Two winning Canadian OHCG members in Celebration 28/XXVIII

Well, the votes are in! Of the top 3 Celebration XXVIII winners (2018), two are OHCG members! First, Peggy Peacock with her “Fish Carpet” and third, Trish Johnson with “Honest Ed’s”. Second prize went to Judy Carter with her “Tiger Close Up” (hooked in #8). 1 & 3 are original creations; Judy Carter’s is an adaptation, with permission, from a photo by Lunasa Photography, in the Adaptation category of Celebration. Congratulations to a trio of wonderful hookers!!

Peggy Peacock’s “Fish Carpet”, 1st place in Celebration 28. Also won Original and Rowan Awards at the 2016 OHCG Annual Conference and Rug Show

“Tiger Close Up”, by Judy Carter of Lancaster, PA
2nd place in Celebration 28

Trish Johnson’s “Honest Ed’s” (original). 3rd place in Celebration 28 and winner of 2018 OHCG Annual Pictorial & Rowan Awards

“To start, for the first time in Celebration’s history, we awarded prizes to our three highest scoring rugs. We’re thrilled for our first place entry, The Fish Carpet, by Peggy Peacock; our second place entry, Tiger Close Up, by Judy Carter; and our third place entry, Honest Ed’s, by Trish Johnson. All three show the incredible skill and artistry in the community, and we hope they’ll inspire future generations of rug hookers.”
signed by Jessica Thelander (Celebration Coordinator) and Debra Smith (Rug Hooking Magazine Editor)


The Cushion Project: Barachois Historic Church, NB

The Cushion Project”

The Barachois Historic Church is launching its 200th series of celebration events with the project 200 hooked cushions for my 200th”. 

This historical wooden building, situated in Barachois New Brunswick, is still standing after nearly 200 years. The building was disaffected in the late 1970s and reprieved from demolition in 1980. It has since been transformed into a local Museum, art gallery and summer concert and community venue. In order to be more comfortable on the old wooden pews, many event-goers took to bringing a cushion to cultural presentations, and leaving it on the bench. Over time, this developed into a sort of tradition. The Barachois Historic Church Cultural Committee is calling on the rug hooking community, artists and artisans, Acadians and friends of Acadians, to create «hooked cushions» to be exhibited permanently on the church pews.  The first exhibit of this growing collection will be held next August, during the 2019 World Acadian National Congress to be held throughout southeastern New Brunswick as well as on Prince Edward Island.

Call for Submission:

Over 140 cushions have been registered to date. Let’s help them achieve their goal. Interested in taking part in this exciting project? For more information contact Remi Levesque at

Things to consider: 

  • Confirm your interest in the project by email at or; by telephone at (506) 533-9528, or through our Facebook page at “200 coussins hookés pour mon 200ième / 200 hooked cushions for my 200th”.
  • Your work may be produced on jute/burlap, monkscloth or linen; it may cover one side of the cushion or part of one side. 
  • The cushions will be used by event spectators, so it is advised to use durable fibres such as jersey cotton, wool, fleece, polyester or denim cloth, among other suggestions. 
  • Your work must be in our possession no later than April 1st 2019, to allow for planning, preparation of the exhibition, the opening, and the publicity.
  • An exposition catalogue will be produced, once we reach 200 cushions, to include photos of the cushions and information about the artisans, their creation, as well as technical details.
  • Though you must accept to donate your work to the permanent collection, we expect to raise sufficient funding to cover shipping. The Société Historique de la Mer Rouge (Red Sea Historical Society) will issue a $400.00 tax-exemption receipt to the artist for each donated cushion. Unfortunately, the tax receipt can only apply to Canadian artist/artisan.    

We will be grateful for your participation to make our heritage project a success. We are excited by the response this project has received so far.  We have registered cushion #101 already on our FaceBook page “200 hooked cushions for my 200th”.  For the time being, the members of the Barachois Historic Church Committee thank you in advance for your interest and attention you may give to the success of our cultural project: « 200 hooked cushions for our 200th birthday». 


