Monday, February 18, 2013

Notes from the February meeting ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met at the Carnegie Library in Washington on February 9.  Nineteen members and guests were present.  When President Janice called the meeting to order she suggested that the group should consider wearing name tags at meetings to assist in becoming better acquainted.  Great idea!

The business meeting was called to order and it was announced that Jan Cabel was ill and would therefore not be giving the presentation on color planning with a color wheel in rug hooking.  She will do so at a future meeting.

In old business Jana led the discussion on plans for the fiber fair:

  • Vendors -- There are 11 confirmed (paid) vendors.  Shirley has contacted those outstanding and is waiting for confirmation of same.
  • Insurance -- Marsha reported on two quotes for event liability insurance but has some additional questions which will be addressed before purchase.
  • Setup -- It was suggested that the Guild may be able to receive assistance with clean up and set up of the building.  Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for assistance from the Community Corrections Program.
  • Advertising -- The flyers have been printed, received and will be delivered to the Visitors' Bureau.  The postcards are also finished and Chrystal agreed to do the mailings as she has in the past.  Information for the Country Register ad has been forwarded to that publication.  Plans call for the bookmark ad to be at the next meeting so wool strips can be tied to each.  [Members ... remember to bring some wool strips for this project at the March meeting!]  It was suggested that we have pictures of the raffle rug available for media use.
  • Classes -- By consensus, limits were set for the class size this year -- 15 for the rug braiding class and 12 for the beginning rug hooking.  A waiting list will be kept if necessary.  Teresa Kinman is receiving registrations for the two classes.
  • Food -- Jana will check with Subway on options.
  • Guild Marketplace Booth & Greeters -- Members volunteered to be in all of those important locations.
  • Raffle Rug -- The tickets will be located and available at the next meeting.  Remember, chances are 15 for $5.00 and one chance for $1.00.  The rug was taken home by Teresa who will complete the hooking and hand it off to Janice for binding.
In other business, Janice reminded those present that 2013 membership dues are now due ($15.00 annually).  A treasurer's report was given by Teresa Kinman.  A member's retreat at Santa Claus was discussed again, and Teresa and Shirley said they would coordinate this event. 

Following the meeting Janice led an informal discussion of color planning, using Betty's new fall rug as an example.  She also noted that lots of those present were hooking during the meeting (a good thing!) and is hoping for a lot of new rugs for the Guild's rug display at the Fiber Fair.  Everyone seemed to have a great day and reported that it was a wonderful meeting.


The lesson at the March meeting will be making a Wool Christmas Feather Tree.  Sug had a sample at the February meeting and it looks fantastic!  She will teach us how to make this tree in March.  Members, you will need to bring your own supplies and here is the list:

1/4 yd wool
18 gauge FABRIC covered floral wire
1 roll floral tape
1 wood dowel, 1/4" diameter, 12 inches long, one end sharpened in a pencil sharpener
craft fabric glue that dries clear
wire cutters
scissors, sharp
needle nose pliers
Sharpie marker

Written instructions for the tree were copied and distributed at the meeting; if you were not there or did not get a set, you may want to connect with a member who has a copy so that you can be ready to do this neat project in March!