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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beginners Class With Lois Morris

Lois Morris
Original by Lois Morris (Detail)
Beginners’ Hooking Course

Where: Centennial Hall
When: Mondays, October 19th to November 16th (5 sessions)
Time: 9:30 AM  to Noon
Cost: $150 - Hoop, hook, materials extra (approx. $75)
Teacher: Lois Morris
Registration: Day of first course

In this course, you will learn to pull loops and complete a sampler of different types of hooking, from fine to wide cut. You will learn to use a 6-value shaded swatch, how to recycle and use fabrics other than wool, such as plaids, variegated yarns, nylons. You will discover what is Primitive, Shading, Illusionary, Contemporary.

Students are asked to bring to class: laundry marker, note-book and pen.

For more information call Lois Morris at (450)834-6912 or email her at lomohook@bell.net

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Exhibition / Full Show


40th Anniversary Exhibition
September 25-27, 2015
Centennial Hall, Beaconsfield

By Ti Seymour
President, BHCG



“This is the greatest show we’ve ever had in terms of Rugs and Attendance” were the words told to me by Kay Cousineau who has been a member of the Guild since 1976.  While the photos give you a sense of what was displayed they fail to capture the beauty of Centennial Hall and its surroundings, which lends itself as the perfect backdrop to our art.  We thank the staff of the City of Beaconsfield for their unwavering support and professionalism.

It was an honour and a privilege working with the Executive (Jacqueline Bouchard - Treasurer and Dawna Matthew - Secretary) along with the members who ALL played a role in pulling together this amazing feat.  Thanks to their efforts and contribution to Guild activities, it gave us an incredible edge when it came to “hooking” a journalist.  We thank the following journalists for their genuine interest and outstanding articles in our favoured art:

Kathryn Greenaway - The Montreal Gazette
Rhonda Massad - The Suburban/The Westmount Examiner/West Island Blog
Sara King-Abadi - The Chronicle
Fabienne Couturier - La Presse

Every room and stairwell in Centennial was draped, even the floors in some rooms were used too.  With 180 pieces to view visitors were certainly in for a treat,  the first of whom were waiting on the steps of Centennial as the doors opened on the first day!

The Vernissage was held on Friday, September 25th from 7-9pm.  Roughly 60 people attended including special guests  Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield, along with four councillors, plus Rhonda Massad - The Suburban, Shelly Hayden - Volunteer West Island, Paola Le Brun & Cathy Lafleur of Le Coin Artisanal, Chris Delaney, President of St-Henri Rug Hookers and Linda Desbiens of Divinity Fibres & Silk Devine.  Guests were treated to Cheese and Wine to please the palate while the eyes devoured the captivating works of art.

They were equally impressed to see Jacques Lepage demonstrating rug hooking, as he worked on his Finnegan’s Market rug which he plans to gift to the owner Mrs. Aird.  It was a treat to stand beside the Mayor and honoured members of our Guild - Lois Morris, Kay Cousineau, Lorayne Charenko, Ailish O’Keeffe and Denise Vandenbemden while receiving a 40th Anniversary Certificate from the Ontario Hooking Crafters Guild.  Talented member Mary McMurray had baked a delicious cake made into a replica of the Guild’s new 40th emblem hooked by Lois Morris, which was enjoyed throughout the Exhibition.  We thank everyone who attended for making it a memorable evening and celebrating this outstanding achievement with us.

The next couple of days the volume of traffic coming through the exhibition meant that the parking lot remained full through its entirety and kept us all on our toes as we walked around with the visitors and answered their questions.  Demonstrations were also underway and anyone willing had the opportunity to try it for themselves.  Refreshments were available and a place to sit for a while and peruse photo albums.  Newspaper articles spanning 40 years were also displayed along with our website articles and photos. Cards of the rugs could be purchased, which served as a perfect reminder of one’s visit while supporting our fund raising efforts.

On Saturday September 26 th, member Carolyn Ells gave an informative talk called “Transferring Photographs into Rugs”.  Using her Ginger Cat rug as an example (which won an Honorary Mention in Celebrations) she explained, step by step the process she uses to capture the composition.  Attendees were invited to handle the material and ask questions of any aspect.  Our thanks to Carolyn for sharing her process and bringing yet another great aspect to the Exhibition.

