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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

Latest News

Sunday, September 10, 2017

President's Message 2017

Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild has existed since 1975 and continues to grow and thrive. We meet on Mondays from September to May in the stately Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield, Quebec. Our members are very active and dedicated to keeping the rewarding art of rug hooking alive and flourishing.
Our doors are always open to anyone who is interested in exploring and learning more about this traditional art form. Or, if you are an experienced hooker, and in the neighbourhood please feel free to drop in and spend some time with us.
Please check in regularly with our Website to see what events we are planning and also what we have been up to.

Dawna Matthew - President

Saturday, August 12, 2017

North Hero's Report

Champlain Valley Fiber Bees 8th Annual Fiber Fest

By Dawna Matthew

On August 12, several of our members made the drive down to the North Hero, Vermont and attended the Champlain Valley Fiber Bees 8th Annual Fiber Fest. What a fun filled day! There were beautiful rugs on display, loads of door prizes, a “tea cup raffle” with endless items to win and an auction with everything from hand crafted wooden bowls to wool bundles your stash cried out for! The food was plentiful and delicious.  And if that wasn’t enough to keep one happy you could shop with Lindsay Krauss from Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, Mary Lee O’Connor from Hooked in the Mountains Wool and The Crazy Janes with their colourful clothing.
It was so nice to meet up with hookers from all over the area and admire their wonderful projects. Plus Queen Bee, Lynn, kept a smile on our faces all day long!

Champlain Islands Fiber 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Show&Tell / July-September 2017

About Sunflowers!

Ah! Sun-flower
By William Blake (1757–1827)

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire,
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go

Taken from The Poetry Foundation's Website

Sunflower Rug
Sally Perodeau 

My rug was a monochromatic course given by my favourite teacher Lois who is always so helpful and full of ideas.
The sunflowers on the cover of a Margaret Stewart  magazine inspired me to incorporate some of them with a few changes into my monochromatic challenge. I found keeping all the different shades separate quite difficult, but being more experienced today I think it would be much easier. I loved using No2  strips of wool once I got  used to the old style  cutter, I enjoyed see how things evolved.

Sunflower Rug, Hooked by Sally Perodeau

Three Blooms
Pattern by Karla Gerard
Hooked by Dawna Matthew  

I started this rug while visiting Loretta Moore and loved the bright, bold colours and the motion in the design. It was fun including sari silk and other fibres in my hooking.

Three Blooms, Hooked by Dawna Matthew

Proddy Pillow
Hooked By Dawna Matthew
One corner of the pattern Three Blooms by Karla Gerard, used with permission.
I needed a small piece for a finishing workshop with Loretta Moore. This worked perfectly for a pillow with a proddy trim.

Proddy Pillow, Hooked by Dawna Matthew

The Sunflower Project

In the June 2014 our guild was invited to attend the Pointe-Claire Horticultural Society’s celebration of their 80th anniversary. To get in the spirit we decided to hold a Sunflower Hook-In and members produced a veritable garden of lovely sunflowers which were then put on display at the PCHS event.

Sunflower Project by Members of the Guild

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rug Hooking School

Green Mountain Rug School 2017

By Dawna Matthew

Several of our members travelled down to Vermont to attend this year’s Green Mountain Rug School. The school ran two sessions, June 17 – 20 and June 21 – 24 and was held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. Seven classes were offered in each session so there was something to tempt everyone. Plus Nancy Blood, artist in residence, was available to help anyone with a question or needing advice.

Mary, Ti and I were in Davey DeGraff’s class, “A Painterly Approach to Depth and Colour”. I have long admired Davey’s work so it was wonderful to not only see it up close but to learn how she achieves the overall effect using texture and colour. Not that my project will look as beautiful as her rugs!!!

Next year’s classes are already posted at: https://greenmountainhookedrugs.com/

Dawna and Mary

Mary and Ti

Davey DeGraff’s class group: “A Painterly Approach to Depth and Colour”

A view of Davey DeGraff’s class

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fête Nationale

2017 Fête Nationale

By Carolyn Ells

About a dozen Guild members took part in Fête Nationale on the grounds of Centennial Hall as part of the City of Beaconsfield’s official celebrations. Our rug display and booth greeted people as they entered the artisan area. We enjoyed showing many people our rugs and talking about our craft. Several children tried hooking for the first time. Many of us noticed many wearable fibers among the animals in the petting area. It was a pleasant day to visit with each other and meet others in our community.

BHCG Rug Hooking Demo during Saint-Jean's Day

Rug Hooking Display

Rug Hooking Dispaly

BHCG members doing demonstration

A young girl making loops

Very nice job!

