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On this Blog you will find articles about our activities and archives from 3 of the Guild's Web pages:
  • Featured Rugs
  • Tips
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dye Course

Dye Course - November 2012 given by Lois Morris

Over four Mondays, students learned to dye using onions skins, to dip dye, to brush dye and how to remove colour. They learned to dye an 8 value swatch (3" x 9") and an 8 value transitional swatch using a mixture of natural, white and coloured, textured wool. Students participated actively and took home samples.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Winter_Denise Morissette
Winter - Denise Morissette

Animated Rugs
To share with you the magic and joy of Holiday Season, Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild extend to you our best wishes and invites you to visit our Website to view a clip of rugs animated for the season.

Maria Romero
Webmaster - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dye Course

Dye Course: Over 3 Mondays 10AM - NOON
Nov. 19th,  26th, & Dec. 3rd.
at Centennial Hall, Beaconsfield, QC
Cost:  Course: $90.00    +     Materials:  $60.00    =    TOTAL: $150.00

Teacher: Lois Morris

To register please contact Lois Morris, latest November 5th, via e-mail at: lomohook@bell.net
or by phone at 450-834-6912

On Monday  Nov. 19th students will participate in class.  You will each receive a selection of 12 Cushing dyes and a Colour Chart.
Day 1:  We will learn -- 2 ways to use onion skins, to dip dye, to spot dye,  to paint brush dye, and how to remove colour.  Students will take home a sample of each.
Day 2:  We will dye an 8 value swatch. (wool pieces 3" x 9"). You will each take home a swatch.
Day 3:  We will dye an 8 value transitional swatch (one that goes from one colour to another). Using a mixture of natural, white and (colored) textured wools.  You will take home a swatch.
N.B. (This swatch will contain white wool at each end and in the middle so that you will see the progression of colour from end to end and also you will see what happens when you overdye colored textured wools.)
Students:  Bring to class  --  a color wheel,  a note book and pen.  (some notes will be provided).

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hooked on the Mountains XVI

Time and Motion at GMRHG 16th Exhibition
by Carolyn Ells

The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild held its 16th Hooked in the Mountains exhibit, November 10-17, 2012, at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Members of our Beaconsfield guild participated in various ways. Louise G. de Tonnancour exhibited the hooked portrait of her ancestor. It looked very distinguished amid the more than 450 hooked pieces of art on display. Judith Dallegret taught a 2-day "Design and Colour Planning" class and she gave a lecture on "Folk Art to Knit Bombing". Lin Watson also presented a lecture on "Mat Making in the UK". Several members visited the exhibit to admire and be inspired. Maria Romero and I, and one of our St Henri rug-hooking friends, made our trip down to Vermont on the last day of the exhibit. What did we notice first? The round barn exhibit space was heated this year!! We admired our favorite rugs, which won people's choice awards in last year's exhibition. Then, we moved on to the admission's counter and worked our way slowly through the 2 floors of exhibits. The work of the featured artists, Ann Winterling, Catherine Henning, and Elizabeth Guth, each held our attention for a long time. Of course, we found much to admire among the vendors' offerings: Maria bought wool for her next project and Carolyn bought some for her stash. On our drive home we recollected details of several of our favorite rugs and hope to see them again next year as people's choice winners.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beginner’s Course in Rug Hooking

Seven new members of the BHCG have just finished the Beginner’s Course under the expert guidance of our teacher, Lois Morris. It was joy to see such enthusiasm and commitment to rug hooking from these new ruggers. Welcome to the Guild.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Remembrance Day

Betty Austin
Poppies - Betty Austin

In Flanders Fields
by Lt Col John McCrae

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beginners' Course

Beginners' Course with Lois Morris

Tel. 1-450-834-6912; e-mail: lomohook@bell.net

Price of course: $60.00

When: On Mondays for 5 consecutive weeks,  October 15 - November 12, 2012

Time: From 10AM to Noon. Noon to 1PM Lunch. Course continues from 1PM to 2PM.

Where: Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, Qc, H9W 4A7

Beginner should bring scissors and your lunch - Guild serves coffee and goodies.

Other materials you will need: A hoop, a hook, foundation (i.e. burlap, or other) and red dot (which is a transfer material).  (The hook, foundation, red dot and choice of patterns are available at the Guild as a kit for $12.00). The hoops are on order for approx. $35 each, the Guild will lend you one till they are delivered.

For the course, we will use new and recycled materials. Students will learn to transfer a pattern of their choice or design (pillow, rug, wall hanging etc.) onto the foundation. How to pull loops and how to use recycled and new material using #4, 5 and 6 cut.

