ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: February 2011

From: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
662-213-5140 cell 

Hello to all Region 9 Rug Hookers,
Please read, check for new events since the last Update, and circulate to your rug hooking friends.  Thanks to everyone for sending in rug hooking information to share.  Anyone is welcome to publicize any rug hooking event that they would like everyone to know about: just email me.
Please check with organizers before traveling to an event.  Last-minute cancellations are sometimes unavoidable due to weather, closures of buildings where meetings are held, etc.  I am unable to send out individual meeting cancellations, due to the large number of email contacts for this Update.  My apologies for any inconvenience.
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, including lunch.  Bring rugs for Show and Tell.  Space is limited.  Contact Catherine at <> for reservations and driving directions.
HUB CITY RUG HOOKERS FIBER ARTS SHOW, entire month of February, at the Mahon Library in Lubbock, TX.  Members of this active Lubbock-area rug hooking group are displaying rug hooking, braiding, locker hooking, punch needle, and French knotting.  The library is open daily from 9:00-5:00.  There are many beautiful pieces, which coordinate to make a very colorful show.  The Hub City Rug Hookers invite everyone out to see the show.  They also invite everyone to join them at one of their regular rug hooking gatherings on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Rachael's Quilt Shop, located on 50th Street in Lubbock.  For more information, contact Teresa Heinze, 806-794-3332.
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 ORIGINAL BUILDING AT WHITES PARK.  Registration fee is $20 for one day, includes catered lunch; or $40 for both days, includes catered lunch each day.  Vendors:  Cal Creations, a Nimble Thimble, One Rug Two Rug, Country Gatherings, Designs by Deborah, 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 would like to learn this technique, bring a size Q crochet hook, and worms in an 8-cut (or you can crochet with two #4-cut).  To register, contact Sondra Ives for a registration form at <>
BRAIDING A HOOKED RUG BORDER 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.  All braiding is done the "old fashioned way" by hand, folding the three tubes throughout to give an even braid.  Class size is limited to 8.  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.
ATHA SEEING RED CHALLENGE EXHIBIT, March 11-19, at the Trolio Hotel, The Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 147 N. Union St., Canton, MS 39046.  Come and see one of the most unique exhibits of rug hooking from across the United States.  The Seeing Red Challenge Exhibit proudly opens in Canton, MS on March 11.  The challenge was to create an original 9x12-inch hooked mat with the artist's own interpretation of the color red.  Wait until you see what fiber artists from California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Mississippi have created.  Come see rug hookers at work March 12.  The Trolio Hotel is open Monday through Friday from 10:00-5:00, Saturday from 10:00-2:00.  For directions to the Trolio, please call 800-844-3369 or 601-859-1307.
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 small bird for a folk art painted bench or footstool with Georgeanne Wertheim.  Class begins at 9:30 a.m.  Please call 210-651-4470 for reservations.
RUG HOOKING WEEK AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, April 5-9, San Antonio, TX.  Plan to spend some time hooking at Country Gatherings.  Bring any project to hook for a week-long hook-in.  Hooking time is 9:30 until 5:00 each day.  For more information, contact Tricia at 210-651-4470.
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 <>
SPRING FLING HOOK-IN, April 15-16, at the Trolio Hotel on the Square in Canton, MS.  Every April, P is for Primitive hosts Spring Fling with fun, door prizes and great lunches.  This year, they've outgrown the P and moved to the Trolio Hotel.  Pay your taxes, then lose your blues with your fellow rug hookers!  Join Lisanne for two days of fiber fun, fellowship and hooking.  Lunch is provided each day, and on Friday it will be Christine's famous fried chicken.  Bring a rug for the show and items to sell for the Flea Market table.  Cost is $30 for two days, including lunch and snacks; $18 for only one day.  Space is limited, so contact Lisanne Miller to register, <> or 601-859-4252.
LAS RANCHERITAS:  THE RUG HOOK PROJECT will participate in the annual King William Fair, April 16, San Antonio, TX.  Set in the historic King William District in San Antonio, the fair will be open from 10:00-6:00, and 50,000 visitors are expected.  The rugs of Las Rancheritas will be on sale.  Please stop by and see their booth.  For more information, <>

