Saturday, April 19, 2014

Notes from the April meeting ...

The April gathering of the Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild was held at the public library in Washington, Indiana.  An informal time to socialize preceded the business meeting, which was called to order at about 11:15 a.m. by President Janice Spaulding.

In old business:
  • Judy Foster will obtain the remainder of rug hooking patterns and wool from our generous benefactor in Indianapolis within the week. This will be sold and distributed at a future meeting.
  • Pertaining to Fiber Fair business, we discussed the area of distribution of ads.  Also it was reported that Chrystal Goodpasture has mailed over 200 of the postcard ads to prior attendees.  The event insurance policy was at the meeting for anyone to peruse.  We were reminded that we need to display our permit for the rug raffle the day of the Fair.  Sheila Parker has obtained a nice label to be affixed to the back of the raffle rug (thanks Sheila!).  Olde Glory Rugs has withdrawn as a vendor and we are now in search of a replacement.  We planned refreshments for vendors and members.  Noma Brizius is in charge of the Guild Marketplace booth and will distribute tags & stickers to members at the May meeting. Teresa Kinman urged members to contact their local community calendars via any form of media as a way to advertise the Fair.  Jan Cabel and Amy Best are ready to go with the Kid's Corner projects.  The pattern that we're giving away at the door was being worked on by Teresa and it looks great; it will also be used as a coloring page in the Kid's Corner.
On a more personal note, Janice told us that Barbara Bauman is ill, and lots of positive thoughts and prayers are going out to her.

After the meeting closed we stayed almost until Library closing time, hooking and visiting.

The importance of the May 10 meeting cannot be stressed enough and it is hope we'll have lots of members present for that meeting.  Below are some pictures taken at the meeting, showing what we've been working on.

Here's the sample Teresa Kinman is hooking of the pattern we'll be giving away at the door.  It will also be a coloring page for the Kid's Corner.  Sweet!
Becky Aldridge brought this grouping.  The giant carrot is wrapped with a wide strip of a lovely orange plaid wool; the eggs are wrapped in #8 cut wool strips in an assortment of Easter Egg colors, and the hooked heart is precious, too!  Great work Becky!

This sheep mat was hooked by Teresa Kinman.  Everyone especially loved the "candy mint" he's standing on and were thinking of other projects they might do using this swirly style!
Teresa also hooked this beautiful turkey rug with a chunky braided border.  (She's getting ready for the fiber fair rug display!)
Amy Best designed and just started hooking this mat.  It's beginning to take shape.     Good job, Amy!
Sug McClain was in the process of binding this large rug at the meeting.  Here's a close up of a portion of this beautiful rug with a country theme featuring sheep.
"Family Tree" is the name of this rug that Janice Spaulding is working on.  She has the main body of the rug hooked and is working on the border section.  It will be just lovely when she's finished! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Meeting Highlights ...

March 8 was the date of the most recent Guild meeting, held at the public library in Washington, Indiana.  There were 25 members in attendance.  The business meeting was preceded by visiting, sharing what members were working on, and just a good time to socialize.

At about 11 a.m. Janice Spaulding, President called the business meeting to order and began by asking for old business.  Most of this was pertaining to the Wool Fiber Arts Fair.
  • Shirley Casebolt, Vendor Coordinator, reported that we have 18 confirmed vendors and are full.
  • Teresa Kinman, Treasurer, reported on progress of collecting 2014 dues.  She also confirmed with our food vendor for the fair that he is coming.  Teresa brought the completed raffle rug to show everyone as well as the Country Registers, post card ads, and 8x10 flyers for the Fair.  Members were urged to take these ads to distribute in their area.  Raffle rug tickets were there for pick up also.
  • Janice has obtained the event insurance for the Fair and will have the actual policy in hand next week.
  • Chrystal Goodpaster will mail the post card ads to visitors who signed up to receive prior notification of the Fair.  Shirley will send packs of the post card ads to vendors for distribution by them.
  • A thank you card to Cheryl Atkinson of Atkinson Farm Yarns was passed around for member signatures; Cheryl provided the yarn for binding the raffle rug free of charge.  A thank you to the Guild from Cathy Stephan of Red Barn Rugs was read; Cathy led the February member retreat in Santa Claus.  We sent a thank you to her as well.  Everyone who attended the retreat was enthusiastic about their experience and reinvigorated by the event.
  • Judy Foster passed around the copy for the new Guild informational piece and will have it printed on bright pink card stock for use at the Fair and beyond.
  • Jan Cabel and Amy Best displayed some examples of the crafts they will be teaching for the Kid's Corner at the Fair.  Their area is well in hand.  The free pattern (pictured below) which will be distributed at the door will also be used in the Kid's Corner for coloring.

