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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.

April 15, 2020, the board met online, using ZOOM.  It was an effective platform for making decisions, and saved ALL board members the need to travel to a meeting.   We have a full slate of board members, except for the office of Vice President.  If you’re a member and would like to joint the board,  let us know!

Suzanna Brown, President

On April 15, 2020, the board accepted Gina’s resignation and appointed Suzanna to be our new President.

In Feb 2018 I took a rug hooking class. I enjoyed it and soon joined a local group, The Champlain Islands Fiber Bees, to hook with once a week. I soon joined the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild and in 2020 was elected president of the Guild. I like to design rugs, as well as hook them.

A longer profile of Suzanna was included in the May 2020 newsletter.
Access for members  and non-members.

OPEN POSITION, Vice President

Fern Strong, Secretary

I have been a rug hooker since 1985 and teaching rug hooking since 1995. The first rugs made were wide-cut primitives and they remain my favorites. I like to explore many types of rug hooking and incorporating different fibers and even fiber sculpture.

I first joined the GMRHG in the 1980’s and have been a member on and off through out the years. Since moving to Vermont I have been an active participant in the rug shows and am happy to have been elected secretary in 2021.

Currently, I have a studio in the White River Craft Center in Randolph VT.


Biffie Gallant, Treasurer AND Membership

In 2011 I joined a group of hookers meeting in North Hero to learn the art. I have to admit, my main reason to join the group was to spend time with a wonderful group of women.

My first project left much to be desired but I was “hooked” like so many others. I have moved on to hook almost 80 projects and develop a stash like most others.

The guild was a way to meet even more wonderful artists. Now that I am fully retired, hooking is my go-to activity.

Contact Biffie at:

She’d especially appreciate hearing from someone who might be interested in learning the guild’s bookkeeping / treasurer role.


Sharon O’Neill, Program Chair

I think that it was in 1998 I took a rug hooking class in Fairfax, Vermont.  Each week for several weeks we met for instruction, wine, cheese and friendship.  I was already a weaver and rag rug maker and I was looking for something that would let me combine my love of fiber with my other talents in drawing and design.  I was instantly “hooked”!
Although I have only been a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild since 2015, I am a long time attendee of the amazing rug hooking shows curated by the Guild.  In January of 2019, I stepped up to be the Program Chair.  Since joining the Guild and then the Board I have enjoyed meeting amazing artists who have become inspiration for my artwork and friends in my heart.
Let me know your ideas for future programs!


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, or other education news, contact me at:

Barb Ackemann, Communications

I grew up with my grandmother’s hooked rugs in the house, but never saw her make one.  In school, I made a hooked mat in 4th or 5th grade  (yarn and burlap stretched (sort of) on corrugated cardboard).   Fast forward many years to a trip to Nova Scotia where everywhere I looked there were hooked rugs and stores with wools and hooks, and I thought I’d give it a try.

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

I handle this website, helps other board members with our Membership Site at Wild Apricot, and I compile and send out  the newsletters.

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

Belinda Whipple Worth, At-large Director

 I am a recently retired psychotherapist and have been engaged in fiber and other art making since I was a child learning from my Gran. I’m a self-taught hooker and have been hooking since 2011. I love the entire process of this traditional art and craft: designing, dying and hooking. I usually work in an 8 cut and use mostly wool, but use whatever will give the effect the piece may need. I take pleasure in Hooking with and learning from the Sharon Hooking group, which has more than a century of experience.

Cherie Giddings, At-large Director

My grandmother was a hooker, and although I never saw her hook, there was always a rug on her frame in her living room. When she passed away, I inherited all of her tools and materials.  Busy teaching full time and raising my family, everything sat in the attic for 25 years.  Then one day I met a woman at a retreat who introduced herself as a hooker.  She was happy to start me hooking.  So everything came out of the attic and I’ve been hooking ever since.  I’m mostly self taught but group guided, having been a member of  Rug Social in Brattleboro, Vermont for many years.  I enjoy drawing my own patterns especially those that tell a story, but have fun bringing any pattern to life.  When I’m not hooking, I enjoy hiking (the higher the better!), snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sugaring, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren.

Louise Clark, At-large Director

I was born in Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and that makes me a real flatlander. We lived in Wilton, Connecticut before moving to Royalton, Vermont in 1984. And I was able to finally get the horse I had wished for for 40 years. In the attic of this house was a very large rug frame with a black flowered rug in the works on it. Not my favorite but it sparked an interest in doing a rug. My first attempt was a punch needle rug and in the early 2000’s, that first attempt at rug hooking was on my own. 
Later when I joined the Sharon Group hooking became more fun and they have taught me such good tips. I have been a member of the Guild for many years and that has enriched my life and hooking. You might remember me by my whistling at the Barre Meeting with no electricity. I am also a knitter from the time my grandmother taught me when I was 8 or 9 and I haven’t stopped since. I love to garden, walk, cook, eat and read.  

Nancy Mongeur, At-large Director

I have been a crafter all my adult life.  Most recently I’ve been a quilter but have always admired rug hooking.  However, I told myself I needed another expensive craft like I needed a hole in the head.

In September of 2019, while seeking something more portable than quilting, I decided to teach myself punch needle embroidery and was invited to join a hooking group in North Hero for punching advice from them.  Seeing all the hooking projects going on reignited my interest in rug hooking and in the summer of 2020 I jumped in.  I’m still very much a beginner but the advice, mentoring and friendship I’ve received from other hookers is a blessing.  I’m hooked!

Sandra Grant, At-large Director

I am an artist and teaching background. I found Rug Hooking as a medium about 10 years ago and enjoy designing my projects, dyeing my wool and finding unique textures to enhance my pieces.
I love to create birds with feathers. I have done a series of shore birds and owls.
I am a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in NH.
My piece “Bucky the Blue Heron” was chosen in 2019 to be the brochure cover for the Sunapee Show. It also was chosen to be printed on the show tee shirts that raise money for the show.


Tricia Miller , At-large Director

By chance, I noticed a small sign, “Rug Hooking” on my way to work in Manchester, CT. Curious as to what that was, I stopped in at Fraser’s and wound up going home with a hook, strips of wool and a pattern. That was in 1983.

Since then I’ve completed many pieces using #3 to #8 cut yet find my “home” in #3, where I started. I’ve been a member of the Guild off and on since the ‘80’s. For many years I was hooking on my own far from anyone who shared my passion for I had married a U.S. Army musician.

We returned to New England in 2000 and I have been a member of Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild since. Retirement in 2017 has allowed me the freedom in my schedule to join the Brattleboro Rug Social which is a wonderful group of women that meets twice a month. Being a member of groups where folks share their ideas, resources and energy is wonderful!

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