Region 9 ATHA Newletter for December '10 and January '11

From: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep

Happy Holidays to Region 9 rug hookers.  Be sure to skim the Events list, as there are several new items.  There are new listings in the Rug Hooking Groups section also.  As always, many thanks for sending in your information.  Anyone is welcome to send news for inclusion in the Email Update, at any time.  There will be no separate Email Update for December.  The monthly schedule will resume around January 20.
Be sure to check with events/groups contact persons before driving out of town to meetings.  The events are often held in libraries or churches, and sometimes there is an unexpected cancellation.  I am not able to send out individual cancellation notices.
CHARLOTTE ALLISON'S ONE-WOMAN SHOW OF HER LIFE'S WORK, December 4-14, at the Comfort Crockery, Comfort, TX.  Charlotte is a member of the Kerrville Rug Hookers, Kerrville, TX, and is an award-winning fiber artist, weaver, spinner and primitive rug hooker.  The grand opening of the exhibit is December 4, with a wine tasting hosted by the Bending Branch Winery from noon-5 p.m. and entertainment by dulcimer players from 4-6 p.m.  The Comfort Crockery, located at 402 Seventh St. in Comfort, is a store which sells hand made pottery, metal art, kitchen items and more, has weaving classes and hosts artisan shows and demos.  For more information, go to the store's website, <> or call the store at 830-995-5299.  (Thanks to Kerrville Rug Hookers member Karen Maddox for letting me know about the show.  Congratulations, Charlotte.) 
WOOL RICH CASH POOR ATHA GUILD (NEW ORLEANS, LA) will be in the holiday hooking spirit as they demonstrate rug hooking at the Covington, LA, Farmers' Market December 4.  They will set up a holiday rug show, and will also be selling their hooked items, including purses, pins and Christmas tree ornaments.  For more information about their booth or for how to join this chapter, contact Carrie Martin, <>
HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS (LUBBOCK, TX) will be demonstrating rug hooking at Candlelight at the Ranch in Lubbock, December 10 and 11.  It is free and open to the public, and is from 6-9 p.m.  The group will also be hooking the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Rachel's Quilt Shop, beginning in January, 2011.  Contact:  Teresa Heinze, <>
HOOKED BEE SKEP ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS, January 7 and 8.  Make a needle felted bee and a hooked bee skep with team teachers Tricia Travis and Dorothy Panaceck.  Registration is $50.00 for Friday at Country Gatherings (San Antonio,TX) or Saturday at Stone Hill Spinning (Fredericksburg,TX) and includes all supplies.  Call Tricia at 210-651-4470 for reservations.
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, January 14-16.  Arlington, TX ATHA chapter, Texas Rug Runners invites you to their annual Mid Winter retreat at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge.  Guild president Ginger Smith says there are still a few spots remaining if you'd like to sign up.  Enjoy a weekend of hooking and eating great food in a hotel style lodge, while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  Log on to <> and click on Stillwater Lodge to take a virtual tour of the facility where the retreat will be held.  Campers return year after year because of the great hospitality and hard work of guild members.  Contact Melody Lundquist to sign up, <>
DIANE STOFFEL THREE-DAY WORKSHOP AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, TX, January 27-29.  Diane, a McGown-certified teacher since 1980, is from Brewster, Massachusetts, and is noted for her expertise in color planning.  She welcomes fine shaders and primitive hookers, and loves animals, florals, geometrics, orientals, and primitives.  Bring that special pattern you have for an enjoyable three days of hooking in the historic Bracken Village.  Registration fee is $175.  Call Tricia Travis at 210-651-4470 for details and to reserve your place.
RED STICK RUG HOOKING HOOK-IN, February 3-6, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.  Enjoy four full days of fun with friends to finish any projects you might have.  Door prizes, a drawing for the 2012 workshop registration, tables for you to sell things and other surprises.  Vendor will be Bea Brock.  Hotel guests will be treated to a cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks each evening.  A light lunch is included in the hook-in registration of $140.00.  Room rate $99/night.  To receive an email with information and registration form, contact Gayle Soileau, <>  FYI:  The 2012 workshop will be a full workshop with teachers, and is scheduled for Feb 2-5, 2012.