If you have any old skirts, blue jeans, etc. Wash them in hot water and dry them in the dryer. You will take them apart and learn how to cut them in class.

Leftover balls of knitting wool are good too. Bring them if you have no further need of them.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Show & Tell / October - December 2012

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

Maple Leaves
Designed and Hooked by Claire Fradette

Maple Leaves by Claire Fradette

This rug is my own design. While taking walks around Beaconsfield, I picked up leaves and then traced them on burlap.
I dyed the wool for the leaves and the background is recycled wool. The cut is #6.

Hooked by Maria Romero

by Maria Romero

A photo [1] of the Uzon Caldera in Russia inspired the design for this rug. The composition of the picture and the beauty and colours of the caldera in Autumn impressed me.

These volcanoes are situated in the Kamchatka Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Russia and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rug, which measures 20 in. x 29 in., is hooked on a linen foundation with no. 3 and no. 6 cut wool.

[1] Photographer Christian Gluckman © Caldeira d’Uzon – Kamchatka Peninsula, Autumn 2003 – www.edouardas.com 

Kay Cousineau
Hooked by Kay Cousineau

Log Cabin by Kay Cousineau

For this Log Cabin rug I used a template to trace the individual larger square and then each smaller square within it.
I used mostly leftover wool from previous projects and also overdyed wools and even old sweaters which also had been overdyed. It was a fun and easy rug to hook.

Chair Pad - Brenda Ticehrust
Hooked by Brenda Ticehurst

Little Chair Pad
by Brenda Ticehurst

I hooked this little chair pad in a Geometric Class with Judith Dallegret. It was for a little rocking chair we have in the country. The wool was scraps in nos. 4 and 6 cut, mostly from recycled coats.

Polar Bear - Maureen Rowe
Hooked By Maureen Rowe

Polar Bear Grenfell by Maureen Rowe

This is a Grenfell Mission style mural hooked with dyed nylons, all except for the bear which is wool that has been sculptured. It was one of my first rug hooking attempts and it set me on the path to my love of the craft. I still love hooking skies, water and snow.

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild - Fall Show 2012

Many visitors came to admire forty or so hooked pieces at the BHCG biennial show which was held from September 4 through 30 at the Beaconsfield Library. During the show, the Guild participated  in Cultural Days by giving demonstrations and encouraging many to try their hand at rug hooking.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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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Fall 2012
OHCG Newsletter - Issue 3 - Fall 2012

OHCG Newsletter - Fall 2012, page 22

Monday, October 1, 2012

TIGHR is now in Victoria BC

Welcome The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (or TIGHR) is now based in Victoria, BC from October 2012 thru 2015. You will remember for the last three years they were in Australia. Do visit their Website at: www.tighr.net to find out about the various methods of hooking rugs around the world.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cultural Days 2012 - Invitation

Rug Hooking Demonstration

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Illustration by Maria Romero

Cultural Days 2012 - Program

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Les journées de la culture 2012 - Program

Les journées de la culture 2012, page 6

Monday, September 10, 2012

Launch of 2012-2013 Season

On Monday, September 10, 2012, the Guild began regular activities by greeting new members and holding its monthly business meeting. This was followed by a hook-in.
For the monthly hook-in on Saturday, September 15th,  members were invited  to begin the day by visiting our bi-annual exhibition at the Beaconsfield Library. Upon returning to Centennial Hall around 11:30, hookers and their guests were treated to a very interesting talk given by Lin Watson on the History of Hooked Rugs in Quebec. In the afternoon, after Show & Tell, a draw for a door prize took place. As usual, Carolyn Ells was the lucky winner.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012 Biannual Exhibition Advertising

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Beaconsfield Library - September 2012 Activities

West Island Gazette, September 2012 / Rug: Floral Fantasy by Sylvia Solomon

Beaconsfield Website


Saturday, August 11, 2012

In- Store - Demo & Course

In- Store Rug Hooking Demonstration and Course
Le Coin Artisanal
454 A Beaconfield Blvd., (between St-Louis Ave. and Fieldfare Ave.)
Beaconsfield, QC
H9W 4B9
Tel. 514-505-3075

•    Demo, Tuesday, August 11, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
•    Beginner's Crash Course - Part 1: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
•    Part 2 and Final Session: Friday, August 24, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Culture at your Fingertips / In the News

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Culture at tour fingertips, Beaconsfield, Fall 2012

Culture at tour fingertips, Beaconsfield, Fall 2012, page 9

2012 Exhibition / Contact

Beacondfield Hooking Crafters Guild 2012 Show was announced  by Contact, the municipal newsletter  of Beaconsfield.

