Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guild members enjoying a quiet post-Fiber Fair summer ...

Notes from the June & July meetings ...

The June meeting of the HHRHG was held at the library in Washington and 14 members were present.  Teresa Kinman, Treasurer, gave a report on the 11th annual Wool Fiber Arts Fair held in May.  Following her reports there was discussion about holding the Fair again in 2015.  Since there were only 14 members at the meeting, it was decided that an email-phone vote would be conducted about member's desires for having a Fair next year.  Teresa will send the email and make the phone calls.  [Note:  The final vote was 4 in favor of having the fair next year, 10 against, and one abstention.  Therefore the HHRHG will not hold the Wool Fiber Arts Fair in 2015.]

With no further business to discuss, the business meeting was adjourned and a social gathering followed.

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In July, 10 members met at the library in Washington.  With no officers present there was no business meeting.

Member Marsha Mulroony said, "We decided that since there were no officers, we really could not do any business.  So all we did was eat cookies, hook, laugh, show what we were working on, and chat about a gazillion different things.  We got kicked out of the library ... they had to tell us twice they were closing!  It was relaxed and fun!"

it certainly sounds like an ideal, no-pressure meeting and that those not present missed a wonderful Saturday in Washington.

The August meeting of the Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild will be held at the public library in Washington, Indiana Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m. local time. Visitors are always welcome.  Come and hook with us!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An update from Amy Best!

Fellow Hookers!  

I hope this finds you all well and staying cool.  I missed the last meeting because I was at Spring Mill State Park having a wonderful time!  This past weekend Spring Mill held a fiber arts event Saturday and Sunday.  Friday evening our family dressed in Civil War era clothing and began 1863 living in the village lower residence.  I displayed rugs from Janice Spaulding, Marsha Mulroony and a few I have completed.  I hooked and explained rug hooking all day Saturday and Sunday.  There were tons of people there and most were very interested.  There were several who lived within 1 hour of Washington (our meeting place).  We gave out several guild brochures and invites to come learn to hook with us.  By Sunday evening we were tired and ready for 2014 clothing and air conditioning.

The village had several volunteers spinning wool and quilting.  I have never seen so many spinning wheels in one place!  There were at least 30 displayed on the lawn between the upper and lower residences.  At times there were 10 to 15 women spinning.  There were two quilts on the lawn being quilted.  One was a quilter's personal quilt and one was for visitors, including children, to learn to quilt on.  This quilt will be displayed on a bed in the village.

Spring Mill State Park will be having another fiber arts weekend August 30, 31 and September 1 (Labor Day weekend).  Our family will once again be moving into the lower residence for the event.  The park would love for me to bring more rugs to display.  Members -- please think ab out what rug you would like to share with park visitors.  I would love to have any of you fellow hookers come and spend the day with me hooking and visiting with park guests.  

Our daughter, Carli, has became quite good at cooking over a fire in the cabin so she might share a meal with you.

I think these fiber arts events are a great opportunity to grow our guild.  See ya at the next meeting!


Monday, May 19, 2014

A word of thanks ...

I'm posting a note our Guild treasurer, Teresa Kinman, sent to everyone in the Guild over the weekend.  The fiber fair is over and it was a real success.  Teresa did a great job of steering us in the right direction this year.  Here's her note:

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you for doing a great job at this year's fair.  The first thing I want to let you know is that although we didn't really have a fair coordinator this year, I think we pulled off a wonderful day for our vendors and patrons.  It shows what a good group we have and that you all just jumped in when needed.  Thank you all for that.  It is such a pleasure to have vendors say they love to come to our fair; that it was the best they had had, to thank us for asking them to come.  I heard so many great things not only from vendors but from our patrons that attended.  It makes two full days worth our work.

I want to thank Marsha and Amy for pulling it together and getting our signs and the key for the building to keep us on track.  To Becky and Carley for getting the rug displays up and wonderfully hung.  To Shirley for getting our vendor booths outlined and set up.  To the Evansville group for doing a great job selling raffle tickets and manning the marketplace booth and helping wherever needed.  To Julia for making sure all the vendors had water and goodies.  To Becky G. for putting the marketplace booth "together" on Friday and helping organize booths.  To Jan and Judy for doing a wonderful job demonstrating needlefelting and rug hooking; it seems there was always someone interested in that area, and also for helping set up on Friday.  To Chrystal for doing another great job greeting all our guests, Sheila for helping out  where needed and to Carley Best for taking care of the Kid's Corner.  (Judy: did you get your bracelet done?)  To Steve for helping vendors carry in on Friday and to our community service helpers-- they were a big help in set up and take down.  And to all the members that attended and brought snacks and things for the marketplace booth.  Sometimes it is the little things that you think go unnoticed that make a big difference.  It takes the whole group to pull this off and I think you did another wonderful job.

To our members who weren't there, our prayers go out to you and we hope you all are feeling better and on the mend soon.  

Thank you all again for all your hard work and dedication to the guild.

Blessings to you all,
Teresa

[NOTE: Pictures from the fiber fair are posted at the bottom of the page.  JF]