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OHCG Newsletter / In the News

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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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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Indigo

Indigo Workshop with Valerie
by L.G. de Tonnancour

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9 AM, I met Yanick Duchesne (from St-Henri Crafters) at Espace Fibre on Augustin-Cantin St., in Montreal. We went there to learn how to dye with indigo, in a course especially tailored for rug hookers. After a warm welcome and a quick tour of the studio and gallery, our teacher, Valerie Walker, began by teaching us what protective measures we must take when handling such volatile materials as natural and chemical dyestuffs. Valerie is a trained engineer and we appreciated both her scientific knowledge and practical advice. Only one day to experiment with natural indigo is very little time,however, Yanick and I were spellbound by these extraordinary blue dyes which came from …

Needle-Felting

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Report on Carolyn Ells' Needle-Felting Workshop by Candace Fradette
On Saturday, November 19th, our fellow rug-hooker, Carolyn Ells, was kind enough to offer a workshop on Needle Felting. After seeing some of Carolyn's creations last year using this technique, we were more than pleased to accept her offer to give us a lesson.
Having distributed to us individual packages of sample wool, foam pieces and a very sharp needle, Carolyn gave us clear instructions enabling each of us to create some lovely Christmas decorations, broaches and 3-D animals.
Her demonstration on Power Point allowed us to see how creative we can all be using this new and different craft. Definitely an enjoyable day - a big Thank You, Carolyn!
Needle Felting Course by L.H. On November 19, 2011 our very own multi-talented guild member, Caroline Ells, offered a workshop on needlefelting. Displaying a variety of her own creations and sharing her books as well as computer images, Caroline introduced the participants to…

Shelburne, Vermont

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Our day trip to Shelburne, Vermont By Maria Romero
By 8:30 in the morning on Saturday, November 12, 2011, Louise G. de Tonnancour, Denise Morissette, Carolyn Ells and myself were on the road to Vermont to go to the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild's bi-annual exhibition at the Shelburne Museum. The theme was "All the live long day - A celebration of working, industry and innovation"; Betty Bouchard (Richmond), Bev Conway (Middlebury) and Helen Wolfel (Georgia) were the guests of honour.
We admired about 450 rugs of various styles and sizes, some quite captivating.


In the exhibition were displayed rugs from our BHCG artisans, Judith Dallegret, Maureen Rowe, Louise G. de Tonnancour and myself.
The creativity at this much anticipated event more than met our expectations, which made filling out the "visitor's choice" form difficult.The quality and variety of products on offer by the vendors were most attractive.

We were more than delighted and inspired to continue…

Fiber Day

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Fiber Day by Maria M. Romero
Fiber Day was the brainchild of our president and the goals of the day were: a) to make known the activities of our guild; b) to promote an exchange of ideas between guilds dedicated to fibers and textile arts; c) to offer the participants the opportunity to appreciate other techniques related to textiles.



Due to logistics and a lack of space, only guilds from Beaconsfield and Pointe-Claire were invited for the first edition of Fiber Day, however, eventually we extended the invitation to other groups in Westmount and Montréal.  Thus, on October 15th, 45 fiber enthusiasts met at the Beaconsfield Recreation Centre to share their passion for textile arts coming from Beaconsfield Quilters Guild, Lakeshore Stitchery Guild, Lakeshore Weavers, Montreal Knitting Guild, Westmount Quilters Guild, and the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (BHCG).

The day unfolded as follows: 
In the morning from 9 to 10, guests were greeted with coffee and sweets. 
From 10 onward each guild…

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

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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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Show & Tell - September 2011

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


The Four Seasons – Chair Pads Denise Morissette
I wanted to cover my chairs using nature, one of my favourite themes. I chose flowers, leaves and snowflakes to represent the four seasons. Each chair pad measures 16-1/2 in. x 13-3/4 in. I used both old and new wool, in no. 6 cut. I dyed some wool pale blue in order to frame the four chair pads.



Carolyn Ells / In the News

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Carolyn Ells rugs has been showcased by The Montreal's Gazette. Congratulations Carolyn ! Click for a larger image and to read the article.

