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Getting Ready for Virtual Show 2023

Notice the new box in the sidebar about Virtual Show 2023!    When this post moves down due to other “new” news, the box will remain!   (On phones, the “sidebar” content is at the bottom of the page.)

This includes links to a FAQ page,  which, if it doesn’t answer all of your questions, can be ammended!  Send questions to

Also included there is the link to Rug Registration, which will be open April 15 through August 15.

You have time to get your text and photos ready with all submissions due by September 15,  but sooner is better!

Tips on writing about yourself and your rugs

Coming, by May 15,  Tips on getting great photos of your rugs.

Felting and Hooking Workshop with Jennifer Davey

May 20, 2023  from 11:00 to 2:30

Randolph, VT

Jennifer Davey has been combining felting with rug hooking techniques to create wonderful works of art.

For this workshop you’ll bring a piece of backing with ~some~ hooking already done.  You’ll learn techniques of felting onto your backing material alongside your hooking.

See full description and registration details at

Members:  $40,  Non-members $70  (it’s cheaper to join for $25/ year!)  Join

Learn to Hook Workshop Offered

On May 20th, in Randolph, VT there will be a 3 hour introductory workshop taught by Fern Strong.

Please share this info with your friends who have been curious about your art and invite them to attend.

The fee for members is $40, and $70 for non-members.   (For $65 you can become a member and get the workshop, so why not join?)

See details and register at

Scholarships for upcoming workshops — Drawing results

We had just 5 people enter the drawing for the Felting and Hooking workshop,  and just 2 for the Learn to Hook workshop.

The winners are:   Marie LaPré Grabon for Felting and Heidi Geishecker for Learn to Hook.   Congratulations!

There are still 4 spaces in the Felting and Hooking workshop and 6 spaces for Learn to Hook.

This is a terrific opportunity for members to invite their curious friends to come along, meet some other rug hookers, and take a workshop — and get hooked!

Rugs on Display

Randolph Ruggers

A gallery in Randolph called ART, etc. is just down the block from the Library where the new hooking group, the Randolph Ruggers meet on Wednesday mornings.

At 26 N. Main Street in Randolph, their current show includes Abstract Artist Amy Schachter and the The Randolph Ruggers.  The show runs through March 26.

Yes, that’s Mary Jo Child’s rug in the poster.  She’s been joining the Randolph Ruggers whenever she can.

Hours at the Gallery are Wed-Sat 10-5:00 and Sunday 11-2:00.    Randolph Ruggers will demonstrate hooking at the gallery on Satruday March 11 from 10-2.  NOTE:  this is a date change due to snow on March 4.


Contact Deb Campbell re: the meetings at the library on Wednesday mornings.

Zoom meeting on January 28th was recorded…

A link to the video recording of the Jan. 28th meeting is in the Member’s Only section – listed with Newsletters and Surveys.

Thank you to Sharon for facilitating the Zoom call, AND for taking the time to clean up and post the video!


Agenda for January 28, 2023 ZOOM

The agenda was emailed to 293 members last week, and is now available on the members’ only Newsletter page.

The meeting was held.   39 members registered but only 24 attended.   Minutes and video of the Zoom session will be made available in the next week or two.


  • Hooked by: Suzanna Brown
  • Designed by: All Ears Rugs
  • Width: 11
  • Height: 15

I had wanted to learn to hook a face, and thought what better person to start with than my Dad. I have many great pictures of him but decided on a picture of him as I most often saw him, in his barn frock and red plaid wool hat. I struggled with this rug but am now happy with the result.

Juror’s Honorable Mention at Hooked in the Mountains 2022

Dad by Suzanna Brown

Playing Sea Tag

  • Hooked by: Phyllis Lawrence
  • Designed by: Phyllis Lawrence
  • Width: 26
  • Height: 18

A memory of happy times watching my grandchildren at play on a smooth stone beach, Little Cranberry Island, Maine.

Juror’s Honorable Mention at Hooked in the Mountains 2022.

Playing Sea Tag by Phyllis Lawrence

For the Love of Mother Nature

  • Hooked by: Kathy Hutchins
  • Designed by: Kathy Hutchins
  • Width: 92
  • Height: 59

Mother nature had always been close to my heart, hence the inspiration for this rug. All that fills this rug, come from my surroundings where I live in Vermont.

2022 Judge’s Honorable Mention and Viewer’s Choice

For the Love of Mother Nature by Kathy Hutchins

The Bridge at Cushendun

  • Hooked by: Barb Ackemann
  • Designed by: Barb Ackemann
  • Width: 23.25
  • Height: 31.25
My Kilpatrick ancestors came from County Antrim. I got to see that part of Ireland in 2005 and took the photo that inspired this hooking. I started this in a class on hooking Water and Sky but didn’t get very far. When I got back to it and actually got to hooking the water it was addictive and quick. This piece was selected for Celebration 32.

