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.
 
UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS
 
APRIL
    
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, <mailto:tmheinze@sbcglobal.net>tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.
 
MAY
 
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, <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net 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 <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com.
 
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, <mailto:badger2573@suddenlink.net>badger2573@suddenlink.net 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, <http://www.blueheronantiqueshop.com>www.blueheronantiqueshop.com.
 
JUNE
 
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, <mailto:rughooking@wildblue.net>rughooking@wildblue.net.
 
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, <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com, 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, <mailto:texasrugfest@yahoo.com>texasrugfest@yahoo.com.
 
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 <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
JULY
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
SWEATER IN THE ROUND CLASS with DONNA PEYTON, July 28, P is for Primitive, Canton, MS.  Details to come. Contact:  Lisanne Miller, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
AUGUST
 
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, <mailto:countrygatherings@mail.com>countrygatherings@mail.com 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.
 
SEPTEMBER
 
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, <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com.
 
OCTOBER
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
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 <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com.
 
NOVEMBER
 
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, <mailto:oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net>oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.  Website, <http://www.oxfordrugcamp.com/>www.oxfordrugcamp.com.
 
JANUARY, 2013
 
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 (<http://www.onerugtworug.com>www.onerugtworug.com), 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, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net or Dorothy Delaune, <mailto:rdgdelaune@aol.com>rdgdelaune@aol.com.
 
FEBRUARY, 2013
 
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 <mailto:candgsoileau@cox.net>candgsoileau@cox.net.
 
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 <http://www.yellowroserugcamp.com>www.yellowroserugcamp.com for more information or contact Martha Reynolds at <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS
 
CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS (CARHS), Jacksonville, AR, meets once a month at the Jacksonville, AR main library.  For more information, contact Aileen Anderson, <mailto:badger2573@suddenlink.net>badger2573@suddenlink.net 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, <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net.
 
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 (<mailto:farrers2@cox.net>farrers2@cox.net).
 
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, <mailto:stitziandmyron@gmail.com>stitziandmyron@gmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.
 
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, <mailto:bvstrackbein92@gmail.com>bvstrackbein92@gmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:karen39m@ktc.com>karen39m@ktc.com 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 (<mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com) 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, <mailto:lindapdarst@hotmail.com>lindapdarst@hotmail.com  or 210-274-5203, or Ruth Zook, <mailto:fly0189@yahoo.com>fly0189@yahoo.com 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 <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com 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, <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net.
 
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, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com 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, <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:gingerstephensmith@hotmail.com>gingerstephensmith@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:ljdoyle5@verizon.net>ljdoyle5@verizon.net.  
 
WOOL RICH CASH POOR ATHA CHAPTER, Covington, LA meets in the New Orleans area; contact president Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
 
REGION 9 ARTICLES IN ATHA NEWSLETTER
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, <mailto:athanews@peoplescom.net>athanews@peoplescom.net.
 
 
CALL FOR PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKERS TO ENTER CELEBRATIONS THIS FALL
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!
 
 
REQUEST ASSISTANCE WITH ATHA BIENNIAL PROJECT
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 <mailto:fitvision@socket.net>fitvision@socket.net.  For more info about the rug challenge itself, or the Biennial, go to <http://www.atharugs.com>www.atharugs.com.  
 
Thanks for reading the Email Update and please pass on to rug hooking friends.  If you would like to be removed from this email list, please contact me.
 
 Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
<mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562

ATHA Ebay Auction Starts!

Just received this information this morning.  Some of Jane Olson's hooking items are being auctioned.  The proceeds are going to ATHA.  Interested?  Read on the information sent via email.

Fundraising efforts for the 2013 ATHA Biennial in Long Beach, California begin this Friday, November 4!
A variety of donated items will begin appearing for sale on eBay website!
 
To find these items, all one will have to do is type in ATHA Biennial 2013 in the eBay search box and hit “go.”  To be kept "in the loop" save ATHA Biennial 2013 as one of your saved searches on eBay and you will automatically receive updates!!!
 
Many of the items going up for sale come from the estate of beloved fiber artist, Jane Olson.  For those students and colleagues who would love a keepsake of Jane’s, you will find her treasures listed.  
 
Items of interest from Jane’s collection that will be sold are:
 
One rug hook, a vintage handmade wooden braiding clamp, pieces of needlework done by Jane, milk glass, china serving pieces, “Hooked Rug” Springbok puzzle, dye spoons, antique needle holder, quilt handmade by Jane, quilt owned by Jane, various collectible antique pieces, flatirons and other items loved by Jane.  
 
In addition, other items of interest  will include a signed Patty Yoder poster, vintage hand painted rug patterns, hooks, books and a variety of other items too numerous to mention.  
 
Join the fun--it starts November 4 with our initial listings, will be updated regularly and continue indefinitely. Check eBay often or save the search – ATHA Biennial 2013 -  to see what is listed as new auction items will appear regularly.  
 
Please tell all your friends and, yes, we would love for you to donate an item to ATHA Biennial 2013.  FMI:  Please contact Barbara Holden:  montairgal@gmail.com  

Reflections on Seeing Red

Our Region 9 ATHA representative, Martha Lowry, laid out the traveling exhibit of Seeing Red rugs at the Kirby Midsummer Hook In last Saturday.  It was wonderful to see them in person.  There were so many interpretations and so many stories told with these rugs.  There is a binder traveling with the exhibit filled with comments from the artists about their own entries.  I wish that I had had more time to read them.  I am hoping that someone will photograph each of the rugs and publish them in a book with all the artists' descriptions.

There is no way that I can display all of the rugs here.  There were just too many.  Each of them are well done interpretations of RED and I loved them all.  But there were a few that stood out for me and so these I share with you in this post.

Early Morning Sunrise is by John Flourney.  I like the sky and the contrast of the shadow side of the big red chair.  The Price of Freedom by Martha Lowry is haunting with its message.  The Cream City Rug Hookers and Heart of Wisconsin entered Shades of Red! which I love for its unusual use of alternative materials and beads.  Mary Jean Whitelaw's Self Portrait is fantastic with its use of complementary colors (red toenails and green grass) and the flat fleshy feet in the proddy grass. The Eye of the Rose by Gail Becker is stunning in its presentation of color and form and the juxtaposition of textures and intensities.  Churchill McKinney's Red Haired Lady has great perspective with the shadowed back of the woman's head and the bright reflection in the mirror.  African Sunset by Gail Dufresne is brilliant with painted-dyed background and vivid purple shadows hooked at varying heights and with sparkle.  Louisianna Redfish by Laurie Olson is bright and fun with a good use of values and textures that make the fish pop.

 

ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: February 2011

From: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
<mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562
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.
 
UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS
 
FEBRUARY
 
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 <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net 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.
 
MARCH
 
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 <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net.
 
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 <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.
 
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.
 
APRIL
 
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, <http://www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com/>www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com, or contact Deborah at <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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, <http://www.kwfair.org>www.kwfair.org.
 
MAY

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 <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net.
 
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 <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com.
 
JUNE
 
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, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
JULY
 
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.
 
AUGUST
 
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.
 
NOVEMBER
 
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 <mailto:sondrakellar@comcast.net>sondrakellar@comcast.net.  Further information plus registration forms can be found at <http://www.kerrvillerugcamp.com/>www.kerrvillerugcamp.com or <http://www.karenmaddox.com/>www.karenmaddox.com.
 
FEBRUARY, 2012
 
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 <mailto:candgsoileau@cox.net>candgsoileau@cox.net.
 
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 <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net or 985-893-3285.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS
 
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, <mailto:karen39m@ktc.com>karen39m@ktc.com.
 
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, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:heartspd1@yahoo.com>heartspd1@yahoo.com.
 
CAL CREATIONS RUG HOOKING GROUP, McKinney, TX, meets every Tuesday from 10:00-2:00 at Adrienne Dyke's McKinney studio.  Contact Adrienne at <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com.
 
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, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com or 281-687-2088.
 
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS and CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS, meet regularly to hook together.  Contact Aileen Anderson, <mailto:badger2573@aol.com>badger2573@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.
 
