Under normal circumstances, the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild would have had a 3-day exhibition of their rugs at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield; however, this is not possible this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their celebrations this year are all virtual and will include many pictures and stories of rugs, old and new, created by their members.
The BHCG was founded in 1975 by Lois Morris a skilled artist and rug hooking teacher. Her rugs have won many awards and have been featured in 5 separate issues of Rug Hooking Magazine. She has taught and guided many of the BCGH members in creating beautiful pieces. Lois is still an active member. Several members are now also rug hooking teachers, numerous members have received awards and recognition for their rugs, some members are renowned artists, and some are novices. They all support each other, share their knowledge, and have fun. “In 2017, after having bought a rug hooking kit while traveling in the Maritimes, an area known for hooked rugs, I discovered the Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild by looking on-line and was welcomed by the nicest community of people,” says Emmy Maten a member now for 3 years. “Creating a rug is like painting with wool. You can even use old T-shirts or clothes, cut them up into strips and hook with that! And you can either hang your rug on the wall or use it on the floor, or even make a purse, a teapot cozy, a cushion, or a footstool cover. I get so many ideas from the other members.”
Always proud to participate in local events, the Guild has displayed and demonstrated rug hooking at the Beaconsfield Library, at Centennial Park on St-Jean Baptist’s Day, at Stewart Hall, at Sherwood Forest Elementary School, and at the Ormstown Fair where two of their members were awarded for their rugs.
Usually, their guild meets every Monday morning at Centennial Hall and every 3rd Saturday of the month at Tricolette wool shop in Kirkland.
Check out their website, Facebook page and Instagram account. And enjoy their virtual celebrations!
Written by Emmy Maten
The beautiful rug called “Ginger” shown was designed and hooked by Carolyn Ells.