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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)
This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter.

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Winter 2010
OGHG Newsletter Winter 2010 page 1

OGHG Newsletter Winter 2010 page22

Lorayne Charenko / In The News

OHCG Winter 2010 Newsletter

"Tuscany", an adapted design by Lorayne Charenko, has been showcased in the last Ontario Hooking Craft Guild  Newsletter! Congratulations!

Winter 2010
OGHG Newsletter Winter 2010 page 1

OGHG Newsletter Winter 2010 page 2

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Rug Hooking Patterns!

Donna Hrkman

Visit Blue Ribbon Rugs  to download this cute Christmas pattern made by Donna Hrkman, a talented artist who has contributed articles and projects to Rug Hooking Magazine.

As she suggests in her Web site, you can bookmark the "Free Pattern Download" page because she plans to make a new pattern available every season.  

Remember that all free patterns are available for personal use only. Commercial use is prohibited.
Visit the Finished Rugs page.You can buy patterns for each of her designs as well. And don't miss Donna Hrkman's Congo Rug

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rug Hooking 101

Rug Hooking 101
by L.G. de Tonnancour

Within our Fall program, on Saturdays, October 16th and November 20th, 2010, the Guild held a two-day workshop for beginners which also served however as a refresher course for people with more experience. This course, given by Lois Morris, was designed to teach the most important aspects of rug hooking and it was well attended and very much appreciated. Now it is up to the artisans and artists to keep progressing in their rug hooking, knowing that Lois is never too far away and always happy to assist in any way she can. Thank you Lois, for your work and dedication in transmitting the craft of rug hooking to Guild members

Monday, November 1, 2010

Free Patterns

Andrea Zuill

AndreaZuill is a very talented visual artist from California. She works in many mediums: oils, water colours, silk screening, sculpture and embroidery, to name a few. Every month, she generously shares free embroidery designs on her blog and she encourages people who use these patterns to send her a photo of their work, so that she can publish it on the blog. These charming patterns can be adapted to rug hooking. 

N.B. All free patterns are available for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.

Show & Tell - November 2010

This is a selection of rugs from our September 2010 retrospective exhibition, held at Centennial Hall, to celebrate the Guild’s 35th anniversary.

Runaway Canoe
Original Wall Hanging by Brenda Ticehurst

Brenda Ticehurst
This rug was inspired by a photo of boathouses at Lac des Seize Iles (16 Island Lake) in the Laurentians, past St-Sauveur, Quebec. The canoe is drifting unattached. The bay is often painted by local artists. The wall hanging was popular in an art show at the local recreation club. The reflections in the water were the most difficult part. The trees were done by pixilating.

N.B. Pixelation is the display of a digitized image where the individual pixels are apparent to the viewer. This can happen when an image is magnified to the point that each pixel becomes separately viewable (usually looking like little boxes).

My Little Puppy Davey

Original wall hanging by Maureen Rowe

Maureen Rowe
This is my little Jack Russell terrier. He is 6 years old now but, for me, he is always my puppy. So playful and loving – he is a wonderful companion who follows me around the house and garden all day. I named him after another Davey, my son, Max’s dog. I was walking his dog in Los Angeles one day when he escaped from me, took off down a busy street and was hit by a bus. As you can imagine, I was distraught and felt so guilty as well because he died on my watch. When I got my little terrier puppy, I asked my son if I could name this dog after his dog and he agreed – so that is how Davey got his name. Doing this rug was a wonderful hooking time, filled with love and lots of ideas for the colours to get the dog just right. I did and I am so glad as I will always have this to remember him. And my son Max just adores Davey.

I used wool strips cut in nos. 2, 3 and 4.

Beginner Floral
A Rittermere pattern hooked by Jeanne Osler

Jeanne Osler
In 1981, when I joined BHCG, a beginner’s course was required. Shading of six flowers and leaves in either a rug or bell pull, using no. 3 cut wool strips. Individuals could choose among Rittermere patterns.

I am pleased today to see that a beginner will be able to enjoy a completed project much more quickly.




A three-dimensional piece designed by Gail Dufresne of New Jersey,
and hooked by Joy Wheeler.

