Showing posts from 2015

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays!

On-Line Celebration

40th AnniversaryOn-Line celebrationBy Maria Romero, Webmaster

To celebrate 2015 as our 40th Anniversary Year, I have created three special projects as a gift to the Guild: 40 Years Page, Illustrations, and a New Animated Rug Video.

The 40 years page includes a message from the executive, a message from our founder: Lois Morris, and the 40th Anniversary Logo. This page  is connected to three other sub-pages: Program, Guestbook and Photo Album, with old pictures and newspapers articles.

A 40th Anniversary Logo was created to be used as the main illustration during our celebrations. Some other illustrations have been published on our Website (News and Blog) and our Facebook Page for April Fool's Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas. All of them include our distinctive hook, which is part of our Website banner and our visual identity.
For more information about the Logo,  follow this link.

To close the year, a new Clip of Animated Rugs was released on December 19th, 2015, featur…

The Suburban / The Guild In The News

Beaconsfield "hookers" give mugs and rugs and a dose of Christmas cheerBy Rhonda Massad
The Suburban

Dec 16, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, the members of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild spread Christmas cheer by presenting mugs and rugs to the West Island Mission.

The Pointe Claire Claycrafters joined the fun by donating hand made pottery mugs along with those donated by the rug hookers themselves. Each festively wrapped gift included tea, hot chocolate and candles in a mug along with a handcrafted, hooked coaster to match. Rug hooking was once used to be a survival craft to provide warmth, rug hooking, is now an art form.

According to rug hooker and vice president of the guild, Linda Henderson, the idea was to bring a little cheer to the recipients of the Missions food baskets were also delivered last Saturday.

“There will be many happy people when they see these gifts of love handmade for them,” Wendy Gariepy of West Island Mission said in an email exchange. “We ar…

Festive Hook-In

Monday, December 14, 2015
Festive Hook-in Christmas 2015

Mug Rug Beginners Classes

Introduction to Rug Hooking  November 28 & December 12, 2015

Participants learned the basics of Rug Hooking from members of BHCG.

Mug Rug Hook-In

Mugs Rugs for Christmas
By Linda Henderson

The members got into the Christmas spirit and presented mugs and mug rugs to West Island Mission which helps to support a great number of families in the West Island with food baskets, household supplies and gifts throughout the year and especially at Christmas.  Pointe-Claire Claycrafters  donated some exquisite pottery mugs while others were given by the rug hookers themselves.  Each festively wrapped gift included tea, hot chocolate and candies in a mug, along with a handcrafted, hooked coaster to match. We hoped to bring a little cheer to the recipients of the Mission’s food baskets which were delivered Saturday, Dec. 12.  In the words of  Wendy Gariepy of West Island Mission, "There will be many happy people when they see these gifts of love handmade for them."  We are grateful for the generous response of the Claycrafters and pleased to be involved in this collaborative effort with other West Island groups in an endeavour to ad…

Dec. 2015 Hook-In

First Piece! New member at BHCG Andrée Lapensée finishes her first piece. Well done Andrée It's a chair pad for her front room at home. Her own design of a fishing village that captures the rugged coastal scene perfectly.

International Hook-In Day

Sherwood Forest Elementary School
International Rug Hooking Day - December 4th
Submitted by Ti Seymour

Our celebrity Grade 6’ers at Sherwood Forest Elementary became our focus for this day.  We wanted them to have a hooked piece to take home either for themselves or as a gift for someone special this Christmas.  Each child hooked an initial on a ready-to-hang frame, which was completed within 2 hours and wrapped by helpers at the end.  We took along Punch Hooking equipment for children that were challenged by traditional rug hooking at our last event.  They were delighted to find this was a much easier alternative.  Teachers and aides also hooked alongside the children and the collaboration between both was heartwarming indeed.  Principal, Mr. Torunian, witnessing the scene, was truly impressed.  Many thanks to Dawna Matthew and Claire Fradette who put some considerable time into setting up this event with me and helping out on the day. Many thanks also to Linda Henderson, Isabelle Roll…

Rug Hooked Tree Decorations

December 1st, 2015
Beaconsfield LibrarySubmitted by Ti Seymour

Beaconsfield Library invited Associations to decorate a two-foot Christmas Tree that would be displayed in the Library through the Holiday season.  Denise Vandenbemden, Jeanne Osler, Dawna Matthew and myself jumped to the challenge to produce some lovely pieces that represented our Guild.  Hats off to Dawna for producing a tree skirt in record breaking time, which looked fabulous too.  Notable mention to Mary McMurray and Andrée Lapensée for a joint venture on the Christmas Star which was far too gorgeous to leave off the tree - regardless of size.   Advertising materials and a few Christmas-related items were placed alongside our tree for interested people to take.  Further photos of the trees can be found at

International Hook-In Day

December 4th International Hook-In Day Sherwood Forest Elementary School Grade 6 Beaconsfield, Qc, Canada

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 to enlarge.

International Hook-In Day

Submitted by Ti Seymour
President BHCG

Members of BHCG will be rug hooking with the Grade 6 children from Sherwood Forest Elementary School in celebration of their Rug which has been displayed at 2 exhibitions (BHCG's 40th Anniversary Exhibition Sept 2015 and TIGHR, Victoria Oct 2015).
Backing has been mounted on ready to hang picture frames for the children to hook on.  The inspiration is:

The children will hook an initial in bubble font with a selection of precut brightly coloured wool.  This piece is for them to take home for themselves or to gift this holiday season.

A video will be taken of this event to document the number of children taking part in the hope they can set a world record according to the Guinness World Records - an exciting achievement for any child to appear in this popular book.  An application has been submitted to GWR and it is our intent to follow through with an organized event in the future.

Beginners’ Class with Lois Morris

Beginners’ ClassMondays, October 19 to November 16, 2015

By Lois Morris

Students were provided with a pattern and a selection of fabrics - a spot dye, coloured swatches, tweed, denim, brown textured upholstery (used both sides) and nylon stockings.  They learned how the different fabrics work, aspects of shading, plus some primitive and contemporary looks.

Lois Morris / In the News


Remembrance Day / November 11

For The Fallen
Extract from the poem  by Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not 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.

Green Mountain Annual Meeting

Nov 7th, 2015
Green Mountain Guild’s Annual Meeting and Fall Retreat
By Dawna Matthew

In November I attended the Green Mountain Guild’s Annual Meeting and Fall Retreat. The guest speaker, Suzanne Dirmaier, inspired us all with her talk on “Lessons from the Art World”. My class with Molly Colegrove gave me the courage to incorporate many different kinds of media into my hooking. Molly is an excellent teacher and not afraid to push the boundaries. The colourful wares of the vendors, Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, Nancy Jewett of Fluff and Peachy Bean Designs, and Rae Harrell Rug Hooking were there to satisfy any search for that special piece of fibre. Angela Foote, with all her beautiful wool, ran a class on Exploring Colour & Hooking. There was a huge selection of gifts for the teacup auction. I even won two items!

All in all it was a perfect weekend and I am sure that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.