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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.










Tabriz
(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.