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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.