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Hooked in the Mountains XIX

October 17 – 21
Champlain Valley Expo,  Essex Junction, VT.

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, October 16,  5:30-8:30 pm

Just $10 to join the fun and see the show before it officially opens.   Meet the featured artists,  enjoy finger foods and cash bar.   There will also be a live auction of a rug by Peg Irish.

Show Hours

Wednesday – Saturday,  9-5
Sunday,   9-3


Champlain Valley Exposition Center
105 Pearl St, Essex Junction, VT 05452

link to Google Maps

Our 2018 Featured Artists:


Plan to take one or more of our one-day workshops with your favorite teachers.  Click the workshop title for more details.

Each workshop runs for one day,  9:30 – 4:30, with lunch provided.
The workshops are $125 each – additional materials / tools / resources may be available at additional cost.

Registration opened March 1, 2018.  Space is limited.   The Anne Cox workshop is full.

Rug Raffle

There is a new Rug Raffle featuring a rug by Kris McDermet named “Passion”.   Preview the raffle rug. Tickets will be available online starting in August, and will be available at the show.

Hook In at the Show

Guild members will be working on projects at the show, so you can see HOW this work is done.  We’ll have a frame set up for you to try your hand at pulling a loop!


Vendors will be on hand with wool,  hooks, and other supplies.  See the vendor list.


There are many ways to help at the show – from helping with rug registration, to hanging rugs, to manning a table, to clean-up.

The volunteer form is available now!


We never quite break even and donations help!   Putting on the show involves renting space for 10 days, including the set-up and the 4 days of the show itself.  Our walls and lighting have to be stored from one show to the next, so there’s monthly rental for the storage unit.  Use our new online donation form, or you can make out a check to GMRHG and mail it to Biffie Gallant, 2024 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060.

Show your work!

Online Rug Registration is open  or you’ll be able to  Download a PDF registration form.  A single $10 registration fee covers up to 4 rugs and/or any number of stars.

Make a star!

“Wish upon a star” is the theme for the show and we’re looking for members to hook a star-shaped piece to display. More about this challenge.


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.

Hooked in the Mountains XV – video by Seven Days

Seven Days Vermont posted this video after the show in 2011:

The 15th annual Hooked in the Mountains was held at the Shelburne Museum in the round barn and included about 480 rugs, each made one loop at a time by members of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. While the subject matter, colors and styles varied wildly, all hookers share an appreciation of this historic art form.

Music: Joshua Panda, “Rosie”

A few new topics….

have been posted to the Member’s Bulletin Board, sometimes referred to as the Member’s Forum.

Don’t forget that this resource is here for all members to use when you have something to sell, something you’re looking to buy, a new discovery or accomplishment to share, or help needed.

Champlain Islands Fiber Bees 9th Annual Fiber Fest

The 9th Annual Fiber Fest will be held August 11 from 9-4 in the Community Hall, North Hero Village, North Hero, VT.   $20 entrance fee – includes a.m. and p.m. snacks and lunch.  We have an all day hook-in, a teacup auction and a live auction.  Proceeds of auctions go to charities.     If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me via  email or my cell: 802-373-0628,   Lynn Soule

November Hook In at the Sunset Ballroom

I’m sure there are wonderful Sunsets to be viewed from this room, but for us the Sunlit Ballroom would be a better name!

From Kris McDermet:

The Hook In last weekend was wonderful and fun and colorful with beautiful views and vendors and friends.  What could be better!  Thank you for all of your work and organization, Jane and Gail especially, and to the board for making it such a nice time.

The space for the Hook In was great – with good lighting for all – except when we wished we could have darkness for our presenters’ slide shows!

2017 Raffle — Game Table by Patty Yoder

Barbara Lukas won the table, designed and hooked by Patty Yoder.

The Shelburne Museum currently has an exhibiton of Patty Yoder’s work at the Pizzagalli Art and Education Building. Many of you knew Patty, but many new hookers may not know about her. She was one of our guild Presidents and very instrumental in bringing the Hooked in the Mountain Show to the Shelburne Museum. She is much missed.

