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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mug Rug Workshop _ 1



Mug Rug Workshop

By Dawna Matthew

On Saturday, April 25th, BHCG held a very successful “Create a Mug Rug” workshop. Our goal was to give people a taste of traditional rug hooking in an informal setting. People are often curious about this rewarding and creative fibre art form but do not easily get the chance to try their hand at it so this was a perfect opportunity! We had a large group of eleven in a wide range of ages, and seven members were present to lend a helping hand. As you can see in the photos, the looks of concentration and the smiles show that everyone was working hard but enjoying themselves.
A follow-up session will be held on Saturday, May 2nd.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montreal Gazette / The Guild in The News






Learn how to hook a rug, crafting guild offers introductory class 
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 OHCG Annual


By Lois Morris


The OHCG 2015 Annual was held at the beautiful Best Western Lamplighter Hotel, in London, Ontario, April 17-19. This charming venue, with atrium, swimming pool and slides for guests and children, and rooms overlooking waterfalls and fish ponds, was home for the weekend. This paradise even had ideal weather. An atrium was adjacent to the hallway leading to the ballroom, where the show was held. Ample tables and chairs were provided to the hookers where we sat, hooked and greeted visitors who were lured by the colourful displays and stopped by to see what we were doing.


Numerous workshops and vendors’ displays set up for those attending were magnificently arranged and well run. Kudos to the hosting guilds. 


OHCG 2015 Annual
OHCG 2015 Annual

OHCG 2015 Annual
Ontario Annual Show




Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Examiner / The Guild in The News

 
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Beaconsfield hookers celebrate their 40th

The Examiner
April 16, 2015 1:59 PM MST

by Rhonda Massad

“One thing is for sure if people can call us hookers you know we all have to have a sense of humour.” said founder of the guild Lois Morris.

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild will spread spring cheer to celebrate their 40th anniversary. March 23, was set aside by the hookers to create handmade wool flower magnets to be donated to the the West Island’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) kitchens to hand out to their clients.

“We are essentially rug hookers,” guild vice president Linda Henderson told The Suburban, “so the special project we will be working on is a little outside our expertise.”

According to Henderson several of the members, who have been meeting each Monday since 1975, still producing hooked pieces, are into their nineties. While at the other end of the scale, hooking classes are taught to enthusiastic grade five students at Sherwood Forest school in Beaconsfield.

“I have enjoyed coming here every Monday, I meet the girls and have fun,” said 90 year old Beaconsfield resident Lorayne Charenko who joined the group in 1979, “I can’t do what I used to but I can do some.”

Volunteer West Island’s outreach coordinator, Shelley Hayden says the MOW clients will benefit greatly from the small gesture made.

“They are using your hands and good spirit to create something of beauty for a complete stranger,” Hayden explained to The Suburban, “How amazing is that? The MOW clients are typically isolated seniors, often living alone. Receiving a flower will put a smile on their face and they’ll feel less isolated.”

This September, at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, the group will host an exhibit that will honour 40 years of work and guild history. More information about the guild can be found at www.beaconsfieldrughooking.com


Link to this article: http://www.examiner.com/article/beaconsfield-hookers-celebrate-their-40th

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Suburban / The Guild In the News

Beaconsfield hookers celebrate their 40th

April 15, 2015
by Rhonda Massad

West Island Blog community news, Page 14.


“One thing is for sure if people can call us hookers you know we all have to have a sense of humour.” said founder of the guild Lois Morris

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild will spread spring cheer to celebrate their 40th anniversary. March 23, was set aside by the hookers to create handmade wool flower magnets to be donated to the the West Island’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) kitchens to hand out to their clients.

“We are essentially rug hookers,” guild vice president Linda Henderson told The Suburban, “so the special project we will be working on is a little outside our expertise.”

According to Henderson several of the members, who have been meeting each Monday since 1975, still producing hooked pieces, are into their nineties.  While at the other end of the scale, hooking classes are taught to enthusiastic grade five students at Sherwood Forest school in Beaconsfield.

“I have enjoyed coming here every Monday, I meet the girls and have fun,” said 90 year old Beaconsfield resident Lorayne Charenko who joined the group in 1979, “I can’t do what I used to but I can do some.”

Volunteer West Island’s outreach coordinator, Shelley Hayden says  the MOW clients will benefit greatly from the small gesture made.

“They are using your hands and good spirit to create something of beauty for a complete stranger,” Hayden explained to The Suburban, “How amazing is that? The MOW clients are typically isolated seniors, often living alone.  Receiving a flower will put a smile on their face and they’ll feel less isolated.”

This September, at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield,  the group will host an exhibit that will honour 40 years of work and guild history. More information about the guild can be found at www.beaconsfieldrughooking.com .

