ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: January 2011

From Martha Lowry

ATHA Region 9 Rep

Greetings, Region 9 Rug Hookers,
Happy New Year--we have a lot of events ahead in 2011.  As always, thanks for sending in your information; please email me with information at any time.
Always check with the event contact person before traveling out of town.  Sometimes there are unexpected cancellations or postponements of events, and we don't want anyone to be inconvenienced.
FIBERFEST IN OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI, January 21-23.  Lisanne Miller (P is for Primitive, Canton, MS) will be at the Powerhouse Gallery in Oxford, MS for the 1st Fiberfest.  She will be demonstrating rug hooking, Russian Punch, and Oxford Punch; and she will have rug hooking supplies, dyed wool, penny rug patterns, Russian punch and Oxford punch, as well as handmade items for sale.  There will be many other fiber artists with roving, spinning, weaving and supplies.  Hours:  Friday, Jan. 21 from 5-9 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10-4 p.m.  Sunday, January 23 from 1-4 p.m.  LISANNE WILL NOT BE AT THE SHOW ON SUNDAY.  Contact:  Lisanne Miller at <> or 601-859-4252.
DIANE STOFFEL THREE-DAY WORKSHOP AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, TX, January 27-29.  Diane, a McGown-certified teacher since 1980, is from Brewster, Massachusetts, and is noted for her expertise in color planning.  She welcomes fine shaders and primitive hookers, and loves animals, florals, geometrics, orientals, and primitives.  Bring that special pattern you have, for an enjoyable three days of hooking in the historic Bracken Village.  Registration fee is $175.  Call Tricia Travis at 210-651-4470 to register.
RED STICK RUG HOOKING HOOK-IN, February 3-6, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.  Four full days of fun with friends.  Door prizes, a drawing for the 2012 workshop registration, sell your own handmade items.  Vendor will be Bea Brock.  Hotel guests will enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary snacks and beverages each evening.  A light lunch is included in the hook-in registration of $140.  Room rate $99/night.  To receive an email with information and registration form, contact Gayle Soileau, <>
ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY, February 9-13, with instructors Sharon Townsend, Diane Stoffel, and Carrie Martin.  Exhibit, door prizes, auction, sell your handmade items, walking tour of French Quarter, and much more.  Rooms $99/night double occupancy, registration $250.  For more information, see Carrie's website, <>  Contact:   Dorothy Delaune, <> or Carrie Martin, <>
CRAZY QUILT PATCHWORK CLASS, February 19, at Country Gatherings shop, San Antonio, TX.  Make your project with wool or Grandma's favorite dress.  Class time is 9:30-4:30.  Registration fee is $60.  Call Tricia Travis at 210-651-4470 to reserve your place in class.
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HOOK-IN, Saturday, February 26, 9:30-4:30, in the Kyle Amenity Building in Kyle, TX.  Registration fee is $30, which includes lunch.  Bring rugs for Show and Tell.   Space is limited, so reservations are necessary.  For more information, contact Catherine at <>  (Mail check to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.)
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER 6TH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at Whites Park, 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr., Hankamer, TX.  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION BACK TO THE ORIGINAL BUILDING AT WHITES PARK! Registration fee is $20 for one day, which includes catered lunch, or $40 for both days, including lunch.  Vendors:  Cal Creations (Adrienne Dykes); A Nimble Thimble (Katie Hartner); One Rug Two Rug (Carrie Martin); Country Gatherings (Tricia Travis); Designs by Deborah (Deborah Neslage); and the Stash Sisters.  Door prizes, silent auction, goody bags, rug show, and a basket of hooking goodies to be sold at live auction to benefit the 2011 ATHA Biennial.  Kala Corcoran will demonstrate crocheting a rug out of your worms.  If you are interested in learning, bring a size "Q" crochet hook, and worms at least an #8-cut (or two #4's).  To register, contact Sondra Ives for a registration form if you did not receive one in the mail, <>
BRAIDING AROUND YOUR HOOKED RUG CLASS, with Phyllis DeFelice, March 4-5, at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS.  Create a wonderful braided border around your hooked rug OR start a small circular braided mat.  You will learn braiding, lacing, tapering and butting (if time permits).  All braiding is done the "old fashioned way" by hand, folding the three tubes throughout to give a very even braid.  Class is limited to 8 people.  Cost for the two-day class is $95 and includes lunch and snacks each day.  To register, contact Lisanne Miller at <> or 601-859-4252.
YELLOW ROSE RUG CAMP, March 13-17, Summers Mill Retreat and Conference Center, near Salado, TX.  Teachers:  Bea Brock, Gail Dufresne, Adrienne Dykes, Gene Shepherd, and Susan Quicksall.  Camp is full, but sometimes there are last-minute cancellations!  If interested, contact Martha Reynolds at <>
FOLK ART HOOKING WORKSHOP, March 24, Country Gatherings shop in San Antonio, TX.  Hook a little house for a folk art painted bench project with Georgeanne Wertheim.  Georgeanne is a San Antonio artist, a rug hooker and member of Heart of Texas ATHA chapter.  Enjoy a great opportunity to combine rug hooking and a chance to learn from a talented local artist.  Call Tricia at 210-651-4470 for more information and to register.