2022 Jurors’ Choice for Best of Show

The Bridge at Cushendun by Barb Ackemann

Brown Barn

  • Hooked by: Davey DeGraff
  • Designed by: Davey DeGraff
  • Width: 24
  • Height: 18

This is my grandfather’s red barn. But I wanted to hook a brown barn instead. That then inspired the sky color which I ended up loving!

2022 Jurors’ Choice for Best of Show

Brown Barn by Davey DeGraff

Happy to See Ewe

  • Hooked by: Mary Jo Childs
  • Designed by: Mary Jo Childs
  • Width: 66
  • Height: 25
My rug honors the sheep which produce the wool for felting and rugs, and the rural landscape that supports them. Camel’s Hump and red clover added as a nod to Vermont. All wool hand-dyed. Used #3, 4, and 6 cuts. (Thanks to Karolyn Cooper of the Distant Drumlin Blog, and Hillsboro Gin & Feed for allowing me to use their photos in my design.)

2022 Juror’s Choice for Best of Show AND Viewer’s Choice.

Happy to See Ewe by Mary Jo Childs

Scenes from the Hanging and the Opening

a video shot and edited by Barb’s husband Scott Ainslie:

And the winners are….

For the 2022 Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show we had two jurors who together selected 3 Juror’s Awards and 3 Honorable Mentions. They took a long time deciding and looked closely at every single rug! And they wished they had been allowed to honor more rugs and artists.

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Juror’s Awards

Happy to See Ewe by Mary Jo Childs

Brown Barn by Davey DeGraff

The Bridge at Cushendun by Barb Ackemann


Juror’s Honorable Mentions

For the Love of Mother Nature by Kathy Hutchins

Playing Sea Tag by Phyllis Lawrence

Dad by Suzanna Brown


Viewer’s Choice Awards



Happy to See Ewe by Mary Jo Childs

The Greys (63 Shades of Grey) – by Sandy Ducharme

Sand Sea Boardwalk and Me by Nancy Thun

Beach Perspective  – by Judy Hotchkiss

Garden Bird Trio – by Tricia Miller

Eurasian Blue Tit “Reflections” – by Sandy Ducharme

Awakening – by Kris McDermet

Green Mountain Tapestry – by Stephanie Alllen-Krauss

Perfectly Paisley – by Gail Lapierre

Vermont Portraits – by Jenn Davey

For the Love of Mother Nature  – by Kathy Hutchins


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Hooked in the Mountains XX in 2022

We’re SO Excited to be having a show again!

Welcome visitors, members, and would-be-members!

Hooked in the Mountains Wool

Specializing in hand dyed wool fabric and wool yarn


2020 Raffle Sponsor
2022 Hooked in the Mountains Vendor


Minutes from Annual Meeting now available.

See  About –> Board Documents  for all agendas and minutes, of board meetings and general membership meetings, organized by date.

Our “Door Prize” winners were Pam Finnegan, Pat Dodge, and Fern Strong.  Congratulations!


Teachers and Vendors announced for Rug Show in November

The teachers and topics are:

  • Diane Burgess- Learning to Hook Rugs (1 day)
  • Judith Hotchkiss- Punching with Novelty Yarns and Wool Strips (1 day)
  • Deana David- Art Deco-style Proddy Bouquet with Confetti Background (1 day)
  • Davey Degraff- Country Landscapes (2 days)
  • Rose Raymond- Hooking a Purse (2 days)
  • Ania Knap- Torn Strip Poppy Rug (2 days)

The vendors are:

We’re working hard to get all the details together so we can get you as excited about a show next November as we are!

The March Newsletter should have lots more details about registering for the show and for the classes,  and signup forms for volunteering to put on the show.   Watch for the email on March 1 telling you the newsletter is ready to download!

Not a member?   Now would be a great time to join or re-join!

Membership is a requirement for showing your rugs in the show.

Artist’s Talk with Liv Aanrud—Saturday, November 6th from 4 until 5 pm

Liv Aanrud is a textile artist who combines elements of weaving, tufting, painting and drawing to dimensional fabric paintings and installations. In her talk to the Green Mountain Hooking Guild, Liv will discuss how her work progressed from painting into textiles, and how intuition, improvisation, rhythm, and scale influence how and what she makes.

She earned her B.F.A with a painting emphasis from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire in 2001 and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2011.

Aanrud’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at New Image Art, Arvia, 1700 Naud, and TSA-LA in Los Angeles; Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, NV, Oasis Gallery, Marquette, MI, John Davis Gallery and Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson NY, and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NYC. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions across the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, and Spain. She has an upcoming exhibition in Lillehammer, Norway.

She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Website and video:


Registration is required (you’ll get the Zoom Link info in an email after you register)

Free for Guild Members, $5 for non-members.   Register Here!

No July Hook-in but….

