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On this Blog you will find articles about our activities and archives from 3 of the Guild's Web pages:
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Beginners Classes

Mug Rug Class
Mug Rug Class

Beginners Classes

Create a Mug Rug

Available dates:  April 25th and May 2nd, from 10 AM  to 2 PM 

Mug Rug: $20 includes Mug and Materials

Come along to this class to learn traditional rug hooking.
A mug rug is the perfect small project for all ages.
You will choose from a variety of mugs and design a Mug Rug (coaster) to match.
Help will be on hand every step of the way.

These classes are held at:
Le Coin Artisanal                     
454A Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, QC

For more information, please contact : ti.seymour@yahoo.com or call 514-247-9310

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meals on Wheels

Padula* Party 

*Padula - stylized representation of a flower.

As one of the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the guild, it was decided to give back to the community by making small flowers (padulas) to give to recipients of Meals on Wheels in West Island.  Members got together on Saturday, March 21st and Monday, March 23rd to make fabric flowers with fridge magnets.  The artistic talent of many of the guild members shone through as dozens of flowers came to life, with no two alike.  The activity proved to be a lot of fun and certainly brought some brightness to what we hope is the end of a very tough winter.  We hope in turn that this small gesture of a happy little flower will bring some joy to someone who receives it along with a meal.

Padula party
Making Padulas for Meals on Wheels

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scrappy Rug Class with Judith Dallegret

Scrappy Rug Class Review
By Jacqueline Tseng

Judith Dallegret’s Scrappy Rug course, which consisted of 4 classes*, given at the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild in February, was marvelous!! Her course took us through the basics of cutting wool, how to hook, and blending colors. We were shown many examples of different types of borders to give us ideas, and were treated to a day of dying wool.  Judy gave us a great tip - put some poison (colors that stand out) into our rugs to give them a nice pop! Although a Scrappy Rug is perfect for using up our scraps, a lot of us couldn’t help but stock up on some more beautiful wool from Judith’s collection. 

Judith’s class was very inspirational. Her carefree, open-minded attitude and support of individual tastes and talents were great incentives for some of us who are “not so sure”.  This way we enjoy what we are doing and we do more of it!

* Feb 9 & 23 – March 9 & 16, with a make-up class on 23 March for anyone who misses a day.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sherwood Forest Elementary School Project

Teaching Rug Hooking to Grade 5 Students

At the Sherwood Forest Elementary School
By Ti Seymour

As part of the Guild's 40th Anniversary it was decided that community projects would lead our celebrations. The first such project would be to introduce rug hooking to a local school and exhibit their pieces at our 40th Anniversary Exhibition to be held September 25-27, 2015.

At the first session, the children were shown rugs and wall hangings that members of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild had hooked. There was genuine interest and curiosity from the children - we had them captivated from the start!  Each child will be rug hooking a 5" square that will be sewn together to form a banner, which will eventually be displayed in the school’s entrance. Knowing that this piece is something they would not be taking home, some children were even planning a second project.  They drew their design on paper and learned how to transfer it onto the backing. At the very end of the first session some children were able to try their hand at pulling loops through the backing with their homemade hooks.

At the second session, the children learned how to recycle T-shirts hooking them into their projects.
They also had access to a selection of wool yarns and fabrics to use, if they wished to do so.

Needless to say, a lot of behind the scenes preparation made this project possible with members donating materials, time and expertise. Many thanks to Lois Morris, Sally Perodeau, Isabelle Rollin, Jacques Lepage and Claire Fradette for donating their time to teach rug hooking to 30 children at Sherwood Forest Elementary School. A special mention goes to Dawna Matthew who helped prepare the backings, and to Jacques and Isabelle for their amazing talent in turning 30 long crochet hooks into child-size rug hooking hooks.

We look forward to returning in the coming weeks and seeing the children’s wonderful designs become a fabulous fibre artwork. We are all in agreement - it was a delight witnessing the enthusiasm and creative spirit of the Grade 5 children as they got their rug hooking projects underway. WOW very impressive indeed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Montreal Gazette / The Guild In the News

Beaconsfield guild takes rug hooking to a whole new level

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Guild / In the News

BHCG in the news!

Monday, March 2, 2015 began with a regular monthly meeting followed by a flurry of activity. In anticipation of news coverage, many members had brought in rugs for show and tell. Normally these rugs would be photographed by guild president, Ti Seymour who was away on March break. In her absence, Bob Turnbull took photos of the rugs for the greeting card project.  At the same time, John Kenney, a Montreal Gazette photographer, was there to take pictures and videos in support of an article on the guild being written by West Island Gazette reporter, Kathryn Greenaway. It was wonderful to see the guild, its members and their rugs receiving well-deserved attention and media recognition!

Brenda, Claire and Alice

Isabelle, Lorayne and Sally

Jacques' Work In Progress

New Emblem

By Maria Romero

For a few years now, the Executive has been thinking of creating a new emblem to represent the Guild at our biennial exhibitions and participation in the annual exhibitions of Area 1 branch Ontario Guild . The Executive fell in love with the 40th Anniversary logo and presented Maria Romero with the challenge of redesigning the logo as our guild's emblem. From among the many different versions suggested by Maria, the Executive chose this version, which you can appreciate in the attached image. The emblem will be hooked by Lois Morris.

BHCG Emblem - Design: Maria Romero
BHCG Emblem (2015)