Here is what the museum says about Patty’s work “Bringing together the artist’s first and last works alongside preparatory sketches and other ephemera, Hooked on Patty Yoder surveys the 13 -year career of American rug hooker Patty Yoder (1943-2005). Best known for her beguiling Alphabet of Sheep (2003), Yoder conceived of her designs as “paintings with wool to be hung and enjoyed as art.” Exacting attention to color, composition, and technique, paired with Patty’s penchant for high visual standards and whimsical designs, truly sets her work as a new standard within the field of American textile arts.”

Museum admission is $10. The show opened September 30 and comes down January 21. Many guild members took advantage of being close by and fit in a trip to the museum while in the area for the Hook In. If you couldn’t make it, there is still time!

2016 Raffle Rug – Update!

raffle-rug-finishedThis is the raffle rug for the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild’s Hooked in the Mountains XVIII Rug Show at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex, Vermont, October 19-23, 2016.

The following rug hooking artists made the 8 rectangles and many thanks to them for creating such imaginative designs.  They donated their pieces to the guild several years ago.  The 8 rectangles had been part of the Circus Train Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.

Joanne Millen
John Woodard
Susan Gingas
Anne Marie Littenberg
Polly Alexander
Debra Boudrieau
Kim Dubay
Judith Osler Phillips

Each rectangle has been surrounded with braid, then joined together with a hooked border on the top and bottom and finished off with 2-3 more rows of braid.

The overall size is approximately 3 feet 10 inches by 6 feet 11 inches.

UPDATE:  Joanne Heidkamp recently got in touch.  She wrote:

I am the person who won the Circus Train hooked rug at the Rug Show last year.

It was too big to display properly in my little ranch house, so I reached out  through some friends, and eventually donated it to the Cobleigh Library in Lyndonville. They have it displayed on the wall in their Children’s Room

If anyone in the Guild has time, it would be neat if someone could contact the Library and give them background on the people who hooked the various squares, and maybe some basics on caring for a hooked rug.   And of course if you have members over in that area, they might enjoy visiting the rug on display.

Their webpage is

It is nice to know that many people will have the chance to see and enjoy the rug.    We’ll be providing the library a copy of the book that was made about the Circus Train Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum.  The eight panels in this rug were part of that exhibit several years ago.

Scholarship Winners 2015 – 2016

Each year two scholarships are awarded to Guild members.  Read about the awards and the people they honor in our Members Only section.

Patty Yoder Scholarship winners for 2016:

  • KC Carr
  • Lauri Troutman

Anne Ashworth Scholarship  winners for 2015 and 2016:

  • Bethany Thompson
  • Leah Karo


Help us Build Out this Resources Section!

We’ll be inviting folks who present at Guild Events to send us any handouts, a bibliography or just a list of links to other websites related to their presentation.

Other guild members are also welcome to help build out this Resource Section — perhaps an annotated list of web links to your favorite Rug Hooking sites?

Please send ideas and/or content to Barb Ackemann or Kris McDermet.

Finishing Techniques

At the Spring 2012 Guild Meeting, several members of the Hinesburg Hookers presented their techniques for finishing rugs. There are many ways to finish your “masterpiece”. We hope you find the following information helpful. Thanks to those who submitted examples.

Finishing Finesse
You’ve finished your rug. Now is the time to prepare it for your finished edge.

Roll Forward with Whipped Edge
Finishing with a traditional whipped edge.

Finishing an Irregular Edge
Technique for finishing rugs with an irregular edge.

Framing your masterpiece
Displaying your rug with a frame.

Finish Rugs With Fabric Welt
Finishing your rug with fabric welt



  • Hooked by: Jule Marie Smith
  • Designed by: Jule Marie Smith
  • Width: 51.5
  • Height: 85.5

Hooked by Jule Marie Smith

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Obituary for Shirley Chaiken

We are sorry to let you know that a former GMRHG member, Shirley Chaiken, has died. Her daughter, Alison, contacted the guild with this news and sent along the obituary below. GMRHG and hooking were important to Shirley and I’m sure many of you knew her. I’ve sent our condolences to her daughter.