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Contact, August-September 2012
Contact, Beaconsfield, Vol. 7 No. 5, August-September 2012

Contact, Beaconsfield, Vol. 7 No. 5, August-September 2012, page 13

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lin Watson / In the News

The annual Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Summer Hook-In

The annual Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Summer Hook-In took place on July 27th and 28th at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, N.H. Our fellow rug hooker, Lin Watson, was among the guest speakers and, to the great pleasure of an audience of 100, she gave a wonderful PowerPoint presentation and discourse on the history of rug hooking in Quebec.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Flyer 2012



Show & Tell /July - September 2012

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

Lorayne Charenko -Tuscan Landscape
Lorayne Charenko - Tuscan Landscape

Tuscan Landscape
by Lorayne Charenko

This rug is an adaptation of a picture I had seen and liked. I used both new and recycled materials. I overdyed some pieces and cut out by hand strings of colour from plaid material.  New materials were cut by machine. I really enjoyed this project with its many challenges.

Maureen Rowe - My Cottage Garden
Maureen Rowe - My Cottage Garden

My Cottage Garden
by Maureen Rowe

This was my first walk-upon rug that I started at the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild school many years ago. It was a pattern from an unknown source at the time and I found my childhood dream cottage in it. It is a fantasy house with very large flowers in front and lollipop trees behind. I felt like it was a candy house in a way. Hooked in wool. It has a place of honor on my living room floor and many loving feet have trod upon it.

Ailish O'Keeffe - Cool Cats
Ailish O'Keefe - Cool Cats

Cool Cats
by Ailish O'Keeffe

I found the crazy cats on a fabric sample and felt that they would look really good on a rug - they were based on that sample but I made a few changes, including the colours. I had no background in mind until the cats were hooked and then I made it up as I went along - I have found that to be a successful way for me to work. I used number 3 cut to do this rug - I like working with narrow pieces of wool; I find no. 3 to work well for most of the rugs I hook.

Sally Perodeau - Umbrellas
Sally Perodeau - Summer in Montreal

Summer in Montreal 2009
by Sally Perodeau

The inspiration for this rug came from some Chinese wrapping paper. With the help of Lois Morris, we chose one parasol and enlarged it, and used it to create different patterns. The summer was a bad summer, so instead of parasols they became umbrellas. This rug is for my grandson whose initials are on one of the umbrellas. Thank you Lois for your help.

Brenda Ticehurst - Hydrangea
Brenda Ticehurst - Hydrangea

by Brenda Ticehurst

Because hydrangeas are so beautiful in Vancouver B.C., I  hooked this rug for my daughter Tara, who lives there.  I did the flowers in proddy so as to make them stand out and I tried to show texture in the jug and wooden table.  The background colours were chosen to match her dining-room. All done with recyled wool cut at no.6,  I dyed the wool for the background and for the flowers, while the jug and table were hooked from old tweed coats.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Saint-Jean Baptiste Day

Sunday, June 24 2012

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day or Fête Nationale is always a good reason for the BHCG  to be part of the outdoors festivities on the beautiful grounds of Centennial Hall.  The visitors were numerous and responded with great questions to our rug hooking demonstration.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Picnic 2012 - Invitation

Picnic 2012 - Invitation

2012 Picnic

On Saturday June 2nd, twenty-eight rug hookers came together for the BHCG annual picnic. Due to the rain, the event had to be moved inside Centennial Hall. As usual, there was a lot of activity, including Show & Tell in the afternoon. Candace Fradette won the door prize.

Friday, June 1, 2012

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

OHCG Newsletter - Summer 2012 page 1

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.
OHCG Newsletter - Summer 2012 page 22

OHCG Newsletter - Summer 2012 page23

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Rug Hooking Demon at the Beaconsfield Quilters Show

Sunday May 6, 2012, two members of BHCG,  Denise Vandenbemden and Louise G. de Tonnancour gave a rug hooking demonstration at the Beaconsfield Quilters Show held  at McGill University MacDonald Campus in Ste Anne de Bellevue.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Olde Forge 2012

Spring Hook-in

Each Spring, it is customary for The Olde Forge rug hookers to invite the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Area 1 members to attend their annual hook-in.  Saturday, May 5, 2012, eight BHCG members went to Ottawa to attend the well anticipated event.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Annual General Meeting 2012

BHCG - AGM - Spring 2012

Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild held its Annual General Meeting at Centennial Hall. There being a quorum present, the following members were elected by acclamation to the Executive: Louise G. de Tonnancour, President, Denise Morrissette, Vice-President, June Weisbord, Treasurer and Denise Vandenbemden, Secretary.