Overall the guest book reflects approximately 150 people attending the Exhibition, including many beautiful comments of visitors truly impressed. Perhaps a number of visitors were too stunned to write their names!

Congratulations to the members and Executive past and present who have volunteered countless hours to keeping this fabulous Guild going.  Long may it last.

2015 Exhibition / Preliminary Show


Preliminary Show - September 9-27, 2015
At the Beaconsfield Library


By Ti Seymour
President, BHCG


The preliminary show was set up with the purpose of drawing attention to the 40th Anniversary Exhibition - 40 Years of Hooked Rugs to be held in Centennial September 25-27, 2015.  Along with the beautiful selection of rugs, wall hangings and decorative items, members also donated their time to demonstrate Rug Hooking.  In total 6 demonstrations were held and 15 people came along to try their hand at Rug Hooking.  A few signed up for the Introduction to Rug Hooking that was held over 2 sessions at Le Coin Artisanal in Beaconsfield.  The Guest Book was filled with wonderful comments of the pieces seen and even a few filled with inspiration to join the Guild or a class.  Most of the people attending came from the West Island with a couple from Nova Scotia and Ottawa.  The amazement went both ways; particularly when Neil Halsey arrived with a large latch hook project he was working on of a wolf, plus Margaret Johnston and Aurora Richard from Ottawa who had seen our demonstration at Twist Fibre Festival were tickled pink to see photos of themselves amongst printed articles.

Another highlight of the Preliminary show was meeting Fabienne Couturier of La Presse who came to interview the members and was eager to try her hand at Rug Hooking too.  We thank her enormously for the attention she gave our favoured art.  La Presse ran an article about Rug Hooking in October 2015.

All this would not have been possible without the support of Beaconsfield Library and we thank the staff including Margo Purvis and Julia Gilbert.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Île d’Orléans, Quebec


Rug Hooking Adventures in Île d’Orléans, Quebec
By Linda Watson

I was fortunate to visit Ile d’Orléans for “Les Journées de la Culture” (Culture Days) this fall and to contribute to the artisan demonstrations there.

Françoise Vézina-Gagnon, a well-known and much-praised rug hooking artisan of Île d’Orléans continues to promote rug hooking in Sainte-Famille, an exceptionally beautiful area. She animated Culture Day on September 27, 2015 in an ancient French-Canadian building - Maison de nos Aïeux, located in Sainte-Famille. The day was a great success with local and tourist interest in rug hooking demonstrations.

Françoise specializes in local scenes and hooked a fabulous rug of a roadside church which she donated towards fund-raising for the maintenance of the historic church of Sainte-Famille. Raffle tickets are on sale until December 2015. Contact Francoise  at francoise.vezina@videotron.ca

Île d’Orléans Map
Île d’Orléans Map

Île d’Orléans
Île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans
La Maison de nos Aïeux

Françoise Vézina-Gagnon
Françoise Vézina-Gagnon and the Church of Sainte-Famille

Françoise Vézina-Gagnon
Hooked Rug by Françoise Vézina-Gagnon

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cités Nouvelles / The Guild In The News


Cites Nouvelles
Cités Nouvelles - Logo

**Only in French**

La Guilde de tapisserie au crochet fête ses 40 ans
Par Sara King-Abadi


Cités Nouvelles
le 23 septembre 2015
Page 24, Vie de Quartier


Lois Morris, âgée de 76 ans, a fondé la Guilde de tapisserie au crochet en 1975 et y a initié les premières membres à l'art de la tapisserie, qui consiste à faire passer de la laine ou du tissu à travers un matériau plus rigide, comme de la jute ou du lin, à l'aide d'un crochet. Les membres, âgés de 42 à 90 ans, proviennent de partout sur l'ile, incluant Westmount et l'Ouest-de-l'-Ile.

C'est un art qui est en voie de disparition au Québec, car peu de gens le connaissent", explique la présidente de la guilde, Ti Seymour. C'est pour cette raison que la Guilde organise des ateliers dans les écoles primaires, à commencer par Sherwood Elementary School.

"C'est très thérapeutique, mais peut aussi être un objet très utile, ou suspendu au mur comme une ouvre d'art"., explique Mme Seymour. Vous pouvez créer des pièces d'art très sophistiquées ou des pièces de style primitif. Aucun besoin d'être une artiste." 

