December, 2018 Survey


December, 2018 Survey

Results reflect responses from 12 members. Please ask Jane Artinian for a survey if you’d like to submit one.

1. Qualifications important to you in a teacher:

Fun & knowledgeable, can teach several styles, skill, variety of patterns available, personable, experienced, uses time wisely, organized and accessible, color guru

2. Type of class you prefer:

Open and/or teacher provided pattern

3. Names of teachers with whom you’d like to take a class:

Bea Brock

Gail Dufresne

Carla Fortney Coming in November, 2018.

Sarah Guiliani

Mary Johnson

Monica Jones

Kris Miller

Lisanne Miller   wcushing.com   W Cushing & Co 800-626-7847

Nancy Miller Teaching a limited number of classes at this time.

Wendy Miller www.theredsaltbox.com 765-762-6292

Michele Micarelli www.michelemicarelli.com

Old Tattered Flag theoldtatteredflag@gmail.com 315-767-8313

Julie Thomas   Mills, NY

Brigitta Phy info@greenvalleyhooking.com 707-829-9641

Laura Pierce www.flyingdoghookery.com 707-762-2592

Vivily Powers coloramasw@aol.com 860-643-2341

36 Fairview Street, Manchester, Conn 06040

Michele Wise   wooletc.com (Michele is coming for our 2018 hook in)

4. What do you want to learn?

Color planning, basics such as amount of wool needed and drawing on burlap, fine shading, special stitches, new techniques, finishing techniques, scrolls, wide cut hooking, creative borders, eyes

5.List any concerns (cost, word of mouth, wool availability):

Wool availability. Evidently we have an abundance of $. Many of us can’t travel to good rug camps. Advertise a teacher event everywhere many months in advance to fill a class or weekend.

6. Length of class: (some respondents circled more than one choice)

1 day=4     1day and 2 days=4       2 day=4     3 days=1

any amt of time ok=1

7. Chapter class apart from our annual hook in?

Yes! We’d not have to worry about any other duties-plus, if possible, teacher @ workshop too!

8. Anything else?

Nope!, Teacher that brings wool.




? Teacher ?


? Teacher ?

A short survey to determine your interests


What qualifications are important to you in a teacher?

What type of class do you prefer?


Teacher specialty

Teacher provided pattern


Please list names of teachers with whom you’d like to take a class:




What do you want to learn?

List any concerns (cost, word of mouth, wool availability, etc)

Length of class: 1 day     2 day     3 day

Chapter class apart from our annual hook in?


