ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: November 2010


Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS and Questions from Susan Feller; and Information about The Rug Hook Project in Mexico

YELLOW ROSE AUTUMN RUG HOOKING AND FIBER ARTS RETREAT, November 6-7.  Event co-organizer Martha Reynolds says there are STILL A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!  Rug hookers and other fiber artists will convene at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 301 Capitol St., Grapevine, TX, to enjoy make-it-take-its, mini classes, dyeing demos, vendors and door prizes.  Registration fee for both days is $65, which includes lunch.  Contact:  Susan Harper, <> or 817-571-7825.
THIRD ANNUAL FREDERICKSBURG FALL FLING, November 10-11, Fredericksburg, TX.  Registration fee for both days is $65, which includes lunch.  Contact:  Deborah Neslage, <> or 325-597-2277.
WOOL FEATHER TREE WORKSHOP, Saturday, November 13,  10:00-3:00, at My Little House.  Join the fun as Jan teaches you how to make a "feather tree" out of wool.  She will email a supplies list.  Bring a sack lunch, or get a sandwich at the tearoom nearby.  My Little House is a rug hooking studio inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to reserve your spot, <> or 281-687-2088.
P IS FOR PRIMITIVE, rug hooking store in Canton, MS, will host a SHABBY CHIC HOLIDAY SALE, Nov. 11-12, at the historic Old Jail in Canton, and will also participate in the MERCHANTS' OPEN HOUSE ON THE SQUARE, November 26-28 in downtown Canton.  Here are two opportunities to experience the flavor of the holidays in a historic small town setting.  Contact:  Lisanne Miller, <> or 601-859-4252.
KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX.  It's not too late to sign up for an autumn getaway, and to experience a class with some of Texas's finest rug hooking teachers.  Both traditional and primitive rug hookers are welcome.  Teachers:  Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu.  Evening hooking, shopping, raffle rug, book sale, silent auction, rug show.  Contact:  Pamela Van Lieu, <> or 830-336-4467.
CAL CREATIONS & ANTIQUES CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, November 12-13, 10:00-4:30, at Adrienne and Cliff Dykes' antique and rug hooking shop in McKinney, TX.  Christmas patterns will be featured at 15% discount, as well as 10%-40% off selected wools and American country antiques/accessories.  Enjoy Cliff's New England ginger cookies and mulled cider.  There will be a door prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  Contact Adrienne for details or to be placed on her email list for future events.  She also offers rug hooking classes at her studio, and her shop is open by chance or appointment.  Adrienne Dykes, <> or 972--542-3214.
MINI WORKSHOP TO CREATE A "BEE SKEP MAKE-DO", using needlefelting and rug hooking, January 7-8.  Registration is $50 for a class at Country Gatherings (San Antonio, TX) or Stonehill Spinning (Fredericksburg, TX).  Team teachers are Dorothy Panaceck and Tricia Travis.  Contact Tricia at 210-651-4470, for more information.
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center.  Contact:  Melody Lundquist, <>
DIANE STOFFEL WORKSHOP AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, January 27-29.  Registration is $175 and class begins at 9:30 a.m.  Call Tricia at 210-615-4470 to register.
ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY.  Picture this, New Orleans in a historic hotel with character and charm February 9-13, with instructors Sharon Townsend, Diane Stoffel, and Carrie Martin.  Exhibit, door prizes, auction, sell your handmade items, walking tour of French Quarter, and much more.  Rooms $99/night double occupancy, registration $250.  For more information see our web site, <>  Contact:  Dorothy Delaune, <> or Carrie Martin, <>
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HOOK-IN, Saturday, February 26, from 9:30-4:30.  The Hook-In will be held at the Kyle Amenity Building in Kyle, TX (between San Marcos and Austin).  Registration is $30 ($10 for chapter members) and lunch is included.  Bring finished and unfinished rug projects for Show 'n Tell.  Address and directions will be sent out before the date.  Reserve your spot by sending your check made out to Heart of Texas, to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.  For more information, contact Catherine at <>

STASH SISTERS 6TH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at the American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main St., Anahuac, TX 77514.  The old hook-in building is being remodeled, so the location and date have changed, but don't worry!  The new location is very near the old one, and won't be hard to find.  The hook-in is still $20 for one day (includes catered lunch), or $40 for both days (includes lunch), with great vendors, door prizes, silent auction, and goody bags.  Save the date, and watch for future details.