La Guilde est active dans la communauté et fait don des fleurs en laine faites à la main à tous les utilisateurs de la popote roulante lors du Vendredi Saint. Las fleurs sont emballées et signées avec amour par les membres de la Guilde. Pour les Fêtes, les artisanes prévoient fabriquer des sous-verres en tapisserie afin de les offrir avec des tasses. La Guilde exposera des tapisseries fabriquées au cours de 40 derniers années afin de célébrer son anniversaire. L'exposition aura lieu à Centennial Hall du 25 au 27 septembre. Pour plus de détails, contactez le 514 247-9310.


Cites Nouvelles
Cités Nouvelles, Sept. 23rd 2015, Page 24

The Chronicle / The Guild In The News


The Chronicle
The Chronicle - Logo


The Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild  is turning 40
By Sara King-Abadi

The Chronicle (Dorval)

23 Sep, 2015

Community, Page 6

Founded in 1975 by Lois Morris, who is still a member at 76-yearsold, the members of the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild first learned to hook under her guidance. The craft and art of rug hooking is made by pulling yarn or fabric through stiff woven materials like burlap or linen. Members range in age from 42 to 90 years-old from across the island, including Westmount and the West Island. “In Quebec it’s a dying art because not many people know about it,” said the president of the guild, Ti Seymour. With this in mind the guild holds hooking workshops in elementary schools, starting with Sherwood Elementary School.

“It’s very therapeutic, but can be a necessity or hung for a work of art, it’s up to the individual,” said Seymour. “You can go from fine art to primitive style pieces. There’s no need to be an artist.”

The guild is active in the community and donated handmade wool flowers to all the recipients of Meals on Wheels in April, for Good Friday. The flowers were wrapped and signed with love from the guild. When the holiday season rolls around, the crafters intend on making rug coasters to gift with mugs to the organization.

The guild will hold an exhibition of 40 years of hooked rugs to celebrate their anniversary at Centennial Hall from Sept. 25 to 27. For more information call 514-247-9310.


The Chronicle
The Chronicle, Montreal, September 23rd, 2015, Page 6

  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rug Hooking Tour

Trip to Nova Scotia
 By: Dawna Matthew

While attending Green Mountain Rug School this past June I was invited and encouraged to take part in a weeklong “Rug Hooking Tour of Nova Scotia” organized by Lynn Soule of The Champlain Islands Fiber Bees. And what an amazing adventure it turned out to be! From September 12 to 18 I joined 62 other hookers on a huge bus that departed from Vermont and headed off to Nova Scotia.


Champlain Island Fiber Bees
Champlain Island Fiber Bees


Our first stop was Searsport Rug Hooking in Verona, Maine, then on to the lovely Algonquin Resort in St Andrews, NB. Next day we hit Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio in Amhurst, NS. Deanne opened her studio on a Sunday especially for us and did we have fun! We shopped and no one dropped!!
Deanne Fitzpatrick
Lynn Soule’s rug, the design from Deanne Fitzpatrick, with her friends who are depicted in the rug

Deanne Fitzpatrick
Deanne’s studio entrance

Deanne Fitzpatrick
Deanne’s studio entrance

One of the trips highlights was a visit to the Rug Hooking Museum of North America where we were greeted by Suzanne Conrod. I think most of us were close to tears as she expressed her regret that her late husband and co-founder, Hugh, could not share the experience of having a whole bus full of rug hookers pull up at the museum door! If ever you have the opportunity to visit this wonderful museum take advantage, you will not regret it.

 Rug Hooking Museum of North America
The whole gang  - Rug Hooking Museum of North America
 Rug Hooking Museum of North America

Suzanne Conrod at the museum

 Rug Hooking Museum of North America
Original Maud Lewis paintings bought for 25 cents each and later donated to the museum.


Our next studio was Encompassing Designs in Malone Bay, NS owned by Christine Little, followed by a stop at the scenic Peggy’s Cove. Then on to Pictou, NS and more shopping at Rags to Rugs.

