Region 9 ATHA Events for August

FROM: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep



There are only a couple of days left to enjoy the FIBER ARTS INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT at the KERR ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER in Kerrville, TX, July 1-25. The work of 14 fiber artists is featured, including rug hooking artist Karen Maddox, who is exhibiting 8 of her hooked rugs and wall hangings. The KACC is located in Kerrville's historic old post office building, which has been remodeled with 3 wonderful galleries and a gift shop. No admission fee, although donations requested. For operating hours and location,

SCULPTED FACE CLASS taught by artist Lebba Kropp at My Little House Rug Hooking Studio, Katy, TX. This is a two-day class being held on July 26 and 30. Even non-artists can sculpt a beautiful face, with Lebba's help. Preregistration required, contact Jan Peckenpaugh, 281-687-2088 or

CHRISTMAS IN JULY at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Knitted Christmas Stocking class July 24, and Christmas Penny Rug Towels class July 31. All classes have limited seating, so call in advance to register. Christmas in July Store Sale Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24. Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252 or


ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Beverly Conway, and Carrie Martin. Come enjoy true Heart of Texas hospitality in the heart of San Antonio. Contact: Tricia Travis, or 210-651-4470.

CYNTHIA NORWOOD WORKSHOP, August 25-27, a three-day workshop at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Price is $195 for three-day class with Cynthia, and includes lunch and snacks each day. Class is full, but call to be placed on waiting list. Contact: Lisanne Miller,, or 601-859-4252.

FREDERICKSBURG HOOKED RUG WOOL GATHERING AND WORKSHOP, August 29-30, at Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Cost is $25 per day, or $45 for both days. Vendors: Bea Brock, Julie Burns, Dorothy Panaceck, Susan Quicksall, Judy Soehnge, and Tricia Travis. Mini workshops and make-it-and-take-its. For more information and registration form, contact Tricia Travis, or 210-651-4470.


ADRIENNE DYKES' CAL CREATIONS AND ANTIQUES SHOP, located behind her home in McKinney, TX is having a MAJOR wool, hooking supply and Fall antique sale on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, from 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.. Don't miss this opportunity for great wool prices, etc. Call or email for directions or further details. Contact: Adrienne Dykes, 972-542-3214 or


MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS.
Great vendors, cocktail reception, lunches, hooking. Registration $45. Attendance limit is full, but contact Lisanne Miller to be placed on waiting list, or 601-859-4252.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, MS. The word is out about this popular and growing camp in north Mississippi, handy to Memphis airport. Teachers: Sibyl Osicka, Beverly Conway, and Bea Brock. Contact: Donna Holdiness, or 662-289-7738. To get a feeling for this friendly camp, visit the website,


KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. Excellence is the word at this Texas Hill Country camp, which offers traditional or primitive rug hooking instruction by all McGown-certified teachers, including Judy Rippstein, Pamela Van Lieu, and Karen Maddox. Three days of classes, evening hooking, shopping, rug raffle, book sale, silent auction, rug show and sale. Contact: Pamela Van Lieu, or 830-336-4467.


GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by Texas Rug Runners ATHA CHAPTER, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center. It's time to reserve for this always popular annual weekend get-away. Contact: Melody Lundquist,


ONE RUG, TWO RUG New Orleans Rug Hooking Get-Away, February 9-13, in the historic French Quarter. Carrie and Dorothy have moved their annual camp from June to February, and campers can now enjoy the mild weather and the beginnings of springtime in the French Quarter. Teachers: Sharon Townsend, Diane Stoffel, and Carrie Martin. Consider a get-away in the one-of-a-kind cultural atmosphere of historic New Orleans. Contact: Dorothy Delaune,, or Carrie Martin,


Rug hookers love to hook together, and Region 9 offers many groups that welcome rug hookers. Our region has 7 ATHA chapters, whose doors are open to all. They are located in these areas: Jackson, MS; New Orleans; and in Texas--Houston, Arlington, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, and College Station. To learn how to contact them and their meeting times, contact

In addition, there are many other rug hooking groups, hosted by rug hooking shops, or meeting in churches, libraries and homes. Most are open to all. The following "blurbs" do not represent nearly all the groups. PLEASE send in information about YOUR group.

