No May Hook-in at Moira Mat Makers this year!

A section of the Moira Mat Makers’ display at the 2016 OHCG Annual

Apologies, but I neglected to cancel the Moira Mat Makers Hook-in info in the Spring 2017 issue of the OHCG magazine. It was carried over from last year, in error. Maybe they’ll have one in 2018…?

New World of Colour Workshop at the 2017 OHCG Annual

world of colour

A new class has been added to the 2017 Annual workshop lineup: Karen Kaiser’s “World of Colour–Kaffe Fassett” to be held Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10:30 am 12:30 pm. It is a repeat of the Sunday workshop of the same name: $35 workshop fee and $30 kits available, payable directly to Karen on the day.

In this workshop, you will discover the joy of colour and pattern in rughooking. Students should bring their hoop/frame and hook, plus a desire to be blown away by this inspiring and motivating artist.

Workshops that are currently full: Sunday World of Colour, Sunday Woodland Arts, Saturday White Birch Tree, Saturday/Sunday Against the Sky.

Please note: Registration for the Annual closes March 15, 2017.

2017 Annual OHCG Conference, Workshops & Rug Display

The 2017 OHCG Annual Conference will be held in Cobourg Ontario, April 28th to 30th, at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 0G1 Canada.

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

The Rug Show of many hundreds of beautiful hand-hooked items is open to the public from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, April 30 at the Cobourg Community Centre. $10 admission fee includes access to the many vendors.


Limited rooms remain available at the Best Western, so we have made arrangements with the Cobourg Comfort Inn (call 905-372-7007 mentioning Rug Hooking Conference) for additional rooms or you may wish to access for more accommodation options.


Registration package link. Package is also available in the Winter OHCG newsletter


The Fall OHCG newsletter magazine is out

2016 Fall FrontPageFall takes me by surprise every yearif the summer’s hot, it feels like Autumn will never arrive. But it has been glorious, so now we can hope Winter will be likewise kind and temperate. Ha!

Lots of photos from the 50th Anniversary Annual, news from around the Guild and about the upcoming Annual in Cobourg, April 28-30, 2017.

Sashiko Iris

Ssashikohookingashiko is traditional Japanese embroidery. It is a running stitch done with white thread on indigo fabric. Originally it was done by farmers and fishermen to mend and reinforce clothing, but today it is a delicate surface embellishment on quilts, bags, mats and garments. (Sashiko pillow, below right, by Shirley Davies)
Susan Grant and her sister Shirley Davies became aware of sashiko when Shirley purchased a book by Kitty Pippen called Quilting with Japanese Fabrics. Shirley, a quilter, was interested in the beautiful Japanese fabrics and in learning how to do sashiko. Susan, a rug hooker, was intrigued by the geometric designs used by Kitty. Their collaboration is shown, left.


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Fibre arts fill Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville for 50th OHCG conference

HUNTSVILLE – The room was buzzing with visitors admiring the intricate works of fibre art displayed at Deerhurst Resort on Sunday.


The Ontario Hooking Craft Guild hosted its 50th anniversary conference with 400 members representing the 60 guild branches at the Huntsville resort from April 29 to May 1. The event included an open house for the public featuring hundreds of wall hangings and rugs woven in every colour and depicting innumerable scenes based on the artists’ individual styles and designs.


Wanda Wallace, conference co-chair, said the anniversary celebration marked a milestone for the guild, while also preserving a heritage craft.

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B.C. Children’s Hospital puts out call to Canadian artists for healing-art project

BC Hospital Children’s Healing Experience Project

A challenge has been put forth for artists across Canada to submit applications for a hospital art project.

The deadline has passed for this competition.


The Teck Acute Care Centre, currently under construction at the B.C. Children’s Hospital, is set to be completed by November 2017, and aims to be “the brightest space in North America for sick kids”, according to a news release.


The Children’s Healing Experience Project initiative aims to cover 60,000 square feet of the eight-storey building with art that will captivate and comfort children, families, and staff to make the hospital experience less anxious and stressful.

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“Honouring Recipients of Fibre Arts­Traditional Rug Hooking” said the Master of Ceremony Doug Roughton, Campus Dean, as he introduced us one at a time to the audience—Pamela Langdon, Jayne Nevins, Carol Shewan, and Kim Slade. Cheered on by the crowd, we walked across the stage to shake the congratulatory hand of Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College (SLC) on the 29th of May, 2015. A glorious moment in the sun in recognition of our achievement!
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