First, the news from beyond Olde Forge

Celebrating Beginnings

The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia is celebrating its 40th year and kicking off with a 3-month exhibition starting Jan 19. This exhibition, at Ross Farm Museum, New Ross, NS, showcases entries of “first” or “beginning” works of art. It could be the artist’s first hooked rug, first primitive, first pictorial, etc. – what a great way to celebrate! It wraps up April 13.

Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Guild’s Rug School, May 5-10

Online registration is now open for this event:

Mega Fabric Sale at Ottawa’s Ecoequitable

Sat Feb 9 from 10 am-1 pm is another Ecoequitable fabric sale! Always lots of great deals but you need to get there early for the best selection. For more info watch their Facebook page or check out their website ( Location: 404 McArthur Ave., in the Unitarian Church meeting space.

Music from the Big Land: Songs of Labrador

Atlantic Voices, the Newfoundland and Labrador choir of Ottawa, has its next concert on Sun Jan 27 at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St., starting at 3 pm. For more info:

Hand Woven & Hand Hooked

Karen Miller’s online courseHand Woven and Hand Hooked” is now available as a PDF instructional document. For more about Karen:

Looking for inspiration?

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 2019 exhibitions should be a great source of ideas for future hookings! Check them out here:

Aussie News

The January ‘unofficial’ newsletter from the Australian Rugmakers Guild is available here. It’s wonderful to see the diversity of hooking in various parts of the world.


Membership in The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR) is now open. It’s a three-year membership (Jan 2019-Dec 2021) for $80 Canadian and entitles you to their e-newsletter, Hooking Matters, and the opportunity to apply to the next triennial being held in 2021 in Newfoundland. For info:

Renditions in Rags 2019 Challenge

Val Gavin, Renditions in Rags, has posted this year’s challenge on Facebook (Dec 4). It’s all about triangles and global warming, a great theme for hookers who re-purpose and want to send a message about our planet. Here’s the scoop and note the triangle is 18 in across the top and other two sides are 19.5 in. In addition to the ‘flags’ I believe Val is accepting other pieces for display at her studio. The easiest way to connect with Val is via Facebook.

Olde Forge News

Annual Olde Forge Hook-in

Mark your calendar to attend our annual hook-in on Saturday, April 27, at Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Rd, Ottawa. All rug hookers are welcome and it’s always a great event. Bring something to hook and something for show and tell: always a treat with such talent, creativity and variety. Also – bring any scissors that need sharpening. The Sharpening Shoppe’s mobile unit (the same company we had at the annual) will be in the parking lot offering quality sharpening. Watch for February’s news, when we’ll be confirming the participating vendors. Door prizes, a wonderful lunch and only a $5 entry fee. Registration info will be included in the February news.

Spring Workshops

Watch for the February news when we’ll be posting info about a few workshops, space permitting. If Olde Forgers haven’t filled all the spots, we welcome you to join us, if interested.

Christine Pauzin: The Bag Lady

At the last few meetings, I shared my new purchase, custom-made by a woman in the Laurentians whom I discovered at the Signatures show before the holidays. It’s a very large bag that is perfect for carrying my frame, hooking and meeting notes. When I contacted Christine to send me a couple of the smaller bags (and I think one is perfect for my punch needle frame and supplies), I mentioned the interest from others and she included a catalogue with my order. It contains fabric samples, order forms and her business cards/contact info.

The large bag is $39 plus shipping; the smaller bag, $29. Shipping is $12. The package accommodates 2 large bags or 4 small – so you might want to buddy up if interested in ordering.

We’ll have some sample bags and the catalogue at our hook-in in April, and I’ll bring them to the Cabin Fever hook-in in Westport February 27.

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