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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.

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 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.

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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.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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.

OHCG Spring 2013
OHCG Newsletter Spring 2013, page 1

OHCG Spring 2013
OHCG Newsletter Spring 2013, page 16

OHCG Spring 2013
OHCG Newsletter Spring 2013, page 19

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Carolyn Ells / In The News

Carolyn Ells
Ginger, original by Carolyn Ells

Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIII

"Ginger", an original design by Carolyn Ells,  is one of the 17 rugs that received  an Honorable Mention  by the judges: April DeConick, Jon Ciemiewicz, Laura Pierce, and Katie Hartner. The rug will appear in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIII , magazine to be published in August!
Congratulations Carolyn!


Matty - BHCG Mascot
Matty - Auctions
The auction was a great success thanks to our President whose humorous spiel over the bits and pieces of wool kept us all laughing. Rug hookers, especially our new members, acquired wool for their future masterpieces.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Reflection, Transparency and Absorption Course

Reflection, Transparency and Absorption Course
by Rose Kandy

Glass Bottles - Ailish O'Keefe
Glass Bottles - Ailish O'Keefe
This workshop given by Lois Morris was attended by four veteran rug hookers and three beginners who had just taken the Beginner's Course and were interested in learning more. The veterans first assignment, prior to taking the course, was to find a picture which contained optimally all three elements on which we would base our rugs. Next we had to round up the necessary colours from our stashes of wool. Of course, that also involved several days of dyeing wool to achieve the exact hues needed.

Interestingly, everyone chose different elements to feature in their rugs - definitely reflection, then transparency, absorption was more difficult to define.  At the same time, the beginners, while continuing with their own rugs, were avidly listening to how to hook reflections and to achieve transparency.

Lac de seize îles - Brenda Ticehurst
Lac de seize îles - Brenda Ticehurst

By looking intensely at the picture we chose, and with the help of our teacher, we began to differentiate what was at the forefront, what was behind - what reflected on or through what -, from what direction was the light coming - transparency of one object partially hidden behind another which projects a totally different colour.

There is no question but this was a demanding course and I feel certain that we will be going back to our teacher often for more advice before we finally finish our rugs.