Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Prepping for the Fiber Fair!

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild had their regular meeting May 8 with 14 members in attendance.  Steve, a guest last month, decided to join.  Welcome Steve!  We're all looking forward to seeing some of his work; he had a large rug in progress at the meeting.

President Janice Spaulding called the business meeting to order and turned the meeting over to VP Jana who led the discussion on last-minute Fair topics including:
  • All vendor booth spaces are full.  Liability insurance was strongly suggested this year for our vendors.
  • By law we must have an emergency plan and an exit strategy so that was discussed.  Janice said that she believes that the Conservation Club already has an exit strategy posted.
  • Copies of the new edition of the Country Register, with our Fair ad, was available for members to take away.
  • Even though class registration is low at this point it was decided to have the 12 kits for each class ready to go.  Last minute registrations are common.  The guild will keep any unused braid aids from that class as their property in hopes of having another class for ourselves.
  • Details for greeters and the information table were firmed up.  Ten members have signed up to sell items at the Guild Marketplace booth.
  • Janice was finishing binding the raffle rug at the meeting.  It is gorgeous!  Everyone wants to win it themselves!  Sheila Parker sent the label that will go on the raffle rug and a thank you will be sent to her by the Secretary.
  • Labels for the hooked rug display are being hand written this year and members can either write their own or provide the information to Teresa Kinman and her daughter-in-law will write them for you.  The display pieces for the rug show are in President Janice's possession and will be transported to the Conservation Club Friday by her.
  • Shirley was not present but called to report that she has contacted all vendors and they all say they are coming; she has fill-in vendors in mind if needed; she will bring the flowers to hold down our sheep welcome sign; she also purchased and will bring the braid lacing for that class.  
  • A food truck will be at the Fair, Hots & Brats from the Evansville area.  They are self-contained, needing no electrical or water, and feature fast food from a healthy perspective.  The Guild will still sell water and soda.
  • Judy Foster sent information packets about the Fair and the Daviess County area to about 10 hooking groups in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
  • The guild information handout was there to take and share with interested prospective members.  These will be at the information table at the Fair and also put into each class kit.  Several groups, events, and/or shop brochures have been sent or given to members to put on the information table.
  • The community corrections people will be there to assist with setup/cleanup Friday morning and tear down/cleanup Saturday after the event.  Members should be there to help set up between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday.  On Saturday members should be there about 8:15 a.m.
The business meeting was adjourned.  Janice showed several interested members how to do a herringbone stitch when finishing the edge of a hooked rug.  

Lugene Bond was working on her 10-Year Sheep hooked rug.

Barbara Bauman is a quilter, too.  Here she has added wool elements to a traditional quilted wall hanging.  (Closeup of a small section of the piece.)

Betty Lawhead is almost done with this lovely rug in a leaf design ...

Marsha Mulroony recently visited family in the Bentonville, Arkansas area and brought back brochures to share from two wool sellers in that area.  Road trip!

Member Reminder -- If you have your HH apron, you might want to wear it at the Fair.  Also, remember to wear your name tag.  Thanks!

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