Encompassing Designs
Dawna with Christine Little
Encompassing Designs
Lynn Soule getting ready to spend her gift certificate at Encompassing Designs

Peggy’s Cove
Peggy’s Cove

Pictou
Fooling around in Pictou
We finally arrived at Cheticamp on Cape Breton where we spent two days visiting Les Trois Pignons Museum which houses displays of early life in the Cheticamp area plus antique and contemporary hooked rugs created by local craftspeople. There is a large part of the museum devoted to the amazing work of Elizabeth LeFort, known as Canada’s Artist in Wool. There are several shops in the area which sell rugs produced by local artists who work in the “Cheticamp style” of hooking with 2 ply wool yarn and using a twisting technique to pull their loops.


Elizabeth LeFort
Elizabeth LeFort’s work - Les Trois Pignons Museum

Elizabeth LeFort
Elizabeth LeFort’s work - Les Trois Pignons Museum

Elizabeth LeFort
Elizabeth LeFort’s work - Canadian Centennial Rug - Les Trois Pignons Museum

On our return trip we stopped in New Brunswick at Heidi Wulfraat’s studio. Some of you may know her from her Rug Hooking Daily blog.

Part of the fun was watching the smiles on studio owners’ faces when our bus full of potential customers arrived at their shops! Bet that doesn’t happen too often!

One might think that it was a very long drive and of the hours spent sitting but there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed just walking down the bus aisle and watching the progress of the various fibre projects underway. Hookers are never idle so, although it was impossible to bring our hooking equipment, many had knitting, crocheting and even needle punch to pass the time. Such a talented group of people! And for me the hard part of the trip was fitting all my purchases into my suitcase!

Throughout the trip we were kept on schedule by Bill from Green Mountain Tours and none of this could have been possible without all Lynne Soule’s hard work. Our Nova Scotia “Wool Tour” was a huge success!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wesmount Examiner / The Guild In The News


Westmount Examiner
Westmount Examiner - Logo


The Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild  is turning 40
Sara King-Abadi



The  Wesmount  Examiner

17 Sep, 2015

Page 3


Founded in 1975 by Lois Morris, who is still a member at 76-yearsold, the members of the Beaconsfield Rug Hooking Crafters Guild first learned to hook under her guidance. The craft and art of rug hooking is made by pulling yarn or fabric through stiff woven materials like burlap or linen. Members range in age from 42 to 90 years-old from across the island, including Westmount and the West Island. “In Quebec it’s a dying art because not many people know about it,” said the president of the guild, Ti Seymour. With this in mind the guild holds hooking workshops in elementary schools, starting with Sherwood Elementary School.

“It’s very therapeutic, but can be a necessity or hung for a work of art, it’s up to the individual,” said Seymour. “You can go from fine art to primitive style pieces. There’s no need to be an artist.”

The guild is active in the community and donated handmade wool flowers to all the recipients of Meals on Wheels in April, for Good Friday. The flowers were wrapped and signed with love from the guild. When the holiday season rolls around, the crafters intend on making rug coasters to gift with mugs to the organization.

The guild will hold an exhibition of 40 years of hooked rugs to celebrate their anniversary at Centennial Hall from Sept. 25 to 27. For more information call 514-247-9310.


Westmount Examiner
The Examiner. September 17, 2015, Page 3

Monday, September 14, 2015

Work in Progress

Show & Tell  by BHCG members of rugs in progress during Hook-In of September 14th, 2015 at
Centennial Hall.


Isabelle
Isabelle Rollin and her button rug

Jacques
Jacques Lepage an his Finnegan's Market project

Claire
Claire Fradette - scrappy rug inspired by a drawing from her late husband Jim

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beginners Class

Mug Rug Class
Mug Rug Class

Create a Mug Rug

Beginners Classes

Available dates:  October 17 and 31, from 10 AM  to 2 PM 

Cost: $20 includes Mug and Materials

Come along to this class to learn traditional rug hooking.
A mug rug is the perfect small project for all ages.
You will choose from a variety of mugs and design a Mug Rug (coaster) to match.
Help will be on hand every step of the way.

These classes are held at: Le Coin Artisanal. 454A Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, QC

For more information, please contact : ti.seymour@yahoo.com or call 514-247-9310

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Contact / The Guild In the News

Beacondfield Hooking Crafters Guild 2015 Show was announced  by Contact, the municipal newsletter  of Beaconsfield.


