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October 7 GMRHG Raffle Reception via ZOOM

Join us for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Raffle Reception via ZOOM!
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7th
This night would have been our opening reception of our Hooked in the Mountains 2020 Vision Show.
Although our show was canceled, we can still gather and celebrate the friendship and fellowship that we have in the Guild.  We will also be announcing the winners of our online raffle.
  • This is a “mask-arrayed”!  Wear a fun and creative mask as you sign into our reception and we will de-mask to kick off the event.
  • Dress up if you want…this is a celebration!
  • Grab a beverage of choice for toasting the Guild and our raffle winners.
  • Bring a recent rug for a quick–lightning round show and tell.
  • The raffle closes at 7:15…so keep taking chances on your favorite items!
We look forward to forward to seeing you!  You will receive the zoom link in your confirmation email.
Register today!

Online Multi-Prize Raffle opened July 1, 2020

The 2020 Online Raffle is OPEN at

https://bit.ly/rugraffle2020

Visit the site,  buy tickets and submit them for the prize or prizes of your choice.

August 30 update:  We’ve already collected $2500  from 69 individuals who have purchased 639 tickets.  The raffle remains open until October 7.

Tell your friends — include the address in emails, facebook posts, etc.

Below are links to a one-sheet with all the prizes, ticket package prices etc.,  order slips for selling to your friends,  and an ad which you can download and then send in emails to your friends.

You can also collect cash / checks from friends – but we’ll need full info from each of them.  Then send slips and checks payable to GMRHG to Barb Ackemann,  101 Washington Street, Brattleboro, VT  05301 — be sure it will reach me by October 1!

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raffle slips   (4 to a page for cash sales to your friends)

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August 2020 Newsletter

A link to the 21-page August 2020 Newsletter was sent out to members on August 5.   Check your email!

Or…. Members can log on to this site and find the link to  newsletters in the Members Only menu.

Non-members can click here to see our newsletter.  We’ll just ask for your email address.

Virtual Show Planned for November 2020!

The Board has decided to move forward with a different kind of Rug Show for 2020 —  A virtual show that will allow us to share our recent projects,  stories, and even videos about those projects.

Members only can submit one or two rugs for this virtual show.   No rugs that have previously been displayed in HitM shows may be submitted,  BUT  rugs submitted for the virtual show MAY be re-submitted for our Physical show in 2022.

Juror Awards for Hooked in the Mountains Online Show 2020

(cash awards)

We have two gracious jurors in Susan Feller and Karen Miller. Each is a well known and fantastic fiber artist in her own right. Each has also judged for Rug Hooking Magazine’s “Celebrations”. Because they will not see your rugs in person they do need good photos to properly judge them. Do your best with that!

We are asking them to choose their 3 favorite pieces in the Show. They will not judge by category but choose their overall favorites regardless of category. I imagine agreeing on 3 will be a challenge. We have asked them to write a bit about why they chose them. That will be interesting and educational for us.

And as a first for us we will award $150 to each of the 3 winners. So send in your best and good luck!

Not a member?  Join!  

Membership lapsed?   If you need help getting renewed, please email barb@irislines.com.   Janice McKnight has stepped down from Membership Chair, and in the meantime, Barb can work with the membership database.\

Rug Registration will be via an online form  OPEN  August 24 – September 15  — the usual questions — but with added ability to submit your main photo AND other photos of details, or the rug “in situ”, or yourself working on the rug.     You’ll also be able to submit a .txt or .doc file with a longer story about your rug.   You can even record a short video about the rug, or you working on the rug.

Our virtual show will be an introduction to rug hooking for some viewers — as the physical show often is.  We have the opportunity to celebrate, demonstrate, and inspire a much larger audience — since no one will have to travel to Vermont, or get a hotel room, in order to see our show.   Help us make it a great show!

Barb Ackemann, our Communications chair, agreed to put together the website for this Virtual Show — but only on the condition that we have great photos to work with.

Photography Service Available to Members

The board has decided to hire Anne-Marie Littenberg  to do three days of photography  for our members and to ensure that we have great photos needed for the online show.

Ann Marie at work with a Sandra Grant pieceMembers will be able to request this photography service (provided free of charge by the guild) by emailing Jennifer Davey.  A letter to all members went out Thursday July 23 —  with all the details.   Not a member?   Join!

We are collecting names and  home towns from members interested, and will schedule three Saturdays in August or September in three locations:  northern, central and southern Vermont locations.

