Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April meeting notes ...

The Guild met at the Public Library in Washington Indiana, Saturday, April 11 with 18 members and three guests present.  After some time to socialize President Amy Best called the business meeting to order.

First item of business were a few reminders about the upcoming member retreat in Santa Claus, Indiana with Lori Cravens as the instructor.  There will be 12 members attending and Lori has had contact with almost all of them about their projects.  The retreat will start each day at 9 a.m. and we were reminded that Santa Claus is on Central Daylight Savings Time.  Lori will give tips on binding rugs during the Saturday session.  Everyone who is going is excited about this retreat!

The 2015 raffle rug has been completed and Teresa Kinman brought it (pictured below).  Guild members will sell tickets (which were provided along with pictures of the rug) for one chance for $1 or six chances for $5.  Members picked up tickets at the meeting.  The drawing will be done during the August meeting.  Everyone agreed that the rug is lovely!

The 2015 HHRHG Raffle Rug!  Contact any member for an opportunity to own this rug!

After a treasurer's report the business meeting was adjourned.  Sug McClain then taught a class to some interested members on needlepunch using floss.  It was very interesting and Sug brought a large number of examples of her finished work.  Thanks Sug!


Just some of Sug's completed needlepunch projects...

Beautiful yellow bird!

A lovely dimensional Santa! Will any of us ever get this good at needlepunch?!

While some learned, others visited and hooked and everyone enjoyed some yummy snacks brought for the occasion.  Here's some photos of members at work and some completed projects brought for show n' tell ... 

Jan Cabel is working on this Primitive Spirits design called "Monticello". Very nice!

Mary Jane Todd was working on completing several small rug punch mats. 

Steve Sims is about done with his first rug punch project.  He's enjoying it!

Teresa Kinman brought these two completed needlepunch projects.  So lovely and the binding is very interesting!

Teresa also just completed this horse with a bird perched on his back.  Her family has a real love of horses and it shows in her work ...

We all admired Marsha's new basket for her rug hooking strips.  Beautiful!  And as you can see, Marsha has her raffle tickets and picture and she's ready to go!

The next meeting of the HHRHG will be May 9, the week following the member retreat, at the Public Library in Washington at 10:30 a.m. (EDST) in the morning.  Janice Spaulding will teach a class on proddy at that meeting.  Visitors are always welcome!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Highlights of the March 2015 meeting ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met at the Library in Washington on Saturday, March 14.  There were 16 members present and there was no official business meeting this month. 

Mary Jane Todd met with several members and conducted a class on rug yarn needle punch.  The remainder of the members gathered in a separate area and worked on their current rug hooking projects or other needlework items.

Reminder! -- At the April meeting Sug McClain will be teaching a class to Guild members on needle punch using floss.  If you wish to participate you need to bring the following items: a pattern of your choice, a punch needle for floss, and a frame.  Sug indicated that supplies can be purchased at various local stores.

Teresa Kinman took the raffle rug home to finish.  She will take a photo of the completed rug, make color copies, and distribute them with raffle tickets at the April meeting.

The library meeting room has been reserved for Guild meetings in April, May and June.

Jan Cable brought some delicious cookies to share.  Thanks Jan; you are one terrific baker!

Here's some pictures taken at the March meeting ...

Jan Cabel was working on this wool applique project ...
Also, Jan just completed this hooked Easter bunny on a stick and brought him for show n' tell ...
Chrystal Goodpaster is working on this mat from a pattern drawn by her 5-year-old neighbor ...
Teresa Kinman hooked this piece using some very interesting techniques ...
TA-DA!  Steve Sims finished his large rug!  Steve's enjoyed hooking this rug but he's ready to move on to his next project.
Susan Sims hooked this really cute cat mat and is getting ready to bind it ...
Mary Jane Todd hooked these two mats, a sheep and a rabbit, using the rug punch method she taught today!




Have a great month, and "happy hookin'" from the Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild!

Notes for this month's update were provided by Marsha Mulroony.  Photos by Marsha.