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Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016 Picnic

Rug Hooking Picnic
Illustration: Maria Romero

The Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild
Is pleased to invite you to its
Annual Picnic
On Saturday 28th May 2016
from 10.00am to 3.00pm
At Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Quebec

Daytime Fun:
• Awesome Auction with our “Notorious Auctioneer” - Louise de Tonnancour – Assisted by our Jacques Lepage
• Door Prizes, Raffle & Silent Auction
• Show n Tell
• Rug Display
• Sale Table of Rug Hooking & Handmade Items

Fabulous Vendors: Judith Dallegret & Linda Desbiens of Silk Devine + Divintiy Fibres (Etsy)

What to Bring:
• Your lawn chair (if the weather’s nice ☺)
• A piece to Show and Tell/Hook

Refreshments, morning nibbles & lunch will be provided by the members of the Guild.

RSVP to Dawna Matthew at : matthewd@ca.inter.net

Dye Cours

Dye & Basic Color Course by  Lois Morris

Mondays: May 2nd,   May 9th,  and May 16th, 2016 

On May 2016,  some new members learned the basis of dyeing with Lois Morris. During 3 Mondays, she offered a Dye Course  which covered the basic color wheel and Dye techniques as Dip dye, Spot dye, Onion Skin, Over dyeing, Paintbrush dyeing and Swatch dyeing.

Dye Course

Monday, May 16, 2016

May Retreat 2016

Doug Rankin 

Wide-Cut Shaded Flower

May 13-15, 2016

A beautiful weekend Rug Hooking Poppies, Roses and Irises in the serene surrounding of L’Ermitage Sainte-Croix, Pierrefonds.  The Executive hosted Doug & Anne Rankin of Highland Heart Hookery, Nova Scotia.
8 people attended the class, in which Doug gave detailed instruction in written and demonstration form.

Highland Heart Hookery, Nova Scotia Website:  http://www.hookarug.com/index.htm

L'Ermitage Sainte-Croix, Pierrefonds, Quebec

One of many meals served - fabulous view of the Lake of Two Mountains
Ti getting to grips with a pedestal stand
Dawna on her 2nd iris!

Aurora's Rose

Claire making great headway on the 1st day

Ann finally succumbs to hanging up her sewing scissors and buys a specialty Rug Hooking pair

Last day 
Left to Right front row:Ti Seymour,Dawna Matthew,Claire Fradette,Sylvia Solomon,Candace Fradette,Elaine Armstrong
Left to Right back row: Ann Arial, Aurora Richard, Doug Rankin

Taking a stroll around the grounds - Candace, Dawna, Elaine, Claire and Ti


Monday, May 9, 2016

Show & Tell

Celebration ensued at Beaconsfield, Lois Morris and Ti Seymour brought their OHCG ribbons to Show and Tell.

Winning Team at OHCG 50th Annual Conference

See Related Post: Lois Morris and Ti Seymour / In The News

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thank you Dawna!

Huge thanks to Dawna Matthew, BHCG Vice President, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes pulling together all our equipment needed for our Road Trip to OHCG Annual.

Dawna Matthew
Dawna Matthew

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thank you Jackie

Jacqueline Bouchard

Treasurer 2014 - 2016

Thanks Jackie for all your hard work as a treasurer over the past 3 years!

Illustration: Maria Romero

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lois Morris and Ti Seymour / In the News

We are so proud to announce that two of our members received. special recognition at the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild’s annual rug show which was held in May at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. Lois Morris, our founder, won first prize in the Alternative Fibres and Techniques category and Ti Seymour, our president, was awarded the ribbon for honourable mention in the same category. Congratulations Lois and Ti!

Lois Morris
Lois Morris wins Alternative Fibres and Techniques Category

Ti Seymour
Ti Seymour receives and Honourable Mention in the Alternative Fibres and Techniques Category

Sunday, May 1, 2016

OHCG 50th Anniversary / In The News


Fibre arts fill Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville for 50th OHCG conference

Sun., May 01, 2016 | By Alison Brownlee


Alison Browlee's Article

HUNTSVILLE – The room was buzzing with visitors admiring the intricate works of fibre art displayed at Deerhurst Resort on Sunday.

The Ontario Hooking Craft Guild hosted its 50th anniversary conference with 400 members representing the 60 guild branches at the Huntsville resort from April 29 to May 1. The event included an open house for the public featuring hundreds of wall hangings and rugs woven in every colour and depicting innumerable scenes based on the artists’ individual styles and designs.
Wanda Wallace, conference co-chair, said the anniversary celebration marked a milestone for the guild, while also preserving a heritage craft.

There is a significance in not losing our history,” said Wallace.

Dianne Algera, fellow conference co-chair, agreed.

“It has a very rich Canadian history coming from the Maritimes and Quebec,” said Algera.

How does it work?

The craft starts with a design drawn on a piece of linen or burlap. A tool reminiscent of a crochet hook pushes ribbons of wool or other material through the backing, giving the design colour and texture. The works on display included landscapes, portraits, animals, mosaics, floral patterns and whimsical interpretations of the conference’s theme, Going for Gold.

Algera said the craft is seeing a resurgence as fibre arts, such as knitting, crocheting and quilting, climb in popularity.

“I think part of the reason is because the baby boomers are starting to retire and they are looking for crafts. Knitting has enjoyed a real resurgence and it’s a great opportunity for us,” she said. “Part of the mandate of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild is to promote traditional rug hooking and keep it alive as one of our heritage crafts.”

Evolution of a craft

She noted, though, that the heritage art has seen an evolution over the years with some crafters shying away from traditional wool fibres and leaning more toward mixed media such as buttons.

“It’s evolved and the rules around rug hooking are now very relaxed,” she said.

And Wallace noted rug hooking is easy to learn.

“We have someone from Beaconsfield, Que., who had an interesting story last night. She slipped into the dollar store, bought some frames, stapled them with burlap and wrote the initials of each (student in an elementary class) on the burlap, supplied them with the hooks and wool, and in two hours they went home with a wrapped gift,” she said. “We love it when the youth are involved.”

Muskoka artist featured

The conference also highlighted Huntsville artist Diane Ayles, who was named one of two Rug Hooking Artists of the Year by the Hooked Rug Museum on North America in the Maritimes.
There were also vendors alongside the artists, including Jen Manuell and Sandra Stetler of Fish Eye Sisters Fibre Art and Design from the Township of Perry north of Huntsville. The sisters said they have registered as vendors for 11 upcoming outdoor shows in the next six months, a testament to the popularity of fibre arts and crafts.

2016 OHCG Show

The OHCG 50th Anniversary Annual Conference
April 29th - May 1st, 2016 
Deerhurst Resort
Muskoka, Ontario

Five of our members were able to attend the annual and everyone had a wonderful time. So many beautiful rugs to admire and inspire! Plus workshops, evening entertainment and vendors with everything to make a rug hooker’s heart sing! Seven members sent rugs to exhibit for a total of 28 pieces. Ti and Dawna managed to handle the set up and received many compliments on BHCG’s display. This was a relief as it was their first time taking on this responsibility.

50th anniversary Logo
OHCG 50th Anniversary Logo

OHCG 2016 Show Advertising

Beaconsfield Display
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Beaconsfield Display - Detail
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Display at OHCG