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Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas 2013



BHCG’s Last Hook-In of 2013
By Denise Vandenbemden

December 16, 2013 started bright and sunny, the snow sparkled like a millions diamonds on our way to the last hooking session of the year. In Centennial Hall we were welcomed by a jolly Christmas ambiance. Our co-presidents, Riita and Ti, wore Santa Claus hats and, along with the other committee members, were busy setting tables with items being sold by members, wool and hooking supplies for an auction and items for a raffle that were also donated by members. Christmas music and the scent of fresh brewed coffee along with a kitchen counter loaded with savories and sweets put everyone immediately into a festive mood.
2014 will be the year of preparation for the 40th anniversary of our Guild in 2015 and the piggy bank has to be supplemented to cover the cost of those festivities. After the raffle tickets were sold, Louise, our fantastic designated auctioneer, took over – offering and praising each item with humor and panache. She succeeded in selling everything (and there was a lot of it) right down to the last strand of wool.By the time the raffle had been held, it was nearly 3 PM and time to go home. The co-presidents and committee were thanked for all the work they put into the event, and good wishes were exchanged all around. We had a most enjoyable day.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 Christmas Card

Santa Claus - Hooked by  Mayumi Takahashi

Brenda Ticehurst, Jacqueline Bouchard and Kay Cousineau / In The News

OHCG  Winter 2014 Newsletter


Once again, some of our members were featured in this month's OHCG Magazine. The  following members were mentioned:
- Brenda Ticehurst - Old Houses, Adapted, page 11;
- Jacqueline Bouchard, Restoration, page 24;
- Kay Cousineau, 90th birthday recognition, page 25 and Winter Scene, back page.

Congratulations to all! 

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OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014

OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p. 10

OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p11. Brenda Ticehurst Architectural Rug
OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p. 24. Reports by Branch
OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p. 25. Reports by Branch, Kay Cousineau Birthday

OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p. 36. Winter Scene, A Rug By Kay Cousineau

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 214
OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014


Newsletter
OHCG Newsletter _ Winter 2014, p. 24. Reports by Branch

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dye Course - November 2013




by Jacqueline Bouchard


Having discovered the craft of rug hooking in the fall 2012, I immediately joined the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Guild. I am gradually learning the vocabulary and the techniques. At first, I thought I could buy woolen fabrics in the exact colors I imagined or saw in the beautiful hooked rugs and pieces my clever and experienced co-hookers were creating. I was wrong! The colours of the many-hued blue skies, rose-petaled flowers or even pristine snow do not come in a bolt of fabric. They have to be created. This Fall I registered for the dye course given by Lois Morris, our experienced teacher, over three Monday mornings in November. I was given instructions to bring a note-book, a colour wheel and two sets of measuring spoons, one of which being spice spoons to measure a drop, a smidgen, a pinch or a hint. Very intriguing.

When I arrived for the first session, Lois was spreading very interesting material on the plastic-covered tables, electric deep-fryers/slow cooking pots, Pyrex dishes, jars and measuring cups, vinegar jugs and a bag of coarse salt.  When she also placed a large bag of onion skins in front of her, I was further intrigued.

She called the class to order and invited us to form duos to start lesson # 1. Mayumi and I teamed up, Ti and Riitta formed another duo and Rejean and Lois completed the teams. We were each given very detailed printed instructions and 12 packets of Cushing dyes. Lois provided the swatches divided into white, off-white, coloured, checked, light and dark, etc. The first demonstration consisted of dyeing with onionskins. It was a bit like making lasagna: repeated layers of onion skins, salt, strips of wool, topped by boiling water, then this concoction was cooked in the microwave. We all oohed and aahed over the results we had obtained; beautiful shades with ripples of gold, pinkish waves, and artistic designs. I could see reams of flowers in my next rug using these samples.

