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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mug Rug Class / October 2015

Introduction to Rug Hooking - 17 & 31 October

Members helped 5 ladies design a small pattern for a Mug Rug and introduce them to the techniques of Rug Hooking.  Each newcomer selected a mug from the generous offering and colour planned their piece around it.

Claire - October 17th

October 17th

October 1th
October 17th

halloween hook-in
October 31st

mug rug class
October 31st

October 31st

mug rug class
October 31st

Aurora - October 31st

October 31st

Halloween Hook-In at LCA

Some pictures taken during the Saturday Hook-In of October 31st, 2015 at Le Coin Artisanal. It was a  very fun Hook-In !

Maria Romero - Lunch time at the Halloween Hook-in

Ti, Maria, Carolyn
Ti Seymour, Maria Romero, Carolyn Ells - Troublesome Trio!!!

James Seymour provided treats for the Halloween Hook-in

Carolyn Ells
Carolyn’s gifts
Carolyn Ells - Surprised by her gifts - with thanks for her awesome contribution to Members Show & Share Session with her Punch Hooking demonstration & her fabulous talk during the 40th Anniversary Exhibition “Transferring Photos into Rugs".

Mug Rug Class
 Mug Rug Class Underway and Carolyn in the background still in disbelief of her new found gifts!
Storied Rug
Storied Rug By Carolyn Ells

Carolyn Ells with her stunning foot rug that is going to be gifted to her neighbours.  The neighbours children want to hook the last few rows - what a great memory and an awesome gift.

Rug Hooking Technique
Carolyn explaining how this technique is achieved

Aurora and Ti
Aurora and Ti figuring out problems incurred serging linen

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rug delivered to School

The Sherwood Forest Elementary School rug is delivered!
By Ti Seymour

Principal John Torunian surprises the children with the final outcome. Other than Grace and Roxanne, the rest of the children have yet to see the rug pieced together. A photo board with accompanying article have already been exhibited at our 40th Anniversary Exhibition, TIGHR 2015 Victoria and is on its way to be exhibited at the Lester B Pearson School Board. The rug will return to Sherwood after Christmas.

School Project
Principal John Torunian surprises the children with the final outcome.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Gene Shepherd's Challenge

A New Year's Resolution for 2015: Teach a Child to Hook!
By Ti Seymour

This challenge by Gene Shepherd really struck a chord within our Guild - whether nurturing our own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or from working as a teacher before retirement. It gave us a challenge that sparked the most amazing chain reaction. Little do the children realize how much attention their rug has received. Not only was it featured in our 40th Anniversary Exhibition in September, it then went off to Victoria, B.C. and was exhibited at TIGHR. Luckily there is this photographic proof, which will accompany their rug back to Sherwood Forest Elementary School this week. So proud of these kids and their achievement.

Gene Sheperd
Gene Shepherd's article in ATHA magazine Feb/March 2015

40th Anniversary Show
Rug Displayed at Centennial Hall (40th Anniversary Show)

Sherwood Forest Elementary School
Displayed at TIGHR Victoria 2015

Sherwood Forest Elementary School
TIGHR 2015 - Rug Identification Card

Work in Progress

Show & Tell  by BHCG members of rugs in progress during Hook-In of October 26th, 2015 at
Centennial Hall.

Dawna Matthew's sampler rug

New Member Fay Louch

Jacqueline Bouchard

Andrée Lapensée

Margaret, Aurora, Rosemary
New Members Margaret Johnston, Aurora Richard & Rosemary Jean Hudson

3 pieces from Lois Morris’s Beginner Course

New Member Juliet Davies working on a Butterfly Mug Rug

Returning member Réjean Courtemanche showing photos of the plaster cast he made when he was 12 and is now going to hook a rug of them both

Ti Seymour
Work in progress by Ti Seymour

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015


Cookies at Centennial
By Ti Seymour

Our Linda Henderson arranged to support Roxanne & Grace from Sherwood Forest Elementary School in their fundraising efforts by purchasing cookies for our Monday Hook-in. 
The girls were on a ped day and jumped at the chance to bake and pass by Centennial with our treats.  They were rewarded by a sneak preview of the school rug.

I bumped into them again at the Halloween Social at Sherwood Forest School.  Hope you all had a great Halloween too. 

