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.
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.
Demo at the Abu Dhabi Quilting Guild_By Dawna Matthew
Abu Dhabi ,United Arab Emirates
March 14th, 2019
Rug Hooking and Punch Needle Demo at the Abu Dhabi Quilting Guild
Our past president, Ti Seymour, spends her time between her homes here in Beaconsfield and Abu Dhabi. In March three of our members went to visit and were invited to attend a meeting of the Abu Dhabi Quilting Guild and demonstrate our techniques. We were amazed at the interest shown in both rug hooking and Oxford Needle Punch work. Ti will have to get a group, “The Abu Dhabi Rug Hookers and Punchers” started!!
Ti demonstrates the techniques
Lots of interest
Marcy Baker from Colorado was visiting the Middle East and conducting a series of workshops
In February members Candace, Claire and Dawna travelled down to Punta Gorda, Florida for the Searsport Hook-In. They were fortunate to take a workshop with Winnie Glavine where they worked on creating mittens using her technique of hooking with tee shirt material. There was a huge hook-in area surrounded by vendors, tons of door prizes and various mini workshops and talks on offer.
Last year the guild put out a challenge to all members to hook or punch a self portrait. What fun it was when everyone who had participated brought in their piece. We kept the artists a secret and further challenged members to match the portrait with the person – “Who’s That Hooker?” Great work everyone and thanks for rising up to the challenge!
The Cushion Project: Barachois Historic Church_Grand Barachois, New Brunswick, By Emmy Maten
200 Hooked Cushions for my 200th Logo
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.
Clockwise from left to bottom right: Ti, Claire, Emmy, Kitt, Dawna, Manon
Candace also made a cushion, which the Church has already received. This exhibition is a wonderful reason to visit the Maritimes this summer!
On 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.
Special Show & Tell: Relooking!To celebrate the launchement of our new Website, we offer you the story of 5 new rugs. Enjoy!
My City in Winter By Andrée Lapensée
Andrée Lapensée My City in Winter 14 x 28”
I used various types of wool, such as woolen fabrics cut in No 6, yarns of different colours and textures, as well as velvet.
A Summer Storm By Barbara Silver
Barbara Silver A Summer Storm – 2017 35” x 23” #’s 4, 5 and 6 cuts
I began hooking in January 2016. After finishing my first rug (18” x 11”) I took a course with Lois Morris at the Guild’s Monday hook-ins to learn how to dye my own wool. Of course, I decided the next thing I should do is hook a piece using wool that I had dyed. The challenge apart from the dyeing was to hook a building and a stormy sky. This would be a practice piece and not necessarily a finished rug. Once I had the barn and trees done, I started the sky. While working on the sky I literally got hooked on this rug and decided to take it to completion and so the wild flowers were added in the forefront. There are 38 colours in them. Both the sky and flowers were done in a spontaneous manner, the colours and shapes chosen as I ‘painted’ with the wool. It was certainly a challenge and an incredible learning experience.
Four Houses, A Deanne Fitzpatrick’s Design Hooked by Emmy Maten
Emmy Maten Four Houses – 2017 17 by 7 inches
This is Emmy’s first rug, a kit purchased at Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio in Amherst, NS, while travelling through the Maritimes in the summer of 2017. She enjoyed the art so much, consequently heard about the BHCG and eagerly joined right away. The rug was hooked with 6 mm wool strips and some wool yarns for the sky and window frames.
Autumn Blossoms by Rejean Courtemanche
Réjean Courtemanche Autumn Blossoms – 2013 30 by 22 inches
In 2013, on a visit to Prince Edward Island, I discovered hooked rugs, their beauty and how they were made. In a local store specializing in hooked rugs, I bought a pre-printed pattern, as well as the wool needed to complete the rug.
On my return, I joined BRHG so I could learn how to hook a rug and get skillful enough to get it done. The members of the Guild were very helpful in guiding me in the different steps required to make a rug, and I was finally able to finish my first rug.
L'Arbre de mes amours By Monique Goulet
Monique Goulet L'Arbre de mes amours 24 by 46 inches
This rug was inspired by a tree shown in the Adzif collection of wall decals. I got the fabric for the tree in a store on St-Hubert street and bought the wool from Judith Dallegret. I used a # 8 cut. Since it was intended for my grandchildren 's playroom, it was named L'Arbre de mes amours.
Hit and Miss By Fay Louch
Fay Louch Hit and Miss – 2012 36 by 24 inches Cuts 8 and 4
This was my first rug hooking project. I used mostly #8 cut , but some of the recycled fabric was really thick and I used a #4 cut. The yellow stripe, for example, is in this cut and is used to brighten things up.
Before I tackled this project I had been working on a scrap of backing trying to teach myself how to hook. I had seen this Hit and Miss design at rug hooking shows and liked the colourful result, so I thought it would be good practice getting the loops even. This was an ambitious project for a first effort and I was struggling to get it done. I then found a group of rug hookers in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, not far from where I lived. What a fun group! They provided lots of help for first time rug hookers and that made all the difference. I soon finished my rug and went on to project number two.