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Virtual Gallery

Gallery 5

On this Gallery, you can tour a selection of rugs from :

  • Denise Vandenbemden
  • Debbie Séguin
  • Visit our Blog to see more rugs showcased in the past.
     
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    Denise Vandenbemden
    Denise Vandenbemden

    Denise Vandenbemden

    Denise joined the BHCG in 2003. As soon as she signed up, she took a class with our teacher, Lois J. Morris, and I think every class thereafter. She found her niche with fine cut and rarely hooked anything higher than #4 cut.

    She is a very kind and generous lady. Every Thursday she opened her home to anyone who did not get enough hooking on Monday and this went on for years. She was always there to help new members and beginners.

    She became president in 2005 and remained in that role until 2011. She is our longest standing president, and this shows how much the Guild meant to her. She instigated the website and put us online making it so much easier to communicate from guild to guild. I dare say she put us on the map!

    We were also fortunate to sample some of her delicious Belgian cuisine. Both Maria and I can confirm that her waffles and cookies are to die for.
    Although Denise now has mobility issues which make it impossible to come out to meetings, she follows our activities closely and remains supportive and proud of the Guild and all our accomplishments.

    To find more about Denise on our website, please go to News and Blog and use the search tool in the top right corner.

    Claire Fradette - Member


    Denise Vandenbemden. Chicago. A Rittermere pattern.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Chicago. A Rittermere pattern.

    Chicago

    Rittermere pattern
    About 2004
    Approximately 75 cm x 60 cm (29.5“ x 23.5”)
     
    Unfortunately, Chicago was eaten by moths and no longer exists. The Rittermere pattern was pre-printed on burlap and it served me for a shading class given by Lois. The wool was dyed from white wool and cut in #3. The Chicago pattern was in the Guild’s library, in a Rittermere design book which I purchased in 2004. I recall that the rug was not very big, about 75 cm x 60 cm (29.5 in x 23.5 in), but I am not certain. This piece was shown in the BHCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition in 2010.


    Denise Vandenbemden. Spring. A Bluenose pattern.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Spring. A Bluenose pattern.

    Spring

    Bluenose pattern
    55 cm x 40 cm (21.5” x 16”)
    2007
     
    This is a pre-printed pattern purchased from the Guild in a donation sale. The colours were dyed from white wool, cut in # 3 for the pattern and in # 4 for the background. The carpet is at my home. This piece was shown in the BHCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition in 2010.


    Denise Vandenbemden. Elizabethan.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Elizabethan.

    Elizabethan

    2009
    70 cm x 55 cm (27.5´ x 21.5”)
     
    Large floral Jacobean imitation. I really like Jacobean embroidery and this rug was an imitation with flowers taken from the internet and put together. Wool cut # 4. The carpet is at my home. This piece was shown in the BHCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition in 2010.


    Denise Vandenbemden. Snowy Heron. Adapted from an  Audubon watercolour.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Snowy Heron. Adapted from an Audubon watercolour.

    Snowy Heron

    Adapted from an Audubon watercolour
    23 inches x 18 inches
     
    The design was adapted from a picture of what I believe to be a John Audubon watercolour. The rug was hooked on rug warp with new wool that I custom-dyed. It was hooked in #2 and #3 cuts. There is no particular story to this rug; I simply needed a subject for a three-dimensional hooking course. The rug has been framed. Snowy Heron appeared in Show and Tell January 2014 and was printed onto greeting cards.
    For more information about John Audubon and this famous print, follow the link:
    John Audubon (1785-1851) _Snowy Heron or White Egret


    Denise Vandenbemden.  Stained Glass. Adapted Design.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Stained Glass. Adapted Design.

    Stained Glass

    Adapted Design
    2006
    65 cm x 85 cm (25.5” x 33.5”)
     
    Stained Glass imitation was hooked in 2006 with wool fabric on burlap in a # 4 cut. The pattern is an adapted design from the ''Art Nouveau Stained Glass Coloring book'' by Ed Sibbet Jr. The colours were achieved with spot dyeing on natural wool.
    Stained Glass was shown in the BHCG 2010 Rug Exhibition, was animated in 2010, and appeared in 2012 Show and Tell. It hangs in my home.


    Denise Vandenbemden. Candles in the Window.
    Denise Vandenbemden. Candles in the Window.

    Candles in the Window

    2008
    16 in x 16in
     
    We wanted to do something special for our 2008 exhibition and the first idea was to create a small piece with candles. I love stained glass and downloaded, from the Internet, a free stained-glass pattern reminding me of the beautiful windows in art deco houses. I adapted it to my own taste by making it a double window and choosing the pastel colours I like, although these are more often seen in church windows than in art deco houses. I added the candles and that was it. The result is what you see here. Hooked on burlap with cut #4. The colors are dyed on new natural wool.
    This piece was shown in the BHCG 2008 Rug Exhibition, appeared in Show and Tell December 2008, and was animated in 2012.


    Debbie Séguin
    Debbie Séguin

    Debbie Séguin

    In 2002, while visiting friends at their beautiful Nova Scotia farmstead, Debbie was introduced to a home-full of stunning rugs, a cutter, a hooking frame, and a vast collection of wool. Debbie thought back to her Newfoundland grandparents: her grandfather, a fisherman, and her grandmother, a rug hooker during the winter months, when fishing season and salting the cod on the flake was over. And Debbie was hooked! Back from her trip, she noticed a story about the Guild in the News and Chronicle, and despite her ongoing nursing career, she was free on Mondays and joined the BHCG. Two years later, in 2004, Debbie was president!

    To find more about Debbie on our website, please go to News and Blog and use the search tool in the top right corner.

    Emmy Maten, Vice-President


    Debbie Séguin, My First Rug. Adapted  from a Stencil for Tole Painting
    Debbie Séguin, My First Rug. Adapted from a Stencil for Tole Painting

    My First Rug

    Adapted from a Stencil for Tole Painting
    2003
    38 ½ x 24 inches
     
    This is my first rug. I had a stencil for tole painting from a craft magazine which my husband used to paint the two doors of our dining room cabinet. I decided to make a matching rug. Lois taught me how to hand dye the wool for the sky, which I cut into #6 strips. The clouds are hooked with yarn. For the house, I used an old jacket which a friend gave me. And the grass is wool I purchased at the Guild. The rug hangs in our home.


    Debbie Séguin. Town, a Rittermere pattern
    Debbie Séguin. Town, a Rittermere pattern

    Town

    Rittermere
    2004
    32 ½ x 5 inches
     
    This was, I think, the second rug I hooked. I loved the pattern. I have it over my bedroom door. I used #6 cut.

    To take a closer look of this piece, click on a picture and use the arrow buttons to navigate back and forth.


    Debbie Séguin. Friends are Forever, a Rittermere pattern
    Debbie Séguin. Friends are Forever, a Rittermere pattern

    Friends are Forever

    Rittermere
     
    I made this for my best friend Sue. I hand-dyed some old woollen clothes. The blue in this rug was left over from what I had dyed for my first rug.


    Debbie Séguin. Wooly Sheep. Original
    Debbie Séguin. Wooly Sheep. Original

    Woolly Sheep

    Original
    2011
    12.5 x 9 inches
     
    I wanted to hook my sister Susan a little rug. While I was at the Pointe-Claire Shopping Center, I went into the wool store and there I spotted this Icelandic wool. I knew then I was going to hook a sheep with it! Susan was very delighted when I gave it to her. I hand dyed Dorr wool for the sky and for the grass, and I used a #6 cut.


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