ATHA Region 9 Update for January 2010

Circulated by Martha Lowry, Region 9 ATHA Representative



Members of the Round Top Ruggers, Round Top, Texas, will be demonstrating rug hooking at a fiber arts show, "Making Every Stitch Count", which will be held January 30-31, 10am to 4pm, at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park. The show willl feature artisans demonstrating home arts from the 1800's. There will be a quilt show, and Round Top Rugger Judy Bruns's dulcimer group will perform. Artisans and displays will be located throughout the park, in the restaurant, the Education Center, the Star of the Republic Museum, and the visitor center. Admission: $9 adults, $6 students. Contact: Judy Bruns,
FIRST ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS HOOK-IN, sponsored by the Heart of Texas ATHA chapter in San Antonio, TX, will be Saturday, February 27, from 9:30 to 4:30. The event will be held at the Hill Country Christian Church, 20845 HWY 46W, Spring Branch, TX 78070. Cost of the event is $30, which includes lunch. A check, payable to HEART OF TEXAS, may be mailed to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006. Plan to come hook all day, or to participate in a proddy class, taught by P.D. Hankamer. You can make a purse ($40) or a stocking ($45) in P.D.'s class. Class reservations must be called ahead, since class size is limited, and are payable at the hook-in. Registration in advance is required, since hook-in attendance is limited to 50 people. Contact: Catherine Hickman, Heart of Texas chapter president, at 210-481-5141 or

MARCH MADNESS STASH SALE, Friday, March 5, 9am to 3pm, will be held at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, 201 S. Washington (Hwy 87S), Fredericksburg, TX. Plan to shop or to bring your items to sell. Contact Judy Burgess at, if you would like to rent a 4x8-foot table for $10. If you would like to spend the night at the hotel, mention "hookers" for a reduced room rate.
THE STASH SISTERS FIFTH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, April 9-10, will be held at Whites Park, 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr., Hankamer, TX. Hours are Friday from 9-5, and Saturday from 9-3. The cost of the hook-in is $20 for one day or $40 for both days, which includes lunch. Reserve your place by February 15. Contact: P.D. Hankamer at Mail check, payable to the Stash Sisters, to P.D. Hankamer, P.O. Box 166, Hankamer, TX 77560. Indicate which day you will be attending, or both. Include email address and phone number. Vendors include Katie Hartner, Tricia Travis, Bea Brock, Susan Quicksall, Deborah Nestledge, and Julie Burns. A rug will be raffled. Rug show open to the public Saturday, noon-2pm.
ANNUAL EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 11-12, will be held at Eureka Springs Best Western Convention Center Hotel, Eureka Springs, AR. A workshop will be held on Friday, and the hook-in, with vendors, will be on Saturday. To receive the email about how to register for the hook-in, email Vicki Hardcastle at

ANNUAL TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN will be held Monday, June 21, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Expect a full day of hooking, a boxed lunch if desired, vendors and a rug show. To receive a registration form, contact Susan Harper at

MIDSUMMER KIRBY HOOK-IN hosted by the Kirby Hooking Circle, Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX, June 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Celestial Challenge: hook a rug or create a hooked project featuring a sun and/or moon, approximately 144 hooked square inches, any shape, and bring for Celestial Challenge Display. Hooking all day, rug show, lunch and vendors. Contact: Lurie McAdow at

NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP will be hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Registration is $175, rooms are $99. Teachers include Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Bev Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact workshop director Tricia Travis to register, at 210-651-4470 or You can also contact Catherine Hickman at
MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER'S THIRD ANNUAL HOOK-IN, JAIL HOUSE ROCK, October 21-23, will be held at the historic Jail House in Canton, Mississippi. The cost for the entire event, from the Thursday evening cocktail reception at the historic Trolio Hotel on the Square (where they filmed "A Time to Kill"), to the two full days of hooking on Friday and Saturday, is $45. Both Friday and Saturday include light breakfast snacks and catered lunches. Space is limited to the first 50. Contact: Lisanne Miller at 601-859-4252 or, to receive a registration form by email.
KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP 2010 will be held Nov. 12-14, at the legendary Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. It includes 3 days of classes with teachers Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu, all McGown certified teachers. Fine cut traditional and wide cut primitive instruction is available. Expect evening hooking, shopping for wool, kits and supplies provided by teachers, a rug raffle, a book sale, a silent auction, and a rug show and sale. Contact Pamela Van Lieu at or 830-336-4467, for an email containing registration form, teacher resumes, and class descriptions.
GLEN ROSE 2011, THE MIDWINTER RETREAT OF THE TEXAS RUG RUNNERS, Arlington, TX, will be held Jan. 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Log onto and click on Stillwater Lodge to take a virtual tour. Reservations are accepted now. Contact: Melody Lundquist at to receive a registration form.