YELLOW ROSE FIBER FESTIVAL, April 15-16, Seguin, TX.  Deborah Neslage (Designs by Deborah, Brady, TX) will be a vendor at this two-day event, which will take place at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum in Seguin.  For more information, go to the website, <>, or contact Deborah at <>  Congratulations to Deborah, who has also accepted an invitation to vend at the ATHA Biennial in Pennsylvania in October.
THIRD ANNUAL WILDFLOWER RETREAT, May 11-13, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 412 White St., Round Top, TX.  Three days of hooking, lots of wool, lunch included in registration, lots of visiting, opportunity to plan a new rug with Katie Hartner or P.D. Hankamer, and Sylvia Hale will be available to teach new rug hookers the craft we love.  REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE EMAILED FEBRUARY 15.  If you received an email last year, you will receive one this year.  If you did not receive one, and are interested, contact Sondra Ives at <>, to receive an email registration form.

STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP IN TYLER, TX, May 22-26, at the Holiday Inn Select.  Teachers:  Frank Bielec, Cindi Gay, P.D. Hankamer, Jayne Hester, Cynthia Norwood, Carrie Martin, Sharon Townsend.  Email Cynthia Norwood for class information and a registration form, <>
ANNUAL KERRVILLE, TX TRADITIONAL & PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 11-13, 2011, Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX.  Three days of rug hooking a holiday theme of traditional, primitive and proddy projects, plus a fabulous display of hand-hooked rugs.  Teachers:  Judy Rippstein, Karen Maddox, and Pam Van Lieu.  Contact:  Sondra Kellar at 713-569-9112 or <>
RED STICK RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, February 6-9, 2012, at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.  Teachers include Anita White, Adrienne Dykes, Capri Boyle Jones, and Kathy Meentemeyer.  The price for the workshop is $285.00, which includes a cooked-to-order breakfast each day, and lunch each day.   A deposit of $150.00 is due at sign-up, and the balance of $135.00 is due by Nov. 1, 2011.  The hotel rooms are $105.00 and reservations can be made after the February, 2011 Red Stick Hook-In.  Those attending the Feb. 2011 Hook-In will have first choice of teachers.  For more information about the 2011 Red Stick Rug Hooking Hook-In or the 2012 Red Stick Rug Hooking Workshop, please contact Gayle Soileau at <>
COUNTRY HOOKERS, Moore, OK, had a great time this month making some wool feather trees.  The original idea was from Germany where they used real feathers.  The group adapted their trees to use wool strips.  Thanks to their leader, Patti Wolf, and her wonderful preparations, the group had a great time and made some really cute trees.  For more information on this group of rug hookers, which meets regularly in the Oklahoma City area, contact Jean Farrer at <>
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Dallas, TX, will have their next meeting on February 19, from 10:00-3:00.  It will be simply a come-and-hook, without any planned program.  You are invited to join them at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.  For more information, contact Janet Kersh, <>
AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS, College Station, TX, met at Marilyn White's home for their annual Christmas party, Dec. 15.  They had a wonderful time, with each member bringing a potluck dish to compliment Charlotte Neill's ham and Kitty Prescott's homemade rolls.  This year they decided to eliminate their gift exchange, instead contributing to the local women's shelter.  They raised $240.00 for the shelter.  Loyce Kahil taught the group to make poinsettia pins.  Marilyn gave each member crystal angels on circled mirrors as favors.  This ATHA chapter meets at the Arts Center in College Station on the first Thursday of each month from 12:00-5:00, and on the third Tuesday of each month in a member's home, beginning at noon.  The group welcomes anyone to join them for their meetings.  For more information, contact Emma Gene Shroeder, <>
KERRVILLE RUG HOOKERS, Kerrville, TX, meets on the first Monday of each month at the First United Methodist Church on Thompson Drive, in the Activity Building from 10:00-2:00.  Bring a sack lunch if you like.  Snacks and coffee are provided.  The next gathering will be Feb. 7, 2011.  For more information about this group, contact Karen Maddox, <>
