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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 panach…

2013 Christmas Card


Dye Course

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,…

Dye Course

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.


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

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 pie…

Remembrance Day

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 Hook-in

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…

Beginners Workshop

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

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
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
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.

BHCG Saturday Sessions

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.

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 / 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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Lin Watson / In the News

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!

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!

Show and Tell / July- September 2013

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.

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

The design for this peacock cushion was originally a project to sho…

Fête Nationale - June 24, 2013

Fête nationale 2013_ After 2 years of rained out Fête 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

BHCG Picnic

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 …

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 shar…

2013 Picnic - Invitation

Reserve the date!

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 h…


AGM 2013_ 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.

Rose Kandy

*** Follow the link to see the photo Album: AGM 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 EnglishHigh School. Tickets were snapped up in record time. The drawing will take place at a Military Whist May 24th.

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 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  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
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…

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.

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 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 b…