Here are the locations and dates:

South Royalton  – Saturday August 22  9:30 – 2:00

Brattleboro – Saturday August 29  10 – 2:30

South Burlington – Saturday September 12  10 – 2:30

You need to email Jennifer Davey to sign up for one of these photo shoots.

Flat work only and no larger than 4×7 feet.   (Limitations are for the free photo shoot,  not for the show.  You’re welcome to submit excellent photos of 3-d projects and larger rugs.)

Members will be encouraged to arrange “rug-pooling”  — designating a driver from a local hook in group to bring rugs in the morning and perhaps a different “designated driver” to  pick up rugs at the end of the shoot.

Anne-Marie likes to photograph rugs outdoors, so we’ve chosen  venues with good parking,  some shade, and an indoor alternative in case of rainy weather.

Here’s a link to an excerpt of an article from June-July-August 2019 on Photographing Your Rugs:  https://www.rughookingmagazine.com/Rug-Hooking-Articles/How-to-Photograph-Your-Rugs-Part-1

Part 2 was in the September-October 2019 issue.

Maybe someone in your local group has this issue with the full article?

 

 

 

 

 

Guild Business Meeting – Sunday July 19th, 6-8 pm

We will hold a business meeting via Zoom on Sunday evening July 19th from 6-8:00 pm.

Members will get an email with a link to sign up for the meeting. The reply to your R.S.V.P. will include the link to the Zoom meeting.

First Online Guild Hook In and Show and Tell…

Our Spring Hook-In, scheduled for April 25, 2020 is also cancelled, but REPLACED by a Virtual Hook In and Show and Tell using the web conferencing platform Zoom.

At 10:00 on Saturday April 25, members will be able to log into a Zoom meeting, sit in the comfort of their own homes, and see other members as they share recently finished projects, or their current project.  Sharon O’Neill will moderate the session and call on members to share one at a time.

See Guild Events to RSVP.  You’ll then get a letter with all the details for logging into the Zoom meeting.

Here’s a screen shot from our recent board meeting, to give you an idea of how this might work. There were only ten of us, so we could all fit on the screen.  For the April 25 event,  you’ll see one person at a time sharing their projects.  And it can really be a hook in, because you can hook while you watch!  Just be ready when it’s your turn to to share!

GMRHG Board Meeting via Zoom

Un-Save the Dates! Hooked in the Mountains XX postponed to 2022

The Board of the Guild met April 15 via Zoom, and came to the decision that we should postpone  Hooked in the Mountains XX to next year.

We will need to assess the status of the pandemic, and look into possibilities for 2021.  We promise to keep you posted right here as decisions can be made.

When we met in June, we concluded, that to avoid competition with ATHA and TIGHR we’d postpone to late fall of 2022.

We are still looking into possibilities for other events in 2021.

UPDATE:

We will be doing an online raffle with multiple prizes, including a rug, a rug frame, and many more….

That raffle will open July 1, 2020 and winners will be picked in October.

Fall Hook-In 2019

A large group of hookers enjoyed the two-day Fall Hook in at the Stoweflake Inn in Stowe. The room was packed with enthusiasm. People from near and far shared the camaraderie of hooking. Several vendors were set up around the outside of the room. The colorful displays drew many a hooker over for a few more “must have” pieces of wool or accessories. Besides a Guild meeting run by our leader Gina and our very capable Board, we heard from two speakers and did some group sharing.

Judith Hotchkiss 

http://www.judithhotchkiss.com/

Judith HotchkissJudith Hotchkiss spoke to the group on Saturday afternoon. Judith has turned to punch rug hooking and punch needle embroidery and is currently most interested in combining punch and traditional rug hooking. She is an Oxford Certified Punch Needle Instructor as well as McGown certified to teach traditional rug hooking. She dyes all her own yarns and wool yardage and occasionally includes her own handspun wool. Judith lives and works in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.

 

Judith Hotchkiss hooked mat

Sunday before lunch:  Loretta Scena

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Loretta Scena

Loretta Scena gave a presentation on Sunday. She shared the story of her rug hooking journey and displayed many of her creative rugs. Loretta is a McGown certified Traditional rug hooking Teacher from Long Island New York. She is a self-taught fiber artist who loves to create embellishments and ornaments using beads, yarns and scraps of fabric. She is a member of ATHA, TIGHR, and the Pearl McGown National Guild, as well as several east coast guilds. She is the past president of the Long Island Guild of rug crafting artists. She has had her work published a few themed rug hooking Books, as well as Rug Hooking Magazine. She is the curator along with Michele Micarelli of the Exploring the Tarot Rug Exhibit.

