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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

November 11th, 2018

Canada's Hundred Days and the Armistice 100th anniversary (1918-2018)

In Flanders Fields

by Lt Col John McCrae

(Composed at the Battlefront
 on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

On 2018 we celebrate: Canada's Hundred Days and the Armistice 100th anniversary (1918-2018)

Please visit online:
Veterans Affairs Canada 
Website: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

We remember them!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

International Hook-In Day

December 4th, 2018

International Hook-In Day 

2018 invitation
International Hook-In Day 2018 - Invitation

You Are Invited!! 
Please join in and help celebrate 
International Rug Hooking Day 
Tuesday, December 4th , 2018
10 AM - 3 PM 
St. Mary’s Community Centre 
19659 County Road 19 , Williamstown, ON , K0C 2 J0 

Soup, sweets & beverages will be provided. 
Lots of vendors (Hooked on the Lake, Jacques & Isabelle, Treehouse Creations…and others) Bring your hooking and enthusiasm And join with your fellow Hookers on this special day! 

Hosted by Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers 
Co-hosted by Beaconsfield Hooking and Crafters Guild 
RSVP (either by Guild or individually, but not both) 
latest November 25th to: gjsheppard82@gmail.com 
with the Subject line: Intl Rug Hooking Day

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Punch Needle Teaching Certificate

Dawna Matthew and Ti Seymour received their Oxford Punch Needle Teaching Certificates from Amy Oxford yesterday (October 17th). We're very proud of you girls!

Dawna, Amy and Ti
From left to right: Dawna Matthew, Amy Oxford and Ty Seymour

Monday, October 1, 2018

Show & Tell : October- December 2018

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.

Romance at Kelly Bridge by Brenda Ticehurst
Romance at Kelly Brigde
By Brenda Ticehurst
Inspired By Pont Macaza and a scene I painted

Historic Pont Kelly covered bridge is located in Low,Western Quebec along the Gatineau River north of Wakefield on chemain du Lac pike over the Stag River. Erected in 1923.  As I was Hooking I had recently seen the excellent romance with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY 1995. Many of the scenes took place at a covered bridge. My mind began to wonder and I imagined a romance on Kelly Bridge and so it is a love story rug.

Altogheter / Tous ensemble, by Isabelle Rollin

Altogether / Tous ensemble 
By Isabelle Rollin

Close to my childhood family farm is the Powerscourt bridge near Elgin, Quebec, opened in 1861, it is the oldest covered bridge in Canada that is still in function.
I added the theme of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation into this rug since it was another guild project. I tried to squeeze in many different elements that represent our beautiful country. "A Mari usque ad Mare " from sea to sea, is my sky, where the oceans come together.  Sweet maple leaf in the east, elegant pine tree in the west, and a touch of Fleur de Lys. Our beaver and Canada geese, are set into a border which represents our famous woolen socks.
Hooked on linen, mostly #6 and 8 cut, using both new and found wools.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Punch Needle Workshop

Oxford Punch Needle Intro Workshop

Punch Needle Workshops
Sept 17 & 24, 2018
Centennial Hall

By Dawna Matthew

In June 2018, Ti Seymour and Dawna Matthew went to Vermont to take part in Amy Oxford’s Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program. Punch needle Rug Hooking has seen resurgence in popularity and Amy is working hard to keep up with the demand for both materials and teachers. Ti is planning on starting a group in Abu Dhabi where she is currently living.

Ti Seymour and Amy Oxford

In September 2018, Dawna gave 2 workshops for our members who were kind enough to let her practice her teaching skills!

September 17 she showed how to work with regular Oxford punches and rug yarn. Members had a choice of patterns and a wide range of colours to choose from. Everyone caught on quickly and was well on their way to finishing by the end of the day. You can see some of their wonderful work below.

Debbie Seguin and friend

Fay Louch

Julie Davies

Then on September 24 the day was devoted to fine punches and 2 ply yarn. This allowed for more detail in the design and of course required more time. Members who didn’t finish in class took their piece home to complete. Again the results were beautiful!

September 24th Workshop

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Gisele Cabral

Heather McClure
Brenda Ticehurst

Heather and fiend

Joanne Touchette

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Finnengans' Market Hook-In

What a Lovely Day!

By Dawna Matthew

On Saturday, September 22, Isabelle Rollin and Jacques Lepage, who are regular vendors at Finnegan’s Market in Hudson, organized an outing for our group. We invited our friends from St. Henri, Chateauguay Valley and Martintown to join in on the fun and come and hook with us at Finnegan’s. What a wonderful time we had! It was a warm, sunny day and we had so many pleasant chats with members of the public who were intrigued with our work. We owe a big “Thank You” to Isabelle & Jacques and also to the Aird family, who own and operate Finnegan’s, for their hospitality.

