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GMRHG Fall Meeting and Hook-in, Nov. 4-5, 2017

The GMRHG Fall meeting and Hook-in will be held in South Burlington in November.

Where: Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites; 1712 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington ((802) 860-1112

When: Nov 4-5, 2017; 9-4 each day

Since this is a non-Show year we are having a two-day hook-in at the Sunset Ballroom in South Burlington. Jane Griswold and Gail Lapierre have spearheaded this event so many thanks to them for their work. There will be many new and long-loved vendors there as well as door prizes, speakers, etc. Lunch included!

Cost:      $35/day or $65/two days Members

               $45/day or $85/two days Non-Members

Hotel room costs:        $80+ per night

(More info about rooms on our event listing.)

Speakers:         Saturday: Jane Sittnick “My Hooking Journey”

                          Sunday:  Pam Finnigan “Healthy Hooking Habits”


The Shelburne Museum will concurrently have an exhibiton of Patty Yoder’s work at the Pizzagalli Art and Education Building so you will be able to make the short drive to Shelburne to see it while at the hook-in. Many of you knew Patty but many new hookers may not know about her. She was one of our guild Presidents and very instrumental in bringing the Hooked in the Mountain Show to the Shelburne Museum. She is much missed. Jon Ciemiewicz has donated a card table Patty made to our guild (photo below) and we will be auctioning it at the hook-in!

Here is what the museum says about Patty’s work “Bringing together the artist’s first and last works alongside preparatory sketches and other ephemera, Hooked on Patty Yoder surveys the 13 -year career of American rug hooker Patty Yoder (1943-2005). Best known for her beguiling Alphabet of Sheep (2003), Yoder conceived of her designs as “paintings with wool to be hung and enjoyed as art.” Exacting attention to color, composition, and technique, paired with Patty’s penchant for high visual standards and whimsical designs, truly sets her work as a new standard within the field of American textile arts.” Museum admission is $10.


Contact Jane Griswold if you have questions: 802-775-6807,,

8 Alta Terrace

Rutland, VT 05701
Registration Now Open: (
NOTE:  As of 10/17/17 this event is sold out!   Email Jennifer Davey to be placed on the waitlist.


Summer Hook-in 2017


Saturday July 29, 9AM- 4PM

Rutland Holiday Inn;  476 Holiday Dr, Rutland, VT 05701;   802-775-1911

Directions: On route 7 in Rutland (Hampton Inn and Days Inn are just north of the Holiday Inn)

Our summer hook-in will be a one day affair this year BUT you can arrive Friday and hook in the hall Friday evening. So come with friends and make it into a 2-day event.

The vendors will be in the hall with us this time (Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, Mary Lee O’Connor, and Nancy Jewett). Our speakers will be Amy Tatro talking about Mexican hooking artists she has met and Karen Lord speaking about penny rugs.

$40 for the day including a delicious lunch.

Registration Now Open: (


Spring Membership Meeting and Hook-in

Saturday April 22, 9AM-3PM

Capital City Grange, Berlin, Vermont (6612 VT Route 12)

Directions: Take the Montpelier exit off I-89. Go through several lights to the intersection with route 12 / Northfield rd and take this right. Follow route 12 for several miles until you go under the interstate and start to descend. The grange will be on your left and has a good large sign.

Our Spring Meeting will be in this charming Grange Hall. It has many big windows so we will have great natural light. We will have our meeting from 10:30 to 11:30. The event is free to guild members ($20 for nonmembers). Please register for the meeting on our website so we can set things up well for you. Bring your own lunch. We will provide hot water, tea and coffee and any goodies you contribute. There will be a table for members to sell or donate items they have to bring. We will also have 2 vendors (Mary Lee O’Connor and Green Mountain Hooked Rugs)  and a tea cup auction (donations welcome).

Our exciting speaker is Vera Longtoe Sheehan (see below):

Wabanaki Textiles and Fibre Art

Vera Longtoe Sheehan will discuss her family background making Abenaki twined bags,  the process of making them as well as her research into Wabanaki archeology and first hand studies of surviving historic twined pieces. The audience will have the opportunity to examine plant fibers, samples of twined weaving and learn how it connects to the land and Abenaki history in Vermont.

Short Bio
As an Abenaki culture bearer, Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Elnu Abenaki Tribe)  combines her traditional knowledge as a culture bearer with her research of the Wabanaki Tribes in New England and Canada, to present educational programs and engaging museum exhibitions to the public in an effort to decolonize Native American art of the Northeast. She is a Master Artist in the areas of twined woven textile baskets and bags as well as in the design and creation of traditional clothing. She is passing these traditions on to her children and other apprentices. As the Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association she is mentoring many new and emerging artists.

Viewer’s Choice Announced at XVIII Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show and Fiber Arts Exhibition

Hundreds of rugs and 3-D fiber art pieces were on display at the XVIII Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show and Fiber Arts Exhibition.   After all the votes were counted, the following winners for Viewer’s Choice were announced (in no particular order).


The Guardian by Dana Psoinas


Spirit of the Lake by Sandra Grant


Heathen Hill by Nancy Thun


Mirror Mirror by Nancy Thun


Hawk Eye by Sandra Grant


Dream Garden by Emmy Robertson


Coriolus by Anne Cox


Beyond the Bridge by Reggie Price


Belgians and Berners by Barbie Beck-Wilczek


Aborigina patterns by Liz Guth
Aboriginal Patterns by Liz Guth



Scholarship Winners 2015 – 2016

Each year two scholarships are awarded to Guild members.  Read about the awards and the people they honor in our Members Only section.

Patty Yoder Scholarship winners for 2016:

  • KC Carr
  • Lauri Troutman

Anne Ashworth Scholarship  winners for 2015 and 2016:

  • Bethany Thompson
  • Leah Karo


2016 Raffle Rug

raffle-rug-finishedThis is the raffle rug for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s Hooked in the Mountains XVIII Rug Show at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex, Vermont, October 19-23

The following rug hooking artists made the 8 rectangles and many thanks to them for creating such imaginative designs.  They donated their pieces to the guild several years ago.  The 8 rectangles had been part of the Circus Train Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.
Joanne Millen
John Woodard
Susan Gingas
Anne Marie Littenberg
Polly Alexander
Debra Boudrieau
Kim Dubay
Judith Osler Phillips
Each rectangle has been surrounded with braid, then joined together with a hooked border on the top and bottom and finished off with 2-3 more rows of braid.
The overall size is approximately 3 feet 10 inches by 6 feet 11 inches.


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