Over the next 2 lessons, while Mayumi stirred the dye pot and I measured, Lois revealed the secrets of the dye bath, swatch dyeing, value transitional swatch using colour 1 and colour 2 solutions. She explained the  use of vinegar as mordant. We nearly ran out of vinegar as it is used every time a new measure of colour solution is added to the pot. Of special importance, Lois showed us how to use the colour wheel, and the need for precise and accurate measurements to obtain the hue intended. Spot dyeing was another subject of demonstration and I was fascinated by the unlimited wealth of possibilities. We all took copious notes.. Each duo obtained different results in view of the choices in dye colour and measurement. Samples of swatches were divided and notes were swapped so that in the end we all had a sample of everything. Our teacher’s knowledge and enthusiasm was contagious –we all learned a great deal. We are now embarking on a colourful voyage of rug hooking.

Note: a full set of dye spoons consists of the following measurements: a Tad = ¼ tsp; a Dash = 1/8 tsp; a Pinch = 1/16 tsp; a Smidgen = 1/32 tsp; and a Drop = 1/64 tsp.
(Spice spoons are almost equivalent to a Dash, a Pinch, a Smidgen and a Drop.)

Caution: any vessel or utensil used for dyeing, should never be used for preparing food.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dye Course



Matty
Matty
Dye course taught by Lois Morris over 3 Mondays, from 10 AM to Noon, on November 11th, 18th and 25th.


For more information or to register, please email the co-presidents.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hook-In

The Sunflower Project


Some pictures of  a Saturday Hook-In  at Le Coin Artisanal!

Claire's Sunflower

June's Sunflower

Name that Hooker!

Saturday Hook-In

Ti's Sunflower

Candance's Sunflower

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Introduction to Rug Hooking Workshop




Introduction to Rug Hooking


by Ti Seymour


On Saturday 19th October Riitta Jackson and Ti Seymour ran the first in a two part series of an Introduction to Rug Hooking.  Six adventurous ladies joined the class at Le Coin Artisanal in
Beaconsfield and were given basic instruction on how to hook.  The newcomers were free to either go with a design already provided, design something themselves or bring along a kit.  It took little time for them to get to grips with their hooks and by the end of the first session all were confident to continue at home.  By the second class, all had made very good progress, one newcomer had finished her first piece and moved on to make a prodded sunflower! (1).


Among the tales told that day, it was lovely to hear about a new members excitement to rush home from work to pick up her new hoop and hook and get down to some serious business ...... rug hooking.

(1) A proddy is a tool that resembles long-nosed pliers and is used to insert very wide wool strips or pieces into the burlap.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Remembrance Day

Betty Austin - Poppies


In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae, 1915


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.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Inaugural Saturday Hook-in At Le Coin Artisanal



 On Saturday 5th October, 10 members of BHCG came together for the first of many Hook-Ins scheduled at Le Coin Artisanal – further dates are listed on the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Website.
LCA have a beautiful bright craft room at the back of their shop, not only did we have a fantastic place to hook, we also took advantage of perusing their wide variety of yarns and crafting supplies.  Shoppers at LCA were welcome to look at the pieces being worked on and encouraged to sign-up for the upcoming Introduction to Rug Hooking Class being run over 2 dates; 19th October and 9th November – further details of this class can be found on BHCG + LCA Websites.

Co-Presidents and members present congratulated Carolyn Ells for receiving an honorable mention in “Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs” for her rug “Ginger”. The Guild will have this edition of Celebration in its library very soon.

Thank you to Claire Fradette for bringing a tasty snack for us to share.

BHCG wish to thank Cathy Lafleur and Paola Le Brun for welcoming us so warmly, we look forward to this season’s Saturday Hook-Ins.

Submitted by Ti Seymour + Riitta Jackson,
BHCG Co-Presidents

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Beginners Workshop

Snowflake. Hooked by Riita Jackson



Introduction to Rug Hooking
$65, Materials Included
2 Saturdays
19th October and
9th November, 2013
10AM - 2PM


Le Coin Artisanal  / Website
454A Beaconsfield Blvd.
Beaconsfield, Quebec,
H9W 4B9

For further information email the presidents

Show & Tell / October-December 2013

Floral Fantasy No. 2 by Sylvia Solomon
Floral Fantasy No. 2 by Sylvia Solomon


Floral Fantasy No. 2 
by Sylvia Solomon

This rug was my own design inspired by my love of flowers and colours. It is done in no. 5 cut. I did some dyeing, but the majority is recycled wool used as is.