YELLOW ROSE RUG CAMP, March 13-17, Summers Mill Retreat and Conference Center, near Salado, TX.  Teachers:  Bea Brock, Gail Dufresne, Adrienne Dykes, Gene Shepherd, and Susan Quicksall.  Camp is currently full, but contact Martha Reynolds for waiting list placement, <>  For more information, see the website, <>
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP IN TYLER, TX, May 22-26, at the Holiday Inn Select.  Teachers:  Frank Bielec, Cindi Gay, P.D. Hankamer, Jayne Hester, Cynthia Norwood, Carrie Martin, Sharon Townsend.  Camp director Cynthia Norwood says there are still a few spots left!  Email Cynthia for class information and a registration form, <>
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX meets the third and fifth Saturdays, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston.  This group met October 16 for a special Halloween Hook-In.  They spent the day hooking, laughing, and enjoying a delicious salad pot-luck lunch.  It was a spirited event!  NOTICE:  THE OCTOBER 30 MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED FOR ELECTICAL REPAIRS.  The next meeting will be November 20.  Contact Lurie McAdow, <> to be placed on the regular email reminder list.
WOOL RICH CASH POOR, Covington, LA recently had a booth at the fair showing the steps to hook a rug with many of their hooked pieces on display, winning $45 and a red ribbon for their efforts.  Dorothy Delaune won blue ribbons for her Kim Nixon footstool, two rugs, and her knitted/felted purse.  Kala Corcoran received blue ribbons for her McGown Oriental and her pumpkin rug.  The group has put up an exhibit at the fair for the last twelve years.  Also, the group exhibited rug hooking at the Covington Farmers Market on October 16.  For more information about the Wool Rich Cash Poor group, contact Carrie Martin, <>
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Carrollton, TX meets the third Saturday of the month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene.  Their next meeting date is November 20.  After the November meeting, the group will take a break until the February meeting.  In February, they plan to have a Tea and a Rug Show.  For more information, contact Janet Kersh, <>
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY, Canton, MS will have their annual Holiday Potluck Party with "Secret Santa" on Saturday, December 11.  All Region 9 ATHA members are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, <>
KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX meets every Wednesday, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, located inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  Their monthly make-it-take-its, which they make at one of the hook-ins each month, have become a very popular feature of this group.  This month's make-it-take-it project will be velvet and wool tuffets.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a sandwich from the tearoom next door.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to get on the regular email list, to be notified of the date of each make-it-take-it project, <> or 281-687-2088.
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX meet the last Saturday of the month, 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Courthouse.  Their next hooking date is October 30.  For more information and to receive regular email reminders, contact Karen Kubeczka, <>
This month's NEWSLETTER is full of great articles from Region 9, well, actually, from Texas!  Congratulations to these rug hookers, who took the time to submit their articles.  We all enjoy reading them.
Cindi McCullough (Whitehouse, TX)  A RECIPE FOR PUMPKIN PIE--Cindi's wonderful rug, Pumpkin Pie, is on the cover!
T.J. Johnmartin (Nederland, TX)  SCAREDY CAT
Teena Mills (Bedford, TX)  PUMPKINS & BLOSSOMS
Melinda Smith (Katy, TX)  OPEN HEART
Tricia Travis (San Antonio, TX) TURKEY DAY HOOKING  (The following rug hookers hooked the beautiful turkey rugs that appeared in the article:  Patty Rodriguez, Cyndee Brandt, Lu Lacy, Liz Fox, Carol  Gillingham, and of course, Tricia.)
Bea Brock (Kerrville, TX)  DYEING PRIMER, PART 5
If you're an ATHA member, send your rug photo and article to editor Judy Long, <>  Deadline for the Feb/Mar issue is December 1.  Both primitive and fine-cut rugs are wanted.  If you are NOT an ATHA member, we want you.  Join online at <>  For $26 annually, you will receive six issues, packed with color photos of rugs and events, plus all the current rug hooking news.
Congratulations to Pat Freasier (Houston, TX) whose rug SAINT NICHOLAS appeared on the October, 2010 cover of  THE WOOL STREET JOURNAL!
For my second year as Coordinator of Regional Reps, I am asking each ATHA chapter president to use the following questions as a topic during a fall meeting.  Discuss and then collect responses, and send them to me at <>
To each member:  1.  Why have you joined ATHA?
                           2.  Why are you a member of this chapter?
                           3.  What can the organization as a whole, lead by the Board, do to promote rug hooking in the next 3-5 years?
This was brought up at the annual Board meeting recently, and each member voiced an interest in hearing these responses.  The goal is to get the grass roots talking about ATHA, its beginning, its past three decades, and future success.
Susan Feller
Coordinator of Regional Reps ATHA
**I am sure Susan would like to hear from any at-large member, who is not affiliated with a local chapter, directly at her email address, <>
Many of you have heard of The Rug Hook Project.  In the small village of Agustin Gonzales, located in the Mexican highlands, 20 people spend their free time, scarce as it is, hooking rugs.  The proceeds from selling the rugs pays for food, children's schooling, doctor visits, among other needs.  The subject matter of the rugs is the life around them, and each rug is unique.  This summer a group from the U.S. and Canada, led by Barbara Hanson, visited the village, in order to introduce Las Rancheritas to wool dyeing.  The women had a lot of fun, and now know the basics of coloring wool.
Our contact for the Rug Hook Project is Charlotte Bell (Austin, TX).  You can contact her and arrange to have an exhibit of the rugs for show and sale at your hook-ins and events.  Charlotte will be speaking at the Oxford Rug Camp (Oxford, MS) on November 2.  Her fall schedule is full, but at the moment her winter and spring schedule are wide open.  If you would like to sponsor a showing for your group, email Charlotte at <>
For more information, visit the website <> .  If you are interested in donating wool, light and bright wools are needed.  The group has a large amount of dark wool.  Now that they are dyeing their own wool, they need the light wools for dyeing.
The group also does custom orders.  Contact Charlotte for more information.