Marcel Arsenault (president of the Historical Barachois Church Cultural Committee) 

Joanne Leblanc Skyrie and Rémi Lévesque, co-project managers

Rachelle Poirier, president of Les Hookeuses du Bor’de’lo

Helen Duncan-Blackie, president of Past Time Matters 


Church pew dimensions: 

78’’- 80” long  X  12”-13” deep.

Examples of cushions average dimensions:

1 – 15” wide X 13” deep  X 3” thick   

2- 16” long  X 13” deep X 3” thick 

3- 16” wide X 12” deep X 3”thick  

4- 14” wide X 13” deep  X 3” thick.


Susan Sutherland, OHCG member, made 2 cushions for the project!

Brigitte Webb’s contribution before assembly. Scotland forever!

Birds of a Feather… flocking together in London April, 2019!

“Birds of a Feather” 2019 OHCG Annual in London, Ontario:
Get your room reserved for the 2019 Annual at Best Western in London on April 12-14
Rooms are $139 per night (including Thursday night if you want to come early)
Call 1-888-232-6747 or 1-519-681-7151 and ask for Ontario Hooking Craft Guild April 2019
See you at “Birds of a Feather”!

Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild’s 2019 Open House

Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild is thrilled to invite you to our 2019 Open House on Saturday January 19th, 2019.  Once again this year we will be at the Active Living Centre, 318 Guelph Street, from 10-3; please enter through the back doors. Admission is $5.00. Please bring a coffee mug, your lunch, a project to work on and something to share for show and tell. The program is TBD but we will have a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and plenty of opportunities to socialize with hookers from near and far.
We hope to see you all there.


Pictured is “Rapture”, hooked by Shirley Lyons of Georgetown (McGown design). Fine Cut and Rowan Award winner at the 2014 OHCG Annual.

Congratulations to the 2018 Annual hosting committee

Our congratulations to the 2018 Annual hosting committee on a job well done! This will be a tough act to follow. The planning is underway for your 2019 Annual and it will be held at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London, Ontario. The Teachers’ Branch will be hosting this one. The theme is Birds of a Feather, so let your imagination fly! As there are over 10,000 bird species worldwide, think about the birds and colourful feathers you can hook. More information will follow over the next couple of months, but we hope you will be able to join us!
April 12-14, 2019. The rug show for the public is Sunday, April 14, from 10 to 3pm. Admission fee.
Jayne Nevins & Marjorie Duizer

Scissor sharpening at the Annual

Scissor sharpening — drop-off, pickup process

On Sat., May 5, a sharpening service is available at the OHCG 2018 Annual. The Sharpening Shoppe/JC’s Mobile Sharpening Service has been in business in the Ottawa area since 1985, and is well regarded in the community. (JC’s does the sharpening for customers of local Home Hardware stores.) JC’s has performed a similar service for quilter conventions, and has recommended this system of collection and return.

To have your scissors, thread snips or rotary cutter blades sharpened:


  • Place all items for sharpening in a clear, sealable (zippered lock) bag. For safety reasons, remove any lanyards from scissors.


  • Estimate the total cost of your order from the price list (below) and place exact or adequate cash in the bag. Change will be provided, if necessary.


  • Label the bag on the outside, or on a paper clearly visible from the outside, with the following:
  • your name
  • phone number where you can be reached during the Annual
  • number and type of items included
  • amount of cash in bag
  • Bring your bag to the Annual’s registration desk on Saturday morning between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. A volunteer will place your name on a list, and note what you are having sharpened and the dollar value you have included.


  • Pick up your items at our Annual registration desk between 4:30 and 6 pm on Saturday. We are not responsible for items that are not picked up during that time.  


Quinte Isle Rug Hooking branch – Dispelling a rumour


Dispelling a rumour:

We, the members of Quinte Isle Hooking Craft Guild, would like to dispel the rumour circulating that the Guild is no longer accepting new members.

As a Branch of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild for well over 50 years, we have not been, are not and will not be a “closed shop”.