Falling Birch Leaves  by Brenda Ticehurst
Falling Birch Leaves  by Brenda Ticehurst

 
Falling Birch Leaves  
by Brenda Ticehurst

This rug was the depiction of the view from our cottage veranda in late September. I saw a painting of Birches by Tim Packer in Ottawa and was delighted and decided to try to capture the large white birches against the lake and sky. The rug measures 36” x 48” and was hooked on linen with dyed new and recycled wool, cut in no. 6 and no. 8. Most of the recycled wool came from tweed jackets.



Santa Claus by Mayumi Takahashi
Santa Claus by Mayumi Takahashi


Santa Claus 
by Mayumi Takahashi

This decorative tapestry was adapted from the design of a tin of chocolates I bought during the  Christmas season. The Santa measures 24" x 19" and was hooked  with new wool, on a linen background . To finish the cushion, I whipped the edges.
 



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BHCG Saturday Sessions


Matty - News
Matty - News
Saturday Hook-Ins are back! This time at:

Le Coin Artisanal  / site
454A Beaconsfield Blvd.
Beaconsfield, Quebec, H9W 4B9
Dates:
2013
October - 5th + 19th
November - 9th + 23rd
December - 7th

2014
January - 11th + 25th
February - 8th + 22nd
March - 8th + 22nd
April - 5th + 19th
May - 3rd + 17th

The Saturday sessions are open to non BHCG members for a fee of $5 per session.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Jeanne Osler, Brenda Ticehurst, Carolyn Ells / In the News

OHCG Fall 2013 Newsletter


Our President, Riitta, informed the group that our guild has been mentioned several times in the most recent  issue of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild's quarterly magazine. We are on the "Reports by Branch" pages with two pictures (pages 22-23), a Jeanne Osler Rug is on page 4, Brenda Ticehurst is on page 34, and Carolyn Ells is mentioned on page 14 ("Celebration" Magazine at Sauder Village). Kay Cousineau and Rose Kandy were thanked for their editorial work.
Congratulations to all!

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OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013

Jeanne Olser
OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013, p.4. Jeanne Osler's Rug


OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013, p.14

OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013, p.34, Brenda Ticehurst's Rug




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 2013
OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013


Newsletter
OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013, p.22, Reports by Branch
Newsletter
OHCG Newsletter, Fall 2013, p.23



Friday, August 9, 2013

Lin Watson / In the News

Lin Watson
Lin Watson In New Hampshire
by Louise G. de Tonnancour

Lin Watson from BHCG  gave a presentation on hooked rugs in England at the annual Hook-In organized by Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild, which took place on August 9th  and 10th in West Lebanon, N.H.   Her presentation, amply illustrated with slides, gave a good overview of the hooking techniques and their distinctive features in the areas she explored. Hats off to Lin!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lois Morris / In The News

OHCG Summer 2013 Newsletter

Sarah, an original rug by Lois Morris, has been showcased in the OHCG Newsletter.
Her piece was displayed on the OHCG Annual Show at Kingston.
Congratulations Lois!


OHCG Newsletter - Summer 2013

OHCG Newsletter - Summer 2013, p. 2. Lois Morris and her rug "Sarah".

Monday, July 1, 2013

Show and Tell / July- September 2013


Friends by Aillish O'Keeffe

Friends?
by Aillish O'Keeffe

This rug measures 29" x 24", hooked on a rug warp backing. The figures were done from pieces of wool that I already had (most of the yellow background was dyed by Lois Morris for me). I don't know anything about recycled and I don't dye,so I buy wool pieces when they go on sale at our Guild, or on the rare occasion when I meet up with vendors. An artist called STRATOS inspires the actual design from a painting I saw. I believe he is Greek but his studio is in France.


Sampler by Denise Vandenbemden

Sampler
by Denise Vandenbemden

Sampler made for a 2010 class about alternative hooking given by Lois Morris. Hooked with cuts # 3 and #4 on burlap. The sampler contains the stitches Aztec, Chevron, 4-Loop Chess, Chain, Turkey, Carving and Reverse Hooking, as well as Regular Hooking. I hand dyed all the wool used in this project.