 

 

Summer Hook-In

July 13 and 14 we were at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont

A big thank you to our new Program Chair, Sharon O’Neill for researching venues and making all the arrangements.

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Spring Meeting and Hook In was a great event!

About 50 of us met April 27, 2019 at the Capital City Grange in Berlin, VT, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Our presenter, Kathy Giroux, is a fiber artist who specializes in needle felting.   Kathy gave a brief history of needle felting, and then focused on the process using many examples of how she uses needle felting in her art.  We got a good overview of what Kathy means when she says, “I paint with fiber.”

We had two vendors for the spring hook-in in Barre/Montpelier:

  • Mary Lee O’Conner – Hooked in the Mountains Wool
  • Stephanie Krauss – Green Mountain Hooked Rugs

 

Local Hook ins Added….

The newsletter went out this week with a list of Local Hook ins.   We did indeed scare up another that hasn’t been on our website:


Green Mountain Hooked Rugs, Montpelier, VT:

First Saturday of the month, October to June 1:00-5:00.

Free and open to all. Tea, coffee & snacks. For more information, contact Stephanie Allen-Krauss, 802-223-1333


Please send any additions / corrections to barb@irislines.com and she’ll get them in the calendar, and in this update.

Hooked in the Mountains XIX Awards

Note: You can click on any image to open it in a larger format.

Juror’s Awards:

The juror was Katie Kirschoff, a curator at the Shelburne Museum.

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Marty Liptak  –  “Nevertheless She Persisted”

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Kim Mizcik  – “Light Blocks”

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Kathy O’Donnell  – “Sweeny’s Hardware” (both Jurors and Viewer’s awards)

Viewer’s Choice Awards:

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Barb Ackemann  – “Eleanor”

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Sandy Ducharme – “Snow Leopard”

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Sue Gault – “Cross Words”

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Suzanne Girouard – “Asparagus Spring”

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Gail Lapierre – “Domestic Zoo”

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Amy Lindsay – “Graba’s on Vail Pass Bike Trail”

Trisha-Miller-Winter-Roost-Viewers-Choice-2018

Trisha Miller – “Winter Roost”

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Kathy O’Donnell  – “Sweeny’s Hardware”  (both Jurors and Viewer’s awards)

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Ed O’Keeffe – “Graffiti II”

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Dayle Wheeler-Young  – “Ruler of the Roost”

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Dayle Wheeler Young – “Maiden by the Shore”

 

Donations Welcome

Putting on the show is a labor of love — but it costs money, too!   Click to make an Online Donation.  GMRHG is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

November Hook In at the Sunset Ballroom

I’m sure there are wonderful Sunsets to be viewed from this room, but for us the Sunlit Ballroom would be a better name!

From Kris McDermet:

The Hook In last weekend was wonderful and fun and colorful with beautiful views and vendors and friends.  What could be better!  Thank you for all of your work and organization, Jane and Gail especially, and to the board for making it such a nice time.

The space for the Hook In was great – with good lighting for all – except when we wished we could have darkness for our presenters’ slide shows!

2017 Raffle — Game Table by Patty Yoder

Barbara Lukas won the table, designed and hooked by Patty Yoder.

The Shelburne Museum currently has an exhibiton of Patty Yoder’s work at the Pizzagalli Art and Education Building. 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.

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. The show opened September 30 and comes down January 21. Many guild members took advantage of being close by and fit in a trip to the museum while in the area for the Hook In. If you couldn’t make it, there is still time!

2016 Raffle Rug – Update!

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, 2016.

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.

UPDATE:  Joanne Heidkamp recently got in touch.  She wrote:

I am the person who won the Circus Train hooked rug at the Rug Show last year.

It was too big to display properly in my little ranch house, so I reached out  through some friends, and eventually donated it to the Cobleigh Library in Lyndonville. They have it displayed on the wall in their Children’s Room

If anyone in the Guild has time, it would be neat if someone could contact the Library and give them background on the people who hooked the various squares, and maybe some basics on caring for a hooked rug.   And of course if you have members over in that area, they might enjoy visiting the rug on display.

Their webpage is http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

It is nice to know that many people will have the chance to see and enjoy the rug.    We’ll be providing the library a copy of the book that was made about the Circus Train Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum.  The eight panels in this rug were part of that exhibit several years ago.

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