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 Carrie's website, <>  Contact:  Dorothy Delaune, <> or Carrie Martin, <>
CRAZY QUILT PATCHWORK CLASS, February 19, at Country Gatherings shop, San Antonio, TX.  Make your project with wool or Grandma's favorite dress.  Class time is 9:30-4:30.  Registration fee is $60.00.  Call Tricia Travis at 210-651-4470 to reserve your place in the class.
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HOOK-IN, Saturday, February 26, 9:30-4:30.  The Hook-In will be held at the Kyle Amenity Building in Kyle, TX (between San Marcos and Austin).  Registration fee is $30, which includes lunch.  Bring rugs for Show and Tell.  Reserve your spot by sending your check made out to Heart of Texas, to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.  Driving directions will be sent later.  For more information contact Catherine at <>
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at the American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main St., Anahuac, TX 77514.  Registration fee is $20 for one day, which includes catered lunch, or $40 for both days, including lunch.  Vendors, door prizes, silent auction, goody bags.  Save the date.  Mailers will be sent out with registration form included.
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 full, but contact Martha Reynolds to get on waiting list, <>  For more information, see website, <>
FOLK ART HOOKING WORKSHOP, March 24, Country Gatherings shop in San Antonio, TX.  Hook a little house for a folk art painted bench project with Georgeanne Wertheim.  Georgeanne is a San Antonio artist, a rug hooker and member of Heart of Texas ATHA chapter.  Enjoy a great opportunity to combine rug hooking and a chance to learn from a talented local artist.  Call Tricia at  210-651-4470 for information and registration.
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.  Email Cynthia Norwood for class information and a registration form, <>
CAL CREATIONS AND ANTIQUES, MCKINNEY, TX hosts a rug hooking group on Tuesdays, which will continue to meet between now and Christmas.  Adrienne Dykes and the group invite you to join them.  Adrienne's shop is decked out for Christmas and open by chance or appointment.  She has lots of new wool as well as Americana antiques, Christmas gifts and trimmings.  If you are interested in taking a rug hooking class of any sort (beginner, intermediate, rug aging, proddy, a specific pattern design by Cal Creations) in January or February, call or email Adrienne.  Also, if you have a group of three to eight that would like to set up a rug hooking workshop, let her know.  Contact her at <> or 972-542-3214.
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, HOUSTON, TX, will gather for a "Holiday Hook-In" on Saturday, December 18 at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, from 11:00-3:30.  In January, they will not be meeting on the 15th, but will have a 5th Saturday Hook-In on January 29, 11:00-3:30.  Everyone's invited.  Contact Lurie McAdow, <>, for more information and to be added to the permanent email reminder list.

KERRVILLE RUG HOOKERS, Kerrville, TX, are proud of their members Judy Rippstein and Mary Ruelle for being featured in RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE'S CELEBRATIONS XX.  Another member, Charlotte Allison, is having a one-woman exhibit of her life's work, including rug hooking, during the month of December (see EVENTS section).  For more information about this active rug hooking group, and where they meet, contact Karen Maddox, <>
THE HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS and a new group, THE CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS, are two rug hooking groups that meet in Arkansas.  These groups invite you to join them, meet new friends and learn about the art of rug hooking.  The contact for both groups is Aileen Anderson, <>
TULSA RUG HOOKERS meet regularly in Tulsa, OK.  Several members of this group won ribbons at the Tulsa State Fair:  Mynette Whittington won Sweepstakes and a Blue Ribbon; Bernice Jiles won Sweepstakes and a Blue Ribbon in Sr. Division; Nancy Howard won a Blue Ribbon; Beth Smathers won a Blue Ribbon; Leslie Holder won a Red Ribbon; and Linda Bevans won a Red Ribbon.  The group will meet on December 2 at Mynette Whittington's home.  Please call 918-706-2442 for directions.  The group usually has their meetings at the Hardesty Regional Library, and welcomes rug hookers in the Tulsa area to join them.  For more information, contact Mitzi Thomas, <>
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX, will move their December meeting from the last Saturday (which falls on Christmas Day) to December 18, 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Court House.  For more information, contact Karen Kubeczka, <>
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Canton, MS, will have their annual Holiday Potluck Party 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, 10-3, and the second Saturday, 10-3, at My Little House, located inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  The Lambchops are getting ready for Christmas with several quickie holiday make-it-take-it projects in December...a wool garland, wool gift tags and more.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a sandwich from the tearoom next door.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to get on the regular email list, in order to be notified of the make-it-take-it project dates.  My Little House offers classes, wool, patterns, punchneedle and supplies; hook-ins are free of charge.  Contact Jan, <> or 281-687-2088.
