Stay safe!

Stay home!




Here’s a letter from the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia to their members at the time of the terrible tragedy there on April 20th. You can get involved and support them.

Check in the sliding gallery below to see what some of our members hooked under the title “Looking out my window with love.”


No more Olde Forge meetings for the immediate future! No Hook-in!

Whatever shall we do with ourselves during our Covid-19 isolation? Here are some suggestions:

  • Investigate the hooking information on our website — go to Resources or Links page
  • Join Deanne Fitzpatrick at WoolCake: A Club Members Learning Site. Join up (currently no charge) for lots of valuable hooking information, a newsletter and even a free hooking course.

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  • On Facebook, go to Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio for lots of interesting tidbits. She also gives a free live-streaming lesson once a week.

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  • Meet up with Cindi Gay for a variety of sessions:
    — Q&A on Mondays and Wednesdays
    — A live-streaming free lesson on Fridays
    — Hook-ins on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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  • Join other members at the Olde Forge Rug Hooking Group on Facebook to discuss hooking, show us what you’re working on, ooh and ahh over work others share.

If you’re worried about security, provide only as much info as you need to create the account — your name, an email (create a gmail or other email account that you use just for Facebook). No need to give any other personal information. 

Stay safe!

Stay home!




Newsletter highlights

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

Newsletter Highlights

Welcome to Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking

Here you can find out about our activities and meeting dates. If you’re in the nation’s capital please visit during a meeting, take part in a workshop or attend one of our events.

As well, you may want to check out the hooking-related resources and links – they may be helpful regardless of where you’re located.

We hope you enjoy the site and wish you all some very happy hooking.

Note: City of Ottawa has closed most of its facilities, including Maki House, until April 5.  All Olde Forge meetings are cancelled until further notice and we will be rescheduling the Canadian Mola workshop with Loretta Moore.

Sadly, our Hook-in is now also cancelled!

& 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.

Recent work

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.

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.

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

1st Saturday of each month : 10:00 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!

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