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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Show & Tell - November 2009

Scrolled Flowers
 Hooked by Sylvia Solomon

This rug is a copy of a rug done in punch needle, which was in “A Passion for Punchneedle”. It was originally a pattern for a rug intended for a dollhouse. I enlarged it to 22 inches x 32 inches. I also changed the colours. It is done in a #5 cut and some #3. I used all recycled wool.

Hamilton Lace
Designed by Joan Moshimer, modified and hooked by Kay Cousineau

The rug measures 24” x 64” and is in a design that was modified somewhat, especially in the scroll areas. The rug was started during a course given by our teacher, Judith Dallegret, and finished with the help of Lois Morris, our other teacher. The rug was hooked mainly in #5 cut, using a lot of leftover wool from previous projects. I really enjoyed hooking this rug, as it was a total departure from the oriental themes that I had been hooking up till then.

Sharon Clarke

My mistakes
Designed by Tara Darr Lais and Hooked by Sharon Clarke

I hooked this rug for my Mother’s 77th birthday. It is made of different wools that I dyed and which I had hoped would come out a different colour than it did. Hence, I gave the rug the name “My Mistakes”. Very apt, as my Mother has tolerated my mistakes all my life! It is based on a template for  “Primitive Flowers” by Tara Darr and hooked in a no. 8 cut on monk’s cloth. My other rugs have been much darker colours, so working this palette was quite a challenge. Mom loves the rug and moves it to a new room each day so she can show it off!

Barbara Kerr

Santa Claus Wall Hanging
Designed by Polly Minick and hooked by Barbara Kerr

This wall hanging is an old style version of Santa Claus and was shown in a book called “Hooked Rugs” by Ann Davies and Emma Tennant. It is called Father Christmas and was designed as a floor rug by Polly Minick. It is somewhat different from the original design in that Santa’s body, the tree, and the bag are sculpted giving the piece a three dimensional look and the beard is a piece of loose wool which flies out behind him. I used her colours, which are strong but muted and give the rug a faded antique look. It has become part of our Christmas celebration that we all enjoy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fancy Stitches Workshop

Fancy Stitches “101” with Lois Morris
by L.G. de Tonnancour

Anyone looking for something new and exciting to enhance a rug should take Lois Morris’s workshop on ‘Fancy Stitches”. Step-by-step, in her usual planful way, she led us into a whole new world of needlework – and each stitch is so beautiful! One of her rugs, now owned by her daughter, served as our reference point. I feel grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity to be one of her students on Saturday, October 17th, at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, in what turned out to be a small, attentive group of rug hookers. Any chance for Fancy Stitches “102” in the near future?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Show & Tell - July 2009

Mauren Rowe

Oxen in Summer
Designed by Maud Lewis and hooked by Maureen Rowe

This was hooked from a Maud Lewis kit purchased in the boutique of the Art Gallery of  Nova Scotia where there is a permanent Maud Lewis exhibition. I was so taken with Maud’s primitive art and her colours that I decided to do this piece of “Oxen in Summer” with variegated wool in the same colours she used, rather than the solid house paint coloured wool that came in the kit, so it is hooked à ma façon. It was lots of fun to do as Maud’s  subjects are always so whimsical.

Lucie Lambert
Fall (sampler)
Designed by Mary Lou Lais 
Hooked by Lucie Geneviève  Lambert

 I used #6 cut and new and recycled wool on monks cloth.

Audrey Colliss

A Rittermer Design hooked by Audrey  Colliss

is a print I bought from Rittermer the late eighties.  The colors I used were "Joan Moshimer Jacobean Colors". She spent one whole summer experimenting with the dyes with her windows wide open in her kitchen and the cool breeze coming in off the Atlantic ocean to keep her cool.  The end result was the beautiful dye colors she produced and we are the fortunate benefactors.

