Region 9 ATHA Events and News for September

From: Martha Lowry, ATHA Region 9 Rep


FREDERICKSBURG HOOKED RUG WOOL GATHERING AND WORKSHOP, August 29-30, at Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. 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


HOOKED PUMPKINS AND INDIAN CORN CLASS, Saturday, September 4 at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Hook or finish your three-dimensional pumpkin or corn patterns. Each pattern is $22.50, class fee is $5.00, bring sack lunch. It's a great way to make use of scraps and leftover strips. Space is limited, so call to reserve a space. Lisanne Miller, or 601-859-4252.

ADRIENNE DYKES' CAL CREATIONS AND ANTIQUES SHOP, located behind her home in McKinney, TX is having a big wool, hooking supply and fall antique sale on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, from 10:00 to 4:30. Enjoy Cliff's New England Ginger Cookies and a cup of hot mulled cider while enjoying the event. Call or email for directions or further details. Look for the "Fall Show" signs along the way. Contact: Adrienne Dykes, 972-542-3214 or


MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Vendors, cocktail reception, lunches, goody bags. 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. Teachers: Sibyl Osicka, Beverly Conway, and Bea Brock. Camp is now full, but contact camp director Donna Holdiness to be placed on waiting list. An exhibit of the rugs of the Las Rancheritas Rug Hook Project, Mexico, will be featured at the Oxford Camp Rug Show, to be held on Tuesday during camp. Everyone is welcome to attend the rug show, no admission charge. For more information, visit the website, For registration and exact time of rug show, contact Donna at or 662-289-7738.


YELLOW ROSE AUTUMN RUG HOOKING AND FIBER ARTS RETREAT, November 6-7, Baymont Inn and Suites, 301 Capitol St., Grapevine, TX. This retreat will be held all day Saturday (9:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.) in the conference room of the hotel for rug hookers, knitters and stitchers. Enjoy make-it-and-take-it, mini classes, dyeing demos, vendors, door prizes, and goody bags. Registration fee is $65 both days, includes lunch. Dinner on your own. Motel has special low rate for event. Space limited to 30 registrants, so act now. Contact Susan Harper to register or for more information, or 817-571-7825.

THIRD ANNUAL FREDERICKSBURG FALL FLING, November 10-11, Fredericksburg, TX, hosted by Deborah Neslage of Designs by Deborah. Registration is $65 for both days, includes lunch, snacks and hot tea bar. Dinner on your own, lodging separate. For more information and to register, contact Deborah Neslage, 325-597-2277 or

KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. This camp offers both traditional and primitive instruction by McGown-certified instructors, 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. Contact: Melody Lundquist,


ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY, February 9-13, in the historic 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,


REGION 9 HAS MANY RUG HOOKING GROUPS. THIS SECTION CHANGES EVERY MONTH ACCORDING TO INFORMATION SENT IN BY THE GROUPS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A GROUP NEAR YOU, PLEASE EMAIL or 281-550-7562. If you are interested in starting a group in your area, email me so that your name and email address can be listed in the Email Update so that other rug hookers might contact you. Remember to contact the group contact persons before traveling to a group meeting, in case of cancellations!

THE HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER, San Antonio, TX area, invites you to hook with them. This active group meets six times a year on the third Saturday of the month at Country Gatherings shop in Bracken Village. Meeting times and dates are announced annually at the January meeting. This group sponsors three major events annually: an all-day Hook-In in February (mark your calendar for February 26, 2011); participation in the San Antonio Folklife Festival the second weekend in June; and the Angela Pumphrey Workshop, a popular three-day event featuring national teachers, which is held on the San Antonio Riverwalk the second weekend in August. For more information, contact Catherine Hickman,

THE STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER, Houston, TX area, also invites you to hook with them. They meet 10:00-3:00 at the Octavia Fields Library, 1503 S. Houston, Humble, TX, on the first Saturday and the second and fourth Thursdays. Exception: the third Thursday at The Hen House, 5701 Louetta Rd., Spring, TX. Contact: P.D. Hankamer,, or 409-374-2258. Call first, as occasionally the library is unavailable and the meeting is moved to another location.

THE KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX, meets the third Saturday of each month, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX. They also meet every fifth Saturday of the year. Contact: Lurie McAdow,

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Jackson, MS area, meets the second Saturday of each month at the Old Jail, Canton, MS. All are welcome to join this ATHA group. Contact Lisanne Miller,

THE HOOK ME UP GROUP, Dallas, TX area, meets the third Saturday of each month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, Carrollton, TX. Contact Janet Kersh, to be placed on the regular email reminder list.

KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meets Wednesdays, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, located inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. They have a monthly make-it-and-take-it project. Their next project is to make a wool pin cushion in a vintage jar lid. Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to be placed on the regular email reminder list, and you will receive a reminder before the next make-it-and-take-it date. Contact Jan at or 281-687-2088.

AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS ATHA CHAPTER, College Station, TX, is an active rug hooking group. Recently three members attended the Angela Pumphrey Workshop hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter in San Antonio: Loyce Kahil, Anne Linne, and Marilyn White. Congratulations to the group's secretary/treasurer Emma Gene Schroeder, who won third place in the national DAR Fiber Arts Contest with her pineapple hooked rug, after having won first place in both the state and district competitions. She was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. and was represented by her Regent at the ceremony. The prize-winning rug now hangs in her daughter's home. Emma Gene encourages all rug hookers who are DAR members to enter the contest next year. For information about meeting times, contact Emma Gene,


The current issue (August/September) of the ATHA NEWSLETTER is full of wonderful articles by Region 9 rug hookers:

"A Wonderful World of Hooking" by Genevieve Gelles, Georgetown, TX

"Seeing Red...Fish" by Laurie Olson, New Orleans, LA

"Lots of Firsts" and "My Nana Liked to Show Off Her Legs" by Terry (T.J.) Johnmartin, Nederland, TX

"Hooking Out of My Box" by Judy Bruns, Brenham, TX

"Dyeing Primer Part 4: Accordian Fold Dyeing" by Bea Brock, Kerrville, TX

"Taking the Fear Out of Fruit, Part 4" by Carrie Martin, Covington, LA

"Got Wool? Alternative#1: How Does Polar Fleece Fair?" by April D. DeConick, Houston, TX

Congratulations to all of you for the wonderful articles. Region 9 should be proud of its participation in the NEWSLETTER, which is a member-driven publication that counts on all of us to send in our rug photos and articles. Are you worried you "can't write"? Don't worry, send your information, and the editor, Judy Long, can make you look good. Judy is currently looking for Christmas/holiday/snowmen rugs. Deadline for the Dec/Jan issue is October 1. Contact Judy Long,

If you do not receive the NEWSLETTER yet, it's easy. Go to, click on "how to join" and join online using paypal, or download the membership form and mail with your check for $26. That will mean you will get 6 full-color 60-page issues mailed to your home for the next year.


These rug hookers are ready to swap ATC's:
Martha Reynolds
April DeConick
You can email them for their addresses if you would like to swap.

If you are ready to swap your ATC's, email me to place your name in the Email Update next month.


Congratulations to Carrie Martin, Covington, LA., who has been named ATHA Education Chair. Carrie is on the Executive Counsel for ATHA and will be working to make our organization better for all our members.

Congratulations to April DeConick, who has just published her book about Palette Dyeing. To learn more, go to

Jean, a rug hooker in the Oklahoma City, OK area would like to sell two used frames, but there are not many rug hookers in her immediate area. If interested contact her at