Roxanne and Grace
Linda Henderson heard tell of these dynamic duo baking for charity and arranged to purchase cookies on their ped day.

Roxanne and Grace
Grace & Roxanne get a sneak peak of the school rug before its delivery

Roxannem Grace and Ti
Halloween Social at Sherwood Forest School - Grace, Roxanne & Ti Seymour

Gift of Recognition

On Monday, October 19th, the members of the guild presented our president, Ti Seymour, with a gift as recognition for all her hard work during the 40th anniversary celebration activities, especially the preliminary show and the full exhibition. All her special touches made the events a huge success!
She was extremely active promoting our Guild and her enthusiasm in all rug hooking activities is very contagious.
Thank you, Ti and we know we can count on your hard work to close the anniversary year with joy and fun-filled activities.

Below you can see Ti wearing her gifts, a lovely silver shawl pin and a felted scarf in her favourite blue tones.

Ti Seymour
Ti Seymour, BHCG President, wearing the felted scarf created by Dawna Matthew

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Show and Share

Punch Needle Hooking 
"Show & Share" with Carolyn Ells

By Ti Seymour

A thoroughly captivating talk by Carolyn of this beautiful miniature style of rug hooking! I expected to find a tiny doll’s house with miniature orientals packed in her suitcase - such endless talent.  Carolyn praised Kathleen Menzies as the inspiration behind her passion for this craft and pointed out the portability from the miniature hoop and punch needle to the tiny skeins of wool and floss.  She passed around the different styles of needles for us to inspect and gave us the opportunity to try punch needle for ourselves. The green square was the first punch needle piece she made and decided smaller pieces were her favourites to hook. Some lucky family members have received a few pins as gifts.  Needless to say, there were a few members making notes of the names of the equipment she recommended and I daresay would have ordered online by the end of the day. Thanks Carolyn - great job!

Carolyn Ells
Carolyn Ells

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Monday, October 12th, 2015
Thanksgiving Day - Canada

Illustration: Maria Romero

"Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations."

Source: Wikipedia
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 10, 2015


TIGHR - Back to Nature, October 4-7, 2015, Victoria, B.C.
Submitted by Ti Seymour

TIGHR 2015

I was in awe of this conference - the table of discussions/workshops/tours on offer and the professionalism of the rug hookers present.  After registration on the first afternoon there was a Friendship Mat exchange alongside a cheese and wine reception, a great ice breaker.  I met Debra Smith, Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine, Susan Feller and Lori Laberge; that was an amazing and humbling start.

The following few days I attended two panel discussions:

Defining Professionalism - Moderator: Susan Feller;  Panelists: Jo Franco, Lori LaBerge, Rachelle LeBlanc and Deb Smith;

Approaching a New Design - Moderator: Karen Kaiser;  Panelists: Stephanie Allen-Krauss, Linda Rae Coughlin, Maggie White.

And two workshops:

Proddy Cluster Flowers with Gene Shepherd;
Playing with Plaids with Laurie Wiles.

I also attended five presentations:

1. Sylvia Olsen: A Coast Salish Legacy: the women whose knitting made and saved their lives;
2.  Michelle Sirois-Silver: Intersections: The place where the hand hooked surface & contemporary art meet;
3.  Gene Shepherd: Color in your Rugs;
4.  Kerry Mason (University of Victoria):  The Life and Art of Emily Carr;
5.  Dr Robert Bateman: Nature in Art.

It was inspiring to be submerged in this outstanding professional event and meet so many talented ladies and gentlemen.  I highly recommend becoming a member of TIGHR.  The Victoria Conference was amazing and the online member portal is a fabulous way of keeping in touch.

After the conference I stayed on to attend Gene Shepherd’s 3-day Big Momma Wide-Cut class.  We were eighteen ladies in attendance. Gene commanded the room and regaled us with entertaining tales and shared pearly words of wisdom on techniques.

I am looking forward to what Heather Ritchie and her team come up with for the next Triennial.

Follow the link to see some pictures:

Monday, October 5, 2015

40th Anniversary e-Guestbook

Sorry Dearie's Textures Pack # 6
2015-01-20 13:37:04
By "hook" or by crook I'll be the first in the Guestbook! Congratulations BHCG :))

2015-01-20 19:32:11
Brings back a lot of memories--Some of us have changed a lot. Interesting.