Continuing to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 10am to 3pm, from September to June at Bloomfield United Church, 272 Main Street, Bloomfield, Prince Edward County; we welcome new members and guests.

For further information please contact Pam Duncan at 613 962 4155 or

Rug pictured is by F Koopmans

HRMNA’s Rug Hooking Artists of the Year

The Hooked Rug Museum of North America/ HRMNA has announced their rug hooking Artists of the Year and also their lineup of special events & workshops.

2018 Rug Hooking Artists of the Year
Janet Boates, Nova Scotia
Gail Dufresne, New Jersey, USA

  Janet Boates, Nova Scotia. HRMNA Canadian rughooking artist of the year, 2018

Gail Dufresne, International rughooking artist of the year

2018 Hook-in/Fibre Dates
June 9 – Knitters Day (all things yarn)
Dye Demo Class with Lucy Richard
June 23 – Hook-in/Fibre
Aug. 30 – Alderney Needlearts Guild Stitch-In (embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, etc)
Sept. 29 – Hook-in/Fibre with guest Janet Boates, (Canadian Rug Hooking Artist of the year)

Apr. 25-27 Mixed & Fancy Fibre–Gail Dufresne
May 26-27 Beginners-Suzanne Conrod & Sherry Chandler
July 6-8 Celtic–Gail Lambert
Aug. 11 or 12 Punch Hooking-Diann MacDonald
Sept 8-9 Geometric–Celia Charlton

Hooked on Music Concert
Thursday Evenings at 7:30 to 9pm

Pre-registration is required for workshops/hook-ins; forms are on our website,
or at the Museum during open season.

Please email the Museum to arrange group tours


Gail Dufresne, with hooked rugs & proddy flowers



Jeanne Field, a True Titan of Rughooking

A true titan of rughooking has left us. Jeanne Margaret Field (née Hurst) passed away November 4, 2017, at Billings Court Manor in Burlington, Ontario. The following article appeared in the Spring 2015 OHCG newsletter.

Jeanne Field wore many hats, but was known to many rug hookers as the owner of Rittermere-Hurst-Field, rug hooking supplier. She was the author of Shading Flowers: The Complete Guide for Rug Hookers (1991) and the Let’s Hook video and the owner of Majic Carpet Dyes. To many, she was a teacher, mentor, a friend, thespian, business woman and artist. She conducted many memorable workshops in her farmhouse north of Orangeville. Allow me to share some warm memories of a forward-thinking rug hooker; I hope the memories will make Jeanne laugh.

In 1965, Jeanne visited the Rittermere Studio in Vineland owned by Mr. and Mrs. Rittenhouse, their daughter Margaret and son-in-law Ted Rowan. She became “hooked” with what she saw and heard about rug hooking. Her artistic bent took hold; she began to hook rugs and design her own patterns. Ted Rowan encouraged her to teach so she took all the courses that were offered. The interest in rug hooking was apparent to her and in the early 1970s, Hurst-Field Designs was born.

It was at the CNE in 1966 when I first laid eyes on a display by the Rowans of Rittermere and I was caught up with the colour, multitude and variation of patterns that had been hooked. The large and small pieces were overwhelming. My name went onto a list to learn about rug hooking. Almost 2 years later Jeanne came into my life as teacher, mentor and friend. My introduction to rug hooking was at Jeanne’s beginner night school class in Port Credit. Fifteen of us worked ten weeks on a rug, shading leaves and flowers. When our family moved to Brampton in 1971, Jeanne told me I was to teach there. After much thought, I decided to teach rug hooking. Jeanne mentored me, taught me how to dye, was kind, fair but firm; I appreciated her assistance and support.

It was in 1971 that the OHCG Teachers’ Branch was formed; Jeanne was one of four Teachers who started the group, which is now 44 years old. It was amazing to be at the first Teachers’ Meeting and have American and Canadian Teachers teaching a very large group of interested Teachers.


