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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Children's Rug Hooking

Kids Tutorial - Introduction to Rug Hooking

Beaconsfield Library
15th and 22th July 2015 
2:30 - 5 pm

By Ti Seymour

It was the pleasure of Dawna Matthew & Claire Fradette who joined me in teaching 7 children to Rug Hook over 2 sessions during the summer.  We had pre-drawn a 4" square for them to hook within and they set about designing a simple pattern, trace to red dot and transfer to backing.  It was a face paced class due to time constraints (6 hours in total!), so the first stage was completed within the hour.  A large colourful selection of woolly worms had already been cut to size 6 by Cathy Lynam and myself.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the freedom to experiment with the hook and see their designs painted with wool.  One lad was asked what he thought of the Rug Hooking class and replied "This is the best fun ever" and in my heart I was saying the same thing too.

July 2015 - Visit to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum

The Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers Hook-In

By Dawna Matthew

The Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers * are very fortunate to have the use of the beautiful Glengarry Pioneer Museum site for their weekly meetings during the summer months. We had long talked about getting together for a hook-in, so on July 24 a group of our members packed up their hooking and piled into several cars and drove up to Dunvegan. Members of the Twistle Guild of Glengarry were also present with their fleece and spinning wheels. It was a warm, sunny day and we all sat outside under a large covered roof, hooking, chatting and sharing ideas. What an enjoyable way to spend a summer afternoon!

Thank you, Martintown Wild and Woolly, for inviting us. It is great to get together with our fellow groups and we have so much to learn from each other!

* The Martintown Wild & Woolly Rug Hookers  are a Branch of The Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.

Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Glengarry Pioneer Museum - Picture by Ti Seymour

BHCG at Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Hook-In with the Martintown Wild & Wooly Rug Hookers at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum, July 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Maud Lewis Workshop

Trip to Nova Scotia

Claire and Candace Fradette went to Nova Scotia to participate in a Maud Lewis Workshop organized by the Rug Hooking Museum of North America.  This fun and  interesting activity took place on July 3-5, under Doug Rankin's instructions.

Maud Lewis Workshop
Claire and Candace Fradette (left).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Show and Tell / July - September 2015

Jeanne Osler
Jeanne Osler

Safe in Harbour
By Jeanne Osler

This rug measures 35 in. x 21 in., I purchased this as a kit from Deanne Fitzpatrick and I hooked this marine landscape with a combination of new, recycled and dyed wool, cut in #4, 6 and 8.

Carolyn Ells
Carolyn Ells

Summervine - relaxing after work in Vineyard
By Carolyn Ells

This landscape is an original story rug design hooked on linen using new, recycled and dyed wool in #4 and #6 cuts. To finish the rug I whipped the edges. The rug measures 33 in. x 43 in.

I began this mat during a folk art workshop with Judith Dallegret in Montreal, QC Judith challenged the class to design a wide border for our mats. The border is symbolic of the varieties of grapes in our small family vineyard on MacNabBay, Malagash, N.S. The picture depicts my father and brother relaxing after work in the vineyard.

Rose Kandy
Rose Kandy

Atlantic Puffins
By Rose Kandy

This wall hanging is 35 in. long x 12 in. wide. I purchased the stamped pattern on burlap from Encompassing Design Rug Hooking Studio in Mahone Bay, N.S.This is a design by the late Susan Leslie. The rocks were hooked with a variety of dyed and natural re-purposed Harris tweed jackets, while the sky, lighthouse and puffins were hooked with recycled and new dyed wool cut in no. 3, 4 and 5 widths. The border was whipped using recycled black knitting yarn.

Puffins are fascinating creatures; who can resist a combination of Peggy's Point Lighthouse and puffins? This rug hooking project started off life as part of a hooking demo. The burlap was stretched on an ancient hooking frame at the Dorval History Museum - fellow rug hookers Betty Austin, Alice Hamilton and Denise Morissette may all claim a couple of the rocks.