In the afternoon, Webmaster, Maria Romero, gave the members a complete tour and explained our new Website. She also introduced us to our new mascot whom members present chose to name "Matty".
Matty, our Mascot

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rug Registry

Introduction of Rug Registry Form to BHCG in 2012

By Maria Romero and Rose Kandy

The BHCG Website Committee designed a form and presented it to the members for approval in the Spring of 2012. The purpose was to request all members who were showing rugs in the 2012 BHCG Exhibition to fill out a form for each rug they would show. The Website Committee would photograph all the rugs at the Exhibition and then add a picture of each rug to the appropriate completed form for the BHCG records. Members could also have a copy for their own records.
The pictures and details of each rug would be featured in the Gallery section of the Website. With forms filled in and picture inserted, it made it much easier for the Committee to plan and showcase members’ rugs.

Rug Registry Form (2012)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Top20Sites / Our Website In the News


On March 2012, Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild ranked #11 of 20 Top Sites for Rug Hookers! 

Top 20 Sites
www.Top20Sites.com - March 31st, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BHCG Website Has Been Redesigned

2012 Website

Come see our new Website at www.beaconsfieldrughooking.com and browse through the fresh new pages.

We took a good look at our old site and came to the conclusion that after four years, it was time to revamp it.

We started by redesigning the header and layout, which immediately gave a crisp new look to the site. We also took into account navigation and content to make a more functional and user-friendly Website. Our new menus allow you to access information quickly.

Because the site has grown and content has been changed, we created an Archive in a blog form where you will find content of the following pages:
  • News: with articles and pictures of our past activities;
  • Featured Rugs (Show & Tell) Gallery: rugs showcased on our Website in the past;
  • Tips: rug hooking tips and techniques.
This blog will be updated from time to time, as we add new tips and techniques and as we transfer past news and pictures from the new site to the Archive. We hope you will enjoy your visit. We would appreciate your feedback on this new site; to answer the short Website survey please follow this link www.beaconsfieldrughooking.com/contact.html

We have done our best to ensure that no mistake in the text, error in the links or in navigation occur. If you find an error, please advise us at webmaster@beaconsfieldrughooking.com or at editor@beaconsfieldrughooking.com.

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Website Committee

Louise G. de Tonnancour, President
Rose Kandy, Editor / Translator

Maria Romero, Webmaster
2008 Website

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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.

Spring 2012
OGHG Newsletter Spring 2012 , Cover

OGHG Newsletter Spring 2012 page 22
OGHG Newsletter Spring 2012 page 23
OGHG Newsletter Spring 2012 page26

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lecture by Lois Morris

The Reflection, Transparency and Absorption of Colours
by Rose Kandy

On March 17, 2012, fifteen or so Beaconsfield Crafters Guild members met at Centennial Hall to attend a talk and overhead presentation given by Lois Morris. Using a variety of pictures, Lois taught us how to study and look intensely at a composition and note all there is to see.
In the Fall, Lois Morris will be offering a rug hooking course based on this subject. This should be challenging, but a real learning opportunity.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free Pattern

Lady with Cat, By Maria Romero

Free Pattern
Lady with Cat. Copyright 2015, Maria Romero

This free pattern is copyrighted and available for personal use only and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 

Please indicate the copyright this way:    Rug Title. Design by Maria Romero, hooked by (Your Name).

All image modifications need to be mentioned this way: Rug Title. Design by Maria Romero, adapted and hooked by (Your Name).

 *An adaptation means you have altered the pattern by changing, omitting or adding details to the image.

We encourage people who use our free patterns to send us a picture of their work so that we can publish it on our Blog ! Send your pictures and comments to the Webmaster.

Lady with Cat. Copyright 2015, Maria Romero
Lady with Cat. Copyright 2015, Maria Romero

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Judith Dallegret / In the News

Our Teacher Judith Dallegret is In The News. Rug Hooking Magazine  has showcased her work!
Congratulations Judith! We're so proud of you!

Follow this link to read an abstract of the article: http://www.rughookingmagazine.com/article/judith-dallegret

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 1

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Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 62

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 63

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 64

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 65

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 66

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 67

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 68

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, March-May 2012, page 69

Reprinted here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith.