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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.

Montreal Gazette / The Guild in The News

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Learn how to hook a rug, crafting guild offers introductory class Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal GazetteMore from Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette Published on: April 21, 2015
Last Updated: April 21, 2015 10:04 AM EDT 
As part of the 40th-anniversary celebrations of the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild, veteran rug hookers are offering introductory classes at Le Coin Artisanal, 454A Beaconsfield Blvd., April 25 and May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The design possibilities are endless when approaching this traditional craft, which reaches back as far as the time of the Vikings.

Participants will learn the basics while creating a coaster-sized rug to put under a coffee mug. The workshop costs $20 and includes materials and the mug. Class times are flexible. Instructors will be on site for the duration. For information, call 514-247-9310.
kgreenaway@montrealgazette.com

2015 OHCG Annual

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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. 







The Examiner / The Guild in The News

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Beaconsfield hookers celebrate their 40thThe 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 comi…

Suburban / The Guild In the News

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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 Beaconsf…

2015 Picnic & Exhibition - Invitations

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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





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…

Sherwood Forest Elementary School Project - 2

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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 ForestElementary 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 la…

Show & tell / April - June 2015

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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. 





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 pl…

April Fools' Day

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