Jeanne opened The Blue Willow Wool Shop in Etobicoke in the mid-70s. Jeanne stocked yarn and rug hooking materials. Workshops were taught at the shop and many were introduced to the craft at the Blue Willow.

Jeanne was the Teachers’ representative on the OHCG executive from 1968–1973. She also started a branch of the OHCG in Mississauga at the Port Credit Library. It too was a thriving group and in 1973 the Mississauga Branch hosted the 7th OHCG Annual. Jeanne had many rug hooking friends on both sides of the border and a few that joined us for that memorable weekend were: Joan and Bob Moshimer, Mary Sheppard Burton, Anne Ashworth, and Dottie Ebi. Each of these was a star in the rug hooking world. Joan Moshimer began Rug Hooking News and Views, (now Rug Hooking Magazine) and owned Cushing Dyes.

Workshops were offered at the OHCG Annual in 1972 and Jeanne taught sculptured mushrooms. What a craze that started in our rug hooking world. Sculpturing and sculptured mushroom were BIG.


In 1984, Margaret and Ted Rowan decided to retire and sell Rittermere. Thus the business became Rittermere-Hurst-Field. Jeanne and her friend Pam Dowling opened a shop in King City near her home. After a few years, Jeanne became sole owner and moved to Aurora.  Her home Studio was in a lovely setting and rug hookers enjoyed attending classes, hook-ins, and seeing the new rug hooking items in the studio. Jeanne’s  daughter Andrea joined her in the business.

OHCG: Our Story 1981–1996 documented Rittermere-Hurst-Field’s sponsorship of competitions for their patterns and prizes for the Beginner Competition at the OHCG Annual.

Jeanne gave daily seminars at the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival in 1994. She was approached by the CSNF to mount a large display at their fall show where 341 rugs in total were on display. It was an awesome display to view. She taught workshops, demonstrated, and had other teachers demonstrating various aspects of our craft. People would go to the Rittermere-Hurst-Field booth, purchase a kit and come back to the Teachers to learn how to hook and then be given the name of a teacher in their area.

Jeanne is also a founding member of TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers). The first meeting was held December 2, 1994, just outside of London, England. The Mission Statement evolved to be “The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers is a global organization of creative people who come together in friendship to share ideas, and to explore the different techniques of the art of rugmaking using a variety of fibres.” TIGHR meetings are held in different countries every three years and this year will be the 8th TIGHR Triennial, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Andrea reminded me of a few things about Jeanne during her rughooking career. She was always with hoop and hook in hand where ever or whatever she was doing. She also was about designing new courses for students.

The Native Art Course was so new and different, she was learning about the subject while hooking the piece. She also encouraged rug hookers to create their own stories for the Story Rugs that became popular. She was always creating new ideas for us to hook like her Big Fall Leaves rug. She planned that rug by picking up every kind of leaf she could find, letting them fall where they landed on the linen and there was the pattern. She brought wide cut Crewel to students when more people were experimenting with wide cuts. She encouraged students to design their own larger-than-life flower rugs called Magnificent Mille Fleur. She would send you the basic flower and you could design your own. It was an act of giving and encouragement for students to design their own pattern.


Jeanne’s life was full, with a husband, four children and, always, “a dog”. She also had a career as a nurse and yet, rug hooking was her passion. Jeanne was involved in many areas of rug hooking and was a leader in her field. She was involved in many things behind the scenes and some front and centre. Teaching down East, out West, in the U. S. at schools and at Trent School of Rug Hooking, she was a teacher, a fun-loving player with her friend Audrey Deere behind the cafeteria serving up breakfast or the two of them doing their cleaning lady shtick…always for a smile and laughs.

I hope you had a class with Jeanne. She encouraged students, gave freely of herself, encouraged design, and helped many become rug hooking teachers.

Lastly, some of you will remember when she would come to you in class and say after a pause, her famous or infamous words: “that’s interesting.” We knew what that meant.  ❧                                   Submitted by Anne Boissinot 


“A MIlestone Event” announced Jeanne’s 80th birthday celebration