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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year 2022    Quillie Christmas Trees. Left: Emmy Maten, Right: Kitt Richard. Happy New Year. Picture by Emmy Maten, Illustration by Maria Romero. Link: Quillie Christmas Trees Show & Share Dear members, Let us welcome this year with renewed hope and high spirit! May 2022 bring you much joy and fun and plenty of inspiration to fire up your creativity!  Our Show and Tell themes for this year are kindled by New Year’s resolutions and start with “Try something new”. We will resume our usual schedule of four Show and Tells per year. Since the summer, our members have enjoyed in-person hook-ins and things were starting to feel somewhat normal again. However, the pandemic has shown that we are on a very rocky, unpredictable road, and in-person hook-ins may or may not continue. Our love of rug hooking loops us together and creates a strong bond and our patience will help us through these challenges. May 2022 also bring you peace, love, and good health. We wish you and your dear

Xmas 2021

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Happy Holidays    The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild executive sends out warm Season’s Greetings to all our members and friends. We know that this is another difficult year and wish everyone safe and happy holidays. Old World Santa, A pattern by Janet Conners hooked by Candace Fradette. Illustration: Maria Romero.

Show & Tell / December 2021

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Special Show & Tell : Christmas!    The annual unveiling of our traditional holiday ornaments evokes Christmas cheer to our homes. This fabulous three-dimensional Victorian-style Santa brings back the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas. Old World Santa, a pattern by Janet Conners hooked by Candace Fradette Candace Fradette Old World Santa Pattern by Janet Conners Source: Rug Hooking Magazine November/December 2020 2021 13” x 5” x 3” diameter Hooked with stretch velvet, #6 wool strips, assorted wool yarns, raffia, vegan leather, fleece I saw this Old-World Santa in the November/ December 2020 issue of Rug Hooking magazine and I used this project with an Embellishing Techniques workshop with Parris House Wool Works. It was a really fun project. I used pearls and a star to decorate the tree which Santa is holding, added a buckle for his belt, a stuffed toy and candy cane so they stick out of his backpack, and even added some eyelashes and a bow! He is three-dimensional and fits over

Christmas 2021

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December 13, 2021       Christmas Hook-In      We had a wonderful time at our Christmas hook-in Monday. Christmas music, a sparkling tree, and decorations created the festive spirit. Rather than a gift exchange we had a cookie exchange. Bakers brought in 20 samples of their favourite recipe, and everyone went home with a cookie tin filled with 20 different, delicious treats!!! Beautiful door prizes, enough to go around for everyone. From left to right: Harold, Claire, Candace, Juliet, Fay Passing out the cookies! Yum!! Cookie tins overflow with such a variety of goodies! Emmy loves her new apron! Isabelle brought in her beautiful hand-painted Christmas ornaments and fridge/scissor magnets.  We have so many talented members! Our new member couple, Karen and Harold!

International Hook-In Day

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Dec.4th, 2021    Winter Wing Ding        BHCG members send out a big THANK YOU to the OHCG Wing Ding team! You entertained us with virtual rug shows, greetings from rug hookers around the world, guest speakers, and kept us laughing with a wonderful story teller. What a great job and a creative way to celebrate International Rug Hooking Day! OHCG Winter Wing Ding / International Rug Hooking Day, December 4th, 2021 

Feedspot / Our Website In The News

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November 20, 2021    Top 60 Rug Hooking Blogs and Websites    By Ti Seymour / Past President Congratulations to Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild for being #12 in the Top 60 Rug Hooking Blogs and Websites in November 2021. Our dedicated team of Web Committee members deserve hearty kudos for the interesting articles, creative rug hooking illustrations & photos, translations and promotion of the Guild, website & social media platforms. Thank you to Maria, Dawna, Emmy & Jacquie for all your hard work behind the scenes, you are all greatly appreciated beyond words, you have given us something to be very proud of. Follow the link:  https://blog.feedspot.com/rug_hooking_blogs/ Feedspot. Top 60 Rug Hooking Blog and Websites (November 20, 2021) The best Rug Hooking blogs from thousans of blogs on the web ranked by traffic, social media, domain authority & freshness. We're ranked # 12 of 60. Thank you Feedspot for the recognition!