Contact
Contact, Vol. 10 No. 6, Fall , September 2015

Contact
Contact, Vol. 10 No. 6, Fall , September 2015, p. 12

Contact
Contact, Vol. 10 No. 6, Fall , September 2015, p. 14

2015 Exhibition


You're invited to our 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Show
40th Anniversary Exhibition Flyer


Executive Committee Message



Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
40th Anniversary Logo - by Maria Romero



September 2015
The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild celebrates its 40th Anniversary

In 1975 Lois Morris founded the “Lakeshore Woolgatherers Hooking Craft Guild”, subsequently renamed “Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild” and thus began 40 years of rug hooking adventures that continue today.  Founding and early members, under Lois’ expert guidance, learned to hook and, to this day, strive to not only expand their own creative talents but to share their experience with new members as well.  From McGown and Moshimer inspirations, to crewel and sculpted pieces, to designing original artwork, to proddy and scrappy and 3 dimensional, from #2 cut to #10,  BHCG members are ever evolving and attempting new skills.

The guild has met throughout its existence at Centennial Hall on the lovely shores of Lac-St.-Louis with the generous support of the City of Beaconsfield and its helpful staff.

The current executive is made up of relative newcomers who appreciate the opportunity to serve in a long line of past executives who have helped to steer the guild, establishing BHCG as a long-respected organization dedicated to the craft of rug hooking.

Plans for our 40th anniversary celebrations mainly revolved around giving back to the community this year.  In April we made padula flowers from wool and gifted them to all recipients of Meals on Wheels in the West Island of Montreal on Good Friday.  Each handmade flower was beautifully wrapped and signed with our love and presented on their meal tray.  This small gesture was greeted with warmth by a generation who are unable to leave home or are often alone.  Later this year we plan to make mug rugs (coasters) gifted with a mug over the festive season.

From April to June we gave a weekly Rug Hooking Class to Grade 5 at Sherwood Forest Elementary.  30 children learned how to transfer their designs onto backing, how to recycle t-shirts into rugs and hook a small square. They were thrilled to meet our only male member who had taken time from work to show the boys that anyone can hook rugs.  It was the greatest experience spending time with the children and learning that boys really do chat more than girls!!  Their final pieces will be joined together and unveiled at our exhibition at Centennial, it will eventually be displayed in the school entrance.

During the summer we gave another children's workshop at Beaconsfield Library, which also brought delight to the members who took part and a new skill which the children can continue at any time in their lives.

Further details and photos can be found in previous articles in the Blog tab.

We will be having a pre-show (smaller exhibit) which will include demonstrations at Beaconsfield Library.  The pre-show will run from September 9 to 27, library hours.

The demonstrations are:

Adult Demos
Sept 9 from 10-11 am
Sept 10 from 6-7 pm
Sept 17 from 7-8 pm
Sept 22 from 10-11 am

Children Demos
Sept 12 from 10 am – noon
Sept 19 from 10 am – noon

Concluding with our large celebratory 40th Anniversary Exhibition on September 25-27 from noon to 5 pm at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield.

We look forward to welcoming visiting rug hookers and the general public. Visitors can expect to see some extraordinary works of art.

The executive is honoured to be part of this proud legacy.  We owe the success of the guild to those still treasured founding members from forty years ago, to their dedication and ingenuity and of the members who followed.   We raise our hooks to salute you and the next forty years!

Best wishes from the Executive:

Ti Seymour - President
Dawna Matthew - Secretary
Jacqueline Bouchard - Treasurer

President's Message _ 2015

 Thank you for visiting the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild Website.

Created in 2008, it continues to grow in capacity offering instruction into the various forms of rug hooking, the history of rug hooking in Canada, activities and information about the Guild and our members’ featured pieces.

As a Guild we warmly welcome anyone from Montreal and further afield who are looking to start rug hooking or have been enjoying this art form for some time and are eager to meet like-minded souls.

Our Guild has been running since 1975 and meeting in the beautiful surroundings of Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, Quebec.  We still hook to this day at Centennial on Mondays from September to May.  We also hook on occasional Saturdays at Le Coin Artisanal in Beaconsfield.  To find out more about our scheduled hook-ins, check out the Calendar tab.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to learn more about any aspect of the Guild or rug hooking, we are only too happy to share this therapeutic art form with you.

Ti Seymour – President
2015 - 2016

BHCG President
Ti Seymour