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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. 

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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.