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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We're on Facebook!

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
BHCG Facebook Page

As part of our 40th Celebration Activities, we have launched a Page on Facebook!

Follow us at this link: Beaconsfield-Hooking-Crafters-Guild

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Scrappy Rugs

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Design by Kaffe Fassett and Hooked by Lisa Finken*

Primitive Scrappy Rug Class With Judith Dallegret

Hook a Floor Rug any size using Wide Cut - #8 to #10 wool strip
Beginners welcome

When: 4 classes: Mondays at Centennial Hall
Feb 9 & 23 – March 9 & 16
With a make-up class 23 March for anyone who misses a day.

Course Content:
Keynote Presentation on Inspiration with Photos & Books
Choose a pattern design in a Primitive style (draw your own or bought pattern)
Set up Foundation to start Hooking
Colour Planning
Basic Theory with Exercises
Dyeing - without powdered dyes
Borders - with Keynote Presentation
Learn Finishing Techniques

Cost: 100$

Note: Judith is very flexible regarding the course content.
Please contact Ti if you would like to sign up, at ti.seymour@yahoo.com

If you have a friend or know someone who would like to learn rug hooking this would be the perfect start to getting hooked! Please spread the word.

* Note about the picture: This is a pattern in a book of Kaffe Fassetts designs. It is also a traditional old quilt pattern.

40th Anniversary Logo

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
40th Anniversary Logo, by Maria Romero

This logo was created by our Webmaster Maria Romero to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild. The hook featured in the logo is taken from our website banner. The curved lines represent both the passage of time as well as the strips of textiles used in rug hooking. The lines can also be seen as confettis and represent the celebration of the 40 years of the Guild. A palette of reds was chosen to express the dynamic aspect of the Guild and the passion of its members towards rug hooking.

Founder's Message

By Lois J. Morris

I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. In Toronto, I took adult education courses in Traditional Rug Hooking and became” hooked.”   By the late sixties I was teaching in my house.  We were transferred to Montreal in 1973, my neighbor was interested in what I was doing.  She gathered a few friends together, I taught them and then approached Beaconsfield City to see if they might offer a beginners course in Rug Hooking. They were willing to try one and before long I was teaching five classes a week.

The need to get together, and share and inspire one another was evident, but we were too  many to meet in any one house.  In 1975 the City graciously offered us Centennial hall, and the Guild was born. Now, 40 years later, The Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild of more than 40 members still meets at Centennial Hall to continue their work, which now extends to the Fiber Arts.  These members Design, Draw, Dye and Hook their dreams as beautiful creations, beyond the Original Tradition Primitive works of their ancestors.

When we began I never expected to see this group still in existence “40” years  later.  I salute the current membership, and the executive, for the efforts they make and for the hidden talent of the group that manifests itself at their displays and regional exhibitions from time to time.   I am proud of you all.

Let us continue to have fun.  Thank you for the opportunity to teach and work with you.

Lois Morris
Lois J. Morris

BHCG 40th Anniversary

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild - 40 years
Free texture by Rin-Shiba - Devianart

The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild celebrates its 40th Anniversary

In 1975 Lois Morris founded the “Lakeshore Woolgatherers Hooking Craft Guild”, subsequently renamed “Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild” and thus began 40 years of rug hooking adventures that continue today.  Founding and early members, under Lois’ expert guidance, learned to hook and to this day, strive to not only expand their own creative talents but to share their experience with new members as well.  From McGown and Moshimer inspirations, to crewel and sculpted pieces, to designing original artwork, to proddy and scrappy and 3 dimensional, from #2 cut to #10,  BHCG members are ever evolving and attempting new skills.

The guild has met throughout its existence at Centennial Hall on the lovely shores of Lac-St.-Louis with the generous support of the City of Beaconsfield and its helpful staff.  

The current executive is made up of relative newcomers who appreciate the opportunity to serve in a long line of past executives who have helped to steer the guild, establishing BHCG as a long-respected organization dedicated to the craft of rug hooking.  

Plans for the 40th anniversary year include continued efforts to offer both beginners and more accomplished hooking crafters the opportunities to hone their skills,  to support the City of Beaconsfield in its activities, and as a final flourish in September, to exhibit 40 years of our work and guild history. 

