Monday, March 11, 2013

Notes from the March meeting ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met Saturday, March 9 at the Carnegie Public Library in Washington, Indiana with 14 members in attendance.  President Janice Spaulding opened the meeting with a welcome to two new members, Denice and Mary Jane.

Jana led the discussion regarding the upcoming fiber fair preparations.  Items discussed included:
  • Insurance.  Completion of plans for obtaining liability insurance.
  • Advertising.  Several forms of advertising were available for members to take home and distribute including flyers, post card ads, bookmark ads (wool strips were added to these as the meeting progressed), and the new issue of Country Register with our ad inside.
  • Classes.  Rug braiding class will be limited to 12 instead of 15 and members will bring coat weight wool if possible to the next meeting for tearing and rolling.  The beginning rug hooking class was discussed with a decision to buy part of the wool for the kits and donate part of it.  Judy Foster will bring the class sample to the next meeting.
  • Demonstrations.  It was decided that a member demonstration area will include at least needle felting, rug hooking and crochet.  Members are welcome to demonstrate their favorite form of fiber art.
  • Setup:  We'll have some help setting up this year.  It will begin the day before the event at 9 a.m.  We anticipate no problems.
  • Guild Brochure.  Judy brought a mock-up of a brochure and will tweak it a little bit before taking it to the printers.
  • Raffle Rug.  The raffle rug just needs the border, which Teresa Kinman will complete.  It will then be taken to Janice for binding.  The Evansville Mall Hookers will man the ticket sales table at the Fair.  Members took home packets of raffle tickets to sell along with the picture post card of the rug.
  • Rug Display.  Discussion centered on who would print the labels for the rug display.  The display units are being kept at Hooked On George.  The display will unfold naturally as the pieces are brought to the building.  No problems anticipated.
  • Food.  Jana reported that due to regulations, all food and drinks must be commercially prepared and wrapped.  More discussion regarding food/drinks will take place at the next meeting.
The Treasurer's report was given by Teresa Kinman and expenses were approved.  The Secretary, Judy Foster, also had some business to discuss; most members are now receiving their meeting minutes via email.  Also, a new membership list was passed around for corrections and additions.  An updated list will be distributed at the next meeting.

The business meeting was adjourned.  Some stayed to visit and others enjoyed a class taught by Sug McClain; they made a wool Christmas feather tree.  Very cute!

Below are some pictures taken at this meeting -- enjoy!

"Bed Rug Fantasy", in progress, by Mary Jane Todd.
"Coquat", in progress.  Mary Jane is hooking this one, too, and just has a little left in the border.  She hopes to find the wool she needs to finish it!
"Poinsettias", a Red Barn Rugs design, hooked by Teresa Kinman.
"Spring Beauties", a Tomorrow's Heirlooms design.  Hooked by Denice Lasher.
"Yule" by Jan Cabel.  (Jan got a kitten for Christmas!)
"Running Rooster" by Jan Cabel.