2015-01-21 20:17:48
Hooker's Wood & Wool Studio
Chippewa Falls, WI USA
So nice to know so much about this group of well seasoned hookers!

2015-01-25 12:47:01
Chateauguay QC
This is a great website, and 40th anniversay page, to celebrate this vibrant guild and craft.


2015-02-08 14:00:59
Sylvia Solomon
Pointe-Claire, Que. Canada
Love the logo Maria!

2015-02-17 18:18:11
Susan Kendall
Ottawa, On.
Love the new logo! The comaradery and history are well told with the pictures. :)

2015-02-21 11:28:59 Name
Ste-Anne de Bellevue
Love the Logo-well done Maria!!

2015-03-04 06:49:45
So lovey to see a group flourishing. Can't wait for your show in September. Congratulations!

2015-03-16 07:04:00 Name
Kirkland QC
lovely website, thanks for your hard work, Maria.

2015-04-01 12:58:54
Denise Morissette
Ville / Pays
Groupe dynamique,Logo magnifique

2015-04-01 11:20:35
Louise G. de Tonnancour
Brossard, Qc. Canada
It's very impressive to see the amount and quality of the rugs hooked through the years. The photo album is great! Thank you Maria for that beautiful segment of the website!

2015-04-07 21:41:09
Rejean Courtemanche
Laval Qc
After 40 years, the guild is still there and very active. Judging from what I saw while I was there, no doubt it will go on for a long long time. Congradulation to all for the nice work.

2015-04-16 21:08:54
Carole bruneau
congratulations on your art and your success

2015-04-22 15:07:34
Susan de Courcy
Beautiful work. Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!

2015-04-25 10:56:38
rawdon que.

2015-08-30 10:11:43
Therese Kilgore
Colorado Springs, Co
Love looking at all the beautiful rugs! I have a passion for rug hooking!

2015-09-06 08:26:40 Name
Sylvia Doiron
Cape Cod, USA

2015-09-06 10:01:04
Nicole Cahlander
Grand Isle Vermont
Met a couple of your members this summer lovely ladies thanks for sharing your page

2015-09-06 11:28:42
Mary Lou Justason
Honey Harbour, ON
I have a similar story to Lois' when I moved to Barrie, ON 43 years ago. I needed to teach beginners although I was a beginner myself to form a branch of the OHCG. Rug hooking is flourishing in Simcoe County, ON.

2015-10-04 15:37:04
Derek Morris
Rawdon, Qc
my congratulations to everyone who created and ran this 40th exibition. it was a great success with hundreds of visitors spread over 3 days. Good luck to you all who continue to create these masterpieces for all to enjoy.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

La Presse / The Guild In The News

Fabienne Couturier from La Presse spend time with us at one of the library demos and also visited the show. She did a lovely write up “Les Accros du Crochet” which you can see here:

La Presse
La Presse, October 3rd 2015 Edition

**In French Only**
La Presse, édition du 3 octobre 2015; section MAISON, écran 9

La Presse / BHCG
La tapisserie au crochet est pratiquée par des nombreuses femmes de la Guilde de tapisserie au crochet de Beaconsfield. Photo: Olivier Pontbriand - La Presse

Les accros du crochet

Qui ne se souvient pas d’avoir vu, chez ses grands-parents, dans un chalet loué pour l’été ou dans une vente-débarras, l’un de ces humbles tapis crochetés aux dessins naïfs et aux couleurs passées ?

La Presse / Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Au Québec, la tapisserie au crochet a pratiquement disparu des écrans radars. Photo: Olivier Pontbriand - La Presse

Tracés à la main ou imprimés mécaniquement sur des canevas souvent vendus par catalogue, leurs motifs de cabane à sucre, de maisons traditionnelles, de fleurs ou d’animaux ont orné les chambres à coucher et les salons de nombreux foyers nord-américains.

Curieusement, au Québec, cette forme d’art populaire a pratiquement disparu des écrans radars, alors qu’aux États-Unis, en Nouvelle-Écosse ou en Ontario, par exemple, la tapisserie au crochet, considérée comme un métier d’art à part entière, n’a jamais perdu de sa popularité. On lui consacre des musées, des conférences, des expositions, des périodiques, des boutiques, des écoles même !

