THE HEAT IS ON – Cobourg Hook-In & Regional East Workshops

The Northumberland Rug Hookers are gearing up for their biennial hook-in event. This year they’re doing things a little differently – some fabulous workshops have been added to the hook-in that you’ve all come to enjoy. The theme is “THE HEAT IS ON” – exploring the topic of climate change from several different angles. Check out the classes below and mark your calendars for September 30, 2019!

Grace Church, 440 King St East, Cobourg, ON, 9 am to 4 pm.
Hook-In? Workshop? Both? The choice is Yours!
• $5 admission for hook-in only
• No pre-registration required
• Vendors, Door Prizes! Cutter/Scissor Sharpening! • Delicious refreshments provided
• Guest Speaker:
   • Alice Olsen Williams, Earth Song
   • Jennifer Wiber, Temperature Tapestry
• Bring your lunch, a completed rug for display (see categories below) and your hooking
• Display of rugs in the following categories:
   • Fine Cut
   • Wide Cut
   • The Heat is ON (think of snow, heat, storms, wind, seasons, hot/cold colours)
Regional East Workshops:
Choose from one of the following classes.  For a registration form, more information & teacher bios go to:,
or email us at Registration closes June 28.
ROOKIE HOOKING – Tina Cole – 9:00-4:00 — $55
Beginner/Refresher Class – Sponsored by the OHCG
Want to learn the basics of rug hooking? Need a refresher? Join Tina Cole and choose one of her fabulous pumpkin patterns “with a twist” – so colourful, so creative and perfect for fall. A brief dyeing demonstration will be included. Materials Fee (extra) = $60 kit for pattern 10” x 10” including wool.
Get a head start on the Christmas season as Loretta Moore shows you how to hook a pocket for Christmas greenery. It hooks up quickly, makes a great gift and is designed to be hung on a door. In the class you will explore what “primitive” rug hooking means by briefly looking at design, colour, cut size and fibres. Wide cut does not necessarily mean primitive but primitive often uses a wider cut. While the original was designed to be a pocket for greenery and hung on a door or a wall, it can also be enlarged by adding borders and made into a small pillow. Materials Fee (extra) = $28 pattern on linen 21″x20″, $50 wool uncut, $52 wool cut #8 & 6.
TANGLE ART – Janice Daniels – 9:00-4:00 – $55
Stressed Out? Need some relaxation? “Zentangle” is the thing for you! Janice Daniels will walk you through the art of “tangling” through rug hooking – calm, peaceful, no mistakes can be made. In the morning you will practice the art of Tangling and in the afternoon you will be able to transfer your design ready for rug hooking. Handouts and a kit will be available for purchase. The kit includes: 0.5 Micron drawing pen, pencil, paper, larger paper for design, tracing paper, red dot transfer material, sample designs and detailed instructions. Materials Fee (extra) = $20 kit. A piece of linen 18”x18” is also available at an additional cost of $15.
THE HEAT IS ON – Pictorial Workshop – Susan Clarke – 9:00-4:00 – $55
Susan Clarke taps into the growing concerns about climate change through hooking stunning pictorial patterns. Today, many Canadian artists have raised awareness about the global warming issue through beautiful and colourful pieces. We will explore the art of two Canadian artists, one based on Ontario landscapes and the other based on Arctic landscapes. Colour planning will be a key part of this workshop.
Patterns based on Ontario landscape, from art by Canadian artist Barbel Smith, and available from Willow Creek Rug Hooking (16” x 22”, approx.) are recommended. Other patterns based on the Arctic landscape are available from Susan. Go to: to see the recommended patterns. Please bring your rug hooking equipment and wool for hooking. One cutter will be available, however feel free to bring your own as there will be a lot of cutting involved! Materials Fee (extra) = $65 pattern.

OHCG 2019 Annual Award Winning Rugs

Of the 774 hand-hooked rugs and other hooked items in the 2019 OHCG “Birds of a Feather” Annual Conference & Rug Show in London, Ontario, April 12-14, here are the winning rugs, chosen from 147 that were entered for judging. Spoiled for choice, it’s a tough job for the judges, a pair for each category. Congratulations to all concerned… wonderful show of stellar traditionally hooked fibre art!

2019 Original & Rowan Award Winner: “Cabbage Field” by Corrie Bles of Y2K Rug Bugs OHCG branch. The Rowan Award (“Best in Show” or “People’s Choice”), is voted on by the entire OHCG membership at the Conference. It’s very difficult to pick just one!