MCKINNEY TUESDAY HOOKERS' GROUP meets at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday at Adrienne Dykes' studio in her McKinney, TX home. The group is presently promoting the sale of their Vol. 2 Cookbook, with a portion of the proceeds donated to a charitable organization. They invite you to come and hook with them. Wool and supplies are available at Adrienne's shop, Cal Creations and Antiques, which is located on the premises. Call or email Adrienne or Kay for further information. Adrienne: 972-542-3214 or Kay: 972-562-8282 or

BRADY, TX, HOOKING GROUP meets at Designs by Deborah, 113 E. Main St., Brady, TX 76825. Deborah also states that she has completed the addition of wool selections to her website, Contact Deborah at 325-597-2277 or

KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meet every Wednesday, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday of each month, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. This group enjoys monthly make-it-and-take-it projects. They will be making a wool hooked acorn on Wednesday, July 28. To join this group or to be added to the regular email list, contact Jan Peckenpaugh at 281-687-2088 or

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE hosted their first Mid-Summer Hook-In on June 26, with 55 in attendance for a fun day of hooking and shopping. Besides meeting the third Saturday of each month, they will have a 5th Saturday Hook-In on July 31, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston, TX. For more information and to be added to the regular email list, contact Lurie McAdow,

TYLER AREA HOOKING GROUP is led by Laura Schulze, who teaches rug hooking and sells supplies at Rose Path Weaving in Lindale, TX. Beginning in August, there will be a hooking group meeting on Thursdays at Rose Path. Visit to sign up for Laura's rug hooking classes. Laura recently completed a very large, impressionistic-style, multi-fiber rug called "Farm Garden", which some of you saw her hooking at the Texas Rugfest in June. To see this awesome rug, you may visit Rose Path, where the rug is hanging, or Laura's weblog (see Region 9 Blogs/Websites section.) Contact: Laura Schulze,

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER meets the second Saturday of each month at the Old Jail, Canton, MS. Their next meeting is August 14. Contact: Lisanne Miller,

HOOK ME UP GROUP meets the third Saturday of each month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, Carrollton, TX. Their next meeting is August 21. For more information and to be placed on the regular email list, contact Janet Kersh,


INVITATION TO JOIN A REGION 9 ATC SWAP: Dallas rug hooker Martha Reynolds wishes to start an ATC SWAP in Region 9. If you are interested in swapping these small artist trading cards with fellow rug hookers, and thereby meeting new friends in our region, just send in your name and email address to me, and I will list you in the next Email Update under "ATC Swap". You can then contact one or more on the list and arrange a swap.

What is an ATC? It is a small original hooked piece, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Go to Gene Shepherd's free blog ( and click on free blog) to see one of Martha's ATC's (see July 13 entry). Also, read the current issue of RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE for an article about their ATC Swap. Martha is participating in that one, also. Their website shows some of the ATC's they have received.

According to Martha, "The postage on these is not much if you put them in a greeting card size envelope and mail them regular postage. It costs a little over $1.00. I have six ready to go!" Contact her to swap at And send in your email address for the Update, to swap with other rug hookers.


It's only a matter of months until the Seeing Red Exhibit opens in February 2011 at the Trolio Hotel in Canton, MS, curated by Lisanne Miller, ATHA Communications Director. Consider joining the challenge. Details are in the Feb/Mar issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.


Many thanks to April DeConick, who often publishes news of Region 9 rug hooking events on her blog I frequently check her blog to keep up with what's going on. We have many great blogs and websites by Region 9 rug hookers. PLEASE let me know of any more.


Have you sent one of your rug photos in to ATHA NEWSLETTER? The editor Judy Long works on a deadline which is two months in advance. That means that now she is finishing up the Oct/Nov issue, and is well into work on Dec/Jan. By now, she's looking for articles from ATHA members for Feb/Mar. Do you have a rug with a snowman or Valentine theme? Presidents Day or St. Patrick's? Judy needs fine-cut rugs as well as primitives. Email your rug photos and articles to Judy at Can't write? Don't worry, she will edit for you. If you're not sure, just email your rug photos and she'll tell you what else she needs. We want to read about your rugs.