Ici, une poignée de mordues – pour la plupart anglophones, d’ailleurs – se consacrent à la pratique et à la promotion de ce qui a déjà fait partie de notre patrimoine au même titre que la catalogne ou la courtepointe.

Elles se rassemblent régulièrement pour échanger des trucs, apprendre de nouvelles techniques ou simplement pour socialiser. On dit « elles », mais ce n’est pas qu’une affaire de femmes : quelques hommes s’adonnent à la tapisserie, comme Jacques Lesage, ébéniste et membre de la Guilde de tapisserie au crochet de Beaconsfield, ou Jocelyn Guindon, des Tapissiers de Saint-Henri, à Montréal. D’ailleurs, l’un des grands noms de la tapisserie au Québec était un homme, Georges-Édouard Tremblay, mort en 1987, dont certaines tapisseries se vendent plus de 4000 $ sur les sites d’enchères.


La Presse / Judith Dallegret
La professeure d'art Judith Dallegret a choisi la tapisserie au crochet comme mode d'expression. Photo: Robert Skinner - La Presse

Plus près de nous, on peut admirer notamment le travail de Judith Dallegret, artiste peintre et professeure d’art, qui a choisi la tapisserie au crochet comme mode d’expression et sujet d’enseignement.

Ses œuvres, originales, gaies, colorées, pleines de vie et d’énergie (comme leur auteure, quoi !), sont tout à fait représentatives du renouveau de cette forme d’art.
Née en Nouvelle-Écosse mais élevée à Longueuil, elle se réclame de quatre générations de rug hookers. C’est d’ailleurs un tapis crocheté par son arrière-grand-mère qui lui a, pour ainsi dire, fait découvrir sa propre fibre de tapissière. Ce tapis ancien tombait en lambeaux, comme c’est souvent le cas de ces humbles choses faites de fibres déjà usées que des milliers de pas ont foulées. C’est en cherchant comment elle pourrait le repriser qu’elle a découvert la Guilde de Beaconsfield… et qu’elle est devenue accro du crochet.

Rencontrées lors d’une séance de démonstration donnée à l’occasion du 40e anniversaire de la Guilde, Louise G. de Tonnancour, Denise Vandenbemden, Dawna Matthiew et Claire Fradette ont des histoires similaires : venues là presque par hasard, elles se sont prises au jeu et crochètent comme d’autres tricotent, peignent ou tissent.

Certes, les techniques et les matériaux de base ont évolué depuis l’apparition de la tapisserie au crochet en Amérique du Nord, vers le milieu du XIXe siècle. Ainsi, nombre d’artisanes travaillent maintenant avec des tissus de laine neufs ou peu usagés, qu’elles teignent elles-mêmes pour disposer d’une palette de couleurs satisfaisante, et qu’elles découpent ensuite en lanières plus ou moins fines à l’aide d’une machine conçue à cet effet. On peut même se procurer, dans les boutiques spécialisées, des lanières déjà coupées. De plus, on se sert préférablement d’un canevas de lin au lieu du jute de l’ancien temps, lequel résiste mal à l’usure et produit beaucoup de charpie (atchoum !).


Étonnamment, malgré la finesse et la beauté de leur travail, plusieurs artisanes tiennent à ce que leurs tapis servent… de tapis. « Je ne les fais pas pour qu’on les accroche au mur, affirme Judith Dallegret, mais pour qu’on marche dessus. »

Avouons-le, poser le pied sur un tapis de cette valeur, ça fait un peu mal, alors qu’il en était bien autrement jadis naguère.

Comme bien des arts domestiques, la tapisserie au crochet visait d’abord essentiellement un but utilitaire : avant l’ère du chauffage central et de l’isolant R-48, nos aïeux gelaient tout rond dans leurs maisons. Pour couper le froid venu du sol, les riches pouvaient s’offrir des tapis d’Orient ou des carpettes tissées au métier, mais les familles modestes devaient se débrouiller avec les moyens du bord. Comme le tissu était rare et précieux, on l’usait jusqu’à ses derniers fils. Pas question donc de jeter les vêtements, même ceux trop usés pour être rapiécés. L’ultime stade de leur récupération consistait à les découper pour en faire des tapis tressés ou crochetés, des courtepointes ou des catalognes.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

West Island Blog / The Guild In The News

West Island Logo

Rug Hookers celebrate 40 years of hooking

by Rhonda Massad
West Island Blog / Community News

Lorayne, Rhonda, Denise M and Lois
From left to right: Lorayne Charenko, Rhonda, Massad Denise Morissette and Lois Morris

What used to be a survival craft to provide warmth, rug hooking,  is now an art form.  Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild held a vernissage last Friday night, to show off 40 years of craftsmanship as well as art. 

