Newsletter highlights

Want to know more about what we’re up to? We’re delighted you’re interested. Here are the highlights. Olde Forgers can find the full news in the members only section.

Newsletter Highlights


Special bulletin!!!

This season's meeting dates

We’re waiting for confirmation from the Crystal Beach Lakeview Community Association (CBLCA) about our requested schedule of meetings dates for Sept 2019 — June 2020 at Maki House.  They’re finalizing with the City of Ottawa who creates a contract for each of the organizations using the facility via CBLCA. We’ll post when dates are confirmed (and we’ve asked for some workshop dates as well), which should be by mid-Sept latest.

Meanwhile, please note:  there is no Saturday meeting in Sept as we’ll be at the Almonte FibreFest, Sept 7 & 8. Our regular Thurs meetings are scheduled so please plan to attend Sept 12 and Sept 26 if you can; meetings start at 10 am.

Also, we’ve been advised that there’s a conflict with Sat Oct 5 and waiting for confirmation that the first Saturday meeting will be Oct 19. Again, we’ll post that date, as well as the rest of the schedule, as soon as we have the information.

Looking forward to seeing everyone — show and tell should be a treat!

& other events

Information about our workshops so others, beyond Olde Forge, can know more about what we’re up to, and join us when there’s room.

About us

We are a rug hooking group based in Ottawa, Ontario with members from across the Ottawa Valley and into Western Quebec. Members are optionally individually affiliated with the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) and Ottawa Olde Forge is recognized as an OHCG branch within Area 1. OHCG provides a connection to rug hooking throughout the province of Ontario and Western Quebec.

Our 90+ Olde Forge members hook in a wide range of styles using a variety of backings. They also incorporate other fibre arts — for example, felting and embroidery — into their pieces.

Every year, except in 2018 when we cohosted the OHCG Annual, Ottawa Olde Forge hosts a hook-in for Area 1. Rug hookers from all across the region are invited to attend. Other Area 1 branches include those in Beaconsfield, Brockville, Burritts Rapids, Deep River, Martintown, Pointe Claire and Prescott.

Recent work

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Membership information

Olde Forge membership runs from Sept 1-Aug 31 annually. Fees are currently $20 and collected in the fall when we reconvene after a summer break.

We also collect and submit membership fees for OHCG on behalf of those members who choose to support this umbrella organization. Fees for OHCG are $40, which include HST.

Meeting details

Maki House Community Centre
19 Leeming Drive
Ottawa, ON K2H 5P6
Crystal Beach area

1st Saturday of each month : 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month : 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meeting dates are subject to change due to statutory holidays, including Labour Day, Thankgiving and Easter. See the meeting schedule below for exact dates each year.

Business meetings are held at the Saturday and 1st Thursday meetings of each month. Tea and coffee are supplied, so bring your lunch, your mug, your hooking, and join in the fun!

Meeting schedule

Sat 8 – Welcome back
Thurs 13
Thurs 27

Thurs 11
Sat 13
Thurs 25

Sat 3 – Garage sale
Thurs 8
Thurs 22

Sat 1 – Holiday luncheon
Note: Tues 4 is International Rug Hooking Day

Sat 5 – Welcome Back
Thurs 10
Thurs 24

Sat 2
Thurs 14
Thurs 28

Sat 2
Thurs 14
Thurs 28

Sat 6
Thurs 11
Thurs 25
Sat 27 Olde Forge Hook-In for Area 1
Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Road, Ottawa

Note: Fri-Sun April 12-14 OHCG Annual Conference, London

Sat 4
Thurs 9
Thurs 23

Sat 1 Last meeting before summer break

Members of Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch can join the Facebook group of the same name. It is a private group restricted to Branch members only. It was born early 2017 and has become a vibrant and interesting place to hang out. Expect to find pictures of recent work, discussions of best practices, and general  hooking issues.

Ottawa Olde Forge Annual Area 1 Hook-in

Saturday April 27, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Britannia United Church
985 Pinecrest Rd, Ottawa
(located in the west end; close to Hwys 417 and 416)

"Hooking Sweet Hooking"
Designed by Beverly Conway. Hooked by Elaine Armstrong
Be sure to bring:Your hooking, something for show and tell, scissors for sharpening
We’re providing:The Sharpening Shoppe’s mobile unit, 7-8 vendors, door prizes, a wonderful lunch
Fee:$5 — You can pay at the door, or, if you choose to pay in advance and reduce the lineup, when you register (see below), mention that you’d like to pre-pay and we’ll let you know how you can do this.
To register:Send email to Olde Forge Rug Hooking. Space is limited; registration in advance is required.
Confirmed vendors include:
  • Baa Baa Bundles
  • Barbara Lukas:  Art in Textile
  • Christine Gibson
  • Dreams & Creations
  • Hooked on the Lake
  • Isabelle Rollin & Jacques Lepage
  • The Sharpening Shoppe (also onsite at the 2018 Annual)

Hooking in the Park

A great way to stay connected over the summer — no business, just gather to hook and visit.

Pavillion at Rockcliffe Park
Be sure to bring:Bring your hooking, lunch, beverage and a lawn chair.
LocationRockcliffe Park. Plan to meet up in the picnic area and choose the (free) parking lot that’s close by.
Map and info:This is an NCC park. Map and info at the NCC parks website.
Get directions:Click here for directions.
(rain dates in brackets):
  •  Thursday, June 13 (20)
  •  Saturday, July 13 (20)
  •  Thursday, July 18 (25)
  •  Saturday, August 10 (17)
  •  Thursday, 15 (22)
Time:10 am to 2 pm, but you can arrive earlier and stay as long as you like.
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