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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!

Here’s a one page list of what we know so far.  Links below take you to important details.  (If it’s not a link yet, it will be soon!)

Rug Registration for November 3-6 Show opens June 2.

Please see the Rug Registration Page, with information about a slightly easier online registration process:  No images have to be uploaded via the form.

Instead we’ll ask you to take a picture and email it to  These images are mainly for insurance purposes, so the smaller file size is fine.

Also new this time around are options to have your rugs photographed for a Virtual Show in 2023.  And IF we’re taking photos, you have the option to have those high resolution photographs  sent to you for your own use.

There will be NO Registration at Rug Drop Off Day on October 29.

You CAN opt to download and print out the form, fill it out, and mail it it.  It must be received by October 15.

Online registration will close at midnight on October 15, 2022.

We’re so excited to see what you’ll be exhibiting!  It’s been TOO long!



Hooked in the Mountains Workshop Registration Opens June 2

Class descriptions and teacher bios:   Workshops2022

Please review our Refund Policies and Covid Considerations, as you’ll be asked to confirm things when you register.

Then go to the Guild Events page,  or, directly to our site at the membership software site:

Class sizes are limited per the requests of the teachers.   A waiting list option will show up if a class you want is full.

You can pay in full now ($140 or $260, for 0ne- or two-day workshops)  or submit a $50 or $100 deposit, with balance due by September 1, 2022.   Your deposit will hold a spot, but if you don’t pay balance, we may give that spot to someone on the waiting list.



Friday February 18 at noon: Members “In Conversation”

Virtual event with Susan Feller, Kris McDermet and Tracy Jamar

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

I happened Friday February 18   12:00 – 1:00 pm,

but you can watch the recording here!

Members in a show ending in early March.

“Textures and Patterns” is a combined show with rug hooking and mosaics.
At the Mad River Valley Arts Gallery from   January 19 – March 5th.

Festival Gallery hours:

Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM

Please check for last minute changes

Artists include  Ellen Berlan, Julie Burns, Diana Gauthier, Sandra Grant, Nancy Phillips.
And Sue Stoehr.    All members of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild.







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.

Anne Ashworth Scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2022

Our Scholarship Committee is ready to receive your application for one of two $175 scholarships towards the workshop fees for any workshop in the US or Canada. Active Guild Membership is required.

Two Patty Yoder Scholarships will also be awarded in 2022. Info will be updated when plans for the school at the show get finalized. Application deadlines will be announced at that time.

See details: Anne Ashworth Scholarship

International Rug Hooking Day

Our December newsletter should be ready for downloading by the end of the day — my way of celebrating International Rug Hooking Day!   Sorry to have missed my December 1 target, but December 4 being an International Celebration seems like a good alternative. — back to editing and proofreading!

Of note in that newsletter is the upcoming “In the Studio” talk by member Kris McDermet  on December 8 at 1:00 EST.

Get your $6.00 ticket for this Zoom talk:

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!

Together Again in 2022 – Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show returns!

22 = 2-gether 2-gether (again!)

The board is working hard on getting plans together for an in person Rug Show for November 3-6, 2022.

We’re making arrangements with the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier for a show, school, hook-in and vendors.

There is much to be done, and we’ll be looking for Guild members to step up and help out.

The December 2021 newsletter will have lots of information about how you can be involved.

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!





Members in the News

Our president has challenged all of us to get Rug Hooking into our local news papers.

Click here to see a recent posting featuring our member Lynn Soule and her RBG rug that is part of our virtual rug show.


RBG by Lynn Soule in the news…

This week’s Only in The Islands by You features the work of Champlain Islands Fiber Bee Lynn Soule of North Hero who hooked this incredible portrait of RBG in a mere three months from a painting by Florida artist Alicia Betancourt. Thank you Lynn for sharing with us all.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg
March 15, 1933 – Sept. 18, 2020

NORTH HERO – Champlain Islands Fiber Bee Lynn Soule hooked this remarkable portrait of RBG from a painting by Alicia Betancourt. Soule saw the painting at an art festival in Florida and immediately asked the artist for permission to recreate as hooked rug.

Granted permission, Soule began hooking the portrait in January of 2019. She told The Islander, “it took about three months to complete, which was quick because I was so into it.”

“It really took on a life of its own. The jewels in the crown are part of my aunt Lilyth Coates jewelry collection, sister of Joyce Chamberlain. The collar is from Jane Straiton’s grandmother and the earrings are actually lapel pins representing the Scales of Justice and Gender Equality.”

The piece will be featured in the November/December issue of Rug Hooking Magazine.

When asked what her plans are for the piece, Soule said “It is hanging in my dining room and will stay there.”

No meeting December 5th

The board determined we needed to postpone the membership meeting until January.   Watch this space for updates when things are finalized.   We did get some folks who came forward intertested in serving on the board — so that’s good news!

Virtual Rug Show 2020 is Open!


The Hooked in the Mountains 2020 online Show is available to view NOW! 

Go to

and enjoy.

Doing an online Show is a new venture for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild and we have a lot of content for you. There are videos, essays, featured artists’ work and of course the members’ rugs themselves.

There are 3 jurors’ awards and 3 honorable mentions. We hope to return to an in-person show but we also hope this format helps get our work out there and maybe make it available to more people than ever.

Please send out the link to everyone you can think of, and share via facebook, pinterest, twitter or the platform of your choice.

The Show will be up and available for about a year.

The Raffle Winners were Announced

The 2020 raffle ended just before out October 7 ZOOM celebration.

The winners  and (total # tickets submitted) for each prize are:

SRO Scrappy Rug One  — Dawna M  (262)

TES Tesselated Sheep — Beth M (257)

PPP Purple Rug and Pillow — Mary H  (32)

PSG  Pillow by Suzanne G — Darlene C  (143)

VSN Vermont Starry Night — Elise R (156)

WHE White Egret — Gina S (69)

SWF Summer Wild Flowers — Joyce G (29)

FSP Framed Sheep Photo — Kim A (13)

PHF Puritan Hooking Frame — Joyce G (77)

ONS Hotel Stay — Deborah K (43)

Winners were notified by text.

Board Members who donated the prizes will be in touch to arrange delivery of the prizes in the next few days.

We cleared just over $4000 in this raffle.

THANKS to all who participated!


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.
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2022 Hooked in the Mountains Vendor

Online Multi-Prize Raffle opened July 1, 2020

The 2020 Online Raffle is OPEN at

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!


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

ad that will appear in Celebrations coming out in August

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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.

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