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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.

You must register for this meeting so we can send you the ZOOM link.  Register now!

The Zoom meeting will start promptly at 10 am but will open at 9:30 if you want to get on and chat with friends, show recent work, or just check that your system is working.  Remember – you won’t get the ZOOM link unless you register!

Here’s a page with photos and bios of the new board members who will be voted in at the meeting.  Nominated Board Members


  • 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

December 2022 Newsletter and January 28, 2023 Zoom Meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Your December 2022 Newsletter is ready to be viewed online or downloaded and printed — pick your preferred way to get the news.

Members:   Log in and get the Newsletter from the Members Only page:  Newsletters and Surveys

Guests:  You can view our newsletter in exchange for your email address here:   Guest Access


Mark your calendar for an important Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild business meeting via Zoom — January 28, 2023 at 10:00 am.  We’ll elect new officers, and discuss the show and plans for the coming year.

Registration will be necessary to get the link for the Zoom meeting.

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


Donations Welcome

Putting on the show is a labor of love — but it costs money, too!   Click to make an Online Donation.  GMRHG is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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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!





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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