“The pieces are beautiful. Many people think of these works as rugs and not works of art,” Beaconsfield city councillor Karen Messier said, “These are truly works of art.”

Beaconsfield rug hookers celebrated their 40th anniversary of the group’s inception at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield by lining the wall with rugs that could have been mistaken for oil paintings. 

“The rugs are too beautiful to be stepped on,” said Volunteer West Island’s outreach coordinator, Shelley Hayden, “even though some of these are used that way.”

According to Linda Henderson, vice president of the guild, 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. 

“We started out with five course a week to 40 years of creativity shown in this room made by people who did not think they had talent.” Lois Morris, founder of the guild, explained. “I think we broke some of those notions.”

Jacques Lepage
Jacques Lepage demonstrating the technique

“I had no idea the group would be around 40 years later,” said Morris, “I am very proud of the group.  I commute from Rawden (sic) to come and teach the girls each Monday.”

Link: http://www.westislandblog.com/rug-hookers-celebrate-40-years-of-hooking/

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Show and Tell / October - December 2015

This is a selection of rugs from our September 2015 Exhibition, held at the Beaconsfield Library and at Centennial Hall.

Autumn leaves reborn
By Jacqueline Bouchard

This rug is an original design measuring 49 in. by 22 in. It was hooked on burlap with recycled woolens, yarns, a silk tie and some new wool. The strips were cut by hand. The braided border comes from a recycled piece of Black Watch tartan.

One morning in the Fall 2014 as I was walking through the park, the beauty of the many colourful leaves spread on the ground inspired me to give them a new life and they were reborn in this rug.

Jacqueline Bouchard
Autumn leaves reborn, by Jacqueline Bouchard

Wonky Houses with Poppies
By Dawna Matthew

This rug, which is actually a wall hanging, measuring 22” x 17.5” was hooked in 2014. It is composed from two of Deanne Fitzpatrick’s patterns, Hills Across the Harbour and Big Red Poppies. I wanted something in front of the houses and the space seemed to call out for bright, red poppies!

I was challenging myself to use as much recycled wool as possible. Most of this piece is made from over-dyed men’s sports jackets from our local thrift shop. It is all 8.5 cut except, of course, for the proddy poppies with yarn centers and the white fleece in the clouds.

It is bright and cheerful and brings back memories of a camping trip that my husband and I made a few years ago. We spent most of the month of September touring Newfoundland. It was also on this trip that I got “hooked” on rug hooking. We visited the museum in Twillingate which had a beautiful display of hooked rugs with different designs of lighthouses of Newfoundland and Labrador. I left determined to find out more about this craft, came home, joined our guild and have been busy hooking ever since!

Dawna Matthew
Wonky Houses with Poppies, hooked by Dawna Matthew

Holly Scroll  (64” x 17”)
By Ti Seymour

I was looking to make a piece that would complement my "winter scene" around the fireplace, during the ski season at our cottage.  Karen Kaiser’s Wide Cut Class November 2014 was the perfect opportunity to start such a project.  Judith Dallegret dyed the rich red over a selection of textiles which enhanced its lovely mottled appearance.  Cut to a size 10 it is dwarfed by the hand torn, proddy holly scroll that stands a smidgen higher, dyed by Joni Black.

It was a pleasure to hook and proddy my simple design that took just about a month.  Even though I used 8 yards, I found I didn’t estimate correctly how much I would need overall.  So with the festive season upon me, I found myself sounding like a well-known Dickens character “Can I have some more please” holding out my empty rug hooking bag.  I guess that's the price you pay for hooking high, which is not a bad thing I’m told by Gene Shepherd … (just a wool seller’s dream).

Holly Scroll, by Ti Seymour