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Dallas, TX will resume their third Saturday meetings in February with a Tea and a Rug Show.  The group meets at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.  For more information, and to be added to the permanent email reminder list, contact Janet Kersh, <>
Cynthia Norwood, ATHA Treasurer, reminds us that copies of the new ATHA DYE BOOK, which is a fundraiser for the 2011 Biennial, is limited.  The book contains basic dyeing information; formulas from teachers, dyers, and suppliers; a photo of a rug using the formula; and an actual square of the dyed fabric glued in the book.  Send a check for $43 (includes shipping), payable to 2011 BIENNIAL, THE WOOLWRIGHTS, to Gail Dufresne, 247 Goat Hill Rd., Lambertville, NJ 08530.  For more information about the Biennial, go to ATHA website, <>
Brady, TX rug hooker and supplier Deborah Neslage (<> has been voted by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as Texas Woman of the Year 2010-2011 for design.  She was chosen among 150,000 nominees.  Deborah's shop, Designs by Deborah, and tearoom, The Vintage Tablecloth are located on Main St. in Brady.    She plans on opening an expansion to her shop in January.  It will include a hooking room adjacent to the main tearoom for hooking events as well as programs.  Her shop includes 4000 sq. ft. of yarns, wool, embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, latch hook and quilting supplies.  She also offers gifts for the home, jewelry and accessories.
Once again, the December/January issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER is full of colorful photos of rugs, how-to articles, and hooking group news.  If you're not an ATHA member, you are missing an opportunity to keep up with the latest news and techniques in rug hooking.  Join by going to the ATHA website <>, and clicking on "how to join".  You can join online or download a form to mail a check for $26, to receive membership and 6 issues of the NEWSLETTER/year.
Thanks to these Region 9 members for their great articles:
Sondra Ives, Bellaire, TX:  The Stocking was Hung
April DeConick, Houston, TX:  St. Nicholas, Value by Value
Lona Gabree, Harahan, LA:  VERENDRYE:Strong at Heart
Tricia Travis, San Antonio, TX:  Old Santa Rugs (Rugs in the article hooked by Cathy Kernodle, Diane Lampe, Gina Taber and Tricia.  Designs by Carolyn Tobin.)
Amzi Collins, Lake Charles, LA:  Good Morning/Good Night
Ila Wisdom, Alamo, TX:  Silly Kitty
Jane Dunaway, Brandon, MS:  Barn Floor Floral and the Tuesday Hooking Group  (Rugs in the article hooked by Lisanne Miller, Sandra Holmes, Marsha Simmons, Barbara Mitchell, Linda Bottom, and Jane)
Bea Brock, Kerrville, TX:  Dyeing Primer Part 6:  Dip Dyeing Options
Two Region 9 rug hookers had a part in the article, Katie's Turning 40:  Debra Inglis, San Augustine, TX, and Katie Hartner, Tyler, TX.
Special thanks to Bea Brock for her six-part series of articles on dyeing techniques.  What a labor of love for rug hookers.  The simple-to-follow instructions and the clear illustrations are an invaluable addition to all our rug hooking libraries.  It was sad to see the series come to an end.