Picnic 2011 - Invitation

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Area 1 Picnic 2011

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Area 1 Picnic - June 11,  2011 By Carolyn Ells

The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (BHCG) hosted the annual picnic for the Area 1 of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, QC. Approximately 50 hookers from Ottawa Old Forge, Prescott Hoops & Hooks, Beaconsfield, On Track 2, BrockvilleThousandIsland and others OHCG branches met for an active day of visiting, hooking and admiring each other’s talents. Hookers arrived to the welcoming scent (and taste) of Belgian waffles and coffee. Denise Vandenbemden made waffles for as many people as could eat them, using a recipe (Gaufre de Liège) created in 1700 as a dessert for the Prince of Liège. Hookers kept Denise in action at the waffle iron until nearly lunchtime!
The emcee throughout the day was Louise G. de Tonnancour, president of BHCG. She was assisted by her two nieces, ages 13 and 16, who helped out in many ways, including artwork, photography, and behind-the-scenes operation of a fish pond from w…

President's Message - 2011

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Website. On this site, created in 2008, you will find several headings: some to answer questions on rug hooking, others to keep you abreast of our various activities. Since 1975, BHCG crafters of all ages have been hooking and exhibiting rugs on a regular basis in order to make this textile art-artisanal form (both terms apply) more widely known and appreciated. I would like to share with you why I became a member. I was touched by the warm welcome I received and, since then, each meeting affords me the opportunity to become more and more proficient in my favourite pastime.

Olde Forge 2011

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Loops, loops and still more loops! by L. G. de Tonnancour
Saturday, April 2nd 2011, Denise Morissette and myself had the chance to go the annual Olde Forge Guild big hookin in Ottawa.  We were in the company of pioneers in the Canadian rug hooking world, Lois and Derek Morris, who generously volunteered to drive us. Carolyn Ells and Maria Romero, on their own, after a few wrong turns in the city managed to find the meeting place and join us with great big smiles. 
A happy crowd of seventy rug hookers and four vendors in a very bright and large room contributed to the success of the event. In the afternoon, with show & tell we saw traditional, progressive and mixed media rugs.  Loops, loops and still more loops... from no.2 to…

Show & Tell - April 2011

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

Sugaring Off Rittermere Pattern – 24” x 35” Hooked by Sally Perodeau

Pictorials such as this are fun to do. You can draw the subject yourself, or order a scene from one of the many catalogues available; similarly gift cards are a good source of ideas. Pictorials are great for using a variety of materials. I used burlap for the sleigh, leather for the harness, old tweeds for the trees, plastic for the maple sap, my neighbour's old coat for the red jacket and some knitting wool for the smoke and some of the snow. Lois Morris is a great inspirational teacher; she suggests, helps and encourages us always. Thank you, Lois.


Half-Round – Ellie’s rug (Designer unknown) Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden
The pattern of this rug must be very old. I bought it at a rummage sale, the original price tag was still attached, $8. A pattern on burlap today costs about…

A quick way to cut short strips to “proddy"

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by Mary Jane Peabody *
* Mary Jane Peabody is a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, in Vermont. She also belongs to theATHA and the Hilltop Rug Hookers, New London, NH.She is a juried member of theLeague of NH Craftsmen and, when living in England, sheis a member of the Lunesdale Rug Hookers.


1.Get a 10 to 12-inch (30 cm) dowel ** about 1 inch (2.5 cm) indiameter ***. A hard wood like maple is preferable to a soft wood such as pine.
2. Cut a 1/4-inch (0.5 cm) deep groove along the length of the dowel. (Have the lumber yard or a friend with a router do this for you.). 3.Cut the wool into long strips, in whatever width you require. I use 3/4-inch (2 cm) or so. Some  people use slightly narrower strips. 4.Starting with one end of the strip, just at the groove of the dowel, wind the long strip of wool around the dowel, taking care to overlap the edges of the wool as you coil it down the dowel. (It should look like a corkscrew.)
5.After you have wrapped the wool strip, place one en…