Shirley Choate Chaiken died recently in Concord, NH at the age of 80. She was born in Philadelphia to Ernest A. Choate and Mary Craig Choate. She grew up in Jenkintown, PA, where her father was high-school principal. Her father instilled in Shirley a love of birdwatching, a pastime which she enjoyed throughout her life. Continue Reading

Linda Rae Coughlin Featured in United Nations Video

Hooked rug by Linda Rae Coughlin: you bit the hand

Photo: Linda Rae Coughlin You Bit the Hand 25″H x 27″ W©2010

Linda Rae Coughlin is one of twenty women artists featured in an hour long video created for a presentation at the United Nations CSW 59, 2014-2015 titled Women Artists Consider Our World produced by video director Maureen Burns-Bowie. Topics covered in the video include; poverty, education, empowerment of women, health, environment, violence against women contributions of women, ageing, political freedoms, transparency, and dreams for a better future.




Hooked Rug by Linda Rae Coughlin - Watch Your Back

Photo: Linda Rae Coughlin No, Watch your Back 33”H x 30” W ©2010

Linda Rae Coughlin’s feminist textile piece “No Watch Your Back” 2010, hooked/stitched, hand dyed recycled clothing, was selected for the 2015 New Jersey Arts Annual: Crafts “Accessorize the Person and the Place” a juried exhibition at the Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey open to the public. Juror: Ronald T. Labaco, Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, New Jersey 07960, 973-971-3700 A digital catalog is available.


Former Guild President Honored

Hooked rug: Peace-on-EarthEmmy Robertson, Cambridge MA has been awarded the Surface Design Award of Excellence by The Newtown Hooked Rugs Shows, Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art 2012.  The rug is entitled:  Peace on Earth





GMRHG Member Featured on Cover of Rug Hooking Magazine

Hooked rug: GeometryGail LaPierre, Shelburne, VT was featured in the September/October 2010 Rug Hooking Magazine. Her rug, “Tessellated Frogs” was hooked in 2007 and is featured in the Studies in Geometry and Whimsy article in the magazine. Notable are Gail’s patterns, which marry geometry with an agricultural sensibility, as demonstrated in the tessellated designs titled Everything’s Sheepshape and Tessellated Frogs.

Vermont Outstanding Traditional Artist Honored

Stephanie Ashworth Krauss, Montpelier, VT was honored as the recipient of the 2010 Governor’s Heritage Award. The award established by the Vermont Folk Life Center and Vermont Life Magazine annually goes to a traditional artist who must have the craft handed down through the generations. Stephanie learned how to hook at age 5 taught to herby her mother Anne Ashworth.

Stephanie learned of the award on April 28, the day we in Vermont awoke to no electricity and up to two feet of snow. She was expecting to spend the day hooking and dyeing on her gas stove when her one phone that worked rang. She says that she was surprised, pleased and certainly speechless. Stephanie was unable to attend her own ceremony due to her daughter’s college graduation, but on her behalf family members accepted the award presented by Governor Douglass on May 13.

In reference to the fact that she could not be there to accept the award Stephanie says, “The good news is that my sister, and possibly my dad, will attend the ceremony at the State House and accept the award for me. And perhaps that’s really ok anyway, as one major criteria of this award is to recognize artists with a long family history of involvement and support in their craft or medium. My family meets that criteria well – from my great grandmother to my mom and dad to me and now to my daughters.”

GMRHG Spring Member’s Meeting

Register Today For The GMRHG Spring Member’s Meeting

The Guild’s Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Old Labor Hall in Barre, VT.  The membership meeting will be held from 10:00 – 11:00am.  The rest of the day is open hooking.

Kris McDermet, Rae Harrell and Gail Lapierre have agreed to each give us a short talk on how to create 3D pieces right after lunch.

Members are welcome to bring and sell personal items that may be lightly used (no percentage taken by the guild for these sales). Show and Tell during afternoon! Bring your own lunch and bring a snack to share for morning or afternoon. We will provide coffee and hot water for tea.

Click here for more details and to register.

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