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

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.
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