Showing posts from May, 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 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,

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

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