Showing posts from April, 2021

Punching Fun

Zoom Punch-Along    By Emmy Maten    To celebrate International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day, members of our Guild met via Zoom to a Punch-Along, many of us doing Rebecca White Martin’s free The Crocus pattern, offered by Rug Hooking Magazine. A couple of members from the Thousand Islands Guild joined in and it was a perfect opportunity for Ti to share some of her punching tips. What a way to say hello to spring and to new hope! Happy Participants Our Projects Ti Seymour demonstrates the punching technique

April 10th

International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day    Pattern by Rebecca White Martin Saturday, April 10th, get your Oxford Punch Needles out!!! International Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day was started in 2010 by Oxford Certified Instructors to celebrate our love of the craft. Please join us as we pick up our punches on April 10th! Our 2021 theme is the much-needed HOPE, represented by Oxford Instructor Rebecca White Martin from StoryTeller Wool, with her pattern of the ever-resilient crocus blooming in the snow. Rebecca has kindly made her pattern available as a FREE download with complete directions at If you’d like to post pictures of yourself with your Crocus or other project, please use the hashtag #IPNRHD . On your post, be sure to say where you’re from. It will be fun to see what states and countries are represented! Please share with your friends and groups!

Punch Needle Day

April 10th, 2021     International  Punch Needle Rug Hooking Day         By Emmy Maten  BHCG Members participating in Punch Needle activities from 2015 to 2018. Our members are always exploring new ideas, materials, and techniques, looking for alternative ways to express themselves and expand their creativity. After completing Amy Oxford’s Punch Needle Rug Hooking Teacher Certification Program, Dawna presented 2 workshops to the BHCG members in 2018. Claire and Candace took a course as well in the past and they shared their learned experiences with the Guild.   Mini-punch needle hooking using embroidery floss is also popular as seen in many of Helen Radford’s, Carolyn Ells’, M McMurray’s, and Ann Arial’s pieces. Carolyn Ells presented a Show and Share in 2015 following her inspiration from Kathleen Menzies’ work. Today, to celebrate International Punch Needle Day, members of our Guild are meeting via Zoom for a Punch-Along. Dawna and Ti receive their Amy Oxford Punch Needle Hooking Te

Tartan Day

Featured Rugs Gallery       In this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Visit our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.  April 6th        Special Show & Tell: Tartan Day       Tartan Day commemorates Scottish heritage and is celebrated in numerous countries with parades, pipes and drums, Scottish dancing, and the display of many tartans. Canada has its own tartan named the Maple Leaf tartan. Today, we present 3 tartans along with an interesting story. For more information, follow the link: National Tartan Day in Canada Ti Seymour. Family Plaid.  Workshop: Playing with Plaids, by  Laurie Wiles. Family Plaid Ti Seymour I took this class with Laurie Wiles at TIGHR 2015. The plaid spells out TIGHR. By converting the alphabet into numbers and colours a pattern emerges. I gave a class to the Beaconsfield hookers on my return, for others to make their own unique Personal Plaid. About 10 ladies participated a

Show & Tell / April 2021

Featured Rugs Gallery       In this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from our last Exhibition, held in September 2017 at Centennial Hall. Visit our Blog to see the rugs showcased in the past.  Show & Tell : Sugaring Off    Easter marks warmer days in Quebec, the beginning of spring, and the start of sap flowing in the sugar maples. Our rugs in this month’s Show and Tell bring back cherished memories of a visit with friends or family to a rustic sugar shack in the countryside. Traditional Québécois music accompanied by the smells of wood smoke, bacon, and sweet maple syrup fill the air. Maple Sleigh and Horse.  Artist Unknown. Vintage rug, collection of Ti Seymour. Antique Rugs / Collections Maple Sleigh and Horse Artist Unknown Vintage rug, collection of Ti Seymour 22” x 31” I picked up this rug, a scene of a horse pulling a maple sap harvesting sleigh near a sugar shack, at Finnegan’s Market about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, there is no label nor any markings as to who ha

April 1st

April Fools' Day    On this day we wish you joy and smiles!  April Fools' Day. Illustration: Maria Romero.