Harvest Hook -In Raffle Baskets


Harvest Hook -In Raffle Baskets


  1. Animal Crackers: Hooked On the Wild Side by Elizabeth Black, Primitive Lion Pattern, Animal Crackers tin holding a very nice teddy bear, Animal Crackers, Wool
  2. Dyer’s: Prepared to Dye by Gene Shepherd, Scraps & Spots by Dotti Ebi, Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing by Rita J Androsko, Notebook, Cushing Dyes, Vinegar, Dawn, Awesome, Spoon, Tongs, Gloves, Lovely Polish blue and white Pitcher, Graniteware pan, wool
  3. Beginner’s: Basic Rug Hooking Rug Hooking Magazine, Scrappy Hooked Rugs by Bea Brock, Primitive Quilt Magazines, 2 hooks, hobnail vase, Scissors, Hoops, Lots of wool for your stash –clean, washed, recycled and new, Lavender soap
  4. Spa: Makeup Bag, Pure Pep Pads, 2 eye creams, face serum, SPF 30 Face cream, Dermalcrepe, Body Lotion, Forever Fragrant by Joy Mangano, Rug Hooking Pattern Three Butterflies, Nail Polish, Can’t sleep coloring book, Wool
  5. Harvest Sheep: Sheep Tote-Its cute!, How ewe doing? Mug, 2 Harvest Charger Plates (plastic), Sunflower Seven pattern from Deanne Fitzpatrick, Sheep punch needle/applique/hooking pattern, 3×5 Harvest Colors photo frame, 1970’s book-Handmade Rugs from Practically Anything, Time for Bed children’s book, Ball jar with $10 Starbucks Card, Resin sheep dish, Trader Joe’s maple leaf cookies, Trader Joe’s chamomile orange tea, Harvest Leaf shaped coasters, Cabin Ridge Farm sheep & berries pattern
  6. Green: Green Wool, Traditional Floral Designs and Motifs, Irish Spring Soap
  7. Bright Ideas: Holiday Pattern, Steampunk Fashions coloring book, Bright color sticky notes, Bright colored wool, Ideas journal, Ott Light Task Lamp, Inside the Creative Studio magazine, Colorful markers and colored pencils
  8. Squirrel & Acorn: Fall Harvest Squirrel Pattern (pattern only), Wool, Medium Moshimer hook, 2 swatch holders, Longaberger basket, Damak Chocolate with Pistachios, Planter’s Mixed Nuts, The Original Mateus Rose Wine
  9. Christmas: Wool-Red and red plaid, 2 sets Dorr Swatch Wool,, Lights in the Night Elf Nightlight, Christmas With Southern Living, Snowman on spring decoration, Holiday Pin, Holly Pattern, Holiday Mug, 2 Swatch Holders, 1 Bottle Mumm bubbly, Lindor Chocolates, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Caramels, Wool Street Journal, Mary Johnson Shepherd and Sheep paper pattern with permission to copy
  10. Be Happy: Coloring books-Bee Garden, Dream Catcher Tree of Life, Bee colored wool, Bee storage jar, Hermann the German Honey Bee Candy, medium hook
  11. Baking
  12. Wine
  13. Chocolate #1: Field’s “I Love Chocolate” Cookbook-autographed by Mrs. Fields,La Minute ice cream shop Gift Certificate, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD, Brown Wool with Tracing Pellon, Coffee Cocoa Batons, Cozy Lodge Scented Candle, “Smores” Luna nutrition bar, Ferrero Nutella Pretzel Sticks, Cacoco Global Warrior Herbal Dark
    Chocolate blend Drinking Chocolate, “33 Bars of Chocolate” Chocolate tasting Record Book, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, Women Owned Birthday Cake Batter, Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop Building, San  Francisco Ceramic Mug, Marich English Toffee Caramels Milk Chocolates, “Chocolat” cd music from the movie, Seattle Chocolates San Juan Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar, Choco Love Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, “Hello My Name is Strawberry Cheesecake
  1. Chocolate #2: Lots of chocolate colored wool, plenty of chocolates, Fabulous Brownies by Annie Riggs cookbook
  2. Chicken/Kitchen
  3. Harvest Wagon: Cart, Scarecrow, Antenna pumpkin Mickey Mouse, Autumn Mix Jelly Bellies, Small Pumpkin, Decorative Acorns, Spiced Cake Reed Diffusers, Happy Fall Decorative jar, Handmade denim snips container, Brach’s Autumn Mix of candy corn and pumpkin, Fall Wreath Holder, 4 small pumpkin candles, Apple Cinnamon Hand Soap, “It’s Fall” squirrel and leaves pattern by Mary Johnson with wool to complete all but the background,
  4. Winterberry: Winterberry Basket: Leave room on this one, I may get one or two more things to add.
    Nice metal and wood basket, Blue and white light up tree, Mug with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, sheep ornament, Winter Red Bird small lights, Decorative white berries, Snowman/Winter small hanging or mat, Wool to complete most of the project.
  5. Coffee & Tea

Hooker Hill


Hooker Hill

Jane Artinian

Jennie, Sandy and I spent this past week in Oakhurst at the Wool Poppies retreat. Located at ECCO (Episcopal Conference Center) the camp is near Yosemite in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Although we had some excitement watching the news and smelling smoke from the fire 40 miles away in Mariposa, it was a wonderful get away, a real learning experience.


registeration desk


Jennie enjoys the rug show


Jennie in the classroom


Our teacher, Michele Wise is a rich source of rug hooking knowledge. Besides lightening up our days with her jokes and witty remarks, she spent time helping each of us learn to be better hookers. Check out her blog at http://michelewise.squarespace.com/

We were treated to a very special rug show compiled by Laura Pierce. She gave Caswell Carpet patterns this spring to those interested enough to spend time hooking these reproductions. Laura collected seventy three finished mats which will be shown again at Sauder Village in August. You may view the original at http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13576

Purple-leaf-web Pink-Flower-and-green-leaf-web
Man-and-Woman-web Hand-with-bush-web


Each day began with breakfast and a rug show. The remainder was spent in class hooking, eating, buying wool, chatting and generally doing what we all enjoy so much. The Wool Poppies did an outstanding job organizing it so that each of us benefited from the experience.

 Dogs-web  Chicken-and-flowers-web
Blue-Cat-web Blue-Flowers-web
 Birds-feeding-young-web  Green-noodles-web


As usual I came home with too much wool. But it is so beautiful! I recommend this camp to everyone.


Raffle Baskets


Little girl with basket

Raffle Baskets

At our June meeting we’ll talk a bit about baskets, so put on your thinking caps and help us liven up this list.


Harvest Wagon



Worms (clean & sorted by color)



Baby Boy

Baby Girl




Coffee & Tea











Red (or any single color of your choice)




Teddy Bear


California Poppies Basket full of Sunshine

Hysterical Historical



Cats R Us

Black & White






Things With Wings/





Stay cool, stay inside and have fun and hook!





Leaves are the challenge theme for our October hook-in.

Here is Jennie’s explanation from the May meeting announcement:

Chapter Project ~ Hook-a-Leaf: Members who participate receive a 20” x 20” piece of linen, and will hook a pattern of their choice (must feature a leaf, or leaves). Minimum hooked size is 8” x 8” but can be larger. No other rules!! Be creative and see what you can come up with! These projects will be featured at the Harvest Hook-in this October.