Several children tried hooking for the first time

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Picnic

An amazing Success

By Dawna Matthew

This year’s annual picnic on Saturday, May 27th, was an amazing success. We had representatives from 8 different guilds, with 76 people in total attendance. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy the sunshine on the lovely grounds of Centennial Hall overlooking the beautiful St Lawrence River. Judith Dallegret was there with her wonderful wool selection, Linda Desbiens of L’Art des Fibres par Linda D, tempted us with her sari silks and rovings, Lucy of Lucy’s Boutique in Ste. Anne de Bellevue had a wide selection of her stylish clothing and delicious bagels from Jo of St. Jean Bagel were available to satisfy any hunger cravings.

It was so nice to see everyone mingling, meeting up with old friends plus forming new relationships, sharing ideas, and encouraging each other.

The day would not have been possible without the help of all those who so willingly threw in their support and that includes not only guild members but spouses and children! Plus a big “thank you” to all who hit the road and travelled to Beaconsfield on a sunny Saturday!

Here you have a few pictures. To see more, please visit our Facebook Page with more than 60 images! Just follow this link to our May 28th post !

Centennial Hall
Set up begins. Clear skies a massive bonus.

Set up
Early start for the helpers arriving at 8 AM 

Line up at the Montreal Bagel stand.  Rosemary - St Henri with her Smoked Salmon salad breakfast bagel
Many thanks to Jo from St Jean Bagel who donated 60 bagels so we could provide a complementary bagel breakfast.  Plus he sold us dozens at half price so the Guild could raise some funds on the day. 

Judith's gorgeous selection of wool

Linda from Divinity Fibres/Silk Devine

Our lovely President, Dawna Matthew

Our Executive welcoming the visitors

A note by Ti Seymour: Thank you to my neighbour Eileen who helped me cut diamonds and Dawna and Claire who helped glue the flags onto the twine, we made 75m to wrap around Centennial and the picnic area

Some visitors

More visitors

A lot of visitors! 76 Attendees, 8 Rug Hooking groups represented

Funny pictures

So much fun!

The auctioneers in action 

Ti Seymour
Time to say Thank You and Good-By to our past President Ti Seymour

Friday, May 12, 2017


Presentation by Isabelle & Jacques 

Saint Henri Rug Hookers 2017 Show

By Dawna Matthew 

Our members, Isabelle Rollin & Jacques lepage, were guest speakers at Les Tapissiers de Saint Henri/ Saint Henri Rug Hookers Show this weekend. During the vernissage, they shared their experiences creating their beautiful rugs. And what wonderful pieces St-Henri had on display. You can see more at Loretta Moore's blog

Show Invitation
Saint Henri Rug Hookers 2017 Show Invitation

Isabelle and Jacques
Presentation during the vernissage

Jacques Lepage
Jacques talks about his beaver rug

Sunday, April 30, 2017

OHCG Annual Show


April 28th to 30th
Cobourg Community Centre 
Cobourg, Ontario

Theme: “Images of Canada” to celebrate Canada’s 150th year.

We had a beautiful booth at this year’s Ontario Hooking Crafters Guild’s Annual held in Cobourg, Ontario. Fourteen members took part with forty-five pieces on show which made an amazing display of different styles, techniques and talent. The executive thanks everyone who took part.

BHCG Display

BHCG Display

BHCG Display

Isabelle Rollin's Rug

BHCG Display

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Show &Tell / April 2017

Special Show&Tell: Eastern 

Cheeky Chicks - Ti Seymour

Cheeky Chicks
By Ti Seymour

This family of chickens was self inspired, mum and 3 offspring and is an original.  Loretta Moore helped with aspects of design and colour planning after a fun stay at her home.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Olde Forge

Olde Forge Annual Hook-in 

1 April 2017

Respectfully Submitted by Ti Seymour

A large group of BHCG members attended Olde Forge Hook-in and enjoyed the welcoming tones of the violin from resident musician Stewart.  Laughs from the audience came as we fell for an April Fool’s joke, about a new wood frame being donated from a local carpenter.  Lesley Larsen - Convener of 2018 OHCG Annual spoke about members of Area 1 all getting involved to make next years Annual one to remember.  Door prizes and Visitor Basket was raffled.  Multiple vendors selling Rug Hooking and Needle Felting related items.  Lots of lovely sweet and savoury treats for everyone. Show and Tell provided some great inspiration and many ooo’s and ahhh’s.  Photographs of the Show & Tell will be available on Olde Forge’s website.  We look forward to reciprocating their hospitality at our own Picnic on May 27th and again at our Covered Bridges Show in September.

Our ever keen Claire, already hooking in the back seat en-route to the Olde Forge Hook-in

We made it!

Our Denise M. with a Covered Bridge

This runner looked beautiful on the front and back.

Artist permission was gained for this rug

This tells the story of land reclamation destroying many species of plant life to the point of extinction

Lifelike Collie

This rug will be donated as horse blanket

Our Juliet with her lovely fox

One funny story of the cow-sheep

Our Andrée with a gorgeous rooster

Our Brenda getting laughs from her ‘Bridges to Madison County’ story

Joanne from Track II with her outstandingly large rug that sits in her kitchen - it definitely won the ooo’s.