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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Jacques Lepage / In The News

Ontario Newsletter - Issue No. 4, 2016

By Dawna Matthew

Just browsing through my latest issue of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild publication and what do I see inside the front cover? Jacques’ rug: “The Beaver”!  Congratulations !

Winter 2016
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Cover Page

Jacques Lepage
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Back of Cover Page - The Beaver, Original Design by Jacques Lepage

OHCG Newsletter / In the News

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)
This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter.

Click to enlarge.

Ontario Newsletter - Issue No. 4, 2016

By Dawna Matthew

Just browsing through my latest issue of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild publication and what do I see inside the front cover? Jacques’ rug, “The Beaver”! What a nice surprise! You can also see BHCG on the back cover, with projects from classes with Doug Rankin and Janet Connor. Plus our two lovely young ladies who participated in our Arts Alive Quebec workshop.
So nice to see the guild getting recognition!

Winter 2016
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Cover Page

Jacques Lepage
OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Back of Cover Page - The Beaver, Original Design by Jacques Lepage

OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Page 10

OHCG Newsletter, Issue 4, Winter 2016, Back Cover.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Xmas Card

Happy Holidays!

Snowman by Carolyn Ells; Xmas Tree by Ti Seymour; Illustration by Maria Romero

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Show & Tell / December 2016

Xmas Special !

Here you have some hooked pieces you can offer as Xmas gifts!

Try other techniques as 3D Hooking or Punch Needle, or surprise everyone with a hooked picture frame, a sac or a welcome mat!

3D Xmas Tree by Ti Seymour

Christmas ornaments
By Ti Seymour

The Christmas Tree was a kit purchased from Loretta Moore at https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com/online-store/
Loretta's palette of primitive colours are divine! The base of the tree was a gift from members of the West Island Woodturners, two of whom came for an Introductory Rug Hooking Class. Such fun trying each other's favourite pastimes. I had the pleasure of trying woodturning and produced a small bowl - a lathe was on my wish list for a short while.

Xmas ornaments by Ti Seymour

These are pieces that I made for one of our December Intro Workshops. The ornaments were later hung on our Christmas tree at the Beaconsfield Library.

Snowman by Carolyn Ells

By Carolyn Ells

This 3-dimensional snowman stands 10.5 inches high, 5 inches at its base. It is hooked with wool fabric on Monk’s Cloth and stuffed with leftover wool snipits. It was hooked by Carolyn Ells in 2012, from a kit by Loretta Moore. Carolyn purchased the kit at Joy's legacy auction and hooked it with joy.

Miniature Rugs by Carolyn Ells

Celtic Canine & Celtic Boar
By Carolyn Ells

These miniature rugs were punch-hooked by Carolyn Ells in 2012. They were adapted from a Dover copy-free design and hooked with Paternayan wool on weavers cloth; size 6” x 4”.

Picture frame by Lorayne Charenko

Cheticamp Style Picture Frame

By Lorayne Charenko

This frame was a kit from Stella Bourgeois. Stella was a member of our group for a short while and gave this as a course on Cheticamp type hooking.  The kit contained the pattern, very fine yarn and a hook made by Stella.  The result - the pretty picture frame. Some years later Jeanne Osler was travelling in Nova Scotia and stopped at the museum in Cheticamp. She mentioned Stella having taught this course and they immediately took her upstairs and gave her a tour of the museum and had her hook a few stitches in a rug they were making! She was most impressed.

Welcome Rug by Isabelle Rollin

Welcome Rug
By Isabelle Rollin

This is a Rittermere design with some changes of my own.  A # 4 cut wool rug with a whipped border.

Knapsack by Lois Morris

By Lois J. Morris

I made the knapsacks in the 70's.  I designed them myself, I made one for each of my children when we belonged to a ski club.  We skied Saturdays and Sundays each weekend, and always had extra stuff we had to take with us, Including  lunch.  They were backed with denim.  The shoulder straps were made out of a heavy canvas like cotton I dyed to match the background of the hooked fronts. One was yellow the other was green.They both had the same pattern but I hooked the design in different colours as well as the backgrounds. They got a lot of use over a number of years. Both children still have them.