Denise Vandenbemden
(an inspiration from a wrapping paper) 
Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden

One of my Belgian friends came to visit one day and admired our work. She couldn't wait to give it a try herself, so I quickly created a small pattern, inspired by a piece of wrapping paper, provided her with the necessary material and got her started. Her stay was to short for her to finish the piece and fearing that I might have forgotten what it looked like if ever she called me later on for instructions  I made the same one for me. I called it Provence and this is how it looks.  And hers? Once back at home and her daily occupations she never took it up again. It still sits in her suit case  Well... that's life.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day 2009

by L.G. de Tonnancour

This year again, Centennial Hall was the meeting place for the Fête nationale du Québec in Beaconsfield. The sky was perfectly clear and live musicians filled the air with traditional Quebecois music. The old white building was decorated for the occasion with blue and white flags and on the grounds, sheltered under small kiosks, artisans of all trades were selling their wares or demonstrating their art. There was a great deal to see. Alice Hamilton, Ailish O’keeffe, Sylvia Solomon and Louise G. de Tonnancour of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild gave rug hooking demonstrations throughout the event. It was a wonderful day filled with laughter and friendly conversation.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Area 1 Picnic 2009

A day trip in Ontario
By Louise G. de Tonnancour
Thursday morning, June 11th 2009, Sally Perodeau, Denise Morissette, Maria Romero and myself left Beaconsfield at 8:30 to attend the invitation for a picnic in Mallorytown hosted by the Brockville Thousand Islanders. Sally drove us there, in what was a very smooth drive, in exactly two hours and fifteen minutes.  The Library&Community Hall where the event took place was just ½ km or so off the 401.  We were gracefully welcomed and directed to the beautiful grounds surrounded by trees under which the rug hookers had found places to sit.  In the middle, a white gazebo sheltered one of the vendors, the others regrouped in the shade, along a rustic fence.  On that special day, hats were the theme of the day.  All colours, sizes, shapes and wonderfully decorated, they were everywhere to be seen and admired.  At 12:00, we were invited inside to help ourselves to buffet tables very well garnished with good food and lots of goodies before going back outside to eat.  

In the afternoon, there was a parade of hats with 3 prizes:  most original, most beautiful and the tackiest.  Lots of laughs there, you can imagine!  Later on, we all had access to a treasure chest filled with small surprises. Sheila Brokloff, the Brockville Thousand Islanders President thanked us all for coming and we finished with the long-awaited Show & Tell which was a procession of gorgeous rugs, one guild after another guild.  All in all, the day was a success and our thanks go to the hostesses of this annual gathering in the Area 1 of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.  We returned happy, inspired and recharged to pursue our favourite leisure activity.   Other rug hookers from Québec who participated were Jeanne Osler and Brenda Ticehurst from The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild + Betty Anderson and Maureen Meloche from On Track 2. 

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Picnic 2009

by Rose Kandy
Saturday, May 23, dawned somewhat cloudy and cool – but a little weather has never daunted rug hooking aficionados. Tables and chairs were set out on the lawn at Centennial Hall with its beautiful view of Lake St. Louis. Refreshments and coffee were kept inside, away from feathered, furry and other creatures that always show up uninvited to picnics.
Guests began arriving about 10 and were given badges and tickets. It was a pleasure to welcome  fellow crafters from North HatleyMontreal, Pointe-Claire, and our own Beaconsfield, especially those rug hookers who work and are rarely able to join us on Mondays. The sun finally came out and warmed our chilled hands and feet and we all set to hooking. Soon it was lunchtime; the desserts and fruit brought by the hosts made a tasty finish to the meal. At which time, squirrels, a pair of ducks, the ever-present freshwater gulls and blackbirds came in to join the party, much to our amusement.

A session of show and tell followed. What lovely pieces, what originality, what creativity and especially what interesting stories!   See the rugs and enjoy them as much as we did.
Now, the reason for the tickets was unveiled – Denise Vandenbemden, our President, had assembled a basket of rug hooking goodies; it contained coffee, chocolate, wine, a Dorr swatch and bundle and several packets of dyes. Carolyn Ells from the  St.Henri  Hookers won the basket, she then graciously chose some of the contents of the basket and held a second drawing.
Sharon Clarke had made lavender sachets to be distributed to our guests and to any members who wanted one. Thank you Sharon for your thoughtfulness.
Too soon, it was time to say goodbye to our guests and members. All who attended enjoyed it immensely and it was a delightful finish to another fun year of rug hooking and camaraderie.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Rough Guide to Rag Rugs

A Rough Guide to Rag Rugs
an exhibition to celebrate 21 years of the West Riding Ruggers

Saturday 2 May to Sunday 12 July 2009

Take a trip to see this exciting exhibition of traditional and contemporary rag rugs.  Find out about their historic origins, be surprised by their beauty, and explore how this fabulous textile craft has gone global.  There are colourful hooked and prodded rugs, subtle shirred and braided rugs, even a spectacular rag rug birthday cake. 

Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and the travel book company Rough Guides, discover the story of this successful group of local rug makers still going today after 21 years. 

Over 200 striking rugs and wonderful wall hangings created by group members are on display, many have been inspired by places around the world, from Mongolia to Morocco and from India back home to Yorkshire.  The group has been enthused by special celebrations from home, other countries and from diverse cultures around the globe.

Visitors might be surprised to find that traditional rug making tools and materials are pretty cheap and basic.  A hook, a prodder, some hessian and a supply of old fabric is all you need to get started.  A charity called Rug Aid has cottoned on to this, and works with the blind in countries such as The Gambia.  Participants are able to make remarkable wall hangings to sell, providing them with an income.  Examples of work from this worthwhile project can also been seen in the exhibition.

The West Riding Ruggers aim to keep traditional skills alive, passing them on to future generations, and there are lots of traditional style rag rugs on show.  These have been made from colourful and vibrant odds and ends of fabrics.  It is the perfect ‘green’ craft, transforming waste material into something truly individual and stunning.  Once again rag rug making is back in fashion.

Look out for special events and activities.
Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Rd
Bradford, BD2 3HP
01274 435900

Free admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00  – 5.00 and  Sunday 12.00  - 5.00
Closed Monday (except Bank Holidays) Close Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

International Postcards

The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild  goes international
By L.G. de Tonnancour
Last January, through a member of our group, we learned that The West Riding Ruggers from Bradford, England was preparing a rug show of their own at the Bradford Industrial Museum to be seen from May 2, 2009 till July 12, 2009.  An email, from them, invited ruggers to send pictures of themselves with their rugs, done in any technique, to be exhibited under the International Postcards.   
 In the spirit of Show & Tell, our guild sent a disc of photos.  Over sea, the idea followed its course, the response was encouraging and with the work and dedication of a wonderful group of people the exhibition has become reality.  Read the press release and see some pictures of the show... I have no doubt, you will be charmed.  

The pictures were taken by Lora West.  All of it was emailed to us by Mrs Penelope Gardiner.
From left to right: Rosemary Allan, Curator at Beamish Museum, who gave a lecture about the rug collection at Beamish, and also opened the exhibition for The West Riding Ruggers; Penelope Gardiner; Diane West, the past Chair of the group, who coordinated the overseas postcards; Jenny Salton, another group member, who also did a lot towards the exhibition, she works at Tolson Museum in Huddersfield so her museum know how was very useful and she also master minded the panels, and Maggie Pedley, who is the Museum Manager at the Museum.

From left to right: Brenda Jarman, Mary Lee, Kay Royce, Isabel Waterhouse, Lord Mayor, Marjorie, Renee, Margaret Kenny and Diane West.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Carving Workshop

Carving Workshop
by  Louise G. de Tonnancour
Lois Morris

The Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Guild really spoiled us this Spring with two wonderful workshops. The last one of the season “Sculpting” was given to us by Lois Morris, Saturday, April 25th, 2009. What a wonderful and profitable day this day was for all who attended!  Most of us feared of cutting at the wrong place...!!! The instructor gave undeniable expertise and personal care to all her students. It goes without saying that with laughter and good fellowship we all pulled through. Thank you, Lois, for your step by step guidance and the generosity that your teaching prevailed over the years and still fortunately will do, in the future. It’s a wish!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Work in Progress

Show & Tell  by BHCG rug hookers of rugs in progress during Hook-In of April 6th, 2009.

Alice Hamilton

Betty Austin

Betty Austin (detail)

Lois Morris

Lois Morris (detail)

Louise G. De Tonnancour

Sylvia Solomon

Sylvia Solomon (detail)

Ailish O'Keefe

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Olde Forge 2009

Olde Forge
by Denise Vandenbemden

On Saturday April 4th we were invited to a hook-in hosted by the Olde Forge in Ottawa. Rug hookers from Ontario and Montreal’s West Island hooked together and shared the stories behind the rugs they were making. A sale of hooking supplies had been organized and we felt like children in a Christmas store, looking, touching and buying beautiful wool.  

