Barb D’Arcy, Featured Artist at OHCG

Each year OHCG honours the work and skill of one rug hooker. This year’s featured artist was Barb D’Arcy.


(please excuse the fuzzy photo)

Barb had loved rug hooking from the age of 13, when she first saw hooked rugs on the floors during a visit to P.E.I. , but it wasn’t until she retired from Bell Canada in 1988, that she actually took up hooking herself. She soon became an OHCG and McGown certified teacher, and she quickly became  a popular and renowned teacher.

Her rugs have been shown at many venues, including The Textile Museum, Etobicoke City Hall. The Creative Needlework Festival, and Home Makers Magazine.

She is popular as a judge for rug hooking shows, has served on the board of OHCG (Ontario Hooking Craft Guild), and is a past VP of TIGHR (International Guild of Hand Hooking Rug Makers)

Her home studio, was called a magical place by her students, and her greatest joy was to launch beginners and guide them to become skilled artizans. She retired from teaching after fire destroyed her studio.

Barb regards both rug hooking and life as a journey, and lives by the motto….”Learning is Forever”. She believes that rug hooking is a form of artisitic self expression and is forever grateful to her friends and all those who have enabled her to continue on her own journey .


I somehow missed a full picture of this beautiful red oriental.DSCF6420

…but this one shows the intricacy and detail.DSCF6421

Many of her rugs have a Canadian theme or inspiration.DSCF6422

Barb hooked the bunny “Mason” …the original is  at the North American Rug Hooking Museum with the fabulous Noah’s Ark. This is a much larger version, and what a charming fellow he is.DSCF6424

Barb is adept with all styles and cuts.DSCF6425





….with striking colour…..DSCF6428

…..or more subtle tones….




This is the top of a beautiful footstool. The hooking so compliments the graceful lines of the legs (which as you can see I didn’t photograph).

With Barb’s guidance, many of her students have  become master hookers themselves, and some of their work was also in the display.



….and the top of this incredible runner…..full of Canadian wildlifeDSCF6433









This last one is hooked by Barb’s student Elaine Copeman and won the wide cut award two years ago at the annual in North Bay.DSCF6438



Barb is both a skilled artist herself and a master teacher. Her influence and love of hooking will be passed along to posterity as she and those she has guided continue to to create their expressions of “Life’s Journey”



3 thoughts on “Barb D’Arcy, Featured Artist at OHCG

  1. I think the Joe Norris rug is hooked by one of Barb’s students. The wild life runner — one of my favourites is hooked by Susan Clarke who belongs to both the Upper Toronto Rug Hooking Guild and the Georgetown Guild.

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