Region 9 ATHA Newletter for October

From Martha Lowry

ATHA Region 9 Rep


FIFTH ANNUAL OKIEFIBER RETREAT, Friday and Saturday, October 8-9, at OWL MAKE IT, a newly opened small teaching studio in El Reno, OK, which is a half hour's drive west of Oklahoma City.  About the studio:  current hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00-5:00, through December; details are on their facebook page of the same name; currently teaching classes in handspinning, weaving, and basketmaking, and hope to add rug hooking classes in the future.  However, rug hookers are welcome to bring their own projects and hook at the studio during their business hours or at the retreat.  Leava Major says,  "We love all things wool."  On Friday, Oct. 8, there will be a class on Rigid Heddle Weaving, with additional classes on Oct. 9.  For more information, join their facebook page.  Email Leava, <> to ask questions or to register for the retreat.
CRAZY QUILT CLASSES WITH WOOL, at Country Gatherings in San Antonio, TX, taught by Carol Bayless, who specializes in crazy quilt squares and embroidery stitches.  She has designed a photo book cover to make in class, or you can choose to make the pattern as a table runner instead.  You are encouraged to personalize your project by bringing small pieces of wool from your stash.  Choice of two classes:  one class will be on two Fridays in October (Oct. 8 and 15), and the other class will be on two Saturdays in October (Oct. 16 and 30.)  You can either choose the Friday or the Saturday option.  Class size is limited to 8, so reserve your space soon.  Fee:  $75 total for 3 class sessions over 2 days.  For times of classes and to reserve your spot, contact Tricia Travis, 210-651-4470.  Country Gatherings is located at 18771 FM 2252, San Antonio, and is open Tues.-Sat. from 10:00-5:00.
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS.  There are no longer any available spots to hook at the hook-in, but Chapter President Lisanne Miller states that the public is welcome to shop the vendor booths and view the rug show, free of charge.  The vendors will open on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23 at 9:00.  For more information, or to get on the waiting list for the hook-in, contact Lisanne Miller, <> 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 Rug Show, to be held on Tuesday during camp.  Everyone is welcome to attend the rug show, free of charge.  For more information, visit the website <>  For registration information and 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.  Rug hookers, knitters and stitchers can enjoy make-it-take-it, mini classes, dyeing demos, vendors, door prizes and goody bags.  Registration fee for both days is $65, includes lunch.  Space is limited to 30 attendees.  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, Designs by Deborah.  Registation is $65 for both days, includes lunch.  For more information and to register, contact Deborah, <> or 325-597-2277.
SHABBY CHIC HOLIDAY SALE, November 11 and 12, at the Old Jail in Canton, MS, hosted by P is for Primitive.  Lisanne will not be vending at Chimneyville this year, so this is the time to add one of her punched Christmas pillows or hooked rugs to your collection.  Many holiday items.  Contact:  Lisanne Miller, <> or 601-859-4252.
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 teachers, Judy Rippstein, Karen Maddox, and Pamela Van Lieu.  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.
CAL CREATIONS & ANTIQUES CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, November 12-13, 10:00-4:30, at Adrienne and Cliff Dykes' antique and rug hooking shop in McKinney, TX.  Christmas patterns and wool will be featured at 15% discount, as well as 10%-40% off selected wools and American country antiques/accessories.  Bring your friends and enjoy Cliff's New England ginger cookies and mulled cider.  There will be a door prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  Contact Adrienne to get on her email list for further details, or to inquire about upcoming rug hooking classes at her studio.  The shop is open by chance or appointment.  Adrienne Dykes, <> or 972-542-3214.
MERCHANTS OPEN HOUSE ON THE SQUARE, Nov. 26, 27, 28, Canton, MS.  P is for Primitive will be open all 3 days, sampling a different holiday appetizer each day, and the historic downtown square will be festive with holiday decorations.
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by the Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center.  Sign up now for this popular annual retreat, a great time to get away, relax and hook with your friends after the hectic holiday season.    Contact:  Melody Lundquist, <>
ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY, February 9-13, in the historic French Quarter.  Great selection of nationally known teachers:  Sharon Townsend, Diane Stoffel, and Carrie Martin.  Consider a get-away to historic New Orleans.  Contact:  Dorothy Delaune, <>, or Carrie Martin, <>
STASH SISTERS 6TH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at the American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main St., Anahuac, TX, 77514.  Due to the remodeling of the building in Hankamer where the Hook-In has always been held, the date and location has been changed this year, but don't worry!  The new location is very near the old one, and won't be hard to find.  And the hook-in will still be one day for $20 (includes catered lunch), or two days for $40 ( includes lunch), with great vendors, door prizes, and goody bags.  Save the date, and more details will come in future Email Update.
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER, San Antonio, TX area, invites you to hook with them.  They meet six times a year on the third Saturday of the month at Country Gatherings, San Antonio.  Mark your calendar for their annual hook-in, February 26.  Details will be in future Email Update.  For information about meeting times, contact Catherine Hickman, <>