 
REGION 9 RUG HOOKERS' ARTICLES IN ATHA NEWSLETTER
 
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, <mailto:athanews@peoplescom.net>athanews@peoplescom.net.  Don't worry.  She's an editor.  She will make your article look good.
 
 
ATHA SEEING RED CHALLENGE EXHIBIT SCHEDULE
 
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 <mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com.  It is not too late to hook your own Seeing Red mat.  For details, see the next issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.
 
THANKS
 
Thanks for reading the Region 9 Email Update.  If you would like to be removed from the distribution list, please email me.
 

ATHA Biennial Coming Up

I thought that I would pass on this information that is circulating among ATHA guilds about the upcoming ATHA Biennial.  First, I have heard that the Seeing Red exhibit has been adopted as the Biennial's formal challenge.  So if you didn't make the January deadline for the Seeing Red Exhibit that is traveling around to various sites before the Biennial, there is plenty of time to hook your piece for the Biennial exhibit in October.  It is an original 9" by 12" mat hooked as your interpretation of the theme Seeing Red.

This letter is a copy of the one circulating in the ATHA guilds.  It is from Gail Dufresne.  It has important information about hotels.

Good morning, Everyone!  I hope that you all had wonderful and happy holidays filled with laughter, love, and rug hooking!  Now it is time to get back to work.

Our ATHA 2011 biennial in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is just around the corner and your response has been astounding! This will be the largest and most successful biennial ever. 
By now you should have received your registration form that was included in the December/January ATHA newsletter. You may also download a registration form from the ATHA web site (http://www.atharugs.com/). PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! Do NOT send in your form before  January 31, or it will be rejected.  This measure  is to level the playing field for those folks who get their newsletter later than others. DO send it in on January 31, however as we expect classes to fill quickly!

If you have not gotten a hotel room yet, there are still plenty in the area and WE WILL GET YOU A ROOM!  Since we implemented a wait list at the Eden Resort, rooms have already become  available and several on that list have gotten rooms, so if you still want to stay at the Eden, please call 717-560-8404 to be placed on the wait list.  There are more rooms currently available at the Hilton Garden Inn which is 2 miles from  the Eden Resort, as well as rooms at the Hilton's sister hotel, the Homewood Suite, which is directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn. You may call Kim Levenson at 717.560.0880  or e-mail her at Kim.Levenson@hilton.com   and she will work with you to find you a room at either the Hilton Garden Inn or the Homewood Suite.  I have signed a contract for a block of rooms at the Lancaster Arts Hotel (www.lancasterartshotel.com),  at the very special rate of $129 (plus applicable taxes) per night for several different types of rooms. The hotel is located in the city of Lancaster 2 miles from the Eden Resort.  Although none of the rooms in this hotel block have two beds, one, the club room, has a twin size pull out couch and the deluxe king rooms can fit a rollaway bed. Guests can call the hotel reservation desk to find out what rooms are available at the time of booking. There is also a suite available for $199 which has a twin sofa bed. Included in these rates are breakfast, free taxi service within 5 miles of the hotel, Internet service, garage parking, and YMCA access.  Call the reservation number: 717.299.3000 or the toll free number: 866.720.2787.  A brand new La Quinta Inn & Suites (http://www.lq.com/lq/index.jsp will be opening in the beginning of 2011 across the street from the Steamboat Inn (the sister hotel of the Eden Resort). We have been quoted a special rate of $119 (plus applicable taxes) per night for a double room.  The sales manager will contact me soon  to advise me when they will be ready to take our group's reservations and then I will let you know.

ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: January 2011

From Martha Lowry

ATHA Region 9 Rep
mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562

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.
 
UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS
 
JANUARY
 
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 <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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.
 
FEBRUARY
 
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, <mailto:candgsoileau@cox.net>candgsoileau@cox.net.
 
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, <http://www.onerugtworug.com/>www.onerugtworug.com.  Contact:   Dorothy Delaune, <mailto:rdgdelaune@aol.com>rdgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.com>mart3285@bellsouth.com.
 
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 <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net.  (Mail check to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.)
 
MARCH
 
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, <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net.
 
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 <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.
 
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.

APRIL
 
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, <http://www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com/>www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com, or contact Deborah at <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com.  Congratulations to Deborah, who has also accepted an invitation to vend at the ATHA Biennial in Pennsylvania in October.
 
MAY
 
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 <mailto:twoives@swbell.net>twoives@swbell.net, 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, <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com.
 
NOVEMBER
 
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 <mailto:sondrakellar@comcast.net>sondrakellar@comcast.net.
 
FEBRUARY, 2012
 
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 <mailto:candgsoileau@cox.net>candgsoileau@cox.net.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS
 
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 <mailto:farrers2@cox.net>farrers2@cox.net.
 
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, <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
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, <mailto:emmagene@suddenlink.net>emmagene@suddenlink.net.
 
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, <mailto:karen39m@ktc.com>karen39m@ktc.com.
 
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 <mailto:heartspd1@yahoo.com>heartspd1@yahoo.com.
 
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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
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 <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com.  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, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com 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, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:badger2573@aol.com>badger2573@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEXAS RUG HOOKER, PAT SHOEMAKE
 
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, <http://www.samfa.org/>www.samfa.org.  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 <http://www.iloverughooking.com/>www.iloverughooking.com.  Congratulations, Pat!

 
ATHA SEEING RED CHALLENGE
 
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 <http://www.atharugs.com/>www.atharugs.com and click on Biennials.  Event organizers predict that this will be one of the largest and most well-attended Biennials in our history.
 
ATHA NEWSLETTER ARTICLES NEEDED
 
Send your spring-themed rug photos and articles to ATHA NEWSLETTER editor, Judy Long (<mailto:athanews@peoplescom.net>athanews@peoplescom.net).  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.
 
THANKS
 
Thanks for reading the Region 9 Email Update.  Please circulate it to your friends.  If you would like to be removed from the distribution list, please email me.
 

 

ATHA Dye Book

I just received the ATHA Dye Book.  It is really neat, and a great concept!

For those of you who haven't seen it or heard about it, this is a project that the ATHA Biennial committee put together this year.  Different teachers supplied original dye recipes that they used in their rugs, a photo of their rugs, an inch sample of the dyed wool, and instructions for dyeing the wool.  These were all put together in a blue binder and are being offered for sale to help support the upcoming Biennial.   They only printed about 400 copies.  The last time I heard, there are about 140 left for sale.  There will not be a second printing.

If you want to purchase one, the book costs $38 pluse $5 shipping and handling in the U.S.  For Canadian shipping costs, you need to contact Gail Dufresne at gailduf@aol.com. 

The check should be made payable to "2011 Biennial, The Woolrights", and mailed to Gail Dufresne, 247 Goat Hill Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530.

A Group Rug

Check out page 50 of the new ATHA Newsletter.  I was so surprised to see the picture of the Stash Sisters displaying the guild rug we hooked last year for our annual Hook In and a second picture of the winner of the rug, Barb Bosse from Clear Lake, Texas.  Thanks goes out to Sondra Ives who wrote the article and sent it to ATHA to share.  I think it is a lovely picture of us, and a lovely memory of working on a big rug project together.

Region 9 ATHA Newletter for December '10 and January '11

From: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
<mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562

Happy Holidays to Region 9 rug hookers.  Be sure to skim the Events list, as there are several new items.  There are new listings in the Rug Hooking Groups section also.  As always, many thanks for sending in your information.  Anyone is welcome to send news for inclusion in the Email Update, at any time.  There will be no separate Email Update for December.  The monthly schedule will resume around January 20.
 
Be sure to check with events/groups contact persons before driving out of town to meetings.  The events are often held in libraries or churches, and sometimes there is an unexpected cancellation.  I am not able to send out individual cancellation notices.
 
UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS
 
DECEMBER
 
CHARLOTTE ALLISON'S ONE-WOMAN SHOW OF HER LIFE'S WORK, December 4-14, at the Comfort Crockery, Comfort, TX.  Charlotte is a member of the Kerrville Rug Hookers, Kerrville, TX, and is an award-winning fiber artist, weaver, spinner and primitive rug hooker.  The grand opening of the exhibit is December 4, with a wine tasting hosted by the Bending Branch Winery from noon-5 p.m. and entertainment by dulcimer players from 4-6 p.m.  The Comfort Crockery, located at 402 Seventh St. in Comfort, is a store which sells hand made pottery, metal art, kitchen items and more, has weaving classes and hosts artisan shows and demos.  For more information, go to the store's website, <http://www.comfortcrockery.com/>www.comfortcrockery.com or call the store at 830-995-5299.  (Thanks to Kerrville Rug Hookers member Karen Maddox for letting me know about the show.  Congratulations, Charlotte.) 
 
WOOL RICH CASH POOR ATHA GUILD (NEW ORLEANS, LA) will be in the holiday hooking spirit as they demonstrate rug hooking at the Covington, LA, Farmers' Market December 4.  They will set up a holiday rug show, and will also be selling their hooked items, including purses, pins and Christmas tree ornaments.  For more information about their booth or for how to join this chapter, contact Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS (LUBBOCK, TX) will be demonstrating rug hooking at Candlelight at the Ranch in Lubbock, December 10 and 11.  It is free and open to the public, and is from 6-9 p.m.  The group will also be hooking the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Rachel's Quilt Shop, beginning in January, 2011.  Contact:  Teresa Heinze, <mailto:tmheinze@sbcglobal.net>tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.
 
JANUARY
 
HOOKED BEE SKEP ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS, January 7 and 8.  Make a needle felted bee and a hooked bee skep with team teachers Tricia Travis and Dorothy Panaceck.  Registration is $50.00 for Friday at Country Gatherings (San Antonio,TX) or Saturday at Stone Hill Spinning (Fredericksburg,TX) and includes all supplies.  Call Tricia at 210-651-4470 for reservations.
 
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, January 14-16.  Arlington, TX ATHA chapter, Texas Rug Runners invites you to their annual Mid Winter retreat at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge.  Guild president Ginger Smith says there are still a few spots remaining if you'd like to sign up.  Enjoy a weekend of hooking and eating great food in a hotel style lodge, while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  Log on to <http://www.glenlake.org/>www.glenlake.org and click on Stillwater Lodge to take a virtual tour of the facility where the retreat will be held.  Campers return year after year because of the great hospitality and hard work of guild members.  Contact Melody Lundquist to sign up, <mailto:melody.lundquist@yahoo.com>melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.
 
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 for details and to reserve your place.
 
FEBRUARY
 
RED STICK RUG HOOKING HOOK-IN, February 3-6, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.  Enjoy four full days of fun with friends to finish any projects you might have.  Door prizes, a drawing for the 2012 workshop registration, tables for you to sell things and other surprises.  Vendor will be Bea Brock.  Hotel guests will be treated to a cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks each evening.  A light lunch is included in the hook-in registration of $140.00.  Room rate $99/night.  To receive an email with information and registration form, contact Gayle Soileau, <mailto:candgsoileau@cox.net>candgsoileau@cox.net.  FYI:  The 2012 workshop will be a full workshop with teachers, and is scheduled for Feb 2-5, 2012.
 
ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY.  Picture this, New Orleans in a historic hotel with character and charm 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, <http://www.onerugtworug.com/>www.onerugtworug.com.  Contact:  Dorothy Delaune, <mailto:rdgdelaune@aol.com>rdgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
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 $60.00.  Call Tricia Travis at 210-651-4470 to reserve your place in the class.
 
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HOOK-IN, Saturday, February 26, 9:30-4:30.  The Hook-In will be held at the Kyle Amenity Building in Kyle, TX (between San Marcos and Austin).  Registration fee is $30, which includes lunch.  Bring rugs for Show and Tell.  Reserve your spot by sending your check made out to Heart of Texas, to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.  Driving directions will be sent later.  For more information contact Catherine at <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net.
 
MARCH
 
STASH SISTERS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at the American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main St., Anahuac, TX 77514.  Registration fee is $20 for one day, which includes catered lunch, or $40 for both days, including lunch.  Vendors, door prizes, silent auction, goody bags.  Save the date.  Mailers will be sent out with registration form included.
 
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 contact Martha Reynolds to get on waiting list, <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.  For more information, see website, <http://www.yellowroseevents.net/>www.yellowroseevents.net.
 
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 information and registration.
 
MAY
 
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, <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS
 
CAL CREATIONS AND ANTIQUES, MCKINNEY, TX hosts a rug hooking group on Tuesdays, which will continue to meet between now and Christmas.  Adrienne Dykes and the group invite you to join them.  Adrienne's shop is decked out for Christmas and open by chance or appointment.  She has lots of new wool as well as Americana antiques, Christmas gifts and trimmings.  If you are interested in taking a rug hooking class of any sort (beginner, intermediate, rug aging, proddy, a specific pattern design by Cal Creations) in January or February, call or email Adrienne.  Also, if you have a group of three to eight that would like to set up a rug hooking workshop, let her know.  Contact her at <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com or 972-542-3214.
 
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, HOUSTON, TX, will gather for a "Holiday Hook-In" on Saturday, December 18 at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, from 11:00-3:30.  In January, they will not be meeting on the 15th, but will have a 5th Saturday Hook-In on January 29, 11:00-3:30.  Everyone's invited.  Contact Lurie McAdow, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com, for more information and to be added to the permanent email reminder list.

KERRVILLE RUG HOOKERS, Kerrville, TX, are proud of their members Judy Rippstein and Mary Ruelle for being featured in RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE'S CELEBRATIONS XX.  Another member, Charlotte Allison, is having a one-woman exhibit of her life's work, including rug hooking, during the month of December (see EVENTS section).  For more information about this active rug hooking group, and where they meet, contact Karen Maddox, <mailto:karen39m@ktc.com>karen39m@ktc.com.
 
THE HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE RUG HOOKERS and a new group, THE CENTRAL ARKANSAS RUG HOOKERS, are two rug hooking groups that meet in Arkansas.  These groups invite you to join them, meet new friends and learn about the art of rug hooking.  The contact for both groups is Aileen Anderson, <mailto:badger2573@aol.com>badger2573@aol.com.
 
TULSA RUG HOOKERS meet regularly in Tulsa, OK.  Several members of this group won ribbons at the Tulsa State Fair:  Mynette Whittington won Sweepstakes and a Blue Ribbon; Bernice Jiles won Sweepstakes and a Blue Ribbon in Sr. Division; Nancy Howard won a Blue Ribbon; Beth Smathers won a Blue Ribbon; Leslie Holder won a Red Ribbon; and Linda Bevans won a Red Ribbon.  The group will meet on December 2 at Mynette Whittington's home.  Please call 918-706-2442 for directions.  The group usually has their meetings at the Hardesty Regional Library, and welcomes rug hookers in the Tulsa area to join them.  For more information, contact Mitzi Thomas, <mailto:stitziandmyron@gmail.com>stitziandmyron@gmail.com.
 
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX, will move their December meeting from the last Saturday (which falls on Christmas Day) to December 18, 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Court House.  For more information, contact Karen Kubeczka, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.
 
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER, Canton, MS, will have their annual Holiday Potluck Party on Saturday, December 11.  All Region 9 ATHA members are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meets every Wednesday, 10-3, and the second Saturday, 10-3, at My Little House, located inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  The Lambchops are getting ready for Christmas with several quickie holiday make-it-take-it projects in December...a wool garland, wool gift tags and more.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a sandwich from the tearoom next door.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to get on the regular email list, in order to be notified of the make-it-take-it project dates.  My Little House offers classes, wool, patterns, punchneedle and supplies; hook-ins are free of charge.  Contact Jan, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com or 281-687-2088.
 