Free pattern for give away at the fair and for use in the Kid's Corner for coloring ...
Kid's Corner craft projects.
Before the business meeting was adjourned, Janice used two of the patterns on the sales table as examples of what a Cheticamp rug pattern and a typical McGown rug pattern were like and described how they were usually hooked.  Very interesting!  After this the business meeting was adjourned.

The members were then free to shop!  A table of free items was available including Rug Hooking and ATHA magazines, McGown printed material, hooking burlap, several small rug hooking kits, wool strips, and other miscellaneous items.  On the sales tables, items included three cutters, three frames (one with a stand), lots of wool, more than 15 books, hooks, patterns, etc.  All of the sale items were sold to the Guild at considerably reduced prices by Rita Chenoweth of Indianapolis.  Rita taught rug hooking for over 25 years in the Indy area and has given up teaching.  She contacted the Guild through this blog.  Judy Foster picked up the items at Rita's home and arranged the distribution at this meeting (pictures below).  Rita's desire was that beginners have first chance at the basic rug hooking equipment and that was fairly accomplished.  Many thanks from the Guild to Rita!

The items on this table were for sale at greatly reduced prices compared to what one would pay for new items today.  Besides over 15 books on rug hooking, there were five bundles of dyed wool, new as-is wool by the yard, 40 graduated swatches, three cutters and countless cutter heads, three frames (including a Puritan with a floor stand), assorted hooks and rug hooking accessories, and more than 15 patterns on burlap.  Members were happy, overwhelmed and very appreciative of what Rita did for us!

Rita gave HHRHG all of the things on the table in the foreground!  What a blessing, especially for beginning hookers who are thirsty for ideas!

After this fun event, everyone settled down to hook and do some more visiting.  Lots of Red Barn Rugs patterns were being worked on!  Pictures follow ... it was a great meeting!

Barbara Bauman is working on these two wool applique pieces.  She'll use the green yarn, upper right, for the willow tree leaves, trunk showing just below ...

Jan Cabel brought these two wise owls to show us.  She plans on doing penguins next ...
One of the Evansville hookers made these pins; let's hope some of these will be for sale in the Guild Marketplace booth at the Fair ...
Teresa Kinman is working on this turkey rug.  It'll look great in her home this fall!
Betty Lawhead was hard at work on the Red Barn Rugs piece she started at the retreat.
Steve Sims is working on this large, lovely floral.

Mary Elder started this Red Barn Rugs pattern at the winter retreat.  Love the color choices she is using on the pineapple as the focal point!

This Red Barn Rugs urn pattern was being hooked by Sheila Parker.  Sheila's got a lot done on this piece in the short time since the retreat!
We'll close this month's blog with Sug McClain's Easter bunny ... can spring be far behind?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Notes from the February meeting ...

The weather kept about half of the membership away from the February meeting, held at the Carnegie Public Library in Washington, Indiana.  A quick business meeting was conducted with most business being about the upcoming Fiber Fair.  

Following the business meeting, the members hooked, visited and ate some scrumptious goodies!

Fiber Fair business included:
  • Event insurance will be secured by the guild president.  A reminder was given that the building has been secured.  Marsha Mulroony will double check with the outside food vendor and also contact the Community Corrections Program to find a helper for Fair set-up and take-down.
  • Treasurer Teresa Kinman reported that she has sent the ad to the Country Register to run one time this spring.  Also, she is in contact with a printer about the postcard ads and flyers.  [It was decided to not have bookmark type ad this year; visitor feedback did not indicate that it was a productive way to advertise.]
  • Saltbox Primitive Woolens will teach the rug hooking class at the Fair.  They are also doing a class on making a crazy quilt clutch.  Amy Best is in charge of the Kid's Corner.  Becky Aldridge will be in charge of the rug display area; she will do the labels for the display as well.  Steve Sims suggested a "best of show" vote at the rug display and all agreed to do that this year.
  • The welcome area will be under the charge of Chrystal Goodpaster, Nan Tate and Jennifer Gadberry.  Raffle rug tickets will be sold there.  The Guild's marketplace booth will once again be manned by the Evansville Hookers.
  • A free rug pattern to give away at the Fair was chosen and will also be in use at the Kid's Corner for coloring.
  • We will not offer door prizes this year. 
  • Judy Foster is updating the Guild's informational brochure to be available to visitors at the Fair and elsewhere.
The upcoming member retreat at Santa Claus, Indiana was discussed and those who are going were looking forward to this winter break!

Judy Foster will bring the various items she obtained from Rita C. to the next meeting for sale and to give away.

The next meeting of the Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild will be March 8 at 10:30, same time, same place.  Visitors always welcome!