Our 40th Anniversary Exhibit will take place at Centennial Hall, September 25, 26 and 27, 2015.  Our celebrations begin with a Vernissage by invitation on the 25th, followed by two days of exhibit and rug hooking related activities.  We look forward to welcoming visiting rug hookers and the general public. Visitors can expect to see some extraordinary works of art.

The executive is honoured to be part of this proud legacy.  We owe the success of the guild to those still treasured founding members from forty years ago, to their dedication and ingenuity and of the members who followed.   We raise our hooks to salute you and the next forty years!  

Best wishes from the Executive:

Ti Seymour - President
Linda Henderson - Vice President
Dawna Matthew - Secretary
Jacqueline Bouchard - Treasurer

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thank you, Rose

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Merci Rose. Photoshop Illustration by Maria Romero

The Executive and Members of  BHCG showed their appreciation at our January Monthly Meeting to Rose Kandy after the announcement that Rose had stepped down from her position as Web Editor/Translator. 

Rose has been the backbone in supporting Maria Romero, our Webmaster, coordinating features on the Website and translating articles into French for the last 5 years. The Website has gone from strength to strength and in 2014 was visited by 96 countries around the world - this data supports the amazing achievement of a truly fabulous Website with interesting articles, coordinated by Rose during her tenure.  We wish Rose all the happiness for the future and look forward to seeing more rugs on show with the extra time on her hands.

Respectfully submitted by Ti Seymour

Monday, January 5, 2015

Craft Year 2015

Craft Year

2015 has been declared Craft Year by the Canadian Crafts Federation. Craft Year 2015 / Année-des-Métiers-d'art 2015 is Canada's largest year-long, nationwide festival aimed at promoting craft as a key player in Canadian Culture.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Lois Morris / In The News

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, vol. XXVI – Number 4, January-February 2015.
By Rose Kandy

Congratulations to Lois Morris, founder of the Guild, whose work appears in two articles in the January-February 2015 edition of  Rug Hooking Magazine. In the article entitled From Doodle to Adaptation by Tamara Pavich, under Repeating Patterns, page 62, you will find "Celestial Spirits". Then in Readers' Gallery beginning page 70 in the same magazine, you will find nine pages devoted to the artistry and teachings of Lois Morris, entitled Dream, Design, Dye, and Do, also written by Mrs. Pavich. Follow the link to read an abstract of the article,
at: http://www.rughookingmagazine.com/article/dream-design-dye-and-do

We would invite all members to read these articles, as well as the previous ones published in the September-October and the November-December 2014 edition of Rug Hooking Magazine.

We would like to remind our members that our other teacher, Judith Dallegret was featured in the March/April/May 2012 edition of Rug Hooking Magazine in an article written by Anne-Marie Littenberg.

We are very proud of your accomplishments and we know we are very privileged to have you among us.

Rug Hooking Magazine Website: www.rughookingmagazine.com

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, January-February 2015, pages 70-71

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, January-February 2015, pages 72-73

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, January-February 2015, pages 74-75

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, January-February 2015, pages 76-77

Rug Hooking Magazine
Rug Hooking Magazine, January-February 2015, page 78

Reprinted here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith.

Show and Tell / January - March 2015

All these rugs are original designs by Jacques Lepage

Fish Underwater 
I wanted to work with very wide cuts of wool and play with colours.  I hooked this carpet on linen using recycled wool and I whipped the border. Instead of cutting the strips I tore them (in the old way) ) into widths equivalent to no.10.  The mat is 11 in. high x 26-3/4 in. wide. This is an original design.
Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Fish Underwater - Jacques Lepage

The Beaver
This rug, an original design, measures 18 in, high x 30-1/2" wide. I hooked it on linen using recycled wools cut in #8. The border is whipped. This rug was inspired by the nickel in my pocket when I was young. I love plaids and I always wanted to use one in a rug. (The Canadian nickel or 5 cents depicts a beaver on the reverse side.)

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Beaver - Jacques Lepage

The Monks 
This original memory rug represents a visit to St-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey in Magog, Quebec. The rug measures 15-3/4 in. x 16 in,; I hooked it on rug warp using wool strips cut in no, 4, 5 and 6. It was the first time I used rug warp and finer cut wool strips.
Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Monks - Jacques Lepage