ATHA Region 9 Newsletter

From Martha Lowry

Our region has so much to offer rug hookers!  Thanks to all of our rug hooking groups, ATHA chapters, teachers, vendors, shop owners, camp directors and workshop sponsors who keep us busy with plenty of opportunities to get together and do what we love to do.  We are in your debt.
Don't forget to double check with event planners before travelling, as sometimes cancellations are unavoidable.
RANCH DAY, April 28, Lubbock, TX.  Members of the Hub City Rug Hookers will be demonstrating rug hooking at this festive event.  For more information, contact Teresa Heinze, <>
WILDFLOWER RETREAT, May 2-4, Round Top, TX, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Three days of hooking, lunch included with registration.  Katie Hartner (A Nimble Thimble, Tyler, TX) will have wool and patterns, Sylvia Hale will teach beginners, Martha Lowry will present a demonstration.  A fun, relaxed time.  Registration is $90 for 3 days, additional $10 for Wednesday night pizza dinner.  Contact Sondra Ives, <> or 713-665-7749 for registration form and housing information.
BEGINNER/ADVANCED BEGINNER PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKING CLASS, May 10 and May 17, McKinney, TX.  Adrienne Dykes will be teaching this two-session class at her studio in McKinney from 10:00-2:00 each class.  Class cost is $40, plus $75 for project and wools.  Please contact Adrienne to register at 972-542-3214 or <>
SHADED FLORAL NEEDLECASE CLASS, May 12, Country Gatherings, San Antonio, TX.  Class time is 9:00-11:00.  For more information, contact Tricia Travis, 210-651-4470.
WOOL JOURNAL COVERS WORKSHOP, May 12, Jacksonville, AR.  The CARHS (Central Arkansas Rug Hookers) invite you to join them and make journal covers.  For more information, contact Aileen Anderson, <> or 501-915-0696.  CARHS meets once a month at the Jacksonville main library.
BLUE HERON MERCANTILE SPRING ANTIQUE OPEN HOUSE, May 18-19, Jenks, OK.  Tulsa rug hooker Mitzi Thomas will be offering her wools and rug hooking supplies at the event, which will be held from 10:00-5:00 each day at the shop, located at 1000 W. 111th St. S., Jenks, OK.  Vendors indoors and out, specializing in quality Americana antiques and accessories.  Mitzi offers classes and supplies at the shop yearround.  For more information, see website, <>
SEVENTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST ARKANSAS HOOK-IN & RUG SHOW, June 9, Eureka Springs, AR.  The hook-in will be held from 9:00-5:00 at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62 W, Eureka Springs.  Admission $20 includes lunch and souvenir.  Great vendors.  AGAIN THIS YEAR!  One-day classes will be held from 10:00-4:00 on Friday, June 8.  Workshops include:  Low Contrast Hooking with Janice Johnson; Fine Hooking with Victoria Ingalls; Creative Backgrounds with Aileen Anderson; and Using Needle Felting in Your Rugs with Vicki Hardcastle.  Class fee is $50, which includes lunch; kit fee not included and will be paid to each teacher in class.  For email registration form:  Vicki Hardcastle, <>
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, TYLER, June 10-14, Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX.  Teachers include Maria Barton, Gail Dufresne, Jayne Hester, Carrie Martin, Kris Miller, and Diane Stoffel.  Plans are in the works for a program by teacher Gail Dufresne on the history and evolution of rug hooking, with over 50 rugs featured in a power point presentation.  RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE editor Debra Smith will also be at camp.  Visitors are encouraged to come see the rug exhibit on Wednesday, June 13 (11:00-4:00.)  Contact Cynthia Norwood, <>, for more information.
HOOKED COIN PURSE CLASS, June 12, Country Gatherings, San Antonio, TX.  Make a hooked coin purse, class time is 9:30-2:00.  For more information, call 210-651-4470.
TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, June 18, Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, TX.  This annual hook-in is always held the Monday following Father's Day, and promises great vendors, door prizes galore, and concessions available on site.  Admission $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.  Also included:  mini seminars, preservation demonstration by an experienced fiber art archivist, and rug show.  ONE-DAY WORKSHOP the day before, June 17:  Julie Burns from Among Friends will teach a life-size hooked and stuffed scarecrow.  For more information, contact Susan Harper, <>
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S THIRD ANNUAL MID-SUMMER HOOK-IN, June 23, Houston, TX.  This popular hook-in will be held from 9:00-5:00 at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston.  Their theme is "Life's a Beach and then You Hook!"  Registration is $25 and includes a catered lunch, door prizes, rug show, and a relaxing day with your rug hooking friends.  Vendors include Tricia Travis, Bea Brock, Deborah Neslage, and Dianne Owoc, representing Paula's Primitives.  Contact Lurie McAdow for information at <>
HOOKED OR PUNCHED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS CLASS, July 6-7, P is for Primitive, Canton, MS.  Come hook or punch a wonderful Christmas stocking at this Christmas in July event.  This is a two-day class.  Cost for the class is $35 (for both days) plus materials.  Bring your own lunch.  Contact Lisanne Miller, <> or 601-859-4252.
BEAT THE HEAT FIBER RETREAT, July 19-21, in Brady, TX.  This retreat, sponsored by DESIGNS BY DEBORAH, will be held at the Heart of Texas Convention Center.  Attendees can bring rug hooking, knitting, crochet, felting, etc.  Anything to do with fibers!  Lunch will be served the 20th and 21st.  Snacks and refreshments throughout the day.  Fee is $75.  Contact Deborah Neslage, Designs by Deborah, at 325-597-2277 or <>
MANTEL SCARF CLASS WITH FRANCES AND JANE, July 20-21, P is for Primitive, Canton, MS.  Frances will be teaching the wonderful Santa Mantel Scarf (as seen at Jail House Rock last year) while Jane will be teaching the Nativity Mantel Scarf.  Cost for class is $35 (for both days) plus materials.  Bring your own lunch.  Contact Lisanne Miller, <>
SWEATER IN THE ROUND CLASS with DONNA PEYTON, July 28, P is for Primitive, Canton, MS.  Details to come. Contact:  Lisanne Miller, <>
ELEVENTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, August 10-12, San Antonio, TX.  Hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, this workshop is held at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, located on the beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio.  Teachers include Pris Buttler, Carrie Martin, Karen Maddox, and Norma Batastini.  Contact Tricia Travis, <> or 210-651-4470.
FREDERICKSBURG FALL WOOL GATHERING, August 26-27, Fredericksburg, TX.  Enjoy this annual hook-in, held at the Inn on Barons Creek.  Registration is $25 per day, or $45 for both days.  Mini workshops include Witch Face People, Finishing a Rug Without Binding, and Make It and Take It Acorn Pin Cushions.  Great vendors, rug show, and a "flea market" pattern sale are planned.  Call Country Gatherings at 210-651-4470 to register.
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, FREDERICKSBURG, September 23-27, Fredericksburg, TX.  Teachers include Barbara Carroll, Gail Dufresne, Cindi Gay, Carrie Martin, Kris McDermet, and Sibyl Osicka.  The camp is held at the Inn on Barons Creek Spa and Conference Center, two blocks from historic Main Street in Fredericksburg.  Enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and shopping in antique stores and specialty shops that Fredericksburg has to offer.  Rug hookers of all experience levels are encouraged, and commuters welcome.  Contact Cynthia Norwood, <>
ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 4-6, Canton, MS.  Hosted by the Magnolia Wool Dust Society ATHA Chapter, the hook-in will again be held at the historic Jail House in Canton.  Great vendors, catered lunches, goodie bags, rug show.  Space is limited.  Contact Lisanne Miller, <>
DESIGNS BY DEBORAH'S FALL FLING, October 18-20, Brady, TX.  The Fall Fling returns at a new location, the Heart of Texas Convention Center in Brady.  Says Deborah--a lot more room and fantastic lighting.  Fee of $75 includes hot scones, coffee and tea each morning, and great lunches on the 19th and 20th.  There will be a tour at Three Waters Ranch for anyone that wants to do a photo safari.  Deborah is working with different motels for a block room rate, and will have that info soon.  For more information or an email registration form, contact Deborah Neslage, 325-597-2277 or <>
OXFORD RUG CAMP, November 4-8, Oxford, MS.  Sign up now for this popular annual camp in north Mississippi, handy to the Memphis airport, held during the beautiful autumn of the year.  Next year's teachers include Pris Buttler, Tammy Easler, and Kathy Meentemeyer.  The camp is held at the Inn at Ole Miss in Oxford.  Contact camp director Donna Holdiness, <> or 662-289-7738.  Website, <>
NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GETAWAY, January 6-11, 2013, New Orleans, LA.  Sponsored by Wool Rich Cash Poor ATHA Chapter and one rug two rug (<>, the camp will be held at Hyatt Place, located in the downtown Arts District, within walking distance of museums, galleries, the riverfront, Jackson Square, and the French Quarter.  Teachers include Cynthia Norwood, Diane Stoffel, Carrie Martin, and DeEtta Gilland.  Other highlights of the week:  Dinner and Auction sponsored by WRCP, Flea Market to sell your handmade items, and entertainment by the Grocery Clerks.  For more information, contact Carrie Martin, <> or Dorothy Delaune, <>
RED STICK RUG HOOKING HOOK-IN, February 3-6, 2013, Embassy Suites Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA.  It's never too early to plan your rug hooking calendar, so plan to join your friends and director Gayle Soileau for four fun-filled days of rug hooking, mini classes, and demos.  There will also be door prizes, vendors, and an area in the hooking room where you may sell your handmade items.  Lunch is included in your registration and if you are staying at the hotel you will be treated to full cooked-to-order breakfasts and complimentary evening beverages and snacks.  Contact Gayle for more information and an email registration form at 225-603-1950 or 225-754-7554, or <>
MARCH, 2013
YELLOW ROSE RUG CAMP, March 10-14, 2013, at Summers Mill in Salado, TX.  Camp is filling fast.  Teachers will be Jon Ciemiewicz, Capri Boyle Jones, Laura Pierce, Wendy Miller, and Tricia Travis.  Go to the website at <> for more information or contact Martha Reynolds at <>
APRIL, 2013
DON'T COOK JUST HOOK RETREAT, April 18-22, 2013, at the Wesley Center, 2350 Methodist Pkwy, Woodworth, LA.  Sponsored by Baton Rouge Rugger Roux, the retreat fee is $400.00 double occupancy, $460.00 private room, and includes all meals, snacks. Get away from it all, finish those unfinished projects, and spend time with your friends.  For an email registration form, contact Carrie Martin, <>
CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS (CARHS), Jacksonville, AR, meets once a month at the Jacksonville, AR main library.  For more information, contact Aileen Anderson, <> or 501-915-0696.
THE VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS, Hot Springs Village, AR, meets the first Monday of each month in Hot Springs Village.  For more information, contact Aileen Anderson (see contact info in above item.)
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER, San Antonio, TX meets at Country Gatherings, LLC on designated Saturdays during each year.  They also host hook-ins, workshops, and hooking demonstrations in the community.  To join this large active chapter, contact Catherine Hickman, <>
HUB CITY RUG HOOKERS, Lubbock, TX meet at the Garden and Arts Center on the 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00-2:00.  The group members will be demonstrating rug hooking at Ranch Day in Lubbock on April 28.  Contact Teresa, 806-794-3332 for information.
OKLAHOMA CITY AREA hooking group meets monthly at Country Collections in Moore, OK, on the second Tuesday of each month.  Anyone interested in visiting this hooking group, may contact the shop or member Jean Farrer (<>
TULSA RUG HOOKERS, Tulsa, OK, meets the 3rd Tuesday at Panera Bread located at 71st and Garnett at 1:00, and the 1st Thursday evening at Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa, 6:00-9:00.  For more information, contact Mitzi Thomas, <>
DALLAS WEDNESDAY GROUP, Dallas, TX meets at the Lakewood Methodist Church on Abrams Rd. each Wednesday from 10:00-2:00.  Bring your lunch.  Cost is $2.00 donation to the church for use of the facility.  For more information, contact Martha Reynolds, <>
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX meet the last Saturday of each month at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Rec Center, 409 S. White St., Round Top, TX.  All rug hookers are welcome.  Bring sack lunch or enjoy area restaurants.  To get on the email reminder list, contact Karen Kubeczka, <>
HEART AND HANDS ATHA CHAPTER, Fredericksburg, TX meets the second Monday of each month, 1:00-4:00.  This group invites all rug hookers to visit their meetings.  Contact chapter president Veronica Strackbein for more information, <>
KERRVILLE RUG HOOKERS, Kerrville, TX meet 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.  Contact Karen Maddox, <> for more information.
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Canton, MS meets the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 in Canton, and always has interesting programs and projects going on.   If you are interested in joining, contact president Lisanne Miller (<> for more information.
GREY FOREST HOOK-IN GROUP, Grey Forest, TX, meets quarterly, from 9:00-3:00 at the Scenic Loop Playground Club, 18249 Sherwood Trail, Gray Forest, TX 78023.  To join this active group, and to receive information about future hook-in dates, please contact Linda Darst, <>  or 210-274-5203, or Ruth Zook, <> or 210-313-9849.