Show & Tell / November 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.  Special Show & Tell / Candace Fradette       Poppies, A Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern hooked by Candace Fradette. Candace Fradette Poppies Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern 2015 13” x 18” Wool jersey on linen backing I ordered this Deanne Fitzpatrick pattern by mail, and I purchased white wool jersey to use for hooking. I dyed all the jersey myself, so that means quite a few colours. It was my first time hooking with wool jersey and I found it very stretchy to work with.    

Remembrance Day

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November 11 - Remembrance Day             Today, we take two minutes of silence to reflect on the freedoms and peace we have in our lives. We honour, thank, and remember those who served and sacrificed their lives for us, and we acknowledge the courage of those who still serve .   In 2021 we commerate the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada. Illustration: Maria Romero. 100 years ago, the Poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance and the funds collected from its distribution as a way to raise funds for Veterans’ needs. To read and view a video about “ The Poppy Lady from France ” please visit “The Royal Canadian Legion” Website. Follow the link:  Poppy 100 Anniversary (legion.ca) The Act of Remembrance They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. We will remember them.   An excerpt from “ For the Fallen ” by Laurence Biny

Show & Tell / Alice Hamilton

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Alice Hamilton (1942-2021) In memory of Alice Hamilton (1942-2021)    By Debbie Séguin    The Guild was sad to hear of the passing of Alice Hamilton on October 23, 2021. Alice always had a smile on her face, made us laugh, and had a great sense of humour.  Alice was a fantastic rug hooker and artist. She had a good habit of writing down where the recycled wool came from. For example, the brown in the tree came from Jack’s daddy’s shirt, or from Janna’s mommy’s sweater. She was also a super “Dye Queen”. She gave me about 50 swatches of dyed wool on a ring with all the recipes attached. I still have it and will always cherish it. Alice was an enormous help to me personally dyeing the sky for a rug I was hooking for my mom. Alice and Betty came to my house, armed with the prepared squirt bottles filled with the dyes for the sky. We had a great day squirting out all the dyes onto the prepared wool laid out on the picnic table. I think it turned out awesome! My mom loved it! Alice’s generos

Halloween

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Halloween Hook-In    October 25, 2021. A great turn-out for today’s Hook-In, fun costumes, door prizes, and a treat bag for each. Very Happy Faces Candace and Claire Isabelle and Jacques Helen Kitty-Chris Dawna Matthew Emmy, as Little Red Riding Hood with her treats for everyone!

Hooking at Centennial

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We’re back!       BHCG’s 1st indoor Hook-In since March 2020! Look at these happy faces! After not setting foot inside Centennial Hall for more than a year and a half, we are delighted to get back to the way things used to be, although still with some restrictions and rules to follow. Little price to pay for the joy felt today. Emmy is behind the camera and the above text! We're back! From Left to Right: Fay, Kitt, Charlene, Brenda, and Carolyn M. Charlene and Kitt catch up on their news. From Left to Right: Brenda, Carolyn M., and Dawna M. joined us virtually. Chris is seated with Carolyn M. at the table.

Show & Tell / October - December 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. Exploret our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.   Show & Tell : Rug Hooking through the Generations Like the branches of a bush, rug hooking stems from our ancestors and how wonderful when it continues to grow and flourish through the next generations. These two vintage Bluenose rugs look very different, but they are actually the same pattern and show a unique design element using woody branches rather than the usual green vines or scrolls. Bluenose pattern hooked by Charity Morehouse. Judith Dallegret's Great-Grandmother's Rug at her house in Nova Scotia. Antique Rugs / Collections Untitled Hooked by Charity Morehouse Bluenose pattern Collection of Judith Dallegret 55” x 28” Circa 1950/1960 I managed to find a photo for you of one hooked rug made by my Great-Grandmother Charity Morehouse. It is now in front of my wood s