Joy Wheeler
I enlarged Gail Dufresne’s design. This is my first three-dimensional piece. It is a black, white and grey lamb that I hooked on burlap with No. 6 cut wool. It is 9 inches high and 10 inches long. The wool is all recycled except for the white. For the legs I used antique wooden pirns spools used in the spinning industry. The eyes came from my grandmother’s button jar. The lamb was filled with fiberfill.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Keep your wool in order!

Are you looking for a way to keep your wool strips in order?
A helpful hint submitted by Maria Romero

Here’s an easy way, which I now do. I sort all the wool by colour, for the current project I’m working on, and place it in a tackle box. Its size is practical; it is not cumbersome and is light to carry. It is made of clear plastic and has moveable dividers that allow you to increase or reduce the number of compartments you need. Gone are those plastic baggies where everything gets tangled!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Exhibition

The 35th anniversary exhibition
by Louise G. de Tonnacour

Art is the expression of man’s pleasure in work”, William Morris.  I had this quotation in mind while visiting the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Guild exhibition. This two day event, marking the 35th anniversary of the guild, took place on the 25th and 26th of September 2010.  

On this occasion, visitors were able to view an excellent retrospective of the work done by the artists and artisans of the association.  In all the rugs, large or small, one could take the time to study the technique, the originality of the design and the choice of colours.  The ladies of the guild guided guests through the technical aspects of rug hooking, however, I noticed, they remained humble to praise. Within the guild, there are three decades of know-how, learning and teaching experience and lots of memories.  Week after week, members meet to work together, each according to their own style.  Of course, newcomers to the guild bring new ideas, but thanks to the founding members the love and care for the craft are well conveyed and serve as our guiding lights.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Honoring Lois Morris

Beaconsfield Centennial Celebration

Honoring Lois Morris 

Founder of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild

by Rose Kandy 

As part of the city’s centennial celebration a cocktail party was held on Friday September 24th 2010 to honor the founders of the Beaconsfield Associations.

Mayor, David Pollock, presented the honorees with a picture of the Old Grove Hotel (now the Beaconsfield Yacht Club) and the book “Beaconsfield and Beaurepaire” by Robert L.Baird and Gisèle Hall.

Friday, July 2, 2010

How I got “hooked” on rug hooking?

by Kay Cousineau

In 1977, while reading the local paper, I came across a photo of a friend with two members of a newly formed group of rug hookers demonstrating their craft for their upcoming first exhibition. I asked my friend what exactly is rug hooking and the more she told me the more I became interested, as I have always been fond of all types of crafts.  Upon inquiring, I was invited to sit in on one of their beginners’ classes, taught by Lois Morris, who introduced this craft to the West Island community of Beaconsfield, where I resided. Well, suffice it to say I was completely “hooked” and have never stopped hooking since. I signed up for every course that was offered by the city in those early stages of the guild and made many new friends through our mutual interest in the craft.  For over 35 years the City of Beaconsfield has accommodated us with the use of Centennial Hall for our meetings and exhibitions, and we are ever so grateful because this historic house, situated on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, is such an ideal venue to meet and inspire us in the practice of our craft.

Remembering the foundation of the Guild

by Lois Morris, founder


After relocating from Toronto in 1973 where I had been teaching rug hooking since 1967, I  began teaching this craft in my home in Beaconsfield to a group of neighbours.

In the Fall of 1974, the City of Beaconsfield placed this notice in the local West Island newspaper The News and Chronicle:

"Creative Nineteenth Century Rug Hooking: an old craft as a new art form - with Lois Morris as instructor.

Mrs. Morris has had courses in creative design, including colour planning and dyeing.  She has worked extensively in oils and is an accomplished ceramist.

She is past president of the Mississauga branch of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild and is a registered teacher with the Rittermere Craft Studio in Vineland, Ontario.

She taught rug hooking and design to students at the Queen Elizabeth Senior Public School in Port Credit, Ontario. She also taught private classes. The course offered is fascinating and stimulating and unlimited in scope, said a Beaconsfield spokesman.

