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On this Blog you will find articles about our activities and archives from 3 of the Guild's Web pages:
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Maureen's prefered tips

By Maureen Rowe

Try hooking lettering with a plaid if your background is flat. Pick one of the colours, which picks up the background  colour or from another flat colour used elsewhere in the rug. Also when hooking letters, hook a row of background at the top and at the bottom of the letters to be hooked, then hook the letters snugly up to the hooked background rows.

After hooking with your head bent forward for awhile, put your feet flat on the floor and let your head hang backwards for a few moments for relief of neck tension.

When whipping the corner of a rug, hold a small piece of matching wool over each corner piece and whip over that.  You won't need to use as thick a layer of yarn to cover.

Submitted by Maureen Rowe and taken from the ATHA "Hooking and Cooking once again…" book.  Copyright 2008, Morris Press Cookbooks.

Show & Tell - December 2008

Denise Vandenbemden

Candles In The Window
Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden

We wanted to do something special for our 2008 exhibition and the first idea was to create a small piece with candles. I love stained glass and downloaded, from the Internet, a free stained glass pattern reminding me of the beautiful windows in art deco houses. I adapted it to my own taste by making it a double window and choosing the pastel colors I like, although these are more often seen in church windows than in art deco houses. I added the candles and that was it. The result is what you see here.
The size is 16 x 16" hooked on burlap with cut #4. The colors are dyed on new natural wool.

Maureen Rowe

Memory Of My Wedding Day
Designed and Hooked by Maureen Rowe

Our wedding photographer made a composite photograph of my husband Hugh and me, kissing inside a brandy glass on a table next to a candle and a rose. So this rug is my recreation of a wonderful memory of May 21, 1977.

Denise Morissette

Christmas Candles
Hooked by Denise Morissette

I was looking for an inspiration for the “Candle Challenge Rug” and I found it on the Internet. I saw a picture with Christmas decorations and candles and I decided to do an adaptation of it. I used cuts number 6 and number 3.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Show & Tell - October 2008

Denise Morissette

Laurierville, Quebec, my village
Designed and Hooked by Denise Morissette

The landscape reproduces the countryside where I grew up. These images are a product of my imagination and memory of the beautiful Appalachian region where I lived my youngest years. I choose to recreate the color of spring when nature wakens after the winter. Photos are used as model for the design of houses and the church of the village. The dimension is 39 x 26 ½  inches.
This work is made with number 6 and 3 cuts. The wool used is from clothes bought in second hand stores. For the sky I used wool bought by the meter. The graduated blue color was done under the supervision of Lois Morris in a workshop on dyeing.

Sylvia Solomon

Floral Fantasy # 1
Designed and Hooked by Sylvia Salomon

I like crewel-type florals and I like to draw my own pattern. This is an asymmetrical design with different kinds of flowers with a bird and two butterflies as accents. I created it two years ago and I had a wonderful time hooking it.
I used a # 5 cut. I used mostly recycled wool, some of which I dyed. The background was hooked in different directions to add texture and movement to the piece. I also used different blues to add contrast. It measures 30” x 29”.

Jeanne Osler

Nova Scotia Village
Designed by Joe Norris and hooked by Jeanne Osler

Joe Norris (1924-1996) is a great Canadian folk artist and I love his colorful paintings. I bought one of this landscapes from Highland heart Hookery, in Halifax, Nova-Scotia. The pattern JN404 called “Winter Village” is 14 x 15 inches. The printed burlap original painting was a winter scene which I adapted to autumns because it is my favorite time of the year. For this rug, I used dyed wool and number 3 and 4 cut.

Audrey Colliss

                 Orange Cat
Designed and hooked by Audrey Colliss

I drew a picture of our cat “Tiger” as I saw him: big and quite strong. It was my attempt at art, which is all very primitive. The orange color of the cat was an old plaid skirt, cut in strips of about 1/3 of an inch wide. The cement walkway was from an old pair of pants from a man’s suit. The material was washed and dried in the drier* and then cut by hand. The grass was regular hooking wool died green.

