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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.