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Dallas, TX will resume their third Saturday meetings in February with a Tea and a Rug Show.  The group meets at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.  For more information, and to be added to the permanent email reminder list, contact Janet Kersh, <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
 
OTHER ATHA NEWS
 
Cynthia Norwood, ATHA Treasurer, reminds us that copies of the new ATHA DYE BOOK, which is a fundraiser for the 2011 Biennial, is limited.  The book contains basic dyeing information; formulas from teachers, dyers, and suppliers; a photo of a rug using the formula; and an actual square of the dyed fabric glued in the book.  Send a check for $43 (includes shipping), payable to 2011 BIENNIAL, THE WOOLWRIGHTS, to Gail Dufresne, 247 Goat Hill Rd., Lambertville, NJ 08530.  For more information about the Biennial, go to ATHA website, <http://www.atharugs.com/>www.atharugs.com.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBORAH NESLAGE
 
Brady, TX rug hooker and supplier Deborah Neslage (<http://www.originaldesignsbydeborah.com/>www.originaldesignsbydeborah.com) has been voted by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as Texas Woman of the Year 2010-2011 for design.  She was chosen among 150,000 nominees.  Deborah's shop, Designs by Deborah, and tearoom, The Vintage Tablecloth are located on Main St. in Brady.    She plans on opening an expansion to her shop in January.  It will include a hooking room adjacent to the main tearoom for hooking events as well as programs.  Her shop includes 4000 sq. ft. of yarns, wool, embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, latch hook and quilting supplies.  She also offers gifts for the home, jewelry and accessories.
 
REGION 9 RUG HOOKERS' ARTICLES IN ATHA NEWSLETTER
 
Once again, the December/January issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER is full of colorful photos of rugs, how-to articles, and hooking group news.  If you're not an ATHA member, you are missing an opportunity to keep up with the latest news and techniques in rug hooking.  Join by going to the ATHA website <http://www.atharugs.com/>www.atharugs.com, and clicking on "how to join".  You can join online or download a form to mail a check for $26, to receive membership and 6 issues of the NEWSLETTER/year.
 
Thanks to these Region 9 members for their great articles:
Sondra Ives, Bellaire, TX:  The Stocking was Hung
April DeConick, Houston, TX:  St. Nicholas, Value by Value
Lona Gabree, Harahan, LA:  VERENDRYE:Strong at Heart
Tricia Travis, San Antonio, TX:  Old Santa Rugs (Rugs in the article hooked by Cathy Kernodle, Diane Lampe, Gina Taber and Tricia.  Designs by Carolyn Tobin.)
Amzi Collins, Lake Charles, LA:  Good Morning/Good Night
Ila Wisdom, Alamo, TX:  Silly Kitty
Jane Dunaway, Brandon, MS:  Barn Floor Floral and the Tuesday Hooking Group  (Rugs in the article hooked by Lisanne Miller, Sandra Holmes, Marsha Simmons, Barbara Mitchell, Linda Bottom, and Jane)
Bea Brock, Kerrville, TX:  Dyeing Primer Part 6:  Dip Dyeing Options
Two Region 9 rug hookers had a part in the article, Katie's Turning 40:  Debra Inglis, San Augustine, TX, and Katie Hartner, Tyler, TX.
 
Special thanks to Bea Brock for her six-part series of articles on dyeing techniques.  What a labor of love for rug hookers.  The simple-to-follow instructions and the clear illustrations are an invaluable addition to all our rug hooking libraries.  It was sad to see the series come to an end.
 

Seeing Red Mat Challenge

ATHA has put out a Seeing Red challenge - to hook a mat 9" by 12".   I have completed my challenge mat, although I need to bind it off and send it to Lisanne yet. 

My inspiration came from a book on abstract art that I have been reading.  It was originally published in 1926 by a famous abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.  It is a book explaining his theory of art.  The title: Point and Line to Plane

He makes the argument that the geometric point (the dot) is the beginning of art, signifying the union of silence and speech.  Think about the period at the end of the sentence, how it signals the pause in speech.  He says, "The sound of silence customarily connected with the point is so emphatic that it overshadows its other characteristics" (p. 25).  This is its practical meaning. 

But what happens when we detach the period from the sentence and place it on its own in a canvas?  What happens to the meaning when the point is immersed in a larger space and the sound of the print is reduced?  What happens when the basic plane experiences a collision with the point?  The point becomes an independent being, the subject of the artist. 

I created this hooked piece to test Kandinsky's theory.  What do you think?  What has happened to the point in this hooked context?  I would love to hear your reactions in the comments.

I hooked the point red and the context green because complementary colors create the most vivid environment to "see" the color.  Thus the red should be seen to be more red in this context than any other.  I am calling my piece "To the Point".  I have had so much fun with it, that I am going to do a series to test out Kandinsky's other propositions about the point, line and plane.

The wools I used are: Red Jack Palette Wool - Nightshade Berry 160 (8-value pack); Pixie Green 154 (8-value pack); Fiddlehead 164 (8-value pack).  I hooked the point in a linear spiral.  I hooked the background by pebbling the entire surface of the linen by concentrating on the values of the greens.

Interested in the Seeing Red Challenge?  It's only a matter of months until the Seeing Red Exhibit opens in February 2011 at the Trolio Hotel in Canton, MS, curated by Lisanne Miller, ATHA Communications Director. Consider joining the challenge. Details are in the Feb/Mar issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.

ATHA Region 9 Newsletter: November 2010

From:

Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
<mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS and Questions from Susan Feller; and Information about The Rug Hook Project in Mexico

 
NOVEMBER
 
YELLOW ROSE AUTUMN RUG HOOKING AND FIBER ARTS RETREAT, November 6-7.  Event co-organizer Martha Reynolds says there are STILL A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!  Rug hookers and other fiber artists will convene at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 301 Capitol St., Grapevine, TX, to enjoy make-it-take-its, mini classes, dyeing demos, vendors and door prizes.  Registration fee for both days is $65, which includes lunch.  Contact:  Susan Harper, <mailto:texasrugfest@yahoo.com>texasrugfest@yahoo.com or 817-571-7825.
 
THIRD ANNUAL FREDERICKSBURG FALL FLING, November 10-11, Fredericksburg, TX.  Registration fee for both days is $65, which includes lunch.  Contact:  Deborah Neslage, <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com or 325-597-2277.
 
WOOL FEATHER TREE WORKSHOP, Saturday, November 13,  10:00-3:00, at My Little House.  Join the fun as Jan teaches you how to make a "feather tree" out of wool.  She will email a supplies list.  Bring a sack lunch, or get a sandwich at the tearoom nearby.  My Little House is a rug hooking studio inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to reserve your spot, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com or 281-687-2088.
 
P IS FOR PRIMITIVE, rug hooking store in Canton, MS, will host a SHABBY CHIC HOLIDAY SALE, Nov. 11-12, at the historic Old Jail in Canton, and will also participate in the MERCHANTS' OPEN HOUSE ON THE SQUARE, November 26-28 in downtown Canton.  Here are two opportunities to experience the flavor of the holidays in a historic small town setting.  Contact:  Lisanne Miller, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com or 601-859-4252.
 
KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX.  It's not too late to sign up for an autumn getaway, and to experience a class with some of Texas's finest rug hooking teachers.  Both traditional and primitive rug hookers are welcome.  Teachers:  Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu.  Evening hooking, shopping, raffle rug, book sale, silent auction, rug show.  Contact:  Pamela Van Lieu, <mailto:rpvanlieu@gvtc.com>rpvanlieu@gvtc.com 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 will be featured at 15% discount, as well as 10%-40% off selected wools and American country antiques/accessories.  Enjoy Cliff's New England ginger cookies and mulled cider.  There will be a door prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate.  Contact Adrienne for details or to be placed on her email list for future events.  She also offers rug hooking classes at her studio, and her shop is open by chance or appointment.  Adrienne Dykes, <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com or 972--542-3214.
 
JANUARY
 
MINI WORKSHOP TO CREATE A "BEE SKEP MAKE-DO", using needlefelting and rug hooking, January 7-8.  Registration is $50 for a class at Country Gatherings (San Antonio, TX) or Stonehill Spinning (Fredericksburg, TX).  Team teachers are Dorothy Panaceck and Tricia Travis.  Contact Tricia at 210-651-4470, for more information.
 
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, <mailto:melody.lundquist@yahoo.com>melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.
 
DIANE STOFFEL WORKSHOP AT COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, January 27-29.  Registration is $175 and class begins at 9:30 a.m.  Call Tricia at 210-615-4470 to register.
 