* When fabric (clothing) is dried in the dryer it shrinks and the strips stay together better for hooking.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Show 2008

Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Exhibition, 
 September 27th-28th, 2008 at Centennial Hall
by Maureen Rowe

Every two years, our Guild hosts an exhibition of our members’ most recent rugs.  This year, we had 53 new pieces and there were approximately 100 visitors who signed our guest book. It was held on a Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday afternoon, Centennial Hall was part of Beaconsfield’s Culture Day whereby 11 different artists’ studios were on display including our own venue.  Our pieces were arranged in two rooms on the first floor and two rooms on the second floor. Coffee and cookies were available while visitors could watch a rug hooking how-to video and/or play an interactive Sudoku game on Brenda Ticehurst’s rug. A Guild challenge had been offered to do a rose rug and/or a candle rug, so some of these were on display as well.

Lois Morris / In the News

Lois J Morris exhibits her rugs at Rawdon

On October 5th, the exhibition will take place at CIM (Centre d'nterprétation Multhiethnique de Rawdon). The solo exhibition will be available for public display on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm, until the end of December.

Click for a larger image and to read the article (only in french)

L'Express Montcalm, September 27th 2008

L'Action, Joliette, September 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

St-Jean 2008

This year again, Centennial Hall was the meeting place for the Fête nationale du Québec in Beaconsfield.   Sylvia Solomon, Claire Fradette, Denise Vandenbemden et Denise Morissette  of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild gave rug hooking demonstrations throughout the event. 

Sylvia Solomon

Denise Vandenbemden and Sylvia Solomon

Claire Fradette, Denise Vandenbemden and Sylvia Solomon

Denise Morissette, Denise Vandenbemden and Sylvia Solomon

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Show & Tell - June 2008

For the launching of our Web site, we chose an aquatic theme inspired by the Lac St-Louis -which is a door step of our guild house-, the Internet navigation and the concept of being "hooked".

Lorayne Charenko

Designed and hooked by Lorayne Charenko

This is a rug I made with Lois Morris in one of her portrait workshops. I learned a lot about shadows and portraits and I was very excited. After this course, I was looking at people differently, observing shadows skins tones, people’s noses and other features. I was looking for an inspiration for my portrait and I found it in a National Geographic Magazine. I saw a male portrait and I decided to do one fisherman smoking a pipe. So, this is an adaptation from a picture in an old National Geographic Magazine. I used a number 3 and 4 cut. I over dyed old pieces and material reclaim and I dyed the background myself.

Sally Perodeau

Haida Whale
Designed and hooked by Sally Perodeau

It was once believed a whale could capture a canoe and transform its occupants into whales. They are held in great awe for their size and power and a typical life span is 20 to 40 years.

The inspiration for my wall hanging was from a gift card. My mentor, Lois Morris, suggested that we just use the whale and enlarge it, then reverse the pattern for the small one that goes up into the border. The sea is hooked diagonally with the bubbles which makes it more realistic. Number 2 and 3 cuts were used. The spotted sections were from a check black and white skirt. The border was hooked “back and forth” which takes longer but makes a nice frame. My daughter was happy to receive it for her birthday.

Lois Morris

A fish in your dish
Designed and hooked by Lois Morris

My daughter and her family are great fish eaters so I made them a set of placements to use when they are eating on their deck.
This is one placement of eight. The mats are all hooked with the same colors arranged in a different manner making all the fish look different, while they all go together color wise as a set.
The fish designs were hooked with left over cut pieces of wool and are made of many different cuts mixed together.

Louise G. de Tonnancour

High Tide, Low Tide
Designed and hooked Louise G. de Tonnancour

One day, a friend quilter gave me a bag of scraps (100% wool). The whole of the colors inspired me to design and realize this rug. I have hooked in the traditional way and I have used the old technique of proddy. The bubbles were hooked with transparent plastic bags.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

3 Teacher's tips

by Lois Morris

When hooking in a small area with a limited amount of space or when shading in a small area, remember this:  if you zig-zag your loops, it will appear to have more colour and the next colours will fit between the previous loops and you will not get a striped look.