Sunflower and Cat, by Claire Fradette

By Claire Fradette

The bags I made were all made on burlap bags from the dollar store with a 6 cut wool. I find them great for gifts.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Festive Hook-In

Christmas Hook-In

Our Christmas Hook-In was a huge success. President Ti Seymour set up her photo booth and as you can see members had a hilarious time!! We had a gift exchange, delicious food and wonderful company!  

Here you have some images. Visit our Facebook Page to see all the 50 pictures! Follow this link:

Guild Christmas Party 2016 Photo Album

View of the room

Xmas 2016

Xmas 2016

Xmas 2016
Kay Cousineau and Sally Perodeau

Ti Seymour and a Viking!

Carmen and Claire

Jeanne Osler, Brenda Ticehurst and Lorayne Charenko

The cutest couple: Isabelle and Jacques

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Xmas Trees at Beaconsfield Library

Decorate the Library!

We were asked again this year to participate in the Beaconsfield “Decorate Your Library” event. Thanks to the city of Beaconsfield for including our Guild and thanks to Mary for producing such a lovely Christmas Tree. The two-foot Christmas Tree would be displayed in the Library through the Holiday season.

Mary and her magic touch at work

Sunday, December 4, 2016

International Hook-In Day at Martintown

Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers Hook-In

Eastern Ontario with Beaconsfield Celebrate the International Day of Rug Hooking

By Laura Boszormeny & Dawna Matthew

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild & Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers

What a wonderful day! Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters came up with the idea of celebrating our craft with the rest of the hooking community on this special day for all rug hookers worldwide.
Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers provided the venue at the Martintown Community Centre, a central location north of Cornwall. The two branches huddled and organized a terrific day in Area One. There were 30 rug hookers in attendance, both male and female, young and old, with Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets, Prescott Hoops and Hooks and the 1000 Islanders represented as well. The meal was graciously provided by Martintown (4 different soups and rolls) and Beaconsfield (the sweet table), plus plenty of coffee and tea flowing all day to go along with the chatter.

New friends were made and longtime friendships rekindled. Newbies to experienced, the fun and laughter was shared- visiting, with not a lot of loops pulled but a varied and inspirational Show and Tell to keep us hooking afterward. Ideas were exchanged, help given, as well as two draws, a 50-50 and a hooking gift basket full of wool and other treasures.

Everyone went home with a warm, happy feeling that this should become an annual event in our area. There are already plans afoot for Monday, December 4, 2017, with Beaconsfield hosting. Thanks to our wonderful hosts this year and for starting a new tradition in Area 1.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

International Rug Hooking Day Celebration

Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers Hook-In

Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers Hook-In

On December 4th we will be celebrating International Rug Hooking Day with the Martintown Wild & Woolly.  A Hook-In will be held at Martintown Community Center.  
A big Thank You to the Martintown group for hosting this event.
Martintown Community Center,
4850 County Road 20, 
Martintown, ON
Glengarry County,
K0C 1S0

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Beginners' Class

Xmas Intro Workshop

LCA, November 5th & 19th, 2016

We had several people try their hand at rug hooking at our Christmas Intro Workshop held on two Saturdays at Le Coin Artisanal. Some Christmas Trees were started and two young ladies made gifts, one a lovely mug rug for her dad and the other a sunflower for her friend.

Beginners Class
Illustration by Maria Romero

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Show & Tell / November 2016

Featured Member: Dawna Matthew

Celebrating the Monarch butterflies annual migrations across North America

Dawna Mathhew
Prairie Remnant - Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Prairie Remnant
Designed by: GoingGray
Hooked by: Dawna Matthew
Size: 40” x 28”
Cuts: #6 & some #4, wool
Teacher: Started with Iris Simpson at Green Mountain Rug School, June 2013

I consider this to be my first “real” rug. Previously I had only made two small pillows. The pattern is Prairie Remnant and is from Going Gray. I was attracted to the pattern because of the various flowers and the possibility for using bright, cheerful colours. I dyed most of the wool myself except for the background which is Dorr Oatmeal. The dip dye for the Blazing Stars was especially fun! I started the rug in a workshop at Green Mountain Rug School in an open class with Iris Simpson. Iris’s guidance, instruction and support were instrumental in giving Prairie Remnant a solid beginning. This rug hangs in my house and brings sunshine to us daily!

