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OHCG Newsletter / In the News

OHCG Newsletter /Summer 2019
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.

Fête nationale du Québec

Fête St. Jean at Centennial Park in Beaconsfield June 24, 2019_By Emmy Maten

La Fête Nationale in Beaconsfield was celebrated in Centennial Park with many family activities offered. As in previous years, our Guild had a kiosque to promote the art of rug hooking. We had fabulous weather and a big turn-out from the public. Several of our Guild members and Jane from the Martintown Wild and Woollys donated their time and rugs to make an outstanding rug display and welcome the public. We demonstrated, explained, answered questions and referred potential new rug-hookers to our Guild. Many keen individuals tried rug hooking themselves, with our guidance, using the two demonstration pieces on hoops. We even sold 2 kits and several cards.
Not only was the day a success, but most of all, we had lots of fun. A great thanks to Isabelle, Jacques, Candace, Jane, Heather and Debbie. You made it all happen!

Special Show&Tell

Special Show & Tell / And the Winners are...

Grandfather's Fox by Isabelle Rollin My first rug was inspired by my Mother who told me that her Father had designed and maybe even hooked a rug with a fox and flowers. Together, my Mom and I spent many precious moments trying to recreate this design. This has a great deal of 'doing and undoing' as I was learning to hook. Thank you all for your advice and encouragement. Thanks Mommy. The rug is 26-5/8"x38", wool cut no. 6. Original design hooked with recycled material from blazers, skirts and shared wool.

Le Draveur/The Logger  By Jacques Lepage  The image of a happy man, working  his hard and dangerous trade, in the rageing wilderness of spring.  While I was hooking this rug, many stories were shared to me, souvenirs of people who had the chance to know one of these brave and proud men. What a great recognition. For the fabrication of this rug I used woolen shirts. Maybe one had belonged to an old logger!


Lois Morris / In the News

Lois Morris Featured in Rug Hooking Magazine By Dawna Matthew

Rug Beat Newsletter from Rug Hooking Magazine recently posted an article titles “Rugs Inspired by Famous Artists”. A rug titled “Sarah”, the work of our guild founder, Lois Morris, is featured in the part regarding The Blue Period.

Link to the article:  The Blue Period: Expanding creativity through monochromatic rug

Reproduced here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith.

 *****The Blue PeriodExpanding creativity through monochromatic rugsBy: Tamara Pavich

Between 1900 and 1904, Pablo Picasso painted mostly in blue and blue-green, sometimes warming his canvases with small doses of creamy yellow and terra cotta. Today the somber Blue Period paintings are some of his most popular works, along with those from his equally somber Rose Period. His practice of painting only in black, white, and gray—called achromatic art—spanned his entire career.

Picasso’s limited color palettes exemplify the idea that restriction fosters crea…

Ormstown Fair

Rug Hooking at the Ormstown Fair – a First!_By Emmy Maten
June 6-9, 2019

The Rug Hooking Event at opening night of the Ormstown Fair captured a lot of attention from the public, as many had never seen this art before. Our own Charlene was in the Parade playing the bag pipes!

It was the first time that rug hooking was an official event at the Fair and two rugs of our members, Jacques and Isabelle, tied for the 1st place award and another of Jacques’ was awarded 2nd place.

Heather Wright from the Hemmingford Rug Hookers (and North Hero) was awarded 3rd place with her rug.

Other participating guilds were the Martintown Wild and Woolies and Les Joyeuses Houkeuses de la Chateauguay Valley Rollicking Rug Hookers.
Volunteers from each guild including Isabelle, Jacques, and Emmy from Beaconsfield welcomed the public to the art of rug hooking. The fair organisers really appreciated our demonstration and want to continue the Hooked Rug Competition next year! 

2019 Picnic

June 8th 2019,

2019 Annual Picnic: 
What an amazing day we had!_By Dawna Matthew

We welcomed 42 guests and 32 BHCG  members for a total of 74! The largest group we have ever had! And the weatherman was definitely on our side!!

Thank you to all who helped with set up and take down and that includes the strong husbands who lugged around all those tables, chairs and tents! To all who contributed to the delicious food, to those who donated to the door prizes and auctions and to our vendors for coming and offering their wonderful wares!