The selvedge of your wool is not always good to hook with. Tear the selvedge off. Keep the strip and when you are making a dye formula, cut a few short pieces, soak them well and dip them in your solution and squeeze the water out and you will see the approximate light shade you will achieve. This will help you know if you have the colour you want and whether you need to make adjustments.   

N.B.  Remember when you remove the selvedge to make some slashes in the top of your wool so you rip and cut it in the proper direction.


If you are hooking a piece that you plan to hang, this is a good idea:  by having it mounted on a stretcher frame, you can attach  those little saw tooth hangers to the stretcher on the back and your piece will hang flush to the wall and not sag and ripple.  You can hook a border on your piece or you can have a frame mounted on the stretcher frame as with a painting.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

How to hook a stained glass piece

by Denise Vandenbemden

Hooking stained glass is actually very easy. The best thing to do is to go to a stained glass supply store and have a good look at the different kinds of glass. Some is mottled, some is spotted and some looks hammered and the choice is endless. Explain your interest to the store keeper and ask if you can take a few pictures. I would suggest you spot-dye your wool. Outline the "glass pieces" on the lines of your pattern and fill in hooking straight or in diagonal or circles to achieve the  desired effect. The outline should be black if you are using strong colors, with light colors charcoal looks better. 

Denise Vandenbemden
Stained Glass. Denise Vandenbemden.

For a pattern you can use Ed Sibbet Jr.'s "Stained glass coloring books" from an art and craft store. The patterns may be used without special authorization.
Stained glass imitation hooked in 2006 with wool fabric on burlap in a # 4 cut. Pattern is an adapted design from the ''Art Nouveau Stained Glass Coloring book'' by Ed Sibbet Jr. The colors were achieved with spot deying on natural wool.

Flyer 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A little fish with Big Dreams

The Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Web site is a new little fish in the Internet Sea. We need to feed it and help it to grow. Our little fish will swim from our club house into Lac St-Louis and he will go to the ocean of his dreams and imagination.  

We are open to new ideas and suggestions to develop this Internet project. We are continuously updating this site. One month after the opening we have created a French version of this site (February 19th). We also added three sections called "Works in progress" and "Glossary of terms", as well as the "Recipes" page.

Members of the Guild can collaborate in many ways: adding your comments, writing rug hooking tips, sending pictures of your rugs or helping us to update the Events Calendar section.

Website committee:
Maria M. Romero, Designer / Webmaster
Maureen Rowe, Writer / Translator

Monday, January 28, 2008

President's Message _ 2008

President 's message
Denise Vandenbemden

Our Web site has been created because the time has come to take our Guild into the 21st century and because rug hooking is a beautiful and artistic way of recycling. It is an old craft from a time when recycling was done out of need. It is a craft that should be kept alive because it is not only useful, but it has also evolved into an enjoyable fiber art.

This craft or art is ideal for anyone, especially young retirees who want to live a fulfilling and active live, learning, socializing and creating something beautiful and useful with their own hands. 

You don't need any special or artistic skills and anyone can do it. Don't worry if you don't have a creative mind; there is a wide choice of free copyright rug hooking patterns available to be used as well as a lot of help ideas to be had from the new friends you will make in our Guild.  

Through our website, we aim to make this craft more accessible to the public and get you hooked on hooking! 

Rug hooking: is it difficult?

It is as easy or as difficult as you want. The technique is easy and the pattern is up to you.
A simple pattern can be just as pretty as a complicated one. There are no rug hooking rules, just a few guidelines, that is all. If you never hooked before and don't know anything about it, choose a small rug in a simple geometric pattern and you will not be disappointed. Any of
our members will be more than happy to help and guide you.

Our Website is On-line!

Our Website has been launched on January 28th 2008!

Let's celebrate!

Maria Romero, Webmaster / Maureen Rowe, Writer.

Show & Tell - January 2008

For the launching of our Web site, we chose an aquatic theme inspired by the Lac St-Louis -which is a door step of our guild house-, the Internet navigation and the concept of being "hooked".