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER, Houston, TX area, invites you to hook with them at the Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 S. Houston, Humble, TX on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays and the 1st Saturday of each month.  Exception:  3rd Thursday at The Hen House, 5701 Louetta Rd. Spring, TX.  Contact:  P.D. Hankamer, 409-374-2258 or <>
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Jackson, MS area, meets the second Saturday of each month.  Any ATHA member is welcome.  The next meeting is February 12.  A special meeting is planned for April 9, when the group will host a potluck, and have demonstration stations set up for children from 8 to 18 years old to try their hand at rug hooking.  Come join MWDS for this fun event.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, <>
ORNAMENT OF THE MONTH CLUB GROUP, P is for Primitive shop, Canton, MS.  Each month a different ornament has been designed by Lisanne.  The ornaments can be punched, hooked, and some will be wool applique.  The kits will be all-inclusive with a pattern on Verel, backing, stuffing if necessary, and unique finishing touches all in a wonderful package.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller at <> or 601-859-4252.
CAL CREATIONS RUG HOOKING GROUP, McKinney, TX meets every Tuesday from 10:00-2:00 at owner Adrienne Dykes's McKinney studio.  This group would love to have you visit or join them.  Or, if you are interested in arranging for a group (3-9 students) workshop at her studio in McKinney in April or May, please contact her at 972-542-3214, or <>  Adrienne will be vending at the Stash Sisters Annual Hankamer Hook-In in Hankamer, TX, March 4-5.
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.  They have monthly make-it-take-it projects, and are beginning a WOOL CRAZY group which will meet the last Saturday of each month.  If you are interested in the WOOL CRAZY group, which will focus on embroidering crazy quilt stitches on wool pieced projects, contact Jan, so that she can order your book and email your supply list.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh, <> or 281-687-2088.
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX, will have their next meeting on Saturday, January 29, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston.   This group regularly meets to hook together on the third and fifth Saturdays of each month.  For more information, contact Lurie McAdow, <>
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS and CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS, meet regularly to hook together in Arkansas.  They invite you to join them.  Contact Aileen Anderson, <>
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX, meet the last Saturday of the month, from 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Court House.  Their next meeting is January 29.  For more information, contact Karen Kubeczka, <>
In December, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (San Angelo, TX) hosted an event celebrating "Made in San Angelo."  Pat Shoemake's hand-hooked rug featuring San Angelo icons was unveiled at the event.  The rug currently hangs in the museum, although not sure how long it will be on display.  For more information, see the museum's website, <>  Pat is known for her primitive pictorials and for her rugs which interpret the artwork of Navasota, TX artist Leon Collins.  Her patterns are for sale at <>  Congratulations, Pat!

The mats keep coming in to ATHA Communications Director Lisanne Miller.  She has received over 50, and they still keep coming.  Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Challenge.  Great news:  the ATHA Advisory Board has decided to adopt the Seeing Red Challenge as their official Biennial Challenge.  So, the challenge will continue until the Biennial.  Information about bringing the mats to the Biennial will appear in an upcoming ATHA NEWSLETTER.  The Seeing Red Exhibit will also be touring Region 9 Regional Hook-Ins between now and the Lancaster, PA, Biennial in October.  Specific information will be included in future Email Updates.  For more information about the ATHA Biennial in Lancaster, PA, October 19-22, 2011, go to <> and click on Biennials.  Event organizers predict that this will be one of the largest and most well-attended Biennials in our history.
Send your spring-themed rug photos and articles to ATHA NEWSLETTER editor, Judy Long (<>  The deadline for the April/May issue is February 1st.  Your fellow rug hookers would love to see what you've hooked, and hear the story about your rug.
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