FEBRUARY
 
ONE RUG, TWO RUG NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GET-AWAY.  Picture this, New Orleans in a historic hotel with character and charm 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 our web site, <http://www.onerugtworug.com/>www.onerugtworug.com.  Contact:  Dorothy Delaune, <mailto:rdgdelaune@aol.com>rdgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
HEART OF TEXAS ATHA CHAPTER ANNUAL HOOK-IN, Saturday, February 26, from 9:30-4:30.  The Hook-In will be held at the Kyle Amenity Building in Kyle, TX (between San Marcos and Austin).  Registration is $30 ($10 for chapter members) and lunch is included.  Bring finished and unfinished rug projects for Show 'n Tell.  Address and directions will be sent out before the date.  Reserve your spot by sending your check made out to Heart of Texas, to Jo Thompson, 27022 Autumn Glen, Boerne, TX 78006.  For more information, contact Catherine at <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net.

MARCH
 
STASH SISTERS 6TH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, March 4-5, at the American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main St., Anahuac, TX 77514.  The old hook-in building is being remodeled, so the location and date have changed, but don't worry!  The new location is very near the old one, and won't be hard to find.  The hook-in is still $20 for one day (includes catered lunch), or $40 for both days (includes lunch), with great vendors, door prizes, silent auction, and goody bags.  Save the date, and watch for future details.

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 currently full, but contact Martha Reynolds for waiting list placement, <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com.  For more information, see the website, <http://www.yellowroseevents.net/>www.yellowroseevents.net.
 
MAY
 
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.  Camp director Cynthia Norwood says there are still a few spots left!  Email Cynthia for class information and a registration form, <mailto:canorw@aol.com>canorw@aol.com.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS
 
KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, Houston, TX meets the third and fifth Saturdays, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston.  This group met October 16 for a special Halloween Hook-In.  They spent the day hooking, laughing, and enjoying a delicious salad pot-luck lunch.  It was a spirited event!  NOTICE:  THE OCTOBER 30 MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED FOR ELECTICAL REPAIRS.  The next meeting will be November 20.  Contact Lurie McAdow, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com to be placed on the regular email reminder list.
 
WOOL RICH CASH POOR, Covington, LA recently had a booth at the fair showing the steps to hook a rug with many of their hooked pieces on display, winning $45 and a red ribbon for their efforts.  Dorothy Delaune won blue ribbons for her Kim Nixon footstool, two rugs, and her knitted/felted purse.  Kala Corcoran received blue ribbons for her McGown Oriental and her pumpkin rug.  The group has put up an exhibit at the fair for the last twelve years.  Also, the group exhibited rug hooking at the Covington Farmers Market on October 16.  For more information about the Wool Rich Cash Poor group, contact Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
HOOK ME UP GROUP, Carrollton, TX meets the third Saturday of the month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene.  Their next meeting date is November 20.  After the November meeting, the group will take a break until the February meeting.  In February, they plan to have a Tea and a Rug Show.  For more information, contact Janet Kersh, <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY, Canton, MS will have their annual Holiday Potluck Party with "Secret Santa" on Saturday, December 11.  All Region 9 ATHA members are invited to attend.  For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
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 velvet and wool tuffets.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy a sandwich from the tearoom next door.  Contact Jan Peckenpaugh to get on the regular email list, to be notified of the date of each make-it-take-it project, <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com or 281-687-2088.
 
ROUND TOP RUGGERS, Round Top, TX meet the last Saturday of the month, 10:00-4:00, at the Round Top Courthouse.  Their next hooking date is October 30.  For more information and to receive regular email reminders, contact Karen Kubeczka, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.
 
REGION 9 RUG HOOKERS HAVE ARTICLES IN ATHA NEWSLETTER
 
This month's NEWSLETTER is full of great articles from Region 9, well, actually, from Texas!  Congratulations to these rug hookers, who took the time to submit their articles.  We all enjoy reading them.
Cindi McCullough (Whitehouse, TX)  A RECIPE FOR PUMPKIN PIE--Cindi's wonderful rug, Pumpkin Pie, is on the cover!
T.J. Johnmartin (Nederland, TX)  SCAREDY CAT
Teena Mills (Bedford, TX)  PUMPKINS & BLOSSOMS
Melinda Smith (Katy, TX)  OPEN HEART
Tricia Travis (San Antonio, TX) TURKEY DAY HOOKING  (The following rug hookers hooked the beautiful turkey rugs that appeared in the article:  Patty Rodriguez, Cyndee Brandt, Lu Lacy, Liz Fox, Carol  Gillingham, and of course, Tricia.)
Bea Brock (Kerrville, TX)  DYEING PRIMER, PART 5
April DeConick (Houston, TX) GOT WOOL? WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HOOK WITH VELVET?
 
If you're an ATHA member, send your rug photo and article to editor Judy Long, <mailto:athanews@peoplescom.net>athanews@peoplescom.net.  Deadline for the Feb/Mar issue is December 1.  Both primitive and fine-cut rugs are wanted.  If you are NOT an ATHA member, we want you.  Join online at <http://www.atharugs.com/>www.atharugs.com.  For $26 annually, you will receive six issues, packed with color photos of rugs and events, plus all the current rug hooking news.
 
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Pat Freasier (Houston, TX) whose rug SAINT NICHOLAS appeared on the October, 2010 cover of  THE WOOL STREET JOURNAL!
 
A MESSAGE FROM SUSAN FELLER, ATHA REGIONAL COORDINATOR
 
For my second year as Coordinator of Regional Reps, I am asking each ATHA chapter president to use the following questions as a topic during a fall meeting.  Discuss and then collect responses, and send them to me at <mailto:rugs2wv@yahoo.com>rugs2wv@yahoo.com.
 
To each member:  1.  Why have you joined ATHA?
                           2.  Why are you a member of this chapter?
                           3.  What can the organization as a whole, lead by the Board, do to promote rug hooking in the next 3-5 years?
 
This was brought up at the annual Board meeting recently, and each member voiced an interest in hearing these responses.  The goal is to get the grass roots talking about ATHA, its beginning, its past three decades, and future success.
 
Thanks,
Susan Feller
Coordinator of Regional Reps ATHA
 
**I am sure Susan would like to hear from any at-large member, who is not affiliated with a local chapter, directly at her email address, <mailto:rugs2wv@yahoo.com>rugs2wv@yahoo.com.
 
 
LAS RANCHERITAS: THE RUG HOOK PROJECT
Many of you have heard of The Rug Hook Project.  In the small village of Agustin Gonzales, located in the Mexican highlands, 20 people spend their free time, scarce as it is, hooking rugs.  The proceeds from selling the rugs pays for food, children's schooling, doctor visits, among other needs.  The subject matter of the rugs is the life around them, and each rug is unique.  This summer a group from the U.S. and Canada, led by Barbara Hanson, visited the village, in order to introduce Las Rancheritas to wool dyeing.  The women had a lot of fun, and now know the basics of coloring wool.
Our contact for the Rug Hook Project is Charlotte Bell (Austin, TX).  You can contact her and arrange to have an exhibit of the rugs for show and sale at your hook-ins and events.  Charlotte will be speaking at the Oxford Rug Camp (Oxford, MS) on November 2.  Her fall schedule is full, but at the moment her winter and spring schedule are wide open.  If you would like to sponsor a showing for your group, email Charlotte at <mailto:char@charlottebell.com>char@charlottebell.com.
For more information, visit the website <http://www.charlottebell.com/rugs/>http://www.charlottebell.com/rugs/ .  If you are interested in donating wool, light and bright wools are needed.  The group has a large amount of dark wool.  Now that they are dyeing their own wool, they need the light wools for dyeing.
The group also does custom orders.  Contact Charlotte for more information.

ATHA Newsletter for October

I just received my ATHA Newsletter for October.  My second article in the series "Got Wool? Alternative Fabrics" appears on p. 43.  The subject?  "What is it like to hook with velvet?".