I’m particularly fond of gingko leaves. The tree is considered to be a living fossil and is a symbol of longevity. The leaf shape and colors are wonderful and bring to mind a lovely time in my life. . Unfortunately, it was a female tree and the fruit, which also dropped with the first frost, smelled vile and weighed a ton. Even so, I still love those leaves. It would be interesting to hear other ‘leaf stories’ from our members.



We had a tree just outside the kitchen of our Victorian house in Pennsylvania. Right after the first frost the leaves turned a beautiful clear yellow


Take a leaf walk. The variety of size and shapes is infinite. Skim through your rug hooking library for inspiration. Think about synonyms for leaf. Could you hook the pages of a book? Compose a portrait of ‘turning over a new leaf’? Although it must feature a leaf, or leaves, this theme offers so many opportunities to explore.





This month is full of opportunities to hook. Several of us spent Saturday at Orange Coast’s Hook In. Sandy, Jennie, Bonnie and Lynne enjoyed and learned a bunch from Lisanne Miller’s class. Some of us chose to sit and hook, enjoy each other’s company and beautiful work, invest in the vendor’s wares, and chat with friends we see only at an event such as this one.

At our regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, March 18th Donna will teach us how to dye chartreuse.

Next day, the 18th, many members will travel to Highland Springs to 123 Farm for the sheep sheering. Sandy enthusiastically recommends this event. Wear your Ca’s 1st apron if you decide to go!


While doing your spring cleaning, put aside items for the auction at our April meeting. Your donations help make it entertaining and profitable.

Seeing a beautiful footstool being created at the OC Hook In inspired us to think about creating our own. You can find helpful information on Cindy Gay’s web site


and on Searsport’s.


Pictures on Pinterest always inspire.



Happy St Patrick’s Day!






Hearts and Flowers


heart and flowers

Hearts and Flowers                                                February, 2017

If you do not already own “Rugger’s Roundtable” by Jane Olson, and Mildred Sprout’s “Design-A-Patts”, I recommend that you ask friends where you might find copies and search for them at every hooking event.

Begun as a newsletter, “Rugger’s Roundtable” is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in rug hooking. In the introduction to the 5 year set, which spans 2006-2010, Jane described the collection as “a guide for the beautiful art of rug hooking. It is a source of instruction, color planning, dye methods and tips, hooking techniques, shading and much more.”

Just a few examples of tips show a bit of the range of information provided: “Cleaning carding strips”, “What is the difference in three grades of burlap?”, “Using selvedge edges”, etc. Her drawings are concise, inspiring and the information for dyers comprehensive. Jane’s writing is clear and logical.

The Rugger’s Roundtable newsletters were a starting point for The Rug Hooker’s Bible on which she and Gene Shepherd collaborated. Jane’s granddaughter, Brigitta Phy, continued Rugger’s in 2010. Brigitta sells back issues and now offers a FREE electronic newsletter. Her address is: http://www.greenvalleyrughooking.com/roundtable.html

In Jane’s 2012 Catalog, the price for a 35-year set (which spans 1/1976 – 11/2010) was $140. As these provide all the wisdom stated above, I feel that was very fair. Contact Brigitta for today’s prices. Given a set by my sister, I can only say, “Lucky me!”

Mildred Sprout’s Design-A-Patts is wonderful for providing designs you may copy and demonstrating fine shading of flowers and fruits.

For even more insight into our art, look for old copies of Pearl McGown’s Newsletter and Joan Moshimer’s News & Views. They can sometimes be found on EBay or through a friend who is downsizing or no longer hooking.

Janelle Leslie’s Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival exhibit of our rugs runs from February 17 – 20th. She will be demonstrating during the Fair. Contact her if you want to help out and demonstrate.

Happy Hooking!


Counting Your Blessings


Counting Your Blessings

Are you old enough to remember 1952? That’s the year Irving Berlin wrote Count Your Blessings. Go here to read about his inspiration for the song.


You can hear multiple renditions of the tune on YouTube.

Getting ready for the holidays and anticipating the New Year led me to think about and appreciate the gifts I have. Home, health and family first come to mind, but in addition we rug hookers have a pastime that involves our minds and refreshes our souls. We have made friends who support us in our art, give us advice, and teach us new skills. We touch beautiful textures and colors of wool and in doing so are inspired and refreshed. We see our work and the work of others and are awed. There is always a new project in the future. We are fulfilled when we complete a piece to our satisfaction.





Lizard rug

        Lizard rug


 1st Sunset of the new year

Jean-and-Liz Kennedy

Jean-and-Liz Kennedy



Marianne Jones our new President

            Marianne Jones
           our new President

The photos that accompany this post were taken at our monthly meetings that bring us together to celebrate originality and creativity. And there is always great food!

Should you need a little help with your counting, check this out:


Happy New Year Everyone!


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