The hosting ladies had baked delicious goodies for their guests and raffled a basket with desirable hooking supplies for charity as well as the flowers decorating the buffet table.  We had a wonderful time. A big thank you to the ladies of the Olde Forge.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wonderful Drawing Tutorials!

© Jen Tabangcura

 If you're planning to create a portrait or you want to design a human character, take a look at Jen Tabangcura's  drawing  tutorial  at Anatomy plz!

Show & Tell - April 2009

Louise G. de Tonnancour

Round trip to New Mexico
Designed and hooked by Louise G. de Tonnancour

I always wanted to see New Mexico.  My dream became reality during a March school break.  Upon my return, I designed and decided to make this rug in the punchneedle technique.  60" in diameter

Brenda Ticehurst

Designed and Hooked by Brenda Ticehurst

When planning my next rug, I wanted to do something that would be more interactive for viewers.  In the summer at the cottage our family does Sudoku contests.  It gave me the idea to hook one.  I chose a puzzle that was symmetrical.  It is a medium difficult one.  To make it more colorful I assigned a consistent colour to each number.  At the bottom I made a pocket to hold pencils and a paper copy of the puzzle for those who wanted to try it.  I also hooked a few individual numbers that could be pinned in place when viewing the work. It is hooked on burlap with #6 Wool strips.

Ailish O'Keefe

Maureen and her boys
Designed and Hooked by Ailish O'Keefe
When my children were small I used to draw "stickmen" for them - we would make up stories (like in comic books) and do stickmen for illustrations.  My daughter Maureen reminded about that and she asked that I do a rug showing her and her four boys, using the old stickmen - she drew them so she could put in the particular smile of each of her sons - so voila!!!  Here they are - hooked by her Mom.
I used number 6 cuts -  from three colours of fabric that I put together because I love the combination of those bright colours.

Sally Perodeau

Chasing Salmon
(an inspiration from a gift card) Hooked by Sally Perodeau

My daughters who live in B.C. are enthralled with the exceptional artifacts produced by the Haida band, and may I suggest a visit to any exhibit of their work should not be missed. One such visit encouraged me to attempt an eagle.
My eagle wall hanging was made on rug warp, this I use as it is a strong material, and there is no fear of any holes developing ---- the bird was hooked with a no.2 cut, the background on no.3 cut, and the sea with no 4 cut.
The red wool is hand dyed oriental red, for the white parts I finally settled for some white and nylon fabric from a local store (pure white wool seems impossible to find.)
The sea was easy to do as it was originally a pale blue blanket abashed with royal blue dye. I just zing-zagged the lines and the waves appeared.
For the sky I dip dyed natural wool for the palest of shades of the royal blue dye.
In order for the border not to be too dense I used various shades of black, this was hooked back and forth.
For finishing the hanging it is on a stretcher and at the sides where the burlap showed, black electric tape was used.  It is a companion to the whale I did last year, with the help of my teacher Lois Morris.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Braiding Rugs

A teacher is born
by Louise G. de Tonnancour 

On  Monday, March 30th 2009 a group of rug hookers met at 10:00am at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield for a workshop on braiding rugs given by Brenda Ticehurst.  There was a lot of  excitement in the air and we just couldn’t wait to start. Our teacher was very well prepared.  In a matter of minutes, we all received a kit with clamps, needles, wool strips and a “How To” booklet that she had put together especially for us.  With a smiling face and a lot of patience she guided each and every one of us through the different steps.  It was a first and very successful experience for Brenda, as a teacher, whose love for braided rugs is very contagious.  Thank you Brenda, for a wonderful day and a job well done!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Karen Kaiser

A great visit
by Rose Kandy

On Monday, March 23rd, The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild hosted Karen Kaiser, Penelope Deering and Julie Ridler, members of the Thousand Islands Rug Hooking Group. Karen spoke to us of the Summer Rug Hooking Retreats at her home near Belleville, Ontario and invited us all to come for one of the weekends. For biographies of the teachers and a summary of the classes as well as a registration form, email her at woody.kaiser@gmail.com or call 613-966-2658.

