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Prize! One night and breakfast for two at the Lake Morey Resort

Once again, the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont has given us a prize which we will raffle off in advance of our meeting there in November 2024.  The prize is a room for one night and breakfast for two.

Tickets are available online via the Donation function of our Wild Apricot site, and will also be available at our Hook-in at Camp Meade, July 27th.

The Drawing for this will be at the end of the Camp Meade Hook-in. You do NOT need to be present to win!

Get your tickets.

Four GMRHG members are in AVA Gallery exhibit in March 2024

Four GMRHG members are in this show which runs March 1- 30 at the

AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766


form + texture
Contemporary Works in Fiber
March 1-March 30th

Artist Reception: Friday, March 8, 4-6 PM


Celebrating Women’s History Month exhibiting artists include Sarah Ashe, Breslin Bell, Shari Boraz, Rosalind Daniels, Jennifer Davey, Janet Fredericks, Susan Gaffney, Karen Henderson, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Mon Kaczyk, Karen Kamenetzky, McKenna Kellner, Marya Lowe, Patricia Miller, Rachel Montroy, Sharon Myers, Leslie Roth, Marcie Scudder, Nancy Sepe, Gaal Shepherd, Gail Smuda, Susan Steinbrock, Fern Strong, Dayna Talbot, and Nancy Thun. 

From the intricate tapestries of ancient civilizations to the bold contemporary works of today’s textile and fiber artists, fiber endures as a unique and versatile medium for artistic expression. Its ability to convey emotion, texture, and color while straddling the divide between art and craft makes fiber art an essential part of the artistic landscape.  

In the early 1900s, artists who had been trained in the interdisciplinary techniques of art and design at the legendary Bauhaus school, began teaching internationally, helping to introduce a new generation to fiber techniques. Bauhaus graduate Anni Albers, one of the world’s most celebrated textile artists, only enrolled in the Bauhaus’s weaving workshop in 1923, because the courses she had been more interested in– painting and stained glass– were open only to men. “Circumstances held me to threads, and they won me over,” she said in a 1982 panel discussion. Fiber art emerged within the framework of women’s liberation, civil rights, and antiwar activism. From the early 1960s to the late ’70s, fiber art became a movement. Artists — predominantly women — across Europe and the United States began experimenting with thread and fabric, often pushing materials into three-dimensional objects. Contemporary artist Sheila Hicks, a revolutionary in the fiber art genre, has lived and worked in her studio in Paris since 1964. “Today, the curators walking in the door are different,” she says, “they aren’t textile or craft experts— they are contemporary art experts.”[1]  

Fabric is linked to the body and integrated into our lives: we wear it, we sleep under it, we are wrapped up in it when we are born, and we are buried in it. By considering the weight of this, a new perspective expands; fabric and textiles are inherently conceptually complex. Fiber art has seeped into the practice of many contemporary artists, blurring the line between artistic disciplines, and incorporating assorted mediums and textural fiber materials. Today the buzzword in contemporary art might be materiality; materiality is a descriptive idea that involves the making, forming, or creating of a thing.[2] In other words, meaning is embedded into the specific materials selected while making an artwork to convey a thought or feeling. Fiber art sits comfortably within the parameters of materiality; sometimes “thread” isn’t just “thread.” It might be a metaphor to represent something larger, like a connection between the artist and the viewer– or a hopeful stitch between two conflicting nations. It might signify a mended wound, and a quilt might imply a blanket used to comfort loneliness. Fiber art can be purely aesthetic as well, distinctively a handmade work of art that is beautifully crafted. The exhibiting artists of form + texture have used brilliant colors, textures, sculpted forms, design, and materiality. Their handmade choices are aesthetically appealing, and poetic titles reveal a rich and personal visual vernacular. The exhibition is a feast for the eyes and heart.

[1] Halperin, Julia. “Fiber Art Is Finally Being Taken Seriously.” The New York Times Style Magazine, ARTS AND LETTERS, Sept. 11, 2023.
[2] De Con Cossio, Regina. “The Materiality of Art.” Sybaris, The Provocation.