Cocoabana by Sally Perodeau
Cocoabana (Cushion)
designed by Lois Morris,
hooked by Sally Perodeau

The design for this peacock cushion was originally a project to show how one could use fancy stitches in rug hooking. The cushion measures 13" x 14".
Materials used: rug warp, string for border, tapestry wool for the body, bought swatches, left over wool from previous projects. Black knitting wool, not highly recommended on a pale background, as it is very "hairy".

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fete Nationale - June 24, 2013


After 2 years of rained out Fete events the sun came out of hiding and it was a beautiful day.  Our volunteers Riitta Jackson, Ti Seymour, Rose Kandy, Ailish O'Keeffe, Louise G. de Tonnancour, Sylvia Solomon, Claire Fradette, Jacqueline Bouchard and Denise Morissette arrived throughout the day to demonstrate the craft of hooking and show their rugs. 

The BHCG stall was kept busy all day long with a steady stream of interest from men, women,  young and old.  A few interested parties took details of the Guild and we hope to see them in our meetings in the fall.

Hats off to our Guild volunteers for their smiling and enthusiastic participation. Congratulations to the Cultural Services of Beaconsfield for a splendid celebration.

Riitta Jackson & Ti Seymour
Co-Presidents

Saturday, June 8, 2013

BHCG Annual Picnic



By Linda Henderson




The rainy, dreary weather prevented any outdoor picnic activity but failed to put a damper on the spirited participation of some 40 attendees, including guests and hooking enthusiasts from the Brockville-Thousand Islands and St. Henri.  Upon arrival and sign in, everyone received a lovely gift of a handmade wristband and had an opportunity to browse and purchase the beautiful wools and supplies of member and teacher, Judith Dallegret. With ages spanning nearly a century and hands busy with hooking, felting, and knitting, participants enjoyed a slide show of the 2013 Annual in Kingston, then enthusiastically bid on donated hooking supplies and wool and participated in a raffle of many desirable items including flower arrangements, potted plants and yarn from nearby Le Coin Artisanal. 

Special mention must be made of the celebration of the 90th birthday of guild member, Marion Hood.  The youngest guest, 11 year old Brenna, helped serve a huge cake in Marion’s honour.   Among the many pieces presented in “Show and Tell” was Marion’s exquisite story rug featuring historic details of her Nova Scotia family. When asked, she said it took many years to complete.  We look forward to the next one!  

Derek delivered a moving tribute to the work of longstanding members and congratulations to the growing number of new members who have committed themselves to the craft of hooking. He is well appreciated by the guild as the husband and driver (having logged over 100 000 km.) of our founding member and resident teacher, Lois Morris. Together they have worked tirelessly in support of the guild since its inception in 1975.

After a day of delightful camaraderie, delicious soups and delectable sweets, we applauded the creativity and hard work of the members of the Executive and all those whose contributions made this annual picnic a fitting end to a memorable year at the guild.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Report on OHCG AGM 2013 in Kingston, ON

Kingston, Ontario (May 24-26, 2013)

Three lovely busy days all about hooking! The venue was easy to access and large enough for all events to be held under one roof.  Ontario Area 1 were in charge of organizing the event and they did a wonderful job. We were welcomed at the Registration Desk with a handmade bag containing our schedules among other goodies, We were given name tags held by cleverly made lanyards attached with a button. including our Name Tags held by. Recycling at its best!

Saturday morning the Annual Meeting ran smoothly and finished exactly on time. We then visited the many vendors that were present, and once the rug display was open to members, we immediately visited the exquisite work done by so many of our fellow hookers. We took many  pictures as we toured the exhibit and went back again and again to certain rugs. Classes were ongoing during the day  and a gala dinner was held in the evening. Sunday morning, more visits to the vendors, also to the scissors sharpener who was on hand (would suggest that there be one at every AGM, if it is not already so). Ailish O'Keeffe and I also picked up a couple of the patterns for the Pan-AM Games 2015, hopefully BHCG can contribute a few mats, they are only 15 x 20 inches; a good summer project.