The Board met and came to the conclusion that there wasn’t time to plan a Hook In for July, and that many members were busy with vacation plans and finally getting to be with grand-children.   We’ll look to schedule something in the fall.

We’re hoping your local groups are finding time and spaces to get together.

The Brattleboro Rug Social group was able to meet in our usual space for the first time last week.  It was so good to be able to be in the same space together.

We still hope people are thinking about how to Hook in Public  this summer, but the weather has been challenging!  Maybe looking into the fall will be good for that too.

We’re not far in our 251 Challenge to Hook in Public in all 251 towns in Vermont.  But please do let us know where you’ve been hooking or if you’re thinking about participating in a fair, Old Home Days, festival or other gathering.   We want more people to SEE what we do and get interested in hooking or punching.


Mad River Hook June 11

Quite a few of our members met at  The Mad River Fiber Mill in Waitsfield on June 11th.

Are your local groups meeting – inside or out?   Send us updates and pictures!




How to Incorporate Photography into your Rug Hooking Practice

An edited version of our May workshop, via Zoom is available here for those who missed it.  Thanks to Anne-Marie Littenberg for a great presentation and to Sharon O’Neill for facilitating, editing the recorded session and getting it up on our YouTube channel.

251 Towns in Vermont – 251 Hook-Ins?

We have set two challenges for our members this year:

  1.  Hook a Door  –  see details of this challenge.
  2.  Hooking in Public in all 251 towns in Vermont.   One or more members can host an outdoor hook in at a park, town green, gazebo, or other space.  Share your plans on our Facebook Group, and then, on the day, take a photo with some identifying landmark.  Submit photos, and town locations to for inclusion on a web page.  — Our version of the 251 club.


The 251 Progress Report:

Members have hooked in  35 towns  that we know of!   But we think there are more to be reported.   Send your reports  of  “hooking in public”  to    Our goal is to be seen doing our art to raise awareness and interest.


Road to Uluru

  • Hooked by: Nancy Thun
  • Designed by: Nancy Thun
  • Width: 41
  • Height: 28

Best of Show (1 of 3) at GMRHG Virtual Rug Show 2020

Venice Side Canal

  • Hooked by: Rose Raymond
  • Designed by: Rose Raymond
  • Width: 23
  • Height: 25

Best of Show (1 of 3) at GMRHG Virtual Rug Show 2020

Blue Desert

  • Hooked by: Ed O'Keeffe
  • Designed by: Ed O'Keeffe
  • Width: 23
  • Height: 34

Honorable Mention at GMRHG Virtual Rug Show 2020

Color Wheels

  • Hooked by: Beth McDermet
  • Designed by: Beth McDermet
  • Width: 22.5
  • Height: 49.5

Honrable Mention at GMRHG Virtual Rug Show 2020

Great Blue Heron

  • Hooked by: Sandy Ducharme
  • Designed by: Sandy Ducharme
  • Width: 32
  • Height: 34

Honorable Mention in Virtual Show 2020

Monarch Migration

  • Hooked by: Anne Cox
  • Designed by: Anne Cox
  • Width: 90
  • Height: 42

Best of Show (1 of 3) at GMRHG Virtual Rug Show 2020

January Membership Meeting — Minutes and Jamboards

We’ve posted minutes and copies of the “sticky notes” posted on “jamboards” during the meeting.

A jamboard is a collaborative tool that allowed many of the 30+ members in attendance at our Zoom meeting to respond to a few requests for input.

You’ll find the minutes and the jamboard notes linked on our About / Board Documents page.

The Board (including our FIVE new board members !) will meet via Zoom this Saturday to follow up on all the ideas generated at the January meeting.   Bookmark this home page, and watch for new initiatives and projects.

2021 Door Challenge

GMRHG Challenge 2021:

hook a door:   

·         any size

·         decorate it anyway you want – Christmas, spring, etc

·         can be your door or a door you saw in a magazine, your mother’s door,etc.

·         any color

·         with or without a house/barn/shed etc.

·         could be one you saw leaning on stuff at an outdoor flea market (like Brimfield)

·         Use your imagination

Once you are finished, post a picture to the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild group on FaceBook. Let’s see how many doors we can get hooked in 2021.

Newletter Content Wanted – Deadlines Announced.

All content for Newsletters should be sent to Barb  (with GMRHG in the subject line, please!)

Newsletters for 2021 and 2022  will come out early March, June, September, and December.

Deadlines are the 15th of the month before:  so….  February 15,  May 15,  August 15, and November 15.

For each newsletter, we’ll do a random drawing from the member contributors for a great “door prize”.

Send YOUR ideas for collaborative “articles” to

All kinds of content are welcome.  Please include photo of project, photo of yourself, and at least a caption, if not a paragraph or whole article.

  • Recently finished rugs

  • Works in progress

  • Results of a recent day of dyeing

  • Great new finds for your stash….. or stash busting projects….  or organizational tips!





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