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Monday, April 30, 2018

Hook-In With A Guest

A Guest from Massachusetts

Well, isn’t the internet, especially our Website, wonderful!
The Guild received an email from a gentleman in Sweden, saying that his mother-in-law, Phyllis Poor, who is an avid hooker, recently moved to Massachusetts, but is currently visiting Montreal. He wondered if she’d be welcome to visit our Monday hook-in. I assured him that we would love to have her join us.

And so on April 30 Phyllis came to Beaconsfield to hook with us. Naturally we had a show and tell so she could see all the different and diverse pieces our talented members are working on. And I know Phyllis had a wonderful time!

Phyllis Poor
Some Phyllis work

Show and Tell
Show and Tell

Guest from Massachusetts
Phyllis and member Juliet

Friday, April 20, 2018

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day

On Thursday, April 19th several of our members braved the unseasonable weather for a trip up to Burritts Rapids for RVBB’s Auction Day. What an amazing collections of goodies for sale, wool, patterns, quilting equipment, books. You name it, they had it! The auctioneer and helpers were kept hopping and the crowd kept spending! Not only did we leave with bins and bags full but we were served a lovely lunch. Thank you RVBB for a fun filled day!

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day

Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets Auction Day

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Demo & Display

Rug Hooking Demo and Display

The Guild  have just received an invitation from the City of Pointe-Claire to participate in the event "Folk by the Lake"!

Pointe-Claire Logo

Cultural Rendez-Vous: Folk by the Lake (Pointe-Claire)
May 26-27, 2018
10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Stewart Hall Cultural Centre
176 Lakeshore Rd.
Pointe-Claire, QC

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Show& Tell / April - June 2018

Canadian Cultural Heritage

The year 2017 was Canada’s 150th anniversary. To extend and commemorate Canada’s Culture and Heritage, this year our Website’s  “Show & Tell” section will be dedicated to heritage buildings and historical sites. In the coming months, two of these structures, lighthouses and covered bridges, will be shown as seen by our rug hookers. Starting in January, Lighthouses will be highlighted in Show & Tell, to be followed by Covered bridges a few months later. 

Show & Tell : Covered Bridges!

From the middle 1800’s to the middle 2000’s over 1000 to 1200 covered bridges were built in Quebec alone, and, of these, 82 were still in existence in 2012. (Certain sources claim 100). These structures were erected to facilitate the transport of timber across watercourses, replacing the early primitive bridges made out of exposed wooden boards, which, unprotected from the elements, were rotting quickly and were hazardous for the users. Covering the bridge with a roof meant a longer lifespan for the bridge and  protection for the horses and pedestrians. Over the years, many of these bridges were restored and are still in use today for pedestrians and cyclists. The longest covered bridge in the world is in Hartland, New Brunswick. It is the subject of  Claire Fradette’s rug, seen here.  To learn more about covered bridges, please visit:

Covered Bridges Map  (Interactive Map)

Denise  Morissette
St André Covered Bridge by Denise Morissette

St. André Covered Bridge
Denise Morissette

My inspiration for the covered bridge was found on the internet from a photo taken by Pierre L'Homme on November 10, 2006 of St. André bridge, west of St. Sylvestre, in  Quebec. 
I used recycled wool,  hooked it in cuts no. 6, 5 and 3. It measures 20 X 17 inches.

Claire Fradette
The Hartland Covered bridge by Claire Fradette
The Hartland Covered Bridge
By Claire Fradette

I hooked this rug in a # 4 cut. It is 20”x 14” and is adapted from a photo.

Built in 1898, and with its 1,282 feet long, the Hartland covered bridge is the world’s longest. It crosses the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick. I remember going through it as a young child, New Brunswick being my native province.
In 1987, the Olympic Torch for the 1988 Winter Olympics crossed the bridge and a 1995 Canadian postage stamp honours it.

Candace Fradette
Covered bridge by Candace Fradette

Covered Bridge
Candace Fradette
A small covered bridge on County Road 19 in Williamstown, Ontario. The South Branch of the Raison River runs through it. Presently on private property.