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!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Highlights of the January meeting ...

     The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met for their January meeting at the public library in Washington, Indiana.  A social hour preceded the business meeting.  Besides sharing what they were hooking, everyone enjoyed catching up on personal news.  Several people brought refreshments and we all enjoyed this time together.  Janice Spaulding of Hooked on George, our president, brought along several pieces of dyed wool that were really lovely.  There were 23 members and one guest present.  The guest, Beth from Evansville, decided to join -- welcome Beth!  

     About 11:30 President Janice called the business meeting to order.  In old business the following topics were discussed:
  • In regard to the Fiber Fair, Couch's Little Workshop has confirmed that they will teach a 3-hour beginning weaving class this year.  Cost will be $40.  It was tentatively decided that it should be a morning class.  (At a prior meeting it was decided that the other class will be intermediate rug hooking.)
  • Teresa Kinman brought the raffle rug that she has been working on and it is going to be lovely!  Everyone approved of the color choices and another hooker took it home to work on.
  • Shirley Casebolt gave an update on the member retreat that will be held in Santa Claus in February.  Cathy Stephan is the visiting instructor.  Participants are urged to be in contact with Cathy so she'll know what you want to work on.  Any last minute details regarding this event can be ironed out at the February meeting.
  • Teresa Kinman, Treasurer, gave a report and also reminded members that dues ($15) for 2014 are now due.
  • Judy Foster, Secretary, asked members to furnish her with any changes in address, phone number or email address so she can prepare an updated member directory.  This list will probably be ready after the February meeting when dues have been paid.
  • Judy received a communication via the Guild blog that a retiring hooker living in Indianapolis has donated lots of magazines to us, and has offered other rug hooking books and supplies for sale at a very generous discount.  Judy will pick these things up some time before the next meeting (weather permitting).  The benefactor specifies that they be offered first to beginning hookers who need them.  A fair system of distribution will be established.
  • Judy also asked those interested in participating in the white elephant UFO exchange to bring their UFO's in a plain bag to the next meeting.  This could be a hooking project or any other needle work; it can be partially completed or not even started!  Just something you know you're never going to finish.  This will be a fun way to get rid of that monkey on your back (and replace it with another!).  No money involved.  
     Following the business meeting, we had our belated Christmas ornament exchange.  Everyone who participated went home with a great new ornament to put on next year's Christmas tree.
     Janice brought a lovely large paisley shawl to show.  It was spread out on the floor and we all oh-ed and ah-ed!  And we stayed until the library was closing! this meeting was a great way to begin 2014!

Here's just a few pictures taken the day of the meeting compliments of Becky Aldridge...
These cute Christmas trees served as the centerpiece on the ornament exchange table.

Barbara Bauman is working on these wool appliqued quilt squares.

And here's Barbara, hidden behind her beautiful wool appliqued wall hanging.  This was just stunning!  (As you can see, it's sometimes more than not just hooking going on!)

Chrystal Goodpaster is hooking away on this rug depicting "shepherds watching over their flocks by night".

Here's the breathtaking paisley shawl that Janice brought to show.  It's in good condition and Janice is rightfully proud of this find.

Marsha Mulroony is working steadily on this life-like portrait of Santa.  Everyone was super impressed!  We all agreed that she has done an excellent job on the face.
Teresa Kinman brought this just-completed rug.  It's more beautiful in person than in a picture!  The colors are the same as those being used in the 2014 Raffle Rug.