Our own teacher , Lois Morris,  gave a class to 40 people on Reflections, Transparency and Absorption. Many thanks to Lois Morris, Brenda Ticehurst, Jeanne Osler and Louise  G. de Tonnancour for carrying our rugs to the exhibition and for working on displaying them Friday and then dismantling everything late Sunday afternoon. Also special thanks to the drivers who were on hand to help.

 Our special thanks to all the hard-working organizers and volunteers.

There is one quality I observed from all the participating rug hookers and vendors that we met - all were so good humored. Definitely, rug hooking is good for the soul!

Rose Kandy
Editor

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Co-Presidents' Message _ 2013


Thank you for visiting the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Website. Created in 2008, it continues to grow in capacity offering instruction into the various forms of rug hooking, the history of rug hooking in Canada and information about the Guild and its members.  We warmly welcome newcomers both experienced and non-experienced, not only to the website but also to the Guild (running since 1975) that meet weekly in the beautiful surroundings of Centennial Hall.  Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to learn more about any aspect of the Guild or rug hooking, we would be happy to help.

As both newcomers to rug hooking and to Canada, we were warmly welcomed into the BHCG fold only a few short months ago.   Quickly jumping in to Lois Morris’s "Reflection, Transparency and Absorption" course as complete novices, we were hooked from the start.  Hungry to learn, the teachers here offer a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice …… We can’t wait for the next course, hint hint!  Our first piece opened our eyes to the endless possibilities of designing our own rugs, wall hangings or creations; the depth or the suggestion of detail and the vast choice of materials and fibres to hook with.  We’re grateful to all the members of the Guild who show up at the weekly hook-ins, who continue to inspire and encourage us and each other with their passion and talent towards this fibre art form.  

Co-Presidents - Ti Seymour & Riitta Jackson

Monday, April 29, 2013

AGM at BHCG

On April 29, 2013, the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild held its Annual General Meeting at Centennial Hall. With a majority of members in  attendance, we are pleased to announce that the following members have been elected to the Executive Committee: Riita Jackson and Ti Seymour as Co-Presidents, Denise Morissette as Vice-President, Pat Strike as Secretary and Jacqueline Bouchard as Treasurer. The new executive took up their respective duties immediately following the meeting. We wish them well for the coming year and thank them their willingness to manage the Guild for its members.

Editor


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Bottom row: from left to right, Denise Morissette, Pat Strike, Jacqueline Bouchard, Riita Jackson and Ti Seymour

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Olde Forge / April 2013


Olde Forge Hook-In


Six BHCG members (Brenda Ticehurst, Lucie Lambert, Lin Watson, Lois Morris, Jeanne Osler and Maria Romero) drove to Ottawa on a sunny and warm day to attend  the Olde Forge's Annual Spring Hook-In for the Ontario Area 1 members.

Upon arrival, each one was given the choice of a piece of spot dyed wool from a selection of four colour schemes. Erin Ryan, President of Old Forge gave us a warm welcome and invited us to partake of the coffee and tea which was available to all throughout the day.

About 80 people hooked, talked, shared tips and ate more delicious goodies served by the Olde Forge members. After lunch, everyone participated in a Show and Tell hosted by Lucie Deschamps. Lois Morris showed a rug she was hooking to go with a Baskets quilt, both of which  will be raffled in May to raise money for the RRA Bursaries for graduates  from the English High School. Tickets were snapped up in record time. The drawing will take place at a Military Whist May 24th.

Vendors Loretta Moore, Christine Gibson and Elaine Tigges had an amazing stock of wools on offer to the great joy of hookers who needed to buy wool or patterns or just could not resist the temptation to add wool to their stashes.

The experience was wonderful and very inspiring. Congratulations to Olde Forge members and special thanks to Erin Ryan who suggested that everyone visit the
Beaconsfield Guild Website.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Show & Tell / April-June 2013



On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our September 2012 exhibition, held at the Beaconsfield Library.