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 with registration, lots of visiting, opportunities to plan a new rug pattern with Katie Hartner or P.D. Hankamer, and Sylvia Hale will be teaching the beginner rug hookers' class.  For more information, and a registration form, email Sondra Ives at <>
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP IN TYLER, TX, May 22-26, at the Holiday Inn Select, 5701 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX.  Teachers:  Frank Bielec, Cindi Gay, P.D. Hankamer, Jayne Hester, Cynthia Norwood, Carrie Martin, Sharon Townsend.   According to camp director Cynthia Norwood, there are a couple of openings in Frank Bielec's and Sharon Townsend's classes, so contact her if you are interested.  The camp will also host an exhibit of the ATHA SEEING RED CHALLENGE mats on Tuesday, May 24, which is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Cynthia Norwood at <>
WOOL STREET JOURNAL WORKSHOP AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, June 16-18, San Antonio, TX.  Bonnie Smith and Tina Ackermann will be at Country Gatherings to teach a Squash Soup Runner pattern.  The runner is 19x32 inches, and is an original drawing by Bonnie Smith.  Bring your own background wool, and green wools for the leaves and vines.  Wool needed to purchase is 1 yard of "bolt" wool.  Registration is $195.00 and pattern on linen is $60.00.  Please call for reservations 210-651-4470.
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE SECOND ANNUAL HOOK-IN, June 25, Houston, TX.  SAVE THE DATE!  This popular hook-in will be back this summer with the theme, "Out of Africa--A Rug Hooking Safari," at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098.  Come for a day of hooking with your friends, bring your rugs for the rug show, and shop with great vendors:  Cal Creations, Country Gatherings, Red Jack Rugs, and My Little House Rug Hooking Studio.  The ATHA Seeing Red Challenge mats will be on display at the hook-in, also.  For more information, and to receive an email registration for the hook-in in the near future, contact Lurie McAdow, <>
HOOKING AND APPLIQUE IN MAGGIE BONANOMI STYLE, July 12-16, Country Gatherings Shop, San Antonio, TX.  Bring your Maggie Bonanomi book to create one of her fabulous projects.  Call ahead for specific dyeing needs for your project and join us for a great week of hooking or applique.  Call Country Gatherings at 210-651-4470 for reservations.
FREDERICKSBURG FALL WOOL GATHERING HOOK-IN, August 28 and 29, at the Inn on Baron's Creek, Fredericksburg, TX.  This very popular annual hook-in returns this year with vendors and workshops, and the ATHA Seeing Red Challenge Mat Exhibit.   Registration is $25 for one day or $45 for both days.  Call Country Gatherings at 210-651-4470 for reservations.
ANNUAL KERRVILLE, TX TRADITIONAL & PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 11-13, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX.  This popular camp returns with a seasonal theme, "Holidays", and three certified McGown instructors.  Enjoy three days of rug hooking traditional, primitive and proddy projects, plus a fabulous display of hand-hooked rugs.  Judy Rippstein will be teaching "Big or Small" (think fall, pumpkins, etc.), Pam Van Lieu will be teaching "Here Comes Santa Claus" (a three-dimensional 15-inch free standing Santa), and Karen Maddox will be teaching "Hooked and Proddy Christmas Poinsettias".  Evening hooking.  Contact: Sondra Kellar at 713-569-9112 or <>  Further information plus registration forms can be found at <> 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 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 for those staying at the hotel, you will be treated to a full cooked-to-order breakfast, and from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening you will have snacks and beverages.  For more information about the 2012 Red Stick Rug Hooking Workshop, please contact Gayle Soileau at <>
NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GETAWAY, February 12-16, 2012, New Orleans, LA.  Enjoy great fun with your choice of teachers:  Sharon Townsend, Diane Stoffel, or Carrie Martin.  Registration is $250.  Contact Carrie Martin at <> or 985-893-3285.
Please contact me to put current meeting information about your group in the Email Update.  We like to know about your meetings, your fiber art shows, and hook-ins. (This information is not held over automatically from month to month, because meeting times and places are subject to change.)  If you plan to attend a group meeting, please verify the meeting time with the contact person before traveling out of town; occasionally there are unexpected cancellations.
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 March 7, 2011.  For more information about this group, contact Karen Maddox, <>
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX, meets on the third Saturday of each month, as well as the fifth Saturday of the month, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., from 11:00-3:30.  The next meeting is March 19.  Contact Lurie McAdow to be placed on the regular email reminder list of this group, <>
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Canton, MS, meets the second Saturday of each month, beginning at 11:00.  This rug hooking guild always has a project that is fun and exciting.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the fellowship of other rug hookers.  Next meeting date is March 12.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, <> or 601-859-4252.
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Carrollton, TX, will have their next meeting March 19, from 10:00-3:00, at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.  They will be having another fabulous garage sale.  So clean out your workrooms, gather those unused patterns and leftover wool, and plan to make some cash!  To get on the regular email reminder list for HOOK ME UP, contact Janet Kersh at <>
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER, Houston, TX, 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, <>
CAL CREATIONS RUG HOOKING GROUP, McKinney, TX, meets every Tuesday from 10:00-2:00 at Adrienne Dyke's McKinney studio.  Contact Adrienne at <>
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.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to be placed on regular email reminder list, <> or 281-687-2088.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS and CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS, meet regularly to hook together.  Contact Aileen Anderson, <>
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX, meets the last Saturday of the month, 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Courthouse.  Contact Karen Kubeczka, <>
Many thanks to all the Region 9 rug hookers who shared their rugs with us in NEWSLETTER articles in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue!
IT'S A WINNER!  by Emma Gene Shroeder--College Station, TX
WOOD DUCKS by Karen Maddox--Kerrville, TX
HOOKING A FOOT WARMER by Hilda Young--Olive Branch, MS
FUN WITH FRANK  photo by Ginger Jackson (Wayne, OK) and Cindy Goolsby (Carencro, LA)
HOOKING A GROUP RUG IS GOOD by Sondra Ives--Bellaire, TX
It takes a little time and effort, but we appreciate your sharing your rug photos and articles with us!  Just send in your rug photos, articles and ideas to ATHA NEWSLETTER editor Judy Long, <>  Don't worry.  She's an editor.  She will make your article look good.
The Seeing Red Exhibit at this time consists of about 65 mats, and will make appearances at regional hook-ins and events in Region 9 before going on to its final exhibit and auction at the 2011 ATHA Biennial in Lancaster County, PA, October 19-22, 2011.  Currently, these are the dates where the exhibit can be viewed.
March 11-19   Trolio Hotel, Canton, MS
May 24           Star of Texas Rug Camp, Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX
June 11          Northwest Arkansas Annual Hook-In, Eureka Springs, AR
June 20          Texas Rugfest Hook-In, Grapevine, TX
June 25          Kirby Hooking Circle Hook-In, Houston,TX
Aug.28-29      Fredericksburg Fall Wool Gathering Hook-In, Inn on Baron's Creek, Fredericksburg, TX
Sept. 16-17    Jail House Rock Hook-In, Canton, MS
The list is incomplete.  The exhibit will also come to Tulsa, OK, and to Louisiana.  For more information about the exhibit dates, or to inquire about the possibility of hosting the exhibit within Region 9 area, contact Martha Lowry at <>  It is not too late to hook your own Seeing Red mat.  For details, see the next issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.
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