Judith Dallegret

Kiss the Cod, Goodbye
Designed and Hooked by Judith Dallegret

The story of my Cod Fish rug
This rug is hooked in very wide strips of number 9 and 10 (1/2”) wool, all hand dyed by myself. I like a primitive textured antique look for my own work. The bright colours will disappear over time, but it won’t matter, as that is the life of a hooked mat. The rainbow design was used in the old days for quilt and rugs.

Why a Cod Fish? Having strong roots to Nova Scotia and being a great, great granddaughter of sailing captains who ventured around the world on the tall seas, I have always had a love and respect of the sea and all that lives in the oceans. My most notorious great, great, great-grandfather, was Capt. David Morehouse who found the very famous mysterious ghost ship the “Marie Celeste” sailing off the coast of Africa.

I once read in Rug Hooking Magazine that a rug hooker from Maine had a hooked a rug of this ship for her summer home in NS and that it was stolen. I have always wondered if it was ever found and how nice it was to honour this majestic sailing vessel in a rug.  I should have done so myself but I chose the Cod fish instead! Each summer, when I return down home to Sandy Cove on Digby Neck, NS., it seems that the supply of fish, although plentiful in the stores of Montreal, is harder and harder to get in Nova Scotia. In the market of Toulouse, France, one day I saw piles and piles of fish form all over the world. All types of fish have cards to say what country these fish were from, but not the Cod Fish which is Canadian and is disappearing faster than any fish alive. The supplies are running out, not just in Newfoundland, but all over the world. Suddenly I felt sad. If we can’t save the Cod, how can we save ourselves? So I hooked a rug to honour the mighty Cod Fish, title “Kiss the Cod, Goodbye”. It rests in front of my fireplace in Nova Scotia.

Ailish O'Keefe

Smoked Salmon
By Ailish O’Keeffe

I saw a picture of a fish smoking a pipe, and I thought this idea could be great for a rug. I discussed the idea with Judith Dallegret who gave me a drawing of a fish that I could use as a basis for a rug called “Smoked Salmon”.

I used monk’s cloth to work on, and a number 6 cut wool. The colors include a deep salmon, purple and yellow mixed with spot-dyed wool to make an interesting combination. The piece is 37” x 20”. It is  to be a wall hanging.

Sally Perodeau

Designed by Pearl McGowan and hooked by Sally Perodeau

The aquarium is a very old pattern which challenged my imagination. I fell in love with this McGowan’s design, because it is such a different rug hooking pattern!

The design is hooked with number 3 cut with material gleaned from my fellow hookers. The greens which I took from a monochromatic class filled in well for the bull rushes. For the turtles, I used tapestry wool. The sand is from some variegated knitting wool.

I was in a hurry to get started and I did not transfer the pattern to good linen or rug warp, after 30 years I should have know better!! Alas I paid for my impatience as the burlap developed holes and consequently I had to patch a few times. So, please, learn from my experience and never hook on old burlap!

Because of the weakness of the burlap the only option I had was to create a wall hanging. I pressed it myself as it was too frail to be stretched and put on a frame by a professional, as long as it hangs on the wall it should last many years in my grandson’s room. I really like pictorials and I have, after all, a very enjoyable pictorial rug that I really love.
Many thanks to Lois Morris for her help with this rug. She has helped many people over the years.

Lois Morris

Misty Morning Bar Harbor, Maine
By Lois Morris

A Gannet
There is nothing nicer that being by the ocean and experiencing the peace and quiet of a very early morning before anyone else has risen. We were camping in Bar Harbor, Maine, and I was up before everyone in a misty morning and took my coffee and went sat by the shoreline. There was an island off shore that was hilly and you could see the top of it through the early morning mist. Closer to me on a pile of rocks was a large shore bird. I did a quick sketch of the bird and filed it away in my mind intending to perhaps paint this picture when I got back home. But instead I decided to hook it. I went to my dye pot, and did some dyeing for the sky. I found some left over pieces of spot dye for my water, and various and sundry pieces of left over strips from other projects that I used for my rocks. Then I dirtied up some white for my bird along with a few more leftovers I found and the results are what you see.