ATHA Region 9 Update for April 2010

FROM: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep

Greetings, Region 9 Rug Hookers. This is the monthly Email Update for April, which contains news and events about rug hooking in Region 9, including the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Thanks to all who have sent in information. Anyone is welcome to send information at any time.



RUG HOOKING DEMO BY THE HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS. This Lubbock, Texas, group will demonstrate rug hooking at Ranch Day festivities, 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,


WILDFLOWER RUG HOOKING RETREAT. This relaxing rug hooking retreat in Round Top, Texas, will be held May 5-7, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. Cost is $80 for all three days, which includes catered lunches, or $30 for one day (includes lunch). There are still a few spots left, so contact Sondra Ives, if you are interested, at She can send you the registration form, and also information about arranging your own overnight accommodations. Two vendors will be present: Katie Hartner of A Nimble Thimble (Tyler, TX), and P.D. Hankamer, Houston area teacher and supplier. Sylvia Hale will be teaching a beginner class. Advance registration required.

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

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, HOUSTON, is adding an additional hooking day to their third Saturday meetings. They will meet on the fifth Saturdays of each month (there are four months in 2010 that have 5 Saturdays), beginning Saturday, May 29. Therefore, in May, they will be meeting Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 29, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston. Contact Lurie McAdow,


EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, 9:00-5:00, at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62W, Eureka Springs, AR. Preregister by contacting Vicki Hardcastle,

TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, 9:00-4:00, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Eight thousand square feet of shopping and hooking. Vendors, door prizes, rug show, refreshments. Registration/admission $20. Optional deli box lunch $13, available with advance registration only. Contact Susan Harper, , 817-571-7825 or 817-681-3377.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S MID-SUMMER'S HOOK-IN, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098. Registration $25, includes box lunch. Vendors: Jo Ellen Dismukes of Lacey Jane Primitives; Linda Dipert of Cheap Sheep; Adrienne Dykes of Cal's Creations and Antiques; Jan Peckenpaugh of My Little House Rug Hooking Studio; and Donna Holt of Holt Custom Wood Footstools. Rug show, rug challenge. Register by June 1. Contact Lurie McAdow for a registration form and information,

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,


JANE OLSON WORKSHOP, sponsored by the Hub City Rughookers in Lubbock, TX. This is a 3-day workshop on July 18,19, and 20, with Jane Olson and Diane Burdett teaching rug hooking and braiding. It will be held at the Wolfforth Library in Lubbock. Rug hooking for beginner to advanced, and braiding for all levels will be offered. For registration form and details, contact Teresa Heinze,


NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, Aug. 13-15, 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, Aug. 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,


MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Registration $45. Contact Lisanne Miller, or 601-859-4252 for more information and to be put on the waiting list to attend.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, in Oxford, Mississippi, a charming historic Mississippi town near Memphis. Camp is held at the Downtown Inn and Suites. Teachers: Bea Brock, Bev Conway, Sibyl Osicka. For more information, see website, Contact: 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, in the historic Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. Teachers: Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact: Pamela Van Lieu at or 830-336-4467. Registration deadline is June 15. Three days of classes, evening hooking, shopping, rug raffle, book sale, silent auction, rug show and sale.


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


There are 7 ATHA chapters in Region 9. There are numerous other active and growing hooking groups. For information about a group near you, email me, The news below does not represent all groups, just those who have sent in information recently. Please send in news about your group.

RUG HOOKING GATHERING, second Saturdays, 11:00-5:00, at the Wool 'N' Cotton Shop, 602 Orient St., San Angelo, TX. Join the fun at "Wooley Thursday", held every Thursday evening, 5:00-8:00, where rug hookers and wool appliquers bring their sack dinner and projects to work on together. Newbies welcome. Contact: Judith Lester,, or 325-659-2000. For more information, see Judith's website:

RUG HOOKING GROUP meeting in Brady, TX area. Contact: Deborah Neslage, Designs by Deborah, 113 E. Main St., Brady, TX 76825, 325-597-2277 or

AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS, College Station, TX, recently enjoyed an Easter party hosted by member Emma Gene Shroeder. Contact: Emma Gene at

KATY LAMBCHOPS meet every Wednesday, 10:00-4:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-2:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques, Old Town Katy, TX. The groups enjoy make-it-and-take-it projects; the April project is a wool applique bag. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh,, or 281-687-2088. For more information and a map,

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY meets the second Saturday at the Old Jail House, Canton, MS. The May 8 meeting will be a workshop for the SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE, which is a regional mat challenge the group has chosen to participate. Contact: Lisanne Miller,


The current issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER (April/May 2010) contains articles by Region 9 rug hookers:

WOOL WITH HOPE, a wonderful 5-page article about an awareness rug devoted to the issue of Disappearance, written by Lona Gabree and Kristen Slesar, Harahan, LA
Bea Brock's (Kerrville, TX) second installment of her dyeing lessons: MARBLEIZING--NO DYE NEEDED
Carrie Martin's (Covington, LA) second installment of how to hook and dye a wide-cut shaded fruit rug

There was a "first" in this issue of the NEWSLETTER, also--a breathtaking two-page color photo of dyed wool hanging from trees in a beautiful spring garden. I have heard many comments about it from rug hookers I know.

If you are missing out on the beautiful photos, and instructive articles in the updated 60-page full-color ATHA NEWSLETTER, which is mailed to members 6 times annually, go to the ATHA website,, click on "How to Join", and you can join online using paypal, or download a membership form to be mailed in. Back issues of the NEWSLETTER can be ordered by ATHA members from Membership Chairman Joan Cahill for $5 each, includes postage.

And don't forget, that the NEWSLETTER is totally member-driven, and send your articles and rug photos to editor Judy Long,


Now is the time to start hooking your 9x12-inch mat, celebrating the color red, which must be mailed to ATHA Communications Director Lisanne Miller by January 15, 2011. Talk to your hooking group about joining the challenge. Details in the Feb/Mar 2010 issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.