THE ROUND TOP RUGGERS invite you to hook with them the last Saturday of each month, 10:00-4:00, at the historic Round Top Courthouse, in Round Top, TX.  Enjoy hooking with this friendly group in a lovely historic Texas town, halfway between Houston and Austin.  Contact Karen Kubeczka to be placed on the regular email list, <>  Next hooking date is September 25.
KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meets every Wednesday, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, located inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  Their monthly make-it-take-its, which they make at one of the hook-ins each month, have become a very popular feature of this group.  This month's make-it-take-it project will be little hooked and/or punched pumpkins.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a sandwich from the tearoom next door.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to get on the regular email list, so that you will be notified of the date of each make-it-take-it project.  My Little House offers classes, wool, patterns, and other supplies.  Katy Lambchops hook-ins are free of charge.  Contact Jan at <> or 281-687-2088.
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA Chapter, Jackson, MS area invites you to join their chapter, which meets the second Saturday of the month at the Old Jail, Canton, MS.  Their annual Christmas party, which includes a potluck lunch, is December 11, 11:00, at the Old Jail.  Contact Lisanne Miller, <>
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX meets the third Saturday and any fifth Saturday of each month, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX.  Upcoming hooking dates are October 16, October 30, and November 20.  Everyone is welcome to bring their projects and lunch, and make some new rug hooking friends.  Contact: Lurie McAdow, <>
HOOK ME UP hooking group, Dallas, TX area, meets the third Saturday of each month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, Carrollton, TX.  Their next meeting date is October 16.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy hooking.  For more information and to be added to the regular email contact list, contact Janet Kersh, <>
If you are interested in swapping Artist Trading Cards, please contact the rug hookers listed below.  You can exchange snail mail addresses and agree to swap.  If you would like to be added to the list next month, please email your name, town, and email address to <>
Teresa Heinze  (Lubbock, TX)  <>
Brenda McGee (Lorena, TX)  <>
Martha Reynolds (Dallas, TX) <>
April DeConick (Houston, TX) <>
Region 9 is proud of its three CELEBRATIONS finalists, and their beautiful rugs:
Judy Rippstein   Fredericksburg,TX
Mary Ruelle    Frederickburg, TX
Melody Lavy   Waco, TX
   One magazine that many rug hookers enjoy is CREATE AND DECORATE, due to its many rug hooking and punchneedle patterns.  The October 2010 issue features a great article about Texas rug hooker and pattern designer, Jo Ellen Dismukes.  Full of wonderful photos and information about Jo Ellen's art and work, the article is a good read.  Also, check out the ads for Woolgatherings, Sheila Schindler's basket business (<> and Yellow Rose Rug Camp (<>
     Irving, TX rug hooker Kellie Snider recently placed third in Fine Cut Hand Hooked Rugs in the Creative Arts Division of the State Fair of Texas.  Her rug KOI POND will be on display September 24-October 17 at Fair Park in Dallas.  The rug was hooked in 5-cut wool, mostly hand-dyed by herself and by rug hooking teacher Carrie Martin (Covington, LA).  It is hooked on linen, and is about 24 x 48 inches.  Congratulations to Kellie, who has been hooking for not quite one year.  KOI POND is her eighth rug!
     Kellie began rug hooking in November, 2009.  She was recovering from two particularly challenging years which included finishing a graduate degree, parenting college-age children, starting a new job, coping with some deaths in her family, and helping her mother through a serious health crisis.  Kellie felt that she desperately needed a therapeutic outlet, and she found it in rug hooking.  She has long enjoyed art in the area of watercolor and other media, but she has found that rug hooking has been like coming home.
     Not knowing any other rug hookers in her area, she met Bedford, TX rug hooker Teena Mills through the internet.  Teena encouraged her to join the Welcome Mat online rug hooking group, and to attend the Star of Texas rug camp in Tyler in May, which Kellie did.  Teena states, "It was great to finally meet Kellie at the Star Camp in Tyler, after months of corresponding on various online hooking groups, by email and by telephone.  She has a unique hooking style and is an outstanding artist.  Her work is very inspiring and has that WOW! quality that makes her rugs so memorable."
     Kellie, who is an animal behaviorist for SPCA of Texas, encourages rug hookers to consider entering their rugs in their local state fairs.
     Other rug hookers who placed in the Texas State Fair include Teena, first place in wide cut, for her PUMPKINS AND BLOSSOMS, a Rhonda Manley design; Anne Deane, best of show for TUMBLING CATS; and also Melody Lundquist, Donna Marchant, and Liza Leggett, among others.  This list may be incomplete.  Please email me if I left someone out.
If you have had an interesting experience with your rug hooking art, please allow me to feature you in an Email Update soon.  Email <>
     ATHA NEWSLETTER editor Judy Long assures me that the October/November issue is one we don't want to miss, and it includes 6 articles by Region 9 rug hookers.  If you join ATHA now, you won't miss this great issue, full of autumn rugs and articles.  The NEWSLETTER is a 60-page full color magazine, filled with rug photos and articles by ATHA members.  Its ads will keep you informed of all the latest events that are happening for rug hookers.  It's easy to join by going to the ATHA website <> and clicking on "how to join".  You can join online using paypal, or you can download a membership form and mail a check.  It's just $26 for a year's membership, and 6 issues of the NEWSLETTER.