Karen KaiserThe classes will run from April to October end. Along with 7 other teachers, each weekend will be devoted to a different aspects or rug hooking and wool art. Karen, who is a graphic designer by trade, has an especially good eye for original design, as we saw from the rugs she demonstrated. All these ladies are very talented and it was a real pleasure to chat with them. 

The other topic which the Group particularly holds dear is the marketing of a beautiful rug some 20 members hooked in order to raise money for “Women to Women International”, an organization that treats women victims of the civil war in the Congo and trains them to be self-supporting. Rug Hooking Magazine ran an article on this project in the Jan-Feb. 2009 edition and you can also read more about their progress by connecting to the blog:  www.womenmattersrugart.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 1, 2009

About Proddy

by Louise G. de Tonnancour

This very old technique is still well used by ruggers in England especially the Yorkshire where Heather Ritchie  lives. I learned the Proddy technique with her in a workshop I took with her 3 years ago. 


You will need a plyer or a sharp.

Cut the strips.

On the right side of the rug consists in pulling, with a plyer, short strips of fabrics (about 6 cm long x 1.5 cm wide) through the canvas.


On the back side of the rug, the technique consists in pushing, with a sharp tool, the short strips of fabric through the canvas.

The canvas must be stretched on the frame.
You can roll the strips to obtain curly and volumetric effects.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

How to prolong the life of your rug

Do you want to prolong the life of your rug?

Click on the link to visit The Canadian Conservation Institut Web site and read How to care for carpets and rugs.

Show & Tell - January 2009

Marion Hood

The covered bridge
Designed by Maud Lewis and hooked by Marion Hood

This is a rug hooking pattern from a Maud Lewis painting, purchased from Highland Heart Hooking School, N.S. 
The scene reminds me of River John, Nova Scotia, 100 years ago and of the covered bridge and my grandfather Murray M.D, making calls in his sleigh and Trixie, his horse.
Hooked in # 4 and # 6 . The sparkly snow is a skein of mohair and wool, acrylic and nylon (sparkle)

Alice Hamilton

Pond Hockey Club
Designed and Hooked by Alice Hamilton

The idea behind the picture came from 3 sources. My great nephew Alex was learning to skate and spent a lot of time laying flat on the ice, refusing to get up. Can you find him in the picture? You're right. He is the one flat on his tummy.
The second source was an article I read in Canadian Geographic Magazine about pond hockey tournaments in New Brunswick. That triggered a memory of my father cleaning the snow off a section of the river at our farm so that my sister and I could skate.  The end result came together in this winter scene. It is done in # 3 and # 4 cut wool with some white yarn for highlights on the snow in the foreground on a linen background.

Lois Morris

Autumn Chrysanthemum
Designed and Hooked by Lois Morris

I had been thinking about hooking this girl for a while and last year I set about putting her on paper.  The first few drawings were not quite what I wanted. In fact I had the whole thing on my rug warp and she looked at me and I don't like my surroundings.  So I changed them along with her dress.  I made it longer added the coat instead of the scarves I had around her neck and took her off the flagstone patio and put her where she is today.  She has an Eurasian look to her and I had a Chinese friend name her in Chinese, I do not have the where with all to write the Chinese figures on the computer but the translation is "Autumn Chrysanthemum" (a Chinese girls name).  I feel it fits her perfectly.

Maria M. Romero

 Magic at Night
Designed and Hooked by Maria Margarita Romero

Volcanoes are one of the most amazing wonders of nature that I have ever seen in my life. I went several times to Costa Rica where I visited Arenal Volcano, which is one of the most active in the world. Feeling the power of nature has always been an incredible experience.
During the day, I saw this giant throw ashes and rocks. By night I saw its lava flows, I heard its roar and I felt the ground tremor.
I used number  6 cut and some number 3. I used new and recycled wool and a little of acrylic for the lava, and I have chosen a two color whipping: blue lavender for the sky and brown for the earth.    
Lois Morris has dyed the wool for the background.
This piece is part of a series of world's volcanoes.