Hook-In at Finnegans' Market
Friends from Martintown

Rug Hooking and Demo
 Having Fun Hooking

With Mrs Aird
Isabelle & Dawna with Mrs. Aird

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Finnegans' Market

Finnegans' Market Hook-In

Please come and join us for a  Hook-In at Finnegans' Market on Saturday, September 22 (weather permitting).
Come anytime between 9 AM and 3 PM, and stay as long as you like!
All you need is a lawn chair, your hooking and tour smile!
A tent will be provided and refreshments are available on site.
Your friends at Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (BHCG) would like to see you!

Finnegans' Market Hook-In invitation

Monday, September 3, 2018

Punch Needle Workshop

Oxford Punch Needle Intro Workshop

Punch Needle Workshops, Sept 17 & 24, 2018

Teacher: Dawna Matthew 

This 1 day workshop is designed to introduce you to the Oxford Punch Needle technique of rug hooking.

You will punch a small 5” x 7” frame with a design of your choosing. You may draw your own or choose from several that I will have on hand, and trace using Red Dot.

I will supply:
- a 5” x 7” wooden frame with the backing (Monk’s Cloth) already attached
- wool yarn, in a variety of colours, to punch your design
- a hand out with instructions, pointers, etc..

Most of you have your own punch (or punches) and I have several which you may borrow for the class.

The cost for the 1 day workshops is as follows:
- 25$ for the fine punch needle class using 2 ply wool yarn
- 30$ for the regular punch needle class using 4 ply rug yarn

You will need:
- sharp, pointy scissors
- a permanent marker to draw or trace your pattern
- your stitch gauge from your punch needle box if you have one
- your smile!

The workshops will run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm with a 30 minute lunch break.

Below are samples done with both fine and regular punches.

Note: We can decide on Sept 10 which workshop will run which day, ne  on Sept. 17th and one on Sept 24.

Please let me know if you are interested so I can prepare the frames.
Contact: matthewd@ca.inter.net


The sunflower is punched with a # 13 fine punch and 2 ply wool yarn on a 5” x 7” frame.

The sheep is punched with a # 10 regular punch and 4 ply wool yarn on a 5” x 7” frame.


Saturday, September 1, 2018


Happy Birthday Tricolette!

Mark September 8 on your calendar!

Tricolette - Invitation

Saturday, August 11, 2018

North Hero Hook-In

9th Annual Fiber Fest

Hosted by Champlain Island Fiber Bees
August 11, 2018
North Hero, Vermont

North Hero Hook-In was wonderful and the Beaconsfield gang really cleaned up on raffle prizes!! Especially our Claire!!! 

North-Hero Hook-In

North-Hero Hook-In

North-Hero Hook-In

North-Hero Hook-In

Saturday, July 28, 2018

St Lawrence College

SLC Dye Class

Intermediate Rug Hooking

Brockville, July 23rd to 27th, 2018

By Dawna Matthew

What a fun time with a lively and lovely group of fellow hookers at St Lawrence College, Brockville Campus. Laura Boszormeny was our instructor and led us through the many different and fascinating techniques for dyeing wool. We dabbled in the dye pots and although there was much giggling and chatting Laura managed to keep us on track. Laura generously shared her vast knowledge and experience and we all came away with many new skills and a necklace full of samples.
This week long July class was part of the St Lawrence College certificate in Traditional Rug Hooking.

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Rug Hooking
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Certificate in Traditional Rug Hooking.
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Dye Class
St Lawrence College Dye Class

Saturday, July 14, 2018

St Lawrence College

Basic Rug Hooking

St Lawrence College
Cornwall, July 9th  to 13th, 2018

By Ti Seymour

15 happy hookers attended St Lawrence College, Cornwall for the Credit Course - Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan (Willow Creek Rug Hooking).  Attendees came from Beaconsfield, Martintown and Ottawa branches.  The motifs hooked covered the use of spot dye, swatches, dip dye and alternative fibres.  There was something new for everyone to learn from colour theory, hooking perfect loops, shading and finishing techniques.  Thank you Carol for such a fun week, you brought out the best work in each of us.    

This Fibre Arts Program run by Laura Boszormeny is a well rounded education for anyone looking for improvement and friendship.   

Basic Rug Hooking
Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan

Basic Rug Hooking, taught by Carol Shewan

Carol's Tee Shirt

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Show & Tell: July - September 2018

Show & Tell : Covered Bridges!

