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Welcome To Our Blog
On this Blog you will find articles about our activities and archives from 3 of the Guild's Web pages:
  • Featured Rugs
  • Tips
  • Patterns

Latest News

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Show & Tell / November 2016

Featured Member: Dawna Matthew

Celebrating the Monarch butterflies annual migrations across North America

Dawna Mathhew
Prairie Remnant - Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Prairie Remnant
Designed by: GoingGray
Hooked by: Dawna Matthew
Size: 40” x 28”
Cuts: #6 & some #4, wool
Teacher: Started with Iris Simpson at Green Mountain Rug School, June 2013

I consider this to be my first “real” rug. Previously I had only made two small pillows. The pattern is Prairie Remnant and is from Going Gray. I was attracted to the pattern because of the various flowers and the possibility for using bright, cheerful colours. I dyed most of the wool myself except for the background which is Dorr Oatmeal. The dip dye for the Blazing Stars was especially fun! I started the rug in a workshop at Green Mountain Rug School in an open class with Iris Simpson. Iris’s guidance, instruction and support were instrumental in giving Prairie Remnant a solid beginning. This rug hangs in my house and brings sunshine to us daily!

For more information about the Monarch Migration, follow these links:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

November 11th

Poppies - Jeanne Osler
Oriental Poppy, Hooked by Jeanne Osler

In Flanders Fields

by Lt Col John McCrae

(Composed at the Battlefront
 on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the :

  • Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel in the North of France
  • And the 75th Anniversary of the Canadians in Hong Kong

Please visit online:
Veterans Affairs Canada 
Website: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/

Book of Remembrance

The Memorial Chamber

Peace Tower, Ottawa

We remember them!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beginners' Class

Introduction to Rug Hooking Workshop

Beginners Class
Xmas Themed Class. Illustration: Maria Romero

Available dates:  November 5 & 19 – 10 AM to 2:00 PM
Mug Rug: $25 includes Mug and Materials
Christmas Tree/Star/Angel on a base: $40


Come along to this festive class to learn traditional rug hooking. A mug rug is the perfect small project for all ages. You will choose from a variety of Christmas or everyday themed mugs and design a Mug Rug (coaster) to match.
If you have more time to spare and are feeling more adventurous try your hand at a Christmas Tree, or Star or Angel on a base. Help will be on hand every step of the way.

These Saturday classes are held at:
Le Coin Artisanal                    
454A Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, QC

For more information, please contact : Dawna Matthew at  matthewd@ca.inter.net

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arts Alive! Quebec

Arts Alive! Quebec / West Island
September 24th, 2016
John Rennie High School, Pointe-Claire, QC

Rug Hooking Demonstration and Workshop

By Dawna Matthew

On Saturday, September 24 the guild was invited to participate in Arts Alive! Quebec. This event was held at John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire. We manned a booth, with samples of our work on display and several members demonstrated as they worked on their pieces. We also invited visitors to sign up for a two day introductory workshop being offered at Le Coin Artisanal in Beaurepaire Village on October 8 & 22. We held a mini workshop on site. Participants were thrilled to produce and leave with a framed sunflower which combined hooking and proddy techniques. You can see from the smile on their faces that it was a big success!

From left to right: Candace Fradette, Claire Fradette and Ti Seymour

Sunflower Mini-Workshop

Sunflower Workshop Kit

Two happy girls

Rug Hooking is fun!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Advanced Hooking Course

Advance Rug Hooking Class with Lois Morris

Lois Morris will be offering the following advanced class this fall:
Fancy Stitches and Alternate Fibres and Techniques Workshop
The class will run for 5 weeks, October 17 to November 14.
Cost is 230$ for members and 265$ for non-members and includes a sampler kit.
Registration by September 26, 2016  
For more info please contact Lois at 450-834-6912 or lomohook@bell.net

Lois Morris
Owl (detail). Hooked by Lois Morris
Ti Seymour
Hooked by Ti Seymour

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lois Morris / In The News

Lois Morris Featured in Rug Hooking Magazine

By Dawna Matthew

Our guild founder, Lois Morris, is once again featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016 issue. Her lovely Shaggy Bark River Birch, which won first place in the Alternative Fibres and Techniques category at the 2016 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild’s annual show, is part of the article “3 HOOKERS GO 3-D” by Tamara Pavich. We are very proud of Lois and her ability to challenge herself to take on something new never ceases to amaze!

Volume XXVIII. Number 2
September / October 2016
3 Hookers Go 3D
By Tamara Pavich

Link to the article:  http://www.rughookingmagazine.com/Rug-Hooking-Articles/3-Hookers-Go-3D

Reproduced here with permission from the editor, Debra Smith.

Rug Hooking Magazine, Vol. XXVIII, N.2. Sept/Oct 2016. Cover

Rug Hooking Magazine, Vol. XXVIII, N.2. Sept/Oct 2016. Page 40

Rug Hooking Magazine, Vol. XXVIII, N.2. Sept/Oct 2016. Page 41

Tamara Pavich's article covers 3 different projects:
- Suzanne Cantrell’s My Totem tells its story standing tall.
- Bringing nature inside, Lois Morris’s Shaggy Bark River Birch protrudes from her wall, offering a treat for a downy woodpecker.
- Diane Louise Cox’s Flower Lady rises from her flower pot and blooms in many directions.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Work in Progress

Show & Tell

Show & Tell by BHCG members of rugs in progress during Hook-In of  September 12th, 2016.

