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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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 2011
OGHG Newsletter Winter 2011 page 1

OGHG Newsletter Winter 2011 page22

Saturday, November 26, 2011


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 the four corners of the world. Time just flew by; we will treasure the knowledge we acquired and the wool we dyed which I hope to put to good use soon in a rug.
Thanks Valerie!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


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 needle felting. Displaying a variety of her own creations and sharing her books as well as computer images, Caroline introduced the participants to different styles of both needle and wet felting. It took only a few minutes of expert instruction to get everyone underway, producing creative and delightful Christmas decorations and 3-D projects. Everyone left no only with finished items but with both the confidence and inspiration to try many more.

Bravo Caroline!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shelburne, Vermont

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 with our craft, as we drove back to
Montreal in the late afternoon.

Judith Dallegret

Louise G. de Tonnancour

Maureen Rowe

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fiber Day

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.

Louise G. de Tonnancour, Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild President, talk to the public

June Weisbord and Denise Morissette
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).

Lakeshore Weavers
The day unfolded as follows: 

In the morning from 9 to 10, guests were greeted with coffee and sweets. 

From 10 onward each guild took turns demonstrating the techniques distinctive to their art:

Annaliese Recklies from Lakeshore Weavers demonstrated various techniques on the loom.

Beaconsfield Quilters
Sonya Houde from the Beaconsfield Quilters enlightened us on the history of quilting and on the diverse ways to do quilting.

Ann Silverthorne demonstrated the cutting and hand sewing of a beautiful classic pattern “Grandmother’s Floral Garden”, and then Helena Scheffer demonstrated her very impressive skills at machine quilting.

Helena Scheffer

Stitchery Guild
Mary Baldwin informed us about the Westmount Quilters Guild project being carried out in conjunction with the McCord Museum. 

Susanne Petitclerc from the Stitchery Guild demonstrated the difference in techniques between counted cross-stitch and surface embroidery.

 Barbara McKee of the Montreal Knitting Guild demonstrated how to knit on 2 or more needles.
Montreal Knitting Guild

Lois Morris from the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild spoke on the various techniques used in hooking rugs.

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
At lunch, guests were invited to enjoy the many goodies baked by the BHCG members.
The much anticipated “Show and Tell” was a great success.

Participants showed and commented on their work. It was easy for all of us to appreciate the passion and dexterity of these artisans, as well as the excellent quality of each piece produced using different techniques of weaving (scarves, table runners, vests, handbags), embroidery (such as Japanese, cross-stitching, and pulled thread); quilts totally handmade or machine stitched in all types of designs and sizes; outstanding knitted pieces (scarves, shawls, bonnets, stockings) as well as how to spin and dye wool, then all the various techniques of rug hooking (looping, proddy, carving…).

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Norma Colton

Norma Colton won the door prize, a lovely bottle of Perry from the Philion Orchard in Hemmingford, QC. Several hooked coasters were drawn as consolation prizes.
Fiber Day was an enriching and very pleasant experience. A day entirely devoted to sharing, learning and appreciating fibers and fiber arts. We are all looking forward to other such days in the future.

A very big thank you to all the members of the various guilds who participated and an especially big thank you to our President, Louise, G. de Tonnancour for her enthusiasm and organization.
We would particularly like to thank all the members of the BHCG who helped to make Fiber Day successful.

Should you have any thoughts you would like to share or wish to get in touch with any of the participating guilds, please refer to the list below:

Beaconsfield Quilters Guild. 
Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd.,Beaconsfield, QC

Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild
Centre Noel Legault, 245 Bord du Lac, Pointe-Claire, QC

Westmount Quilters Guild
Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke West, Westmount, QC
(Web site in planning stages)

Montreal Knitting Guild
Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, QC

Lakeshore Weavers Guild
Stewart Hall Cultural Center, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire, QC

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, QC

Slideshow Photography: Marie-José Bacle

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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.

Fall 2011
OGHG Newsletter Fall 2011 page 1

OGHG Newsletter Fall 2011 page22

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Show & Tell - September 2011

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.

Denise Morissette
Denise Morissette

Denise Morissette

Denise Morissette

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Carolyn Ells / In the News

Carolyn Ells rugs has been showcased by The Montreal's Gazette. Congratulations Carolyn ! 

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The Gazette, Montreal, July 2, 2012
The Gazette, Montreal, July 2, 2012

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Picnic 2011 - Invitation

Area 1 Picnic 2011 - Invitation

Area 1 Picnic 2011

Area 1 Picnic - June 11,  2011
By Carolyn Ells

Centennial Hall, Beaconsfield
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, Brockville Thousand Island and others OHCG branches met for an active day of visiting, hooking and admiring each other’s talents.
Denise Vandenbemden
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 which numerous door prizes were drawn.

Fish pond

When hookers needed to stretch their legs, they often visited Jane Cuthbert, Christine Gibson and Elaine Tigges, the 3 vendors who were on hand with colourful wool and other supplies to inspire and replenish our stashes. 

Show and Tell was another occasion to stretch and take turns telling stories about our work. As a rug was held up, it’s maker told the assembly about it. The collective talent in the room was very impressive. 

The corsage challenge
Jane Cuthbert

Lou McCrae (Burritt's Rapids) won the Corsage Challenge for a corsage called  "Windblown". Denise Vandenbemden’s (BHCG) corsage of birds and flowers won runner-up. An array of corsages  were modeled ranging from the whimsical to the stylish. Many were hooked and a few had a hooking theme.

While gale winds kept the picnic indoors (except for a few brave excursions to admire the grounds), it did not blow away our cheer. Indeed, at the end of the day, as people made one last trip to the sweet table, there were many comments about a wonderful day and looking forward to future Area 1 gatherings.

Rhonda Kellet, from Area 1, talk to the public.

Louise G. De Tonnancour and Denise Vandenbemden

Saturday, April 30, 2011

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.

Louise G. de Tonnancour,  President.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Olde Forge 2011

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 no.9 cuts there was a little something to please everyone's ' eyes... sometimes with very surprising material!  Until next time, thank you Olde Forge for such a pleasant day!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Show & Tell - April 2011

Sugaring Off - Sally Perodeau
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.

Denise Vandenbemden
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 five times as much. The burlap was still in perfect condition and all I had to do was choose the colours. I have a hard time deciding what colours I am going to use. I often change my mind, even after dyeing all the wool. This time my grand-daughter Ellie helped me out. The colours I used are entirely her choice. All the wool has been hand dyed with Cushing Acid Dyes and the rug was hooked in #4 cut.

Louise G. de Tonnancour
Vermont Shells Chair Pad
(Joan Moshimer Design)
 Hooked by Louise G. de Tonnancour

This is the very first rug that I hooked. I went to Kennebunkport, ME, in the summer of 1986 to purchase this Joan Moshimer pattern.

(Joan Moshimer Design)
by Kay Cousineau

This oriental pattern measuring 38“ x 69”, was designed by Joan Moshimer of Kennebunkport, Maine. It was hooked by Kay who dyed all the wool used in this project. Kay reported that it was a very enjoyable project and not that difficult to do.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A quick way to cut short strips to “proddy"

by Mary Jane Peabody *

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

1. Get a 10 to 12-inch (30 cm) dowel ** about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter ***. 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 end of the opened scissors into the groove of the dowel and cut the fabric you have wound around the dowel. In this manner, you get several short strips of wool ready to be “proddied” in your rug. 

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

**  A dowel is a long, round piece of wood or other material.

*** A 1-inch diameter (2.5 cm) dowel will produce strips that are about 3-3/4-inches (9.5 cm) long. For thinner strips, use a smaller diameter dowel.