Thistle and Goldenrod, hooked by Kay Cousineau
Thistle and Goldenrod, hooked by Kay Cousineau

Thistle and Goldenrod
by Kay Cousineau

This piece was hooked and carved during a workshop given in May 1984 by Joan Boyle, an artist and teacher from Ontario.
As this was a one-day workshop,  all the dyed wool and material was supplied by the teacher. The wool was cut in #3.





Mushrooms hooked by Denise Morissette
Mushrooms hooked by Denise Morissette




Mushrooms 
by Denise Morissette

This rug was hooked during a workshop on sculpting. I attended the classes given by Lois Morris who furnished all the material we needed. The wool was cut in #3. After hooking the mushrooms, I chose to do the background in dark green wool, cut #5. The piece measures 14" x 11".

I liked doing this type of hooking and, at the moment, I am working on a Still Life sculpted piece.



Midway Memories hooked by Lois Morris
Midway Memories hooked by Lois Morris


Midway Memories
by Lois Morris

My grand-daughter, Sarah, danced for Six Flags on her summer home from college. We went there to see her in a show. As we walked through the amusement park, we passed the Merry-Go-Round which brought back memories of when I was young.

Hence, the horse and pole - I hooked the horse out of beige mohair wool. His mane is also mohair wool, some dyed in shades of brown, grey and black and hooked in long strands which became silky when I brushed them. I gave them a little haircut and it did the job. The rings, representing ring toss, are hooked in regular hooking wool, cut #5, and dyed in green and gold to get a brassy feel. The streamers, cut in #2, represent the banners that are everywhere; some are hooked in wool, others in cotton string, which I dyed a few shades of each colour. The background is hooked with regular natural wool, cut in #3 and dyed sky blue and Copenhagen Blue. The border is hooked with a mottled navy blue mohair wool. The piece measures 29" x 35".

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Show & Tell / January-March 2013

On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our September 2012 exhibition, held at the Beaconsfield Library.

Fox
Grandfather's Fox - Isabelle Rollin




Grandfather's Fox
by Isabelle Rollin
My first rug was inspired by my Mother who told me that her Father had designed and maybe even hooked a rug with a fox and flowers. Together, my Mom and I spent many precious moments trying to recreate this design.
This has a great deal of 'doing and undoing' as I was learning to hook. Thank you all for your advice and encouragement. Thanks Mommy.
The rug is 26-5/8"x38", wool cut no. 6.
Original design hooked with recycled material from blazers, skirts and shared wool.




Wolf
Wolf Howling - Carolyn Ells
Wolf Howling in a Winter Night-Time Landscape
by Carolyn Ells

I designed this mat for a course on Grenfell-style rug hooking that I took with teacher Joan Fraser. The wolf profile was inspired by my Yukon parka and by a photo of a wolf which was an almost identical profile to the one on my parka. The sky is hooked in hit or miss horizontal blues, with a large crescent moon. The glow of the moon outlines the wolf and is found in the snow as well. I incorporated into the design the tamarack tree on our property in the North. (Tamaracks shed their needles in winter.) I found it hard to hook with nylons at first; the stretchy material twisted easily and left bumps on the back. If you were to look at the back of the mat, you would see where I suddenly figured out how to hook it neatly.

From the first lesson in hooking Grenfell-style, I knew I didn't have the patience to hook even a small mat in the "proper" style. I appreciated learning about the style and history of Grenfell Mission and Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, but I gave myself permission to hook with my own feel for the design. The yellow inner rows and black outer rows of the border are an imitation of Grenfell-style mats that were sold to the public.

The mat measures 11.5" x 14".
Original design adapted from Grenfell-type rugs and hooked on linen foundation with recycled nylon stockings of which some have been dyed.


jeanne Osler
Snowy Owl -- Jeanne Osler


Snowy Owl by Jeanne Osler

The Snowy Owl pattern was purchased from Germaine James for a course given by BHCG some years ago. It was hooked with no. 3 and no. 4 cut new wool and dyed wool. The mat has been framed. As a note of interest, since 1987, the Snowy Owl is the official emblem of Quebec.