For more information about the Monarch Migration, follow these links:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

November 11th

Poppies - Jeanne Osler
Oriental Poppy, Hooked by Jeanne Osler

In Flanders Fields

by Lt Col John McCrae

(Composed at the Battlefront
 on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the :

  • Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel in the North of France
  • And the 75th Anniversary of the Canadians in Hong Kong

Please visit online:
Veterans Affairs Canada 
Website: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

Book of Remembrance

The Memorial Chamber

Peace Tower, Ottawa

We remember them!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Hook-In

What a great fun! 

What a great turn out for our Halloween Hook In! 
Beaconsfield Hookers certainly know how to get into the spirit of things!

Our Halloween Hook-In was great fun!!!
 Dawna created this beautiful wreath which was drawn as a door prize for the crazy costumed hookers.

Charlene the crazy cat lady won the beautiful wreath


Fat Cat in the Hat curiously drawn to the Crazy Cat Lady.

Crazy Cat Lady looking to adopt another cat.

 Beautiful wicked witch Denise M. won a potted plant!

Denise Morissette
 We Love Monique's luscious lips !! LOL!


Dawna and Rejean

OHCG Newsletter / In The News

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild - Reports by Branch
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild (Area 1)

This is the Quarterly Activities Report published in the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Newsletter.
Click to enlarge.

Fall 2016
OHCG Newsletter - Issue 3, Fall 2016. Cover Page

OHCG Newsletter - Issue 3, Fall 2016. Page 14: Reports by Branch

OHCG Newsletter - Issue 3, Fall 2016. Page 24: Erratum
As you can see here, Beaconsfield guild has had a very active summer. Not only have we been busy at home but also members have been reaching out and sharing with other groups.

Activities of the Guild
OHCG Newsletter - Issue 3, Fall 2016. Page 29: About our activities

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hooking in the Mountains XVIII

Hooking in the Mountains XVIIIEssex Junction, Vermont

By Carolyn Ells

Part of the Show Area

Over 375 hooked rugs and objects were on display at Hooked in the Mountains XVIII, October 19-23, 2016. The Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild can always be counted on for mounting an impressive hooked rug exhibition. I was glad to have three days to admire the display, take a turn demonstrating rug hooking at the show, take a couple of workshops, make and renew acquaintances, and shop among the vendors. There were scheduled talks on various topics each day, some by this year's featured artists. The show included a series of rugs on interpreting Tarot cards. All of this was conveniently located on one level in a large building at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center.

Our  end booth Display

Beaconsfield was represented with a mini-display about our guild, rugs by several members in the main show, and Louise's rug in the people's choice section from last year's show. 

Christmas Themed  Rug Hooking Class
Anny with her Daughters, by Louise G. De Tonnancour

I took one-day workshops on Hook-a-purse-in-a-day (Diane Phillips) and Zentangle (Rae Harrell). 

Carolyn Ells' project

Candace, Claire, Dawna, Mary and Ti took a workshop on hooking Van Gogh (Janet Conner). Others came down to see the show, shop and visit.

There was quite a variety in the exhibition. I was particularly taken by some of the abstract rugs, and rugs with sculpted sections, feathers and bling. Perhaps I will try some of these techniques in the future. It was a fun few days. Congratulations to the GMRHG! No doubt everyone who went came away inspired and happy.

Dawna Matthew

Dawna's Project

Mary's version of  a Van Gogh of  our class

Candace’s project

Claire's Project
Claire and Candace Fradette hard in work

Janet Connor’s Van Gogh Class

The “Beaconsfield Girls”

Lynn Soule who organized the Rug Hooking Trip to Nova Scotia