Randolph Vermont Hook-In at the Red Schoolhouse

Date:  Sunday, April 21, 2024

Time:  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:  Red Schoolhouse @ VTC
46 East Randolph Commons,
Randolph Center, VT

Cost:  Suggested Minimum Donation $5

RSVP by April 14, 2024:
Bonnie Dore – 802-282-5814

What to Bring:

  • Your rug or fiber project to work on
  • Completed projects to display (optional)
  • Brown Bag Lunch
  • What is Provided:
  • Coffee & Tea

Directions to Hook-In:

  • I-89 to Exit 4 (Randolph)
  • Rt VT-66E to Randolph Center.
  • At top of hill turn right.
  • VTC buildings will be on the left.
  • At fork, turn left onto South Randolph Road.
  • Red Schoolhouse is first building on the right.
  • You have gone too far if you reach the cemetery or orchard.
  • Elevator access is two doors beyond the main entrance / stairs.


This is Bonnie Dore’s annual hook-in.  GMRHG is a co-sponsor of this event.

Trichromancy: Color Divination – a show in Randolph VT

Several GMRHG members will have works in this show  February 3 through March 16 at the

Chandler Center for the Arts

71 North Main Street
Randolph, VT  05060

From the organizers:

“This show will focus on color in textile and fiber arts.

Trichromancy aims to showcase various dyeing techniques and styles, from traditional to contemporary creations. We will also display pieces that are not hand-dyed but fulfill the requirement of being a textile/fiber creation where color plays a vital role in the work.”

All’s Wool That Ends Wool – show in Montpelier

North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

(Regular exhibit hours 9 am – 5 pm M – F   January 12 through March 28)

About the Show:

This group show includes felting, knitting, weaving, basket making, hooked rugs, and more from fiber artists across Vermont. About half of the work is from a project organized by Kimberly Hagen to promote the use of felted wool as an attractive, sustainable, and sound dampening option for restaurant decor. The remaining work highlights the wide variety of other styles and techniques used by fiber artists in Vermont.

The felted portion of the show was funded by a 2018 grant from the American Sheep Industry Association and was previously exhibited at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival and the Hildene Estate in Manchester, VT.


Alison Forest, Bradie HansenChelsea Clarke SawyerEve Jacobs-Carnahan, Jenny Brown, Jennifer DaveyKatelynn LatzKerry WoodKim Goodling, Kimberly Hagen, Kris McDermet, Laurie Curtis, Muffy GrolierNeysa RussoPamela Wilson, Robin Courtney, Sheri Schenk, Suzanne Taylor.


Save the Dates!

May 14-18, 2025

Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Rug Show / School  at Sugarbush, in Warren, VT.

  1. Get this on your calendar
  2. Think about how you can help the Guild — from publicity to hanging the show,  we’ll need lots of volunteers.
  3. Watch for details in our quarterly newsletter and on this website.

Here’s a “Home Page” for the show, where all details will be added, as we refine them.

Hooked in the Mountains 2025:  a fiber arts show, with classes.

Newsletter News….

Hilary Farquhar is taking over the Newsletter, starting with the December issue.

News items, recent projects, etc. should be sent to, which will forward to her.

Basic deadlines remain the 15th of the month prior, but we’re adjusting the publication date to the 15th of December, March, June, and September.  If you have content you want to share but can’t quite make the deadline, just drop an email to with your intentions, and she can save space for late arriving content.

Pending the voting on Saturday, November 18, Hilary will join the Board as a Member at Large, and this will give her inside access to the Guild news to share with all of you.

But the newsletter can also be YOU sharing with us….   Everyone is interested in what’s happening in other parts of the state.  Consider having someone from your local hooking group report out once or twice a year.

Barb Ackemann remains the Communications Chair and will focus on the website and improving the Wild Apricot integration.

Slate of officers voted in November 18, 2023

The following  new board members were voted in at our  meeting on November 18 at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT.

Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Board of Directors:


President:    Sharon O’Neill    2 year term

Treasurer:   Deb Campbell      2 year term

Membership: Biffie Gallant    2 year term

Education:     Sandy Grant      2 year term

At Large Member: Kris McDermet    1 year term

At Large Member: Suzanne Dirmaier    1 year term

At Large Member: Stephanie Allen-Krauss    1 year term

At Large Member: Patty Pirog      1 year term

At Large Member: Hilary Farquhar    1 year term

Remaining on board for second year of 2-year terms:

Vice President: Jen Davey

Secretary: Fern Strong

Communications: Barb Ackemann

Programs: Belinda Whipple Worth has agreed to finish out the term for Programs pending Board approval.

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!


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.

Note:  you can zoom in on whole page with your browser’s zoom commands or click image to open in new tab and then zoom on one image at a time.


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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