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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rug Hooking Demonstration

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Rug Hooking Demonstration at Beaconsfield Quilters Show

By Rose Kandy
On a beautiful sunny May Sunday morning, Denise Vandenbendem and I went to McGill University, Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, a town situated at the western tip of Montreal. We were invited by Le Coin Artisanal (our Saturday hook-in home) to demonstrate the art of rug hooking to visitors and quilters attending the Beaconsfield Quilters Show held in Centennial Centre.

We set up shop next to the LCA Booth with our rug samples and literature on the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild. Soon we had visitors stopping by to inquire about the rugs, the tools, how hooking is done, what materials are used. We had been told that our demonstration would be for 20 minutes, however, more than two hours later we were still explaining, in English or French, the art of rug hooking.  Before we left, we took the opportunity to visit the many quilts on display: memory quilts done with such love, challenge pieces where quilters are given a subject which each one quilts according to their vision and inspiration.  Almost every type of material one can imagine seemed to find its way into quilted blankets and art pieces. Undoubtedly the most fascinating pieces were quilted figures incorporating cheesecloth, which gave a whole new dimension to the work.

Other than Le Coin Artisanal, there were many vendors in the hall, while in an adjoining area BQG had set up a delightful tearoom featuring tables with green tablecloths and small flowering plants as decorations. Our time there was very enjoyable and our congratulations to the Beaconsfield Quilters Guild for such a beautiful show of quilts.