ATHA Region 9 Update for March 2010

Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep

GARAGE SALE AT THE "HOOK-ME-UP" GROUP MEETING, Saturday, March 20, 10:00-3:00. This new rug hooking group is meeting the third Saturday of the month at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 East Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Come to the large fellowship hall on west side of bldg. Bring sack lunch and drink. $2 donation for facility use. BRING ANY RUG HOOKING OR TEXTILE RELATED ITEMS TO SELL ON MARCH 20. BRING PLENTY OF CASH, CHECKS. EACH PERSON WILL COLLECT HIS OWN MONEY. Contact: Janet Kersh,

SPRING FLING AT THE P, Saturday, March 27, at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. All fiber artists are welcome--bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, needle felting and more, for a day of working on your projects together. Please RSVP for this event to Lisanne Miller,

HANKAMER HOOK-IN, April 9-10, Whites Park, 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr., Hankamer, TX. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER, CAN REGISTER BY APRIL 1. Vendors: Katie Hartner, Tricia Travis, Bea Brock, Susan Quicksall, Deborah Nestledge, Julie Burns. $20 for one day, or $40 for both days. Fee includes catered lunch each day. Mail checks, payable to Stash Sisters, to P.D. Hankamer, P.O. Box 166, Hankamer, TX 77560. Be sure to designate if you're attending Friday or Saturday, or both, so your lunch can be ordered. Contact: P.D.Hankamer, or 409-374-2258.

SNIPPETS IN THE SPRING, a rug hooking retreat, April 21-24, at the Duncan Gray Center, near Canton, MS. Mini classes include: dyeing, hooking simple faces, color planning from your stash, and making the most of your textures. Evening hooking, demos, door prizes. For more details, see website, Contact: Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252 or

SCULPTED SANTA FACE CLASS, by artist Lebba Kropp, April 19 and 23 (a two-day class), at My Little House Rug Hooking Studio, Katy, TX. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh,

RUG HOOKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS. The Hub City Rughookers will be demonstrating at the annual Arts Fair at the Civic Center in Lubbock, TX, April 16-18. They will also be demonstrating at Ranch Day, at the Ranching Heritage Center, April 24, 10:00-4:00. They will dress in the style of the early 1900's and assist visitors to experience a bit of Texas history. Contact: Teresa Heinze,

STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, TYLER, May 23-27, at the Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX. Contacts: Katie Hartner, and Cynthia Norwood,

EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, 9:00-5:00, at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62W, Eureka Springs, AR. Great vendors. Admission $20, includes lunch. Must preregister by contacting Vicki Hardcastle, Also available, rug hooking workshops, Friday, June 11, must preregister.

TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, 9:00-4:00, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Vendors, door prizes, rug show. Registration $20. Optional deli box lunch $13. THE WEBSITE IS COMING SOON, SO CHECK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS FOR REGISTRATION FORM: Or contact Susan Harper,

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S FIRST ANNUAL MID-SUMMER'S HOOK-IN, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098. $25 registration, includes box lunch. Hooking, vendors, rug show, and rug challenge. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Contact Lurie McAdow,, and she will email you a registration form.

NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GATHERING, June 27-July 1, at the Boutique French Quarter Hotel. Instructors: Diane Stoffel, Carrie Martin. Contacts: Dorothy Delaune, or Carrie Martin,

NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Bev Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact: Tricia Travis, or 210-651-4470.

THIRD ANNUAL HOOK-IN CO-SPONSORED BY STONEHILL SPINNING AND COUNTRY GATHERINGS, August 29-30, at the Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Vendors, mini workshops, and a special workshop by Edyth O'Neill on color. Registration $25 per day, or $45 for both days. Contact Tricia Travis at

MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Registration is $45 for the Thursday evening reception and two full days of hooking. Contact: Lisanne Miller, or 601-859-4252 or

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, MS. Teachers: Bea Brock, Sibyl Osicka, and Bev Conway. For more information, see the website, Contact camp director Donna Holdiness, or 662-289-7738.

KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. Teachers: Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact Pamela Van Lieu at or 830-336-4467, for an email containing registration form, teacher bios, and class descriptions.

GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by the Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Contact: Melody Lundquist,


Thanks to the groups for sending in the following news:

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY meets the second Saturday of each month at the Old Jail House in Canton, MS. Upcoming meeting topics include: annual potluck and membership drive (April 10); Seeing Red Mat Challenge Workshop (May 8); and Punch Needle Workshop (June 12). Contact: Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252.

HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS meet the 4th Monday of every month, 10:00-2:00, at the Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock, TX. They also hook at Rachaels Quilt Shop on 50th St. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1:00-4:00. Everyone welcome. Contact: Teresa Heinze, They will be demonstrating rug hooking at two events during the month of April (see EVENTS).

WILD WEST WOOLIE RUG HOOKERS, San Angelo, TX, had an open house and rug hooking demonstration on March 6, at the Wool'N'Cotton Shop, 602 Orient St., San Angelo, TX, in the historic Baker Bank Building. For group information, contact Judith Lester,

HOOK ME UP, Carrollton, TX, meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00-3:00, at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, large fellowship hall on west side of building. Janet Kersh reports they had a great turnout for their first meeting in February. A special class is planned for the April meeting: Janie Staples will teach a hooked accessory bag, designed by Cindy Goolsby. There will also be regular hooking for those who do not participate in the class. Contact Janet Kersh,, for more information. Class size is limited.

TULSA RUG HOOKERS, Tulsa, OK, enjoyed celebrating the 90th birthday of one of their members, Bernice, at a recent meeting. Bernice's three daughters are also rug hookers. For information about this group, which meets regularly at the Hardesty Regional Library, contact Mitzi Thomas,

KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meet every Wednesday, 10:00-4:00, and the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00-2:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. This group enjoys "make it and take it" projects. They made an Easter needle punch project in March, and recently welcomed their rug hooking friends from Round Top, TX, at a day of hooking and potluck lunch. Monthly evening hook-ins begin in the spring. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, 281-687-2088 or, to be added to the regular email list.

COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, TX, hosts regular hooking groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Please contact Tricia Travis, or 210-651-4470, to join one of these groups.


For more information about rug hooking events, check out these great blogs by Region 9 rug hookers: (Texas) (Oklahoma) (Oklahoma) (Arkansas)

Please let me know about other rug hooking blogs by rug hookers in our region (Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas), and they will be mentioned in the Email Update, for all to enjoy.

Lisanne Miller reports that she received the first entry in the Seeing Red Mat Challenge on March 3!

For more information about the challenge, see the Feb/Mar issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER. The challenge is to hook a mat that is 9x12 inches, in any style and fiber, which celebrates the color red.

This question has come up several times: Does the mat have to be all red, or just partially red? Answer: It's up to the artist. It is the artist's decision how she/he wishes to celebrate the color red.

Don't forget to check out this issue of the ATHA NEWSLETTER (Feb/Mar), for the list of Region 9 vendors and teachers in the center pull-out section. It's a great list to have for reference.

And please consider sending your rug photos with a short article to editor Judy Long,