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Sunday, August 14, 2016

7th Annual Fiber Festival

Champlain Islands Fiber Bees 

7th Annual Fiber Festival - 13th August 2016

Sponsored by Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, North Hero Village, VT

Submitted by Ti Seymour – President

What a fabulous day spent socializing with this amazing group of ladies.  Dawna Matthew, Louise G. de Tonnancour and Ti Seymour travelled across the border to be a part of the Fiber Festival.  Lynn Soule played an excellent host/MC for the day and “her people” rallied to provide delicious treats/lunch, tea cup auction, door prizes and live auction. Our Dawna was a lucky winner in the raffle and I may have brought home the Olympic Gold in the Auction.

The Fiber Festival also hosted an exhibition of members beautiful rugs for visitors to admire. Visitors included the general public who were welcome to wander the exhibited rugs and see the rugs being hooked inside. Our Sherwood Forest rug was also featured in the show.

Vendors included:

Deb Ennis: Roving, felting and wool
Mariah Krauss, Green Mountain Hooked Rugs
Mary Lee O'Conner

Thanks again CIFB for the invitation, it was a pleasure spending the day with you.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Show & Tell / August 2016

Featured Member: Alice Hamilton

Jenna's Magic Bubbles. Original by Alice Hamilton

Jenna’s Magic Bubbles

By Alice Hamilton

I made this rug for my great niece, Jenna. It tells the story of Jenna blowing bubbles - every time a bubble falls, a flower grows. The sunflowers are in memory of Jenna’s grandfather. The doggie represents Barney, her first dog, who used to like to sit in the middle of the flowers.

The rug is wool on linen, made with discarded clothing from family members.

St. Lawrence College

Advanced Rug Hooking Design
July 18 - 24, 2016

Course at St. Lawrence College

By Dawna Matthew

St Laurence College, Brockville,Ontario

In July four of our members, Candace Fradette, Claire Fradette, Ti Seymour and myself attended a week long course at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. This was an advanced rug hooking class, Contemporary Primitive and Wide Cut, and is part of a program which leads to certification in Fibre Arts – Traditional Rug Hooking. Sixteen women participated, some were not affiliated with a particular guild but along with Beaconsfield the following guilds had members present:

Frontenac Rug Hookers
Martintown’s Wild and Wooly Rug Hookers
Ottawa’s Olde Forge
Prescott’s Hoops and Hooks
Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets
Women Matters, Lansdowne

What a wonderful group of ladies! We chatted a lot, laughed a lot and learned a lot!! Everyone shared their ideas and experiences. We were asked to bring in some of our finished pieces for a show and tell with the class next door. They were taking the beginners course with Carol Shewan. That is when we truly realized how much talent was in those two rooms!!!

Our teacher was Laura Boszormeny, who is not only an excellent teacher but a fun loving lady who knows how to get the most out of her students. We all came out of the class with new skills and even if we may not have produced a truly primitive rug we have a much better understanding of the category. All of us made satisfying progress on our rugs and left with enthusiasm to get home and get hooking!!!

Next summer’s course will be “Flamboyant Florals”, large, oversized blossoms done with dip dyes! I’ll definitely be signing up! And if you watch the St Lawrence College website you will find more information in early spring.

Arrival at St Lawrence College 

Transferring pattern onto Fiba Tape   

Dawna Matthew with her design  

Ti Seymour finalizing pattern onto backing

Advanced Rug Hooking Classroom  

Discussions on Borders  

Laura Boszormeny giving a dye tutorial 

Laura returns the end result of the dye class to the students

Worked in the Study every night

Beaconsfield “sisters” going for gold on points :)

Dawna Matthew making great headway on her border 

aura Boszormeny generously offered these trading cards to the class members

Lovely dinner at Tall Ships in Brockville followed by a walk along the jetty

Claire Fradette working on her primitive style bag

Candace Fradette working on her lighthouse scene

Dawna Matthew giving her final summary “Definition of a Primitive Rug”

Beautiful jewel colours on Dawna’s rug

Claire Fradette





Ti Seymour



Rug Hooking Fairy helped us produce extra special work

Martina Farmer - Head Chef SLC and our angel for keeping us hydrated and fabulously full throughout the week

Our last meal in the Study