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Save the Dates!

May 13-18, 2025

Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild Rug Show / School  at Sugar Bush, 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.

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.

Highlights of our Upcoming Hook-in November 18th.

  • We’ll have a business meeting, hear from committees, and elect new board members — we have a terrific slate lined up by Sue Girouard and Davey Degraff — watch for an email on October 18th!
  • We’ll have two vendors on site:   Sandy Ducharme, and Mary Lee O’Connor.
  • We’ll have door prizes for folks who show up for the meeting.
  • We’ll have a “Red Solo Cup Auction” – which is really a multi-prize raffle — you put your tickets in the cup next to the prize you hope to win.
  • Barb Ackemann will do a demo of making a double zipper / double pouch purse using a small piece of hooking. You need to be registered for the event and send an email to  The first 10 emails will be in the morning demonstration.  If there’s more interest, she’ll do another demo in the afternoon.   The demo is on the sewing / construction of the purse, not on the hooking!  She’ll have zippers and pulls available for sale for your project.
  • We’ll have a “throw down” area for show and tell of your recent projects.
  • We’ll have a nice lunch, and coffee / tea / etc. and snacks throughout the day.
  • We’ll have lots of fun!

Are you registered yet?   Do it here! Registration Deadline: November 9th.

The Resort charges us per person for the room, beverages, snacks, and lunch, and we’ve discounted that cost for members.

The event is open to guests, but we’ve priced that to actually cover our cost per person — and to encourage membership! Bring your friends.  It will be a great introduction to a great group of people.


Make a weekend of it…

Our Hook-in / Meeting at Lake Morey Resort is just 12 minutes away from the Rug Show at Pompanoosac Mills in East Thetford.

We have two vendors for the event, but if you need to visit Dorr Mill Store, it’s just an hour away.

Maybe you can’t do everything in one day – call the Resort 802-333-4311  and ask for the GMRHG rate  ($169 classic/$179 lakeside) and stay Friday or Saturday night – or both!



Hook-in and Business Meeting November 18

We just had a very successful weekend at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival and now turn our attention to the upcoming 1-day Hook-in and Business Meeting coming up next month.

This will be Saturday November 18 at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, VT from 9-3.

Sandy Ducharme and Mary Lee O’Connor will be our on-site vendors so you can shop for that specific color and pattern that is missing in your stash.

We will also have our infamous “Red Solo Cup Auction”.  For those of you new to the “Red Solo Cup Auction” experience—you bring your fibery/crafty related items and we auction the goods off.  Funds raised help to offset the cost of GMRHG events and programs.  Please bring items to add to this fun-raising opportunity (and don’t forget your money).  Contact Kris McDermet ( if you have any questions or just bring your goods to donate to the fun!

Registration is open at

$35 for members

$65 for non-members

Covers cost of the venue and includes a nice lunch.

Want to make a weekend of it?  We have a block of rooms saved at discounted prices:

$169 classic/$179 lakeside

Make your reservation and mention GMRHG:  802-333-4311


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.

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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


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