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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.

Gina Steen, President

gina steenI 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;

Donna Dulude, Vice President

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:

Biffie Gallant, Treasurer

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Janice McKnight, Membership Chair

janice-mcknightMy love for  rug hooking all began in 2005.   At that  time a few of my  friends  were getting together for a beginners rug hooking class being led by Diane Burgess. The idea of rug hooking held no interest for me, but my friends convinced me to come along for the luncheon.   Much to my surprise, in no time I had  a hook in my hand, and  I was rug hooking.  I fell in love with it,  and from that  day on I have been hooked on rug hooking.

I became involved with the rug shows in Shelburne since I first began hooking, and have also joined in with other rug hooking groups. Over the years  I have met so many interesting, talented and happy people, from whom I am constantly learning new techniques.

As much as I love rug hooking in the summer you will frequently find me outside working in my garden. I enjoy biking and love to go on long rides with my husband.

Please contact me if you have questions about your membership or would
like to become a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild.

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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:

Barb Ackemann, Communications

Barb grew up with her grandmother’s hooked rugs, and made a hooked mat in 4th grade  (yarn and burlap).   Fast forward many years to a trip to Nova Scotia where everywhere she looked there were hooked rugs and stores with wools and hooks, and she thought she’d give it a try.

Then she was surprised to learn there was a local hooking group and a guild!  How exciting!

Barb handles this website, helps other board members with our Membership Site at Wild Apricot, and will be compiling and sending out newsletters.

Help her out by sending her news, photos, and ideas for the website and newsletter!   email barb

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.

Jennifer Davey, Past President

Jennifer-DaveySeventeen 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

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