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4 Winter 2017, Cover Page

Winter 2017, Rug Hooking Magazine
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4 Winter 2017, Page 4

Winter 2017, page 6
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4 Winter 2017,  Page 6: Reports by Branch


It was so nice to see our Covered Bridges featured in this issue of OHCG!

Covered Bridges
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4 Winter 2017, Page 33

Back Cover
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4 Winter 2017, Back cover

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Xmas 2017

Happy Holidays!


hooked garland
Xmas 2017. Illustration: Maria Romero

Monday, December 11, 2017

Xmas Hook-in!

A Festive Hook-in!

By Dawna Matthew

We celebrated the holidays at our last 2017 Hook-In on December 11th. Everyone was in a festive mood, gifts were exchanged and delicious goodies enjoyed. It was nice to see one of our new members, Ann, win a basket full of wool. This will help her stash grow!