Guild Board of Directors
The Guild is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who plan events, monitor the Guild’s activities and keep you networked with others who share a passion for rug hooking.
Jennifer Davey, President
Seventeen years ago I took a class with Ann Winterling who encouraged my artistic goals and taught me the basics of hooking and I have been hooking ever since. My mom was an antique dealer who loved hooked rugs and I picked up an appreciation of them from her. I also love the feel of the fabrics and of course the colors and textures. I am retired now and finally have the time to get more involved with this remarkable guild and I am looking forward to meeting more of my fellow hookers! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gina Steen, Vice President
I have been rug hooking for the past 5 years. The “Big Show” at the Shelburne Museum was my introduction
and a special exhibit of Patty Yoder’s amazing creations totally inspired me. My aunt Wendy introduced me to
the Hinesburg hookers, who told me about Rae Harrell, who told me about the Richmond group. I am incredibly
grateful to all these groups of women for their generosity of time and talent, friendship and encouragement, extra
worms, and even the loan of a hook and a frame to get started (thank you Judy Cole!).
I look forward to serving the guild and hope to continue the “Big Show” as it was what hooked me in the first
place. I am open to suggestions and comments. Please contact me at; email@example.com
Sandy Haller, Secretary
I was introduced to rug hooking about 5 years ago, when my sister-in-law from Pennsylvania gave me a small piece of linen and enough wool strips to make a small 5 x 7” flag. I was immediately “hooked.” That winter a small group of beginners met at Jen Lavoie’s home to learn to hook. It was impossible not to be inspired by Jen’s beautiful work and wonderful teaching style. Since then I have taken a few classes when my schedule allows, but I know I have so much more to learn.
The great thing about the Guild is that it is a group of incredibly talented women (and a few men!) who are happy to encourage beginners and share their knowledge. I am happy to serve as Secretary of the Guild. This role has enabled me to meet more members and make some new and special friends.
I have other hobbies, including basket weaving, gardening, SCUBA diving and reading, but I have to say that rug hooking has begun to dominate my time. Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biffie Gallant, Treasurer
Contact Biffie at: email@example.com
Deb Ennis, Membership Chair
Please contact Deb if you have questions about your membership or would like to become a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. firstname.lastname@example.org
Open, Program Chair
Sue Girouard, Education Chair
An ad for six hooking lessons in a St Albans store front materialized into a Christmas gift from my daughters (with some coaching). I’ve always been interested in the fiber arts and hooking added a new dimension for me. I enjoy taking classes and being challenged with new ideas and techniques that I might not try otherwise. And there is nothing like spending an afternoon with a little classical music or a book on tape and losing yourself in the rhythm of pulling loops. For kit information contact Sue at: email@example.com
Rug Show Chair
This is an open position. Please contact Jennifer Davey if you are interested in volunteering for 2018.
Catherine Heilferty, Newsletter Chair
I have been a rug hooker since 2000, after a visit to the Elizabeth Laforte museum in Cheticamp NS. I taught myself the basics with Amy Oxford’s wonderful book and the lessons in Rug Hooking Magazine. I am a member of the Wool Whisperers ATHA group in Montgomery County PA.
Jane Griswold, At-large Director
I have always been interested in fiber arts. Many years ago, (maybe 25?) I ran across Dorr Woolen Mills. It was there that I purchased my first kit. With a copy of Rug Hooking magazine I taught myself to hook and completed my first wall hanging. When I took it off the frame it curled up so tight that I never got it to lay flat! Now I know that I was a “packer”! Since then I have continued to improve my skills through classes and weekly gatherings. My love of anything wool has continued as is evidenced in my studio.
Carol Gibson, At-large Director
I have been hooking for about 5 years though I grew up learning needlepoint and crewel from my mother and later from my mother-in-law. I switched to rug hooking because it is much easier on the eyes, and am loving it. One of the draws for me are the people who rug hook, they are extremely talented, and are willing to share ideas and wool. I learn something new with each rug I complete. I live in Burlington, VT, and am a retired caterer. I have a wood turning husband, two dogs, two grown children, and one amazing granddaughter.