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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
Shelly Atkinson is a self-taught visual artist and crafter from Nova-Scotia, Canada. She loves experimenting with styles, colours, textures and techniques in her paintings and illustrations. Shelly offers rug hooking patterns of animals, flowers, people, the four seasons, etc. She can create custom drawings of your pet or family and even revise her patterns, if requested. Her work can be found on greeting cards, journals, prints, rug hooking patterns, coasters. needlepoint patterns, calendars, posters, and a child's book.
In Memory of Jeanne Osler_
It is with a heavy heart we say farewell to Jeanne Osler, a member of BHCG for nearly 40 years. In the days when you had to hook a rug with 9 flower panels before acceptance into the Guild, Jeanne was determined to join despite her lack of interest in the rug itself. Her heart was instead passionate for a butterfly rug she had seen and that saw her through to the end of the requirement. She completed a wide array of classes taught at the Guild from fine shading, to crewels, carving flowers and a Cheticamp picture frame amongst those that I’ve seen. She was a skilled rug maker and designed her own rugs too. One of her favorites was of a lighthouse scene. Jeanne was an active member even at the end of her time with us. She got us making and participated in the “Tuit” giveaways at our Annual picnic and always encouraged members. Rest In Peace our friend, we will miss you.
The Cushion Project: Barachois Historic Church_Grand Barachois, New Brunswick, By Emmy Maten
The Barachois Historic Church, now a local museum, art gallery, and summer concert venue, commences its 200th year celebrations with “200 Hooked Cushions for my 200th”. The cushions will be permanently exhibited on the old wooden church pews.
The opening exhibition of these donated hooked cushions will be held August 18, during the 2019 World Acadian National Congress. An exposition catalogue will be produced to include photos of the cushions and information about the artisans, their creation, as well as technical details.
Several of our Guild members were very keen to participate in this creative project. Shown here are 6 of our members with their cushions.
Candace also made a cushion, which the Church has already received.
This exhibition is a wonderful reason to visit the Maritimes this summer!
Special Show & Tell : Things are going to be OK_
We will all get through these troubling times together!
Denise Vandenbemden Somewhere over the rainbow Original
In 2015, the theme of the 45th Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Exhibition was "The Sound of Colour". This is what inspired the rainbow to represent colour, and the musical notes and the violin to evoke sound.
Monique Goulet Clothesline in the winds Adapted with permission from a painting by Francine Bourque
During a trip to the Magdalen Islands, at the first stop when I got off the boat, I saw a painting by the artist Francine Bourque. I was very touched by her art, and I asked her permission to copy her work. This piece is made with wool from Judith Dallegret, mainly cut in number 6 strips.