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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.

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 …

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?


September 21st, 2009  Hook-In

Work in Progress

Work In ProgressShow & Tell  by BHCG rug hookers of rugs in progress during Hook-In of September 14th, 2009.

Show & Tell - July 2009

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 ofNova 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’ssubjects are always so whimsical.

Fall (sampler) Designed by Mary Lou Lais  Hooked by Lucie Geneviève Lambert
 I used #6 cut and new and recycled wool on monks cloth.

Jacobean 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…

Fête nationale

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.

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 g…


Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Picnic 2009by 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 LakeSt. 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 Hatley,  Montreal, 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 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.

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.

Carving Workshop

Carving Workshop by  Louise G. de Tonnancour
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! Folow the link to see the Photo Album: Carving Workshop

Work in Progress

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