2019 Original Honourable Mention Winner: “Pushkar” by Patti Colen of Simply Hooked OHCG branch

2019 Theme Award Winner: “One Crow, Two Crows”, an original by Diane Grieve of Saugeen Shores OHCG branch. The Theme Award is also a result of voting by the OHCG membership at the Conference.


2019 Primitive Award Winner: “Early Home” by Ruth McLean of Simply Hooked OHCG branch. Joan Moshimer design.

2019 Primitive Honourable Mention Award: “Vintage Trick or Treat” by Jayne Nevins of Pickering Village OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Star Rug Company design.



2019 Multi-Cut Award Winner: “Henry Heron” by Tina Cole of Moira Mat Makers OHCG branch. Designer & teacher: Capri Boyle Jones.

2019 MultiCut Honourable Mention Award: “Inukshuk” by Jessica Charnock of Woolwright Society OHCG branch. Design by Frazer McGurk.


2019 Oriental Award Winner: “Baktyar Dozar” by Carla Larsen of ME Critchlow OHCG branch. Jane McGown Flynn design.

2019 Oriental Honourable Mention Award: “Ch’ng” by Vivien Thompson of Agincourt OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Joan Moshimer design


2019 Alternate Fibres & Technique Award Winner:  Shirley Runner”, an original by Susan Grant of Georgetown OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher.

2019 Alternate Fibres & Technique Honourable Mention Award: “Harvest Pumpkins” by Ingrid Hieronimus of Georgetown OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Ragg Time Studio design


2019 Fine Cut Award Winner: “Last Light”, an original by Susan Clarke of Georgetown OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Barbel Smith design.

2019 Fine Cut Honourable Mention Award: “The Reverend” by Kay Lewis of Ottawa Olde Forge OHCG branch. Adapted design.2019 Pictorial Award Winner: “The Boys”, an original by Judy Kielczewski, Independent member of Fort Frances and OHCG Teacher.


2019 Pictorial Honourable Mention Award: “Behind Closed Doors” by Dorinda Keith of Kitchener-Waterloo OHCG branch. Adapted design.


2019 Wide-Cut Award Winner: “Mooring at Tobermory”, an original by Marie Miller of Ajax OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Teacher, Linda Powell.


2019 Wide-Cut Honourable Mention Award: “Mirrored Pinwheel” by Susan Grant of Georgetown OHCG branch and OHCG Teacher. Adapted design.


2019 Craft Ontario Affiliate Award Winner: “Weather Vanes” by Kim McClevis, of Grey Highlands OHCG branch. Design by Sheila Klugescheid.








Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild’s 50th Anniversary Art Display

Georgetown branch of the OHCG Celebrates 50 Years, with a gallery display of hooked rugs, from 10 am to 3pm, September 12 to October 31st.

On September 29th, Michelle Sirois-Silver, an accomplished textile artist from BC, will give a talk entitled “It Takes Time”, at 1pm in the Helson Gallery, Halton Hills Cultural Centre, in Georgetown. $10 fee. The show is free.

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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)


Free Burlington Hook-in; 50th Anniversary

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! FREE BURLINGTON HOOK-in: Join us for our 11th Annual HOOK-IN in conjunction with Kaleidoscope of the Arts on Saturday APRIL 21 from 10 am until  3:30 pm, at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Bring your lunch and mug. Goodies supplied. Enjoy shopping, show and tell, draws and prizes.

Contact: Mary Helen Ostner (see details below)

OHCG Annual Rug Show

OHCG 2017 Annual Cobourg April 28-30, 2017The OHCG Annual Conference ends with a splendid show of hundreds of rugs, only limited by the size of the venue. These rugs are hooked, in both traditional and modern styles, by a representation of the over 1000 members of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, from 66 branches around the province and into Québec. The show is open to the public on Sunday April 30th, from 10am to 3pm, at a charge of $10 per person.

There are 8 categories of rugs: Fine-cut, Wide-cut, Multi-cut (new for 2017), Original, Oriental, Primitive, Pictorial and Alternative Fibres & Techniques. Within the categories, there is an enormous range of ideas, colour palettes and ingenuity. Some hook mostly commercial patterns while others only hook their own designs.

For anyone wishing to attend the Annual, or for more information: OHCG 2017 Annual Conference, Workshops & Rug Show

Constables adapted and hooked by Rosemary Malone of the Woolwright Society (OHCG branch)

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