The Board has decided to move forward with a different kind of Rug Show for 2020 — A virtual show that will allow us to share our recent projects, stories, and even videos about those projects.
Barb Ackemann, our Communications chair, agreed to put together the website for this Virtual Show — but only on the condition that we have great photos to work with.
Photography Service Available to Members
So the board has decided to hire Anne-Marie Littenberg to do three days of photography for our members and to ensure that we have great photos needed for the online show.
Members will be able to request this photography service (provided free of charge by the guild) by emailing Jennifer Davey. A letter to all members went out Thursday July 23 — with all the details.
We are collecting names and home towns from members interested, and will schedule three Saturdays in August or September in three locations: northern, central and southern Vermont locations.
Members will be encouraged to arrange “rug-pooling” — designating a driver from a local hook in group to bring rugs in the morning and perhaps a different “designated driver” to pick up rugs at the end of the shoot.
Anne-Marie likes to photograph rugs outdoors, so we’ll be looking for venues with good parking, some shade, and an indoor alternative in case of rainy weather.
As you saw in the May Newsletter, Suzanne Girouard has finished a great rug she calls “Scrappy 1” which was intended for a raffle at the Hooked in the Mountains show in October, 2020.
When the show had to be cancelled due to the uncertainties of face-to-face events in the time of Covid-19, we decided to proceed with the raffle as an online event.
Other board members offered other prizes, the Hinesburg Hookers donated the rug they had made for the show and the online raffle will function like a “tea cup auction” where you buy your tickets, and then submit them for the prize or prizes you most want to win.
Rug by Suzanne Girouard
Rug by Hinesburg Hookers
Rug and Pillow by Biffie Gallant
Pillow by Suzanne Girouard
Wall Hanging by Jennifer Davey
Framed art by Sandra Grant
Framed art by Suzanna Brown
Puritan frame and hand hooked carrying bag
See the raffle, read descriptions, and get your tickets today —
You BUY tickets and then SUBMIT them for the prize(s) you choose. Don’t forget that 2nd step! If you do, log back in to the raffle site, and you’ll be able to do the Submit tickets step. Need help? Contact Barb Ackemann 802 257-7391.
Our Spring Hook-In, scheduled for April 25, 2020 is also cancelled, but REPLACED by a Virtual Hook In and Show and Tell using the web conferencing platform Zoom.
At 10:00 on Saturday April 25, members will be able to log into a Zoom meeting, sit in the comfort of their own homes, and see other members as they share recently finished projects, or their current project. Sharon O’Neill will moderate the session and call on members to share one at a time.
See Guild Events to RSVP. You’ll then get a letter with all the details for logging into the Zoom meeting.
Here’s a screen shot from our recent board meeting, to give you an idea of how this might work. There were only ten of us, so we could all fit on the screen. For the April 25 event, you’ll see one person at a time sharing their projects. And it can really be a hook in, because you can hook while you watch! Just be ready when it’s your turn to to share!
A large group of hookers enjoyed the two-day Fall Hook in at the Stoweflake Inn in Stowe. The room was packed with enthusiasm. People from near and far shared the camaraderie of hooking. Several vendors were set up around the outside of the room. The colorful displays drew many a hooker over for a few more “must have” pieces of wool or accessories. Besides a Guild meeting run by our leader Gina and our very capable Board, we heard from two speakers and did some group sharing.
Judith Hotchkiss spoke to the group on Saturday afternoon. Judith has turned to punch rug hooking and punch needle embroidery and is currently most interested in combining punch and traditional rug hooking. She is an Oxford Certified Punch Needle Instructor as well as McGown certified to teach traditional rug hooking. She dyes all her own yarns and wool yardage and occasionally includes her own handspun wool. Judith lives and works in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.
Loretta Scena gave a presentation on Sunday. She shared the story of her rug hooking journey and displayed many of her creative rugs. Loretta is a McGown certified Traditional rug hooking Teacher from Long Island New York. She is a self-taught fiber artist who loves to create embellishments and ornaments using beads, yarns and scraps of fabric. She is a member of ATHA, TIGHR, and the Pearl McGown National Guild, as well as several east coast guilds. She is the past president of the Long Island Guild of rug crafting artists. She has had her work published a few themed rug hooking Books, as well as Rug Hooking Magazine. She is the curator along with Michele Micarelli of the Exploring the Tarot Rug Exhibit.
About 50 of us met April 27, 2019 at the Capital City Grange in Berlin, VT, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Our presenter, Kathy Giroux, is a fiber artist who specializes in needle felting. Kathy gave a brief history of needle felting, and then focused on the process using many examples of how she uses needle felting in her art. We got a good overview of what Kathy means when she says, “I paint with fiber.”
We had two vendors for the spring hook-in in Barre/Montpelier:
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!
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!
This 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.
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.
Hundreds of rugs and 3-D fiber art pieces were on display at the XVIII Hooked in the Mountains Rug Show and Fiber Arts Exhibition. After all the votes were counted, the following winners for Viewer’s Choice were announced (in no particular order). Continue Reading