Beginners start with a floral rug or wall hanging, learning to shade all flowers and leaves.  Progressing through a series of classes on stitching, colour planning, dyeing and sculpting, these classes provide an interesting new media for persons interested in the creative arts.”

Amongst those responding were Madeleine Bastien, Vera Kelly, Marg. O’Reilly, and Ann Grimley.  I taught this first group basic shading and continued to guide their progress with more advanced courses, as I continued to teach beginners. The Lakeshore Woolgatherers Hooking Craft Guild evolved from the original group and met at Centennial Hall or in the Chalet.  Ann Grimley, my neighbour, who had collected a few others for the first class in my house, became the first president.

The Guild was formed for the following purposes:

1. To encourage excellence of craftsmanship;
2. To foster a sense of beauty in colour and design;
3. To provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information among the members of the Guild;
4. To co-operate with Guilds in other crafts.

The first biannual exhibition was held in the Fall of 1975.  The name Lakeshore Hooking Craft Guild was adopted in l980. When I moved to Ottawa, Madeleine Bastien took over teaching beginners as well as intermediate courses.  Donna Bennet taught a course on pictorials. At the request of the Guild, Margaret O’Reilly taught how to dye wool in her own home.

To keep things fresh and going, periodically the Guild asked me and a few other teachers from Ontario for workshops. At monthly meetings they also had many guest speakers on other crafts and held many mini-workshops. In 1993, my husband retired and we relocated to our renovated weekend home in Rawdon, northeast of Montreal. I returned to the Guild in Beaconsfield, and continue to teach the members.  The Guild changed its name again when revising its constitution in 2003 to Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild.

While the City of Beaconsfield is celebrating its one hundred years, this year the Guild is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a show full of new and old rugs depicting its history, and that of rug hooking itself, with some antique pieces.

35 years ago

by Denise Vandenbemden


Artist: Salvatore Vuono at www.freedigitalphotos.net
In Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada, a few stay at home moms, friends, came together and started hooking rugs, one of them was Lois Morris. She was an artist and a licensed rug hooking teacher and under her guidance the group grew and became a guild, the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild.

At the same time, in Belgium, I had a teenage daughter and a full time job. I knew very little about Canada and nothing at all about traditional rug hooking, but I made latch hooked rugs. Latch hooked rugs came in kits, the pattern printed onto the backing and the wool already cut. When I became a single mom and finances ran low, the expensive kits made place for needle point which, later on, made place for embroidery. 

Seven years ago, I discovered the many beauties and cultures of Canada as well as the privilege of living in Beaconsfield and the joy of rug hooking. Already the first year of my arrival I saw a demonstration of the craft during the Heritage Day celebration and it was love at first sight. I was “hooked”.  

I have not one artistic bone in my body and creativity is something my brain does not handle well, every new project is a challenge and it takes me weeks to find the right pattern and the right colors and since I am a Virgo and Virgos are known to be perfectionists I am never entirely happy with the result, and this is good. It keeps me going, trying to get to the same level of accomplishment as those ladies who started 35 years ago and are still members today. And then there is Lois, the founder of the Guild, who now lives in Rawdon and comes down to Beaconsfield every single Monday from September to May.  She still teaches the tricks of the trade to us, newcomers, with the same energy and the same enthusiasm as 35 years ago.  We can’t thank her enough for this. 

If 35 years ago someone had told me that I would end up in Canada, being the president of the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters, I would have called 911, convinced that the person was in need of mental help, and yet, here I am, feeling blessed and privileged and celebrating the Guild to which I am proud to belong.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Le Lavandou

The Lavandou Lavender Farm

by Louise G. de Tonnancour

Under stormy skies, Denise Morissette and I set out on Monday June 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM for Le Lavandou in Franklin in that wonderful region of Quebec called the “Suroît”. (Southwest part of the province, near the US border). Forty-five minutes later we arrived at destination and met with other rug-hooking friends: Brenda Ticehurst, Denise Vandenbemden, Maureen Rowe, Lynn Jackson, Lois Morris and her husband, Derek.