Season 2016-2017 First Hook-In

Louise G. de Tonnancour

Lorayne Charenk

Réjean Courtemanche

Candace Fradette 

Lois Morris

Andrée Lapensée

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hook-In !

Season 2016 - 2017

First Hook-In
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Centennial Hall
10 AM - 3 PM

Back to Hook. Illustration: Maria Romero

Monday, September 5, 2016

Show & tell / September 2016

Featured Member: Jacques Lepage

Jacques Lepage
Finnegan's Market Rug by Jacques Lepage

Finnegan's Market
By Jacques Lepage

I made this rug as a gift, using the original design of the market's logo. I started hooking it in the summer of 2015 and finished it that fall. Being at the market often I was inspired by friendly faces and the beautiful countryside.  This rug was a pleasure to hook for such a nice family, who greatly appreciate hand crafted art *.
I used #6 cut found wool and it measures 20"x 25" plus the frame.

* Given as a gift to the Aird family, owners of Finnegan's Market in Hudson. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Arts Alive! Quebec

Arts Alive! Québec Logo

Arts Alive! Quebec 

West Island
September 24th

John Rennie High School
501 Boul Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire, QC
H9R 3J5

Rug Hooking Demonstration, from 10:30 AM to 4 PM

Workshop (Age : 8 to Adults) at Noon
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild offers instruction on the art form of rug hooking.
Adults $10, Kids $5

For more information about Arts Alive! Québec, follow this link

West Island Schedule 2016 as of Aug 29th_Page 1

West Island Schedule 2016 as of Aug 29th_Page 2


Rug Hooking Demonstration

Finnegan's Market

September 10th 2016, from 9 AM  to  4 PM

775, rue Principale  Hudson, Quebec,  J0P1H0.

Finnegan's Market - Pictures from 2015 Demonstration

Finnegan's Market - Pictures from 2015 Demonstration

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hook-in in Dunvengan, ON

Glengarry Pioneer Museum

Hook-In with the Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers

By Dawna Matthew

On Friday, Sept 2, Candace and Dawna made a short trip up to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan and spent some time hooking with our friends, the Martintown Wild and Woolly Rug Hookers. Of course, the Twistle Guild was also there, spinning and weaving away! A lovely sunny day, in a lovely setting, with great company, sharing ideas and doing the things we love.  Who could ask for a better way to spend one of the last days of summer!

Don’t forget to mark Saturday, Oct 15 on your calendar. The Martintown guild will be celebrating their 5th anniversary.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Twist Festival

Twist Fibre Festival 2016

A Huge Success

By Candace Fradette

The Twist Fibre Festival held in Saint-André-Avelin was a huge success again this year with an estimated 20 000 attendees. Both the arena and the gym were overflowing!

Welcome to Twist Fibre Festival 2016

Welcome to Twist Fibre Festival 2016

Two of our members, Ti Seymour and Dawna Matthew participated in workshops, Madder Root Intensive, 20 Colours from One Dyepot and Traditional Ikat and Shibori Techniques for the Indigo Dyepot. Both workshops were taught by Jackie Ottino of foragecolour.com. in Maine.
The workshops were informative and fun! Participants came away with wonderful samples and heads brimming with plans for future projects.

Over 20 000 attendees this year

A Rug Hooking workshop was held for the first time at Twist. Loretta Moore ran an day long intro class on the Friday. The venue was a barn and it seems Loretta had a little competition keeping her students attention when the various livestock poked their heads in to see what was happening!!

Loretta Moore
Loretta Moore’s Hooked on the Lake booth

Our friend, Linda Desbiens, of L’Art des Fibres par Linda D. had a wonderful booth with all her silks and fibres. Guild member Lin Watson of broche.brooch was there with her collection of recycled wool items plus her fabulous brooches.

For any lover of fibre it is an event that deserves a place on your calendar.

Linda D
L’Art des Fibres par Linda D

Lin Watson
Lin Watson of broche.brooch

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Alpaca Ranch

Tuesday August 16 2016


By Louise G. de Tonnancour

L'Ourse qui Danse Alpaca Ranch

It was a rainy day but that didn't stop Jacques, Isabelle, Carolyn, Ti (with her son James  and his friend Logan),  Terry and Louise from the BHCG to attend a hook-in at the L'OURSE QUI DANSE ALPACA RANCH in Godmanchester ( near Ormstown ).   Johanne and Guy the owners welcomed us on their land with open arms.  This visit also gave us the chance to meet other "ruggers" from the region who meet twice a month at the ranch.  All in all, it was a memorable day spent hooking  with old and new friends , visiting the alpacas in the fields and shopping for Johanne's  wool in the ranch boutique.

Isabelle Rollin and Carolyn Ells

Beware sign



Jacques Lepage