Lynn Hughes (Carney, OK) is trying to locate rug hookers in central Oklahoma (Stillwater/OKC area) to form a hooking group. Contact Lynn at

Ila Wisdom (McAllen, TX) is looking for rug hookers in the McAllen area to form a hooking group. Are there any rug hookers who spend the winter in McAllen? Contact Ila at

Susan Myers has just opened a new shop in Wichita Falls, TX, called THE SHEPHERD'S WOOL AND ANTIQUES. She is looking for rug hookers to join a group at her shop. The shop offers early American antiques, hand made items, and wool. Contact Susan at or 940-642-8530.

The Tulsa Rug Hookers met through the holidays, enjoying a holiday party at the Hardesty Regional Library, where they meet regularly. Everyone brought food to share. Several members of this group have decided to participate in the SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE, sponsored by Region 9 (see Feb/Mar 2010 issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER for information about SEEING RED). They are looking forward to attending the Lenexa, Mo. Hook-In, in February. Contact: Mitzi Thomas,
This San Antonio area group meets 6 times annually at Country Gatherings shop in Bracken, TX. They are working on their first annual hook-in, February 27. Contact: Catherine Hickman at
This College Station, TX group celebrated a birthday luncheon for member Emma Gene Schroeder, hosted by her daughter Teresa, at Christopher's World Grille on December 5. Marilyn White hosted their annual holiday party, potluck, and gift exchange at her home on December 10. Contact: Emma Gene Schroeder at
This Mississippi chapter, Jackson area, meets the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. They welcome any ATHA member. They will make face pins at their February 13 meeting.

This Arlington area group just had their Midwinter Retreat in Glen Rose, TX, with 59 registered to attend. Their next meeting will be on February 13, at Town Village, Arlington, 1-4pm. For more information, contact Tamara Deucker, 817-861-6002.

Support the 2011 ATHA BIENNIAL by buying raffle tickets. Tickets for a handcrafted hooking stand and a 14-inch hexagonal frame of exotic woods from K's Creations will be available from Carrie Martin, 123 W. 19th Ave., Covington, LA 70433. The tickets are 6 tickets for $5. The drawing will be March 20, 2011, at the Woolwright's Spring Hook-IN. (Biennial host chapter) For more information, contact Carrie Martin at
Don't forget that some rug hooking camps and groups are as close as your computer. Look at the Rug Hooking Daily main page (website is ) to find online hooking groups, classes and challenges, such as Ten-Minute Rug Hookers group and palette dyeing classes.
April DeConick, a Houston rug hooker and member of Stash Sister chapter and Kirby Area Hooking Circle, writes a blog about rug hooking in which she promotes many Region 9 events and camps. She even prints a copy of this update on her blog. For up-to-date information, links to instructional websites, and a blog that promotes the art of rug hooking, please visit her blog at


Please consider submitting a rug photo and article to the NEWSLETTER!
These Region 9 members had articles in the Dec/Jan ATHA NEWSLETTER
* Deborah Neslage's Christmas pictorial rug (Brady, TX)
* Carrie Martin's article about how to take a rug hooking road trip (Covington, LA)
* April DeConick's hooked backpack for her son Alex (Houston, TX)
* Martha Lowry's Santa purse pattern (Houston, TX)
Last month, I incorrectly identified Martha Reynolds as the president of the Lone Star chapter. Giving credit where credit is due, Janie Staples was president. Actually, I think both ladies deserve a lot of credit, for their contribution to the art of rug hooking in Texas. Thanks, ladies.