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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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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!

Free Rug Hooking Patterns!

VisitBlue 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

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

Free Patterns

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 aphoto 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

This rug was inspired by a photo of boathouses at Lac des Seize Iles (16 IslandLake) 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 DaveyOriginal wall hanging by 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 – …

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!

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…

Honoring Lois Morris

Beaconsfield Centennial Celebration   Honoring Lois MorrisFounder 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.

In Kay Words

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 WestIslandcommunityofBeaconsfield, 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 mu…

In Lois Words

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 QueenElizabethSeniorPublic School in Port Credit, Ontario. She also taught private classes. …

35 years ago

by Denise Vandenbemden

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 discovere…

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…

Fête nationale

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 partof the celebrations and demonstrate to the visitors the traditional technique of rughooking.  The weather being on the rainy side, most of the activities took place inside the municipality's CommunityCenter. 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 might be inspired by one of her images ...

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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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.

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.

Follow the link to see the Photo Albun: BHCG 2010 Picnic

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.

Show & Tell - June 2010

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

Rose Hooked by 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

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 m…

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 wi…

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! Congratulations!

Special Show & Tell_
Louise G. de Tonnancour Fancy stitches #1
This very small 100% wool tapestry, hooked with #3 cuts, is a sampler of fancy stitches taught by Mrs Lois Morris.

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 t…