Thank You to all our fellow rug hookers who travelled from far and wide to join in the fun and share their love of our wonderful art.

Most of all, Thank You, to all our members who pulled together to make this day such a success. What a team!!!

Pointe-Claire Cultural Rendez-Vous

Rug Hooking Demo_Cultural Rendez-Vous: Spotlight On Arts
Stewart Hall Cultural Center
May 25-26, 2019

Saturday and Sunday, May 25th and 26th saw us at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire for their Cultural Rendez-Vous. Thanks to those who came out to help demonstrate and teach the public about the wonderful art of rug hooking!


Saint-Henri Rug Hookers Show_ Mai 9th-12th, 2019

By Christina Delaney

Tapissiers Saint-Henri Rug Hookers held their bi-annual rug hooking show this year May 9th through the 12th at a new venue. The show was held at a small atelier and art gallery in NDG called Atelier Meteque. The gallery is located on Cote St Luc road close to Girouard. The walls were covered in rugs!  St Henri reports the show was well attended not only by friends and family, but the community as well.

Some BHCG members are also part of Saint-Henri!  Carolyn Mungall, Joanne Touchette, Colette Simon, Lin Watson and myself, Christina Delaney, belong to both guilds and so happy we do! All had rugs in the show.  Several BHCG members attended the vernissage on Thursday evening and others went on the weekend.   Congratulations Saint-Henri !

Picnic Invitation

BHCG 2019 Annual Picnic Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild is happy to invite you to our 2019 Annual Picnic: Saturday, June 8th, from 10 AM to 3PM, at Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blv, Beaconsfield, Qc, H9W 4A7
Please bring: your hooking; an item for show and tell; a lawn chair, if you have room in your car and if the weather is nice; your name tag, if you still have it, bit we will have some on hand.
Judith Dallegret, with her wonderful wool,
Linda Desbiens, with her lovely sari silk ribbon and roving,
Isabelle Rollin wit her beautiful handmade wooden item and patterns,
Jacques Lepage with his rug hooking frames and stands, along with his gripper frames for punch needle.

We will provide a morning snack and lunch along with delicious sweets. Coffe, tea and water will be available.

RSVP to Dawna Matthew

Work in progress

One of our new members, Louise, just finished her first rug. Look at that smile! Congratulations Louise!

OHCG 2019 Annual

Birds of a Feather themed rug exhibition_By Dawna Matthew

April 12th – 14th was the OHCG Annual held in London, Ontario. Our guild had a beautiful display with 38 rugs/pieces. In all 774 rugs/pieces were in the exhibition and there were 170 registered participants for the 3 day event. Workshops were offered on all 3 days and Sunday it was opened to the public. Thank you to everyone who sent a rug representing Beaconsfield and also thank you to those who travelled all the way to London for the event.

OHCG Teacher Certification

Congratulations Ti and Dawna!_

At the OHCG Annual General Meeting, on Saturday, two of our members, Ti Seymour and Dawna Matthew, along with 8 others, received their OHCG Teacher Certification.

Punching fun

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day_By Dawna Matthew

April 13 was Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day and even though we were away in London, Ontario, for the OHCG Annual we managed to get some punching done. Thank you to Christie Beniston for providing the sweet little Busy Bee pattern. Candace, Claire, Dawna, Ti and our friend Iris Simpson joined in the punching fun.

200 Cushions

The Cushion Project: Barachois Historic Church_Grand Barachois, New Brunswick,

By Emmy Maten

The Barachois Historic Church, now a local museum, art gallery, and summer concert venue, commences its 200th year celebrations with “200 Hooked Cushions for my 200th”. The cushions will be permanently exhibited on the old wooden church pews.

The opening exhibition of these donated hooked cushions will be held August 18, during the 2019 World Acadian National Congress. An exposition catalogue will be produced to include photos of the cushions and information about the artisans, their creation, as well as technical details.

Several of our Guild members were very keen to participate in this creative project. Shown here are 6 of our members with their cushions.

Candace also made a cushion, which the Church has already received.
This exhibition is a wonderful reason to visit the Maritimes this summer!   

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