HIDDEN HILLS HAPPY HOOKERS, McKinney, TX meets every Tuesday, 10:00-2:00, at Adrienne Dykes' McKinney home.  Her shop, Cal Creations Rug Hooking & Antiques is on the premises and is always open during group time, as well as by chance and by appointment.  Adrienne is offering a Beginner/Advanced Beginner Primitive Rug Hooking Class in two sessions on May 10 and 17; cost is $40 plus $75 for materials; please contact her to register.  Cal Creations Rug Hooking & Antiques has a new pattern catalog, just email Adrienne if interested in getting one.  Contact her at <> or 972-542-3214.
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER, Houston, TX invites you to hook with them at the Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 S. Houston, Humble, TX.  Meetings are at the library on the first Saturday of each month, and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Third Thursday hooking at the Hen House, 5701 Louetta Rd., Spring, TX.  For more information about joining this group, contact Sondra Ives, <>
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX meets the third and fifth Saturdays, 11:00-3:30, at the Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd. in Houston (between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.)  Bring your lunch, your projects, and maybe a friend!  Parking is behind the church; no fee for the hook-in.  Contact Lurie McAdow, <>
KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX meets every Wednesday, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  The wool applique group, Katy Wool Krazies, meets the first Saturday.  To reserve a spot at the hook-ins or to get on the email reminder list, contact Jan Peckenpaugh, <> or 281-687-2088.
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Carrollton, TX meets most third Saturdays, 10:00-3:00, at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX.  Next meeting is May 19.  To get on the email reminder list, contact Janet Kersh, <>
TEXAS RUG RUNNERS ATHA CHAPTER, Arlington, TX invites you to visit their monthly meetings.  They meet at Town Village Arlington, 1250 W. Pioneer Parkway on the 2nd Saturday each month, 1:00-4:00.  Contact president Ginger Smith, <>
AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS ATHA CHAPTER, College Station, TX meets twice monthly from 12:00-4:00 in College Station at the Art Center of Brazos Valley and in members' homes.  They invite visitors to join them on the first Thursday of each month from 12:00-4:00 at the Art Center.  Contact:  Jolene Doyle, <>  
WOOL RICH CASH POOR ATHA CHAPTER, Covington, LA meets in the New Orleans area; contact president Carrie Martin, <>
These Region 9 rug hookers wrote great articles about their beautiful rugs for the April/May 2012 issue:
"Monsieur Paisley,"  cover feature by Cynthia Norwood, Austin, TX
"Step Back in Time and Make Your Rugs Special," companion article also by Cynthia Norwood
"Would I Write, Draw, or Paint?" by Linda Ellis Allen, Katy, TX
"Two Round Florals:  Hooking Round Patterns" by Amzi Collins, Lake Charles, LA
"Spring Bunny Fashion Show" by Tricia Travis, San Antonio, TX
   (Tricia's article featured hooked rabbits by the folowing rug hookers from a hooking group at Country Gatherings:  Carol Rippa, Lu Lacy, Michelle Watts, Carolyn Tisdel, Denice Brockmeyer, and Tricia.)
"Rug Hooking Across the Miles" by Bette Bryant featured the Noah's Ark Sampler rug hooked by Hilda Young, Olive Branch, MS
Memorial for P.D. Hankamer by Sondra Ives, Bellaire, TX
Submitting an article and rug photo is easy!  Please consider sharing one of your rugs in this way with all ATHA members.  Submit articles to editor Judy Long, <>
We have many wonderful primitive rug hookers in Region 9.  The annual CELEBATION OF HAND-HOOKED RUGS published by RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE has a new primitive rug category.  CELEBRATIONS is a juried publication, filled with some of the year's best hooked rugs.  Please consider submitting a primitive rug this fall!
Missouri ATHA member Stacey White is planning to enter a mat in the 2013 Biennial Challenge,  "Show Us Your Color."  She is asking for each rug hooking group in our region to send her one worm to include in the rug.  If you would be interested in mailing Stacey a worm from your group, please enclose your group name and location.  Send to Stacey White, 20549 Mill Rd., Marthasville, MO 63357.  Just one worm from each group.  She wants to see how many geographical locations she can represent in her 10x12-inch challenge mat.  Any questions, her email address is <>  For more info about the rug challenge itself, or the Biennial, go to <>  
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 Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep