Showing posts from 2014

Festive Hook-in

Monday 15th December 2014

By Ti Seymour

A jolly time was had by all who attended the Annual Festive Hook-in. Tables were lined with Crackers and Ferns. Festive Music was played throughout the morning, though probably not heard as the Auction got underway. Beautiful turned bases made by the West Island Woodturners were auctioned along with rug yarn and an unfinished birch rug. The raffle table and sale table were full, everyone left with something. The day ended after a show & tell.

"Jacobean Crewel" Course

By Lois Morris 

On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Ti, Dawna, and Denise V. finished a course on “Jacobean Crewel” given by the guild founder and one of its teachers, Lois Morris.   The participants used authentic Jacobean Designs which they created themselves using patterns made available to them. The color swatches provided by Lois included  Blue, Red, Purple, Gold and Green. These represent the strong, but soft traditional Jacobean Colours. The participants mixed these colours in the Crewel Manner and learned a number of fancy stitches to emulate the look of crewel embroidery.  Notes were given on formulas both for the main colour swatches as well as for 3 accent colours they could dye themselves. 

Choosing background colours and stitches as well as learning to correct mistakes are part of the process. Judging by the progress so far, beautiful works of art will be produced. Watch for them at our 40th anniversary show in September, 2015.

Xmas Card 2014

This year, the Beaconfield Hooking Crafters Guild Xmas Card is embellished with a rug designed by Maud Lewis and hooked by Marion Hood.

International Hook-In Day

By Linda Henderson

The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR) invited rug hookers all over the world to join an international hook-in on Dec. 4, 2014.  BHCG joined in the fun by hooking at Plaza Pointe-Claire where people dropped by to admire our work and tell stories of their mothers who hooked long ago.  Some were fascinated enough to join our guild!  

The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers Website:

Happy Birthday

To celebrate her birthday, members presented a plant to Lois Morris, founder of our Guild.

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Saturday 29th November – Christmas Themed Introduction to Rug Hooking Class
On this last day of BHCG’s Christmas Themed series of Introductory Rug Hooking Classes at Le Coin Artisanal, I had the pleasure of meeting three new participants, one of whom became a member of the Guild at the start of the class and by the end of the class one more had decided to join. Ann, Gilda and Mary decided to hook mug rugs (coasters). Well done ladies, they all looked lovely. Michael, who was also attending the class, put the finishing touches to his mug rug. Wanda also paid a visit to show us her Christmas tree, amazing progress in just one week!
Many thanks go to Cathy and Paola of Le Coin Artisanal who generously gave their energy to promoting the classes. At this time, a total of twelve people attended classes and three became members.
Ti Seymour, President Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild

Beaconsfield 55+ Drop in

Rug Hooking DemonstrationBy Linda Henderson

On Wednesday November 19, 2014 the City of Beaconsfield hosted an afternoon ‘Drop in’ for residents aged 55 years and up. The purpose was to inform and promote all the activities and services offered in the City both by the City and by Beaconsfield Associations. Members of Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild appreciated the visitors who braved blustery weather to come out and take an interest in our rug hooking demonstration. 

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Guild Saturday Workshops at Le Coin Artisanal By Linda Henderson
The Saturday workshops at Le Coin Artisanal in BeaurepaireVillage have proved very popular and have generated real excitement about rug hooking.  By making a "mug rug" or  Christmas tree or Christmas angel, participants completely new to rug hooking enjoy the satisfaction of learning a craft and completing a project in a single session. The first two workshops (Nov. 1st and 15th) were well attended by men, women and a child and we hope for similar interest in the last session on Nov. 29th. The guild has taken great pleasure in introducing others to this wonderful craft and appreciates the new memberships that these sessions have generated. Kudos to the organizers!

Karen Kaiser Wide-Cut Workshop

By Linda Henderson

Ti Seymour, Dawna Matthew and Linda Henderson travelled to Belleville, Ontario, enjoyed the hospitality of Karen and Kurt Kaiser and attended Karen's wide-cut workshop on Nov. 11, 2014.  We discovered the amazing versatility of half-inch strips of wool in creating both extraordinary works of art and functional mats.   With Karen's guidance, each of us has embarked on projects that are hooking up quickly and are a lot of fun.  The peaceful setting, the friendship enjoyed by the travelling companions and the newly acquired hooking skills all combined to make this trip a wonderful and therapeutic experience. 
 Karen Kaiser Website : //

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2014
For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;                        Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

Lois Morris / In The News

The Blue Period
Expanding Creativity Trough Monochromatic Rugs
Rug Hooking Magazine
By Tamara Pavich

The True Mono-Chroma Scheme

Using the strictest definition of the term, monochromatic art uses a single chroma - one blue, not a variety of blues, with many values of that one hue. Adding white to the hue is called tinting. Adding black is called shading. But only black, white and a single color may be used in a true monochromatic scheme.

Dyeing wool in many shades of a single color is one of Lois Morris's favorite parts of rug hooking. Lois, who has taught and lectured in Quebec for many years, dyed 45 different shades of a single blue for her portrait of her granddaughter, Sarah, a dancer. Using a #2 cut, Lois shaded this image exquisitely.

"There are many shades of any color", she said, "and by dyeing many shades of one hue and even another close hue, you get an infinite number of values and limitless amounts of contrast."

Here the balanced composi…

Xmas Themed Classes / November 1st, 2014

At Le Coin Artisanal

A very busy day for BHCG.  Firstly the start of our Xmas Themed Classes which run over 3 dates in November - 1st, 15th and 29th.  Linda Henderson had successfully promoted the classes to the West Island Woodturners, which drew 2 turners to the first class.  

 Plus another participant signed up at LCA after seeing the mug rugs on display.  Both the turners finished their mug rugs and Mona took her 2 mugs and tray to finish at home.  

BHCG wish to thank Fred - WIW turner, for providing the beautiful base/spindle which Dawna will be using for her tree. 

Interestingly, Bob - WIW turner, brought along a piece his 96 year old mother had hooked some time ago for us all to appreciate.  After hooking his own coaster, he had a whole new appreciation and respect for his mothers craft.

 Also in the room on another table sat members of the Guild who either worked on their own piece or a Christmas Tree design.  Some of whom took a walk to Rosie's Animal Adoption Craft Sale…