There are many fine articles in the magazine, including a number from ruggers in Texas.  Congratulations to Melinda Smith who wrote about her beautiful rug Open Heart which I have had the pleasure of watching unfold and seeing in person.  It is a gorgeous rug that emerged out of a powerful dream Melinda had experienced.  See "Open Heart," pp. 20-21. 

Tj Johnmartin, a fellow Stash Sister, has a feature on her rug Scaredy Cat which she hooked during her family's evacuation a recent hurricane.  Once the ordeal was over, she had a new rug for Halloween to grace her door.  See "Scaredy Cat" pp. 18-19.

Tricia Travis, of Country Gatherings in San Antonio, has a great feature on hooking turkey rugs.  See the spread on pp. 24-26.

Bea Brock, of Hill Country Rug Works, has another dyeing article in her recent series, this one on value dyeing.  See pp. 36-38.

Congratulations to the other Texan ruggers whom I have not yet met: Cindi McCullough and Teena Mills, who also had great rugs featured.

Region 9 ATHA Newletter for October

From Martha Lowry

ATHA Region 9 Rep
<mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562  

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS

 
OCTOBER
 
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, <mailto:leava@cox.net>leava@cox.net 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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 <http://www.oxfordrugcamp.com/>www.oxfordrugcamp.com.  For registration information and time of rug show, contact Donna at <mailto:oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net>oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.
 
 
NOVEMBER
 
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, <mailto:texasrugfest@yahoo.com>texasrugfest@yahoo.com 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, <mailto:dneslage@hotmail.com>dneslage@hotmail.com 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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com 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, <mailto:rpvanlieu@gvtc.com>rpvanlieu@gvtc.com 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, <mailto:cliffpadd3@yahoo.com>cliffpadd3@yahoo.com 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.
 
 
JANUARY, 2011
 
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, <mailto:melody.lundquist@yahoo.com>melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.
 
 
FEBRUARY
 
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, <mailto:rdgdelaune@aol.com>rdgdelaune@aol.com, or Carrie Martin, <mailto:mart3285@bellsouth.net>mart3285@bellsouth.net.
 
 
MARCH
 
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.
 
 
NEWS FROM REGION 9 HOOKING GROUPS
 
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, <mailto:catherine35@sbcglobal.net>catherine35@sbcglobal.net.
 
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, <mailto:karen.kubeczka@mac.com>karen.kubeczka@mac.com.  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 <mailto:mylilhouse@hotmail.com>mylilhouse@hotmail.com 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, <mailto:lisannemiller1@aol.com>lisannemiller1@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:luriemcadow@aol.com>luriemcadow@aol.com.
 
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, <mailto:woolgarden@hotmail.com>woolgarden@hotmail.com.
 
 
REGION 9 ATC SWAPPING
 
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 <mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com.
 
Teresa Heinze  (Lubbock, TX)  <mailto:tmheinze@sbcglobal.net>tmheinze@sbcglobal.net
Brenda McGee (Lorena, TX)  <mailto:nannygee@att.net>nannygee@att.net
Martha Reynolds (Dallas, TX) <mailto:rugbug48@gmail.com>rugbug48@gmail.com
April DeConick (Houston, TX) <mailto:adeconick@rice.edu>adeconick@rice.edu
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS, CELEBRATIONS FINALISTS
 
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
 
 
CREATE AND DECORATE ARTICLES
 
   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 (<http://www.wool-gatherings.com/>www.wool-gatherings.com) and Yellow Rose Rug Camp (<http://www.yellowroseevents.net/>www.yellowroseevents.net).
 
MEET RUG HOOKER KELLIE SNIDER
 
     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 <mailto:mlowry52@hotmail.com>mlowry52@hotmail.com.
 
HOW TO JOIN ATHA
 
     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 <http://www.atharugs.com>www.atharugs.com 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.

Region 9 ATHA Events and News for September

From: Martha Lowry, ATHA Region 9 Rep
mlowry52@hotmail.com
281-550-7562

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS

AUGUST
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, countrygatherings@mail.com or
210-651-4470.

SEPTEMBER

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, lisannemiller1@aol.com 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 cliffpadd3@yahoo.com.

OCTOBER

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, lisannemiller1@aol.com 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, www.oxfordrugcamp.com. For registration and exact time of rug show, contact Donna at oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.

NOVEMBER

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, texasrugfest@yahoo.com 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 dneslage@hotmail.com.

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, rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467.

JANUARY, 2011

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, melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.

FEBRUARY

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, rdgdelaune@aol.com, or Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS

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 mlowry52@hotmail.com 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, catherine35@sbcglobal.net.

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, heartspd1@yahoo.com, 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, luriemcadow@aol.com.

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, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

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, woolgarden@hotmail.com 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 mylilhouse@hotmail.com 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, emmagene@suddenlink.net

ATHA NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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, athanews@peoplescom.net.

If you do not receive the NEWSLETTER yet, it's easy. Go to www.atharugs.com, 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.

REGION 9 ATC SWAP

These rug hookers are ready to swap ATC's:
Martha Reynolds rugbug48@gmail.com
April DeConick adeconick@rice.edu
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

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 www.redjackrugs.blogspot.com.

NEED A FRAME?
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 farrers2@cox.net.

Region 9 ATHA Events for August

FROM: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
281-550-7562
mlowry52@hotmail.com

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS

JULY

There are only a couple of days left to enjoy the FIBER ARTS INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT at the KERR ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER in Kerrville, TX, July 1-25. The work of 14 fiber artists is featured, including rug hooking artist Karen Maddox, who is exhibiting 8 of her hooked rugs and wall hangings. The KACC is located in Kerrville's historic old post office building, which has been remodeled with 3 wonderful galleries and a gift shop. No admission fee, although donations requested. For operating hours and location, www.kacckerrville.com.

SCULPTED FACE CLASS taught by artist Lebba Kropp at My Little House Rug Hooking Studio, Katy, TX. This is a two-day class being held on July 26 and 30. Even non-artists can sculpt a beautiful face, with Lebba's help. Preregistration required, contact Jan Peckenpaugh, 281-687-2088 or mylilhouse@hotmail.com.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Knitted Christmas Stocking class July 24, and Christmas Penny Rug Towels class July 31. All classes have limited seating, so call in advance to register. Christmas in July Store Sale Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24. Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252 or lisannemiller1@aol.com.

AUGUST

ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Beverly Conway, and Carrie Martin. Come enjoy true Heart of Texas hospitality in the heart of San Antonio. Contact: Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

CYNTHIA NORWOOD WORKSHOP, August 25-27, a three-day workshop at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Price is $195 for three-day class with Cynthia, and includes lunch and snacks each day. Class is full, but call to be placed on waiting list. Contact: Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com, or 601-859-4252.

FREDERICKSBURG HOOKED RUG WOOL GATHERING AND WORKSHOP, August 29-30, at Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Cost is $25 per day, or $45 for both days. 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, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

SEPTEMBER

ADRIENNE DYKES' CAL CREATIONS AND ANTIQUES SHOP, located behind her home in McKinney, TX is having a MAJOR wool, hooking supply and Fall antique sale on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, from 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.. Don't miss this opportunity for great wool prices, etc. Call or email for directions or further details. Contact: Adrienne Dykes, 972-542-3214 or cliffpadd3@yahoo.com.

OCTOBER

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS.
Great vendors, cocktail reception, lunches, hooking. Registration $45. Attendance limit is full, but contact Lisanne Miller to be placed on waiting list, lisannemiller1@aol.com or 601-859-4252.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, MS. The word is out about this popular and growing camp in north Mississippi, handy to Memphis airport. Teachers: Sibyl Osicka, Beverly Conway, and Bea Brock. Contact: Donna Holdiness, oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738. To get a feeling for this friendly camp, visit the website, www.oxfordrugcamp.com.

NOVEMBER

KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. Excellence is the word at this Texas Hill Country camp, which offers traditional or primitive rug hooking instruction by all McGown-certified teachers, 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, rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467.

JANUARY, 2011

GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by Texas Rug Runners ATHA CHAPTER, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center. It's time to reserve for this always popular annual weekend get-away. Contact: Melody Lundquist, melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.