André Librex, artist and horticulturist, is the owner of this lavender farm. He established it some twenty years ago and, by dint of care and perseverance, it was the first to flourish in this province. Our host gave us a gracious and warm welcome and entertained us with a most informative talk about his work. Just then the weather cleared and we were able to picnic and hook outdoors all afternoon. As the chairperson for the special events for our guild, I am very pleased with the outcome of this day, a bit off the beaten path, to mark our 35th anniversary.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Québec’s fête nationale 2010, in Beaconsfield

by L. G. de Tonnancour

This year again, June 24th,  some of our members  (Denise Morissette, Rose Kandy, Denise Vandenbemden and myself ) gave a few hours to be part of the celebrations and demonstrate to the visitors the traditional technique of rug hooking.  The weather being on the rainy side, most of the activities took place inside the municipality's Community Center.
On that day, my fifteen year old niece Gabrielle wanted to join me. She is not a rug hooker ... (not yet!!! ) but she enjoys being behind the camera so she volunteered to take the pictures. I find it interesting to see what caught her attention.  Who knows...you might be inspired by one of her images ...

Monday, June 21, 2010

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)
This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter. 

Click for a larger image.
Summer 2010
OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010, page 1

OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010, page 12

Louise G. de Tonnancour / In the News

Congratulations to Louise De Tonnancour who won first prize in the “Original Design of Alternative Techniques” at the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Annual Meeting and Show.

OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010 _ page 1

OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010 _ page 16

OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010 _ page 17

OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010 _ page 18
OHCG Newsletter Summer 2010 _ page 19

Saturday, June 5, 2010

BHCG 2010 Picnic

A pleasant gathering
by L.G. de Tonnancour

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild held its annual picnic at Centennial Hall. The President, Denise Vandenbemden, welcomed members and guests with cute badges in pretty boxes reminding us of the 35th anniversary the guild is celebrating this year. In spite of the rainy weather outside, inside there were wonderful rugs in progress to admire, warm smiles, much chatting among fellow hookers and a tempting sweet table proved this day to be a success. Let’s keep on with tradition and do it again in June 2011.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Centennial Celebrations Kick-Off Party

Beaconsfield Centennial Celebration 

by Maria Romero

Our guild was happy to participate in the kick-off to the centenary celebrations of the City of Beaconsfield on June 4th. Some guild members and their families were dressed in costumes of the era and mingled with a troupe of actors and extras who put sparkle in the party held on Beaconsfield Blvd. between St. Louis St. and Woodland Ave.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Show & Tell - June 2010

The Rose Challenge
 A guild challenge had been offered to do a rose or/and a candle rug

Hooked by Ailish O'Keefe

Ailish O'Keefe
The rose pattern was very interesting as a tool to learn how to do shading. As usual, Lois gave a very good class on shading but I ended up having lots of problems trying to get the shading done correctly. After many efforts that I kept taking back out, I decided to do it as if I were doing a watercolor painting – this worked very well for me, and I finally was able to complete the rose. I used purples – who ever saw a purple rose? I took artistic license! After I completed the rose and the leaves, I decided to do a white background using cotton thread that Lois gave me. I ended up having the rug stretched on a frame and it looks really good – at least I think it is beautiful!

Golden Rose
Hooked by Sylvia Solomon


Sylvia Solomon

16 in x 16 in. recycled wool, no5 cut.

It’s a golden yellow rose on a royal blue background. It was indeed a challenge for me to do a piece with shading. I have made it into a pillow and display it proudly in my living room.

A rose is a rose
Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden

Denise Vandenbemden
16 in x 15 in

The rose is a free pattern from the book “The Rug Hookers’ Bible”. I hand dyed the wool and cut in no. 5 strips. When I finished the rose, I didn’t like what I saw, somehow it seemed as if something was missing. The rose looked unnatural and bland. Edging it in a contrasting colour brought it back to life and made all the difference.

White Rose
Hooked by Claire Fradette

Claire Fradette
14 in. x 14 in. Recycled wool, no. 6 cut

I made the rose in memory of my husband who had passed away that year. At that time, someone sent me a bouquet of white roses in sympathy. That is why my rose is white.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

44th Annual General Meeting and Show of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.

Weekend in Cobourg
by Louise G. de Tonnancour

As I am writing these words, I realize that a week has already gone by since I was on board Via train 60, on my way to Cobourg, to attend the 44th Annual General Meeting and Show of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. At 2:00 PM – upon arriving at destination – I was kindly driven to the Lions Community Centre by Derek Morris. There, I met with Lois Morris who was getting ready to set up the presentation of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild for the show. The couple had driven from Montreal in the morning with all the rugs to be displayed.
By 4:00 PM, all the crafted items were hung and we were rather pleased with the result. We had to leave the venue so that the judges could make their selections. It looked like it would be a long evening for them; there was so much to be seen!

It was time to register for the AGM. This year’s hostesses, OHCG members from Ajax, Campbellford, Northumberland, Oshawa and Port Perry were there to welcome us with warm smiles. We were given cleverly made woolen flowers with name-tags and brown paper bags filled with items to surely please any rug hooker. Saturday morning, with all due pomp and decorum, breakfast was combined with the Annual General Meeting in the hotel ballroom. The atmosphere was thoroughly pleasant. After the introduction of all the participating guilds and brief reports from the board members, the President, Ruby Clark, announced the winners of the 2010 awards. From beginners to fine cut, large cut to oriental, to pictorial, primitive and alternative techniques – none of the categories so familiar to rug hookers were forgotten.

The rest of the day was spent visiting the exhibition and vendors, meeting old friends, making new ones and attending short one-hour workshops (I had registered for three, over two days). We all met again in the hotel ballroom for an evening of dinner/theatre, which turned out to be very entertaining. Lunchtime Sunday, I had to head back to Montreal. Before going to the train station, I asked the taxi driver to give me a tour of Cobourg, which is a very beautiful historical town of 18,000 on the shores of Lake Ontario. Congratulations to all the organizers of this memorable event. Mark your calendars now, the 2011 OHCG AGM is scheduled for London, Ontario, as usual on the first weekend in May.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Louise G. de Tonnancour / In The News

First Prize!

Louise G. de Tonnancour won first prize in the “Original Design of Alternative Techniques” during the OHCG Annual Show!

Louise G. de Tonnancour

Cobourg Show

Cobourg Show

by Lois Morris, Teacher and Founder of the Guild

On April 30th, Louise and I went to Cobourg to attend the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Annual Meeting and Show. It was a busy weekend. Friday afternoon, Louise and I set up the Beaconsfield Guild display of 17 beautiful hooked rugs and wall hangings done by the 8 members of our group who also belong to the Ontario Guild. There were hundreds of pieces on display and most were to be judged in one of the 13 categories of hooking. There was a lot of  camaraderie and many mini-workshops to attend. Great fun for all.

Saturday morning, the breakfast and annual meeting were held in the hotel ballroom. The prizes were awarded at this breakfast and our guild had a winner.

Congratulations to Louise G. de Tonnancour who won first prize in the “Original Design of Alternative Techniques” category with the piece I had designed for those who took the fancy stitch course. Her work was beautiful; she used the stitches she had learned in class according to how she envisioned the finished design. We had one surprised and happy member when they called her name.

Great job Louise – I was thrilled and so proud of you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Olde Forge 2010

Olde Forge
by Denise Vandenbemden

Once again we were invited and attended the annual April hook-in hosted by the Ottawa Olde Forge Branch of the Ontario Rug Hooking Guild. Seventy persons socialized, hooked, laughed, and ate too much from the delicious and overflowing dessert buffet. Great friendship, great pieces and beautiful material offered by the vendors. The show and tell was pure pleasure. Many rug hookers are blessed with a great sense of humor and the stories behind their work were often very funny. The organizers did a wonderful job. Everything was perfect. We had a most enjoyable day. Thank you and congratulations to the committee and members of the Olde Forge.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)
This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter. 

Click for a larger image.

Spring 2010
OHCG Newsletter Spring 2010, page 1

OHCG Newsletter Spring 2010, page 12