Dawna Matthew's Rugs

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. 

Pont St Columban - Hooked By Dawna Matthew

Pont St Columban 
Hooked by Dawna Matthew
This covered bridge was built in 1937 but unfortunately burned down in 1974. When the guild decided to have a theme for our 2017 biennial show I started thinking about which covered bridge in Quebec was the closest to my home, and I remembered that there used to be one in St Columban, which crossed the North River. “Les ponts couverts au Québec”  has a section on their website titled “Ponts Disparus” and there I found all the information on the St Columban covered bridge. I also discovered an artist’s sketch of the bridge and contacted the owner who then put me in touch with the artist. I received permission from M. Guy Thibault to use his sketch for a rug. This rug was fun to work on as the original sketch was black and white. That allowed me to play with colour and I decided to make the season spring.

Pont Faubourg - Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Pont Faubourg
Hooked By Dawna Matthew
I decided to use this covered bridge as my project for a class at Green Mountain Rug School in Montpelier, Vermont, in June 2017. The class was titled “A Painterly Approach to Depth and Colour” and given by Davey DeGraff. I had several photos of the bridge which I had taken on a camping trip to that area several years ago. My husband and I had climbed to a lookout over the town and discovered that the town, with the bridge, had been depicted on the 1954 Canadian 1000$ bill. It was only after a newer version of the bill, with a different illustration, that the people of L’Anse St Jean realized it was their village on the older currency.
Using my modern photos and the one from the 1000$ bill, I came up with a design for my project. It took several tries, using various shades of white, to get the bridge to stand out as the focal point of the rug but not overtake the landscape.

Pont Prud'homme - Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Pont Prud'homme
Hooked By Dawna Matthew

I always love seeing this little covered bridge in the Rouge-Valley on our drives going to Tremblant and area. I stopped one fall day and got some great photos and they eventually became the design for this rug.
This was my first covered bridge rug.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fête Nationale

Fête Nationale 2018

June 24th, 2018

Once again the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild took part of the Fête Nationale celebrations organised by the City of Beaconsfield, with a Rug Hooking Demonstration and Display.

Rug Hooking Demo and Display at Centennial Park. Picture by photograph Richard Janis

Isabelle Rollin and Jacques Lepage. Picture by photograph Richard Janis

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2018 Picnic

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

BHCG 2018 Picnic

By Dawna Matthew

On behalf of your executive I’d like to thank everyone for helping make our Annual Picnic such a success! An extra thank you to all those gentlemen who came and helped with set up and take down. The tents were much appreciated. The food was delicious, the vendors had beautiful items, the “paper bag” auction was popular and everyone had a great time. And the weather man was very co-operative!!! Again this year!
We had 64 participants, 32 members and 32 guests!
Here are just a few photos that I took early on in the day but Ann has many more which we will have for you to enjoy in the near future.
Thank you again for your generous team effort!
Have a safe and wonderful summer!

2018 Picnic


2018 Door Prizes
Door Prizes

2018 Picnic
Hook-In and Sharing under the Tents

Centennial Hall
2018 Picnic

2018 Picnic
BHCG 2018 Picnic at Centennial Hall

Monday, May 28, 2018

Folk by the Lake

2018 Folk by the Lake Cultural Rendez-Vous

On May 26 & 27, the Guild participated in the city of Pointe Claire’s 2018 “Folk by the Lake” Cultural Rendez-Vous. The weather was not the best but members braved the rain and cooler temperatures to demonstrate out on the patio.

Rug Hooking Demo and Display
Folk by the Lake - BHCG Display

Claire and Denise
Denise Morissette and Claire Fradette 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Annual Picnic

BHCG 2018 Picnic Invitation 

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
is happy to invite you to our
2018 Annual Picnic
Saturday, June 2nd 2018
10 AM to 3 PM
At Centennial Hall
288 Beaconsfield Blvd., 
Beaconsfield, Quebec  H9W 4A7

Please bring:
- Your hooking,
- An item for Show and Tell,
- A lawn chair, if you have room in your car and if the weather is nice,
- Your name tag, if you still have it, but we will have some on hand.

Judith Dallegret with her wonderful wool.
Isabelle with her beautiful handmade wooden items -pins, fobs, buttons, cheese boards, etc, which make special gifts.
Jacques with his rug hooking frames and stands, along with his gripper frames for needle punch.

We will provide a morning snack and lunch along with delicious sweets. Coffee, tea and water will be available.
Please RSVP to Dawna Matthew at: matthewd @ ca.inter.net

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