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild - Suburban
From left to right: Jacqueline Bouchard, Linda Henderson, Lois Morris, Dawna Matthew, Ti Seymour and Rhonda Massad

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Picnic & Exhibition - Invitations

Dear Members,

Please find attached invitations for the Picnic and Exhibition.  Please feel free to share the Exhibition flyer with friends, family and work colleagues.  Further details will follow in the coming weeks.

Warm regards,Ti Seymour
BHCG President



2015 BHCG Picnic
2015 Picnic Invitation

2015 Exhibition
2015 Show Invitation

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Olde Forge 2015



Ottawa Olde Forge Hookin, April 11, 2015 
By Carolyn Ells


The annual Ottawa Olde Forge Hookin is a favourite spring-time event for hookers from Ontario Area 1 branches. More than 12 of us from Beaconsfield shared in the fun this year. A bagpiper greeted visitors at the door. At the registration desk we were each given a wool fabric key holder as a souvenir. Then we scattered: some to claim seats in the main room, others to see what the vendors had brought, or greet acquaintances from other branches.  Soon the program started with words of welcome and Maria Romaro won the first door prize. (She was delighted, saying she never wins anything.) We hooked and visited and shopped.  We admired the display of hooked mats with braided edges and indulged ourselves at the coffee and treats table. Carolyn Ells also won a door prize (ahh she always wins…). The ever-popular Show and Tell kept our necks turning to see the results and progress of so much talent and enthusiasm for rug hooking. Maria helped with taking photos, often reminding people to hold their rugs “Up to show and then down to take the picture with a smiling face, please." As a fundraiser to support Ottawa Olde Forge’s activities, our hosts sold tickets on 2 baskets filled with rug hooking items donated by its members. Carolyn Ells (ahh she always wins…) and Lois Morris held the lucky tickets. Ti Seymour graciously thanked our hosts for a wonderful day and invited Area 1 members to our picnic in June and our 40th anniversary exhibit in September.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sherwood Forest Elementary School Project - 2





Follow-up - Sherwood Forest Elementary - Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you Dawna Matthew & Cathy Wilson for popping in with me, to see Grade 5's progress. They were very happy to see us arrive and help out.  We managed to sort out some issues they were having with ripping t-shirts, colour planning and losing loops.  By the end of our hour slot we had seen definite progress and smiles all round.   Mrs Bates showed us her daughter performing in an Irish Dancing Competition in an outfit made by our member Mary "Em" McMurray - very impressive on both counts girls.

Respectfully submitted by Ti Seymour




Sherwood Forest Elementary School Project

By Cathy Wilson


I was impressed how much the project was owned by the students and not the teacher, nor the volunteering adults.  As you can see in the photos, the patterns were as different as the students themselves. The kids picked and cut their own fabric strips using adult scissors and the rotary cutter.  As expected there was a large range of abilities within the group, but I saw kids concentrating and having fun learning their new craft. Good little project. My favorite part of the day, and I quote, "Thank you for giving up your time to volunteer at my school". It was a pleasure to get back into school, if only for an hour and a half, to guide some children in a first attempt at rug hooking. 
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Show & tell / April - June 2015

Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Hooked by Claire Fradette



Flowers on a Brown Background

By Claire Fadette
This rug that I finished in 2012  is 14 inches high x 28 inches wide. This rug came from a donation. From time to time the Guild gets donation of old rugs, sometimes just an old pattern on burlap or linen, sometimes a rug that was begun many years ago and never finished. This was a pattern on very old burlap with many weak spots and holes. I glued a new backing to the reverse side to reinforce it and from there I proceeded to hook with no. 3 cut recycled wool. The background was hooked in various shades of brown wool. 



Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Hooked by Maria Romero



My Aunt Ena

By Maria Romero

My aunt Ena gave me a gift of a doily crocheted with a border pattern of orange flowers. Wishing to hook a mat to thank her, I decided to use the doily edges as a finishing touch to a round hooked piece. The design I chose was the portrait of a woman painted by the Spanish artist Joaquin Soroya. I like the results: the contrast between the colours and the blending of techniques. My aunt was very pleased with her gift. 


Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Hooked by Denise Vandenbemden


Little Blue 
By Denise Vandenbemden

This floral rug which I hooked in 2012  is an original pattern. I drew the flowers, then reversed the pattern to obtain a mirror image. The rug, which measures 22 in. high x 32 in, long, was hooked on burlap using recycled wool which I had previously custom dyed in a various shades of blue.  The background is white shaded with blue while the edges are finished with blue binding,  

 

April Fools' Day


You've been Hooked. Happy April Fool's Day! 


Rug Hooking - Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Illustration by Maria Romero