FEBRUARY, 2011

ONE RUG, TWO RUG New Orleans Rug Hooking Get-Away, February 9-13, in the historic French Quarter. Carrie and Dorothy have moved their annual camp from June to February, and campers can now enjoy the mild weather and the beginnings of springtime in the 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, rdgdelaune@aol.com, or Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS

Rug hookers love to hook together, and Region 9 offers many groups that welcome rug hookers. Our region has 7 ATHA chapters, whose doors are open to all. They are located in these areas: Jackson, MS; New Orleans; and in Texas--Houston, Arlington, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, and College Station. To learn how to contact them and their meeting times, contact mlowry52@hotmail.com.

In addition, there are many other rug hooking groups, hosted by rug hooking shops, or meeting in churches, libraries and homes. Most are open to all. The following "blurbs" do not represent nearly all the groups. PLEASE send in information about YOUR group.

MCKINNEY TUESDAY HOOKERS' GROUP meets at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday at Adrienne Dykes' studio in her McKinney, TX home. The group is presently promoting the sale of their Vol. 2 Cookbook, with a portion of the proceeds donated to a charitable organization. They invite you to come and hook with them. Wool and supplies are available at Adrienne's shop, Cal Creations and Antiques, which is located on the premises. Call or email Adrienne or Kay for further information. Adrienne: 972-542-3214 or cliffpadd3@yahoo.com. Kay: 972-562-8282 or kclifton@hughes.net.

BRADY, TX, HOOKING GROUP meets at Designs by Deborah, 113 E. Main St., Brady, TX 76825. Deborah also states that she has completed the addition of wool selections to her website, www.originaldesignsbydeborah.com. Contact Deborah at 325-597-2277 or dneslage@hotmail.com.

KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meet every Wednesday, 10:00-3:00, and the second Saturday of each month, 10:00-3:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. This group enjoys monthly make-it-and-take-it projects. They will be making a wool hooked acorn on Wednesday, July 28. To join this group or to be added to the regular email list, contact Jan Peckenpaugh at 281-687-2088 or mylilhouse@hotmail.com.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE hosted their first Mid-Summer Hook-In on June 26, with 55 in attendance for a fun day of hooking and shopping. Besides meeting the third Saturday of each month, they will have a 5th Saturday Hook-In on July 31, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston, TX. For more information and to be added to the regular email list, contact Lurie McAdow, luriemcadow@aol.com.

TYLER AREA HOOKING GROUP is led by Laura Schulze, who teaches rug hooking and sells supplies at Rose Path Weaving in Lindale, TX. Beginning in August, there will be a hooking group meeting on Thursdays at Rose Path. Visit www.rosepath.net to sign up for Laura's rug hooking classes. Laura recently completed a very large, impressionistic-style, multi-fiber rug called "Farm Garden", which some of you saw her hooking at the Texas Rugfest in June. To see this awesome rug, you may visit Rose Path, where the rug is hanging, or Laura's weblog (see Region 9 Blogs/Websites section.) Contact: Laura Schulze, beehiverugs@yahoo.com.

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER meets the second Saturday of each month at the Old Jail, Canton, MS. Their next meeting is August 14. Contact: Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

HOOK ME UP GROUP meets the third Saturday of each month at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, Carrollton, TX. Their next meeting is August 21. For more information and to be placed on the regular email list, contact Janet Kersh, woolgarden@hotmail.com.

REGION 9 OPPORTUNITIES

INVITATION TO JOIN A REGION 9 ATC SWAP: Dallas rug hooker Martha Reynolds wishes to start an ATC SWAP in Region 9. If you are interested in swapping these small artist trading cards with fellow rug hookers, and thereby meeting new friends in our region, just send in your name and email address to me, and I will list you in the next Email Update under "ATC Swap". You can then contact one or more on the list and arrange a swap.

What is an ATC? It is a small original hooked piece, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Go to Gene Shepherd's free blog (www.geneshepherd.com and click on free blog) to see one of Martha's ATC's (see July 13 entry). Also, read the current issue of RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE for an article about their ATC Swap. Martha is participating in that one, also. Their website www.rughookingmagazine.com shows some of the ATC's they have received.

According to Martha, "The postage on these is not much if you put them in a greeting card size envelope and mail them regular postage. It costs a little over $1.00. I have six ready to go!" Contact her to swap at rugbug48@gmail.com. And send in your email address for the Update, to swap with other rug hookers.

SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE

It's only a matter of months until the Seeing Red Exhibit opens in February 2011 at the Trolio Hotel in Canton, MS, curated by Lisanne Miller, ATHA Communications Director. Consider joining the challenge. Details are in the Feb/Mar issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.

REGION 9 BLOGS/WEBSITES

Many thanks to April DeConick, who often publishes news of Region 9 rug hooking events on her blog www.redjackrugs.blogspot.com. I frequently check her blog to keep up with what's going on. We have many great blogs and websites by Region 9 rug hookers. PLEASE let me know of any more.

www.yellowroseevents.net
www.oxfordrugcamp.com
www.beehiverugs.blogspot.com
www.wool-gatherings.com
www.fredericksburgrugs.com
www.hillcountry-rugworks.com
www.hollyhilldesigns.com
www.originaldesignsbydeborah.com
www.countrygatheringsshop.com
www.stonehillspin.com
www.pisforprimitives.com
www.laceyjaneprims.com
www.mylittlehousedesigns.com
www.judithlesterdesigns.com
www.cotton-eyed-jo.blogspot.com
www.thehogscaldholler.blogspot.com
www.primitivesbythelightofthemoon.blogspot.com
www.patijanesprimitives.blogspot.com
www.edythoneill.blogspot.com

ATHA NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

Have you sent one of your rug photos in to ATHA NEWSLETTER? The editor Judy Long works on a deadline which is two months in advance. That means that now she is finishing up the Oct/Nov issue, and is well into work on Dec/Jan. By now, she's looking for articles from ATHA members for Feb/Mar. Do you have a rug with a snowman or Valentine theme? Presidents Day or St. Patrick's? Judy needs fine-cut rugs as well as primitives. Email your rug photos and articles to Judy at athanews@peoplescom.net. Can't write? Don't worry, she will edit for you. If you're not sure, just email your rug photos and she'll tell you what else she needs. We want to read about your rugs.

Region 9 ATHA Events for June

by Martha Lowry

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS

JUNE

EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, 9:00-5:00, at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62W, Eureka Springs, AR. Meet rug hookers and shop the great vendors. Preregister by contacting Vicki Hardcastle, rughooking@hughes.net.

TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, 9:00-4:00, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Eight thousand square feet of shopping and rug hooking. Vendors, door prizes, rug show, refreshments. Event organizer Susan Harper calls it the greatest one-day rug hooking event of its kind. Contact Susan at texasrugfest@yahoo.com, or 817-571-7825, or 817-681-3377.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S MID-SUMMER'S HOOK-IN, Saturday, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! Registration has been extended to June 15. This new Houston hooking group is hosting their first regional hook-in, with great vendors, including: Lacey Jane Primitives, CheapSheep.com, Cal Creations and Antiques, Donna Holt Footstools, and My Little House Rug Hooking Studio. Rug show 1:00-3:00. Registration is $25, and includes choice of boxed lunch. For more information and registration form, contact Lurie McAdow, luriemcadow@aol.com.

NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GATHERING, June 27-July1, at the Boutique French Quarter Hotel. Instructors: Diane Stoffel, Carrie Martin. Contacts: Dorothy Delaune, rgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net.

JULY

JANE OLSON WORKSHOP, sponsored by the Hub City Rughookers in Lubbock, TX. This is a three-day workshop on July 18, 19, and 20, with Jane Olson and Diane Burdett teaching rug hooking and rug braiding. The workshop will be held at the Wolfforth Library in Lubbock. Rug hooking for beginner to advanced, and braiding for all levels will be offered. For registration form and details, contact Teresa Heinze, tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY EVENT at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. A different Christmas project will be offered each Saturday in July. These projects include: Hooked Table Runner (July 17), Knitted Christmas Stocking in wild colors and storewide sale (July 24), and Christmas Penny Rug Towels (July 31). For more information, contact Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com, or 601-859-4252.

AUGUST

ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Beverly Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact: Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

CYNTHIA NORWOOD WORKSHOP, August 25-27, a three-day workshop at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. Price is $195 for the three-day class, which includes lunch and snacks each day. For more information and registration form, contact Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com or 601-859-4252.

FREDERICKSBURG HOOKED RUG WOOL GATHERING AND WORKSHOP, August 29-30, at Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Cost is $25 per day, or $45 both days. 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, countrygatherings@mail.com, or 210-651-4470.

OCTOBER

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Great vendors, a cocktail reception, lunches, snacks, great goody bags. Registration $45. Contact Lisanne Milller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31- November 4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, Mississippi. Located in a historic Mississippi town near Memphis, the camp is in its fifth year. Teachers: Bea Brock, Beverly Conway, Sibyl Osicka. For information and registration form, contact Donna Holdiness, oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.

NOVEMBER

KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX, in the historic Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. Teachers: Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact Pamela Van Lieu, rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467. Registration deadline June 15. Three days of classes, evening hooking, shopping, rug raffle, book sale, silent auction, rug show and sale.

JANUARY, 2011

GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Contact: Melody Lundquist, melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 RUG HOOKING GROUPS

For more information on how to contact one of the many rug hooking groups in Region 9, email mlowry52@hotmail.com. The news below was recently sent in by members of some of those groups. Please send in your hooking group information. We love to hear what you're doing.

AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS (College Station, TX) met May 20 in the home of member Martha Hix, and enjoyed hooking in her sun room, surrounded by the hundreds of beautiful orchids she grows as a hobby. In fact, being an AGGIELAND member has an added bonus. Martha furnishes the other members with one of her orchid arrangements whenever they host the group.
Members Jolene Doyle, Loyce Kahil, and Emma Gene Shroeder recently enjoyed a day of rug hooking at the Wildflower Rug Hooking Retreat (Round Top, TX) in May. There they enjoyed meeting other rug hookers, shopping, hooking, and especially hearing the story of Georgeanne Wertheim's MOURNING SAMPLER rug (see news item below). Contact: Emma Gene Shroeder, emmagene@suddenlink.net.

ROUND TOP RUGGERS recently enjoyed making wool "feather trees" at their regular monthly hooking get-together April 24, at the historic courthouse in Round Top, TX. This group meets the last Saturday of each month, and their next meeting is Saturday, May 29, 10:00-4:00 at the Round Top Courthouse. For more information, contact Karen Kubeczka, karen.kubeczka@mac.com.

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY (MISSISSIPPI) recently held officer elections. New officers include: Lisanne Miller, president; Jane Dunaway, vice president; Carol Hettick, treasurer; Frances Dunaway, secretary; Sandra Holmes, librarian; and Cindy Mansel, historian. This group meets monthly at the historic Old Jail in Canton, MS. They will not meet in June; the next meeting is Saturday, July 10. All rug hookers are welcome. Contact: Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

KATY LAMBCHOPS (Katy, TX) meet every Wednesday (10:00-4:00) and the second Saturday of each month (10:00-2:00) at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. They enjoy hooking, needlepunching, and make-it-and-take-it projects. This month, they will be making an appliqued strawberry needle case and a hooked strawberry pin cushion, at their hook-in on Wednesday, May 26. Let Jan know if you'd like to join in. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, mylilhouse@hotmail.com or 281-687-2088.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE (Houston, TX). Beginning in May, the Kirby Hooking Circle will add another day of hooking. Every month that has five Saturdays, mark your calendar and come to the 5th Saturday Hook-In. The dates for 2010 are May 29, July 31, and October 30. They meet at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd, from 11:00-3:30, just as they do on each 3rd Saturday. Contact Lurie McAdow to be added to the regular email reminder list, luriemcadow@aol.com.

HOOK ME UP GROUP (Carrollton, TX) meets every 3rd Saturday from 10:00-3:00 at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Their next meeting is June 19. Join them for a day of informal hooking. Sometimes this group gives classes. Janie Staples led a class in making a Cindy Goolsby accessory bag design in April, which was very popular. Bring your sack lunch and drink, and a $2 donation to the church for facility use. They meet in the large fellowship hall on the west side of the building. Contact Janet Kersh for more information and to be added to the regular email reminder list, woolgarden@hotmail.com.

STASH SISTERS (Houston, TX) recently raffled their rug, "Every Season Hath Joy" at their annual regional hook-in in April. The rug, which was a year-long hooking project of the group, was designed by group member T.J. Johnmartin (Nederland, TX). A large rug (32 x 51 inches), T.J. divided it into twelve blocks, measuring 8 x 11 inches each, depicting the 12 months of the year. The winning raffle ticket was drawn from hundreds of tickets on April 10, and belonged to beginner rug hooker Barbara Bosse (Clear Lake, TX). Member Sondra Ives wrote an article about hooking a raffle rug, which she submitted to ATHA NEWSLETTER, so look for photos in a future issue. The Stash Sisters would like to thank Region 9 rug hookers for their wonderful support of the rug raffle. Contact: P.D. Hankamer, heartspd1@yahoo.com.

NOTE: Before traveling to a hooking group meeting, check with the contact person to make sure there has not been a cancellation.

A RUG DESIGN FROM GRAVESTONE RUBBINGS

At the recent Wildflower Rug Hooking Retreat in May (Round Top, TX), attendee Georgeanne Wertheim had a surprise for her fellow rug hookers. The previous year at the same retreat, Georgeanne, a San Antonio artist and rug hooker, battled the heat and chiggers to prowl among the gravestones in the historic cemetery behind the church where the retreat is held. She and P.D. Hankamer, Houston area rug hooker and teacher, made gravestone rubbings and photographs of the old tombstones and markers.

At this year's retreat, Georgeanne unveiled her rug that she had designed from a sampling of the rubbings. Called "Mourning Sampler", the rug design consists of doves perched in a basket of vines and sunflowers. Hooked in golds, browns, rusts, and ivory textures, the rug was full of meaningful imagery, which Georgeanne had researched and explained. As a special treat, Georgeanne brought a roll of butcher paper and markers, and invited all the retreat participants to copy her original pattern for themselves.

Look for Georgeanne's rug photos and story about how to design a rug from gravestone rubbings in a future issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.

And don't forget to submit your own rugs and stories to the NEWSLETTER, which is a 60-page full color collection of rugs, stories, timely how-to articles, and event reminders. To receive the NEWSLETTER six times a year, go to www.atharugs.com and click on "how to join". To submit an article to the NEWSLETTER, email editor Judy Long at athanews@peoplescom.net.

REGION 9 BLOGGERS

A couple of months ago, some great Region 9 blogs were mentioned in the Email Update. Here are a few more to check out:

www.cotton-eyed-jo.blogspot.com
www.edythoneill.blogspot.com
www.mylittlehousedesigns.com

Email any blogs/websites of Region 9 Rug hookers, to be included in the Email Update, to mlowry52@hotmail.com.

THANKS

Thanks for reading this email newsletter, and especially for sending in your news to be included. If you would like to be removed from this distribution list, please email me.

Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
281-550-7562
mlowry52@hotmail.com

ATHA Region 9 Update for April 2010

FROM: Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
281-550-7562
mlowry52@hotmail.com

Greetings, Region 9 Rug Hookers. This is the monthly Email Update for April, which contains news and events about rug hooking in Region 9, including the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Thanks to all who have sent in information. Anyone is welcome to send information at any time.

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS

APRIL

RUG HOOKING DEMO BY THE HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS. This Lubbock, Texas, group will demonstrate rug hooking at Ranch Day festivities, at the Ranching Heritage Center, April 24, 10:00-4:00. They will dress in the style of the early 1900's and assist visitors to experience a bit of Texas history. Contact: Teresa Heinze, tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.

MAY

WILDFLOWER RUG HOOKING RETREAT. This relaxing rug hooking retreat in Round Top, Texas, will be held May 5-7, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. Cost is $80 for all three days, which includes catered lunches, or $30 for one day (includes lunch). There are still a few spots left, so contact Sondra Ives, if