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 Rug Hooking 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 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.

Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking usually hosts a hook-in in the spring of each year. The event attracts rug hookers and needle punchers from across the region, and beyond.

Membership in Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking runs from Sept 1-Aug 31 annually. The 2023-2024 membership fee is $30 and is collected in the fall when we reconvene after a summer break.

Membership is open to rug hookers of all skill levels from Ottawa and the surrounding area. To enquire about joining, send an email message with your contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) to: ottawarughooking@gmail.com.

  • Three in-person meetings a month: two Thursdays and one Saturday. We break for summer – there are no meetings in July and August, and only one in June.
  • Access to an extensive and well-catalogued rug hooking and punch needle library. In addition to a wide range of books, holdings include issues of Rug Hooking Magazine since its beginning, swatches to help you choose colours for wool dyeing, and more.
  • Access to three cutters: one is available during in-person meetings only; two others are on loan for up to one month
  • Use of an art projector to enlarge designs
  • A variety of workshops and activities. To see what’s currently scheduled, see the workshops page. We list workshops publicly as we fill any vacancies from ‘outside’, after Olde Forge members have had the opportunity to register. This gives us the opportunity to facilitate more workshops.
  • Events such as our annual hook-in, complete with several vendors and approximately 100 members and guests from around the region.
  • An annual ‘garage sale’ that features donated items from people no longer hooking as well as members who are making room in their stash. It’s a great way to add to yours!
  • Best of all, the camaraderie, shared passion, wisdom and encouragement of a talented group of rug hookers and needle punchers. The show and tell at each meeting is always inspiring and tips, tricks and learning are always there for the taking.
  • Finally, and available to everyone, are the extensive resources and sources of inspiration on our website. There you’ll find a searchable index of Rug Hooking Magazine articles and patterns, thanks to the work of our librarian and our webmaster – and much, much more. Enjoy!

  • Meeting Location:
  • Maki House Community Centre
  • 19 Leeming Drive
  • Ottawa, ON K2H 5P6
  • Crystal Beach area
  • Times:
  • 1st Saturday of each month (except: July & August), starting at 10:00 am
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month (except June, July & August), starting at 10:00 am
  • Meeting dates are subject to change due to statutory holidays, including Labour Day, Thanksgiving and Easter.

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

    Wearing a face mask during meetings is recommended for your own protection.

  • JANUARY 2024
  • Saturday January 6th
  • Thursday January 11th
  • Thursday January 25th
  • FEBRUARY 2024
  • Saturday February 3rd
  • Thursday February 8th
  • Thursday February 22nd
  • MARCH 2024
  • Saturday March 2nd
  • Thursday March 14th
  • Thursday March 28th
  • APRIL 2024
  • Thursday April 11th
  • Thursday April 25th
  • MAY 2024
  • Saturday May 4th
  • Thursday May 9th
  • Thursday May 23rd
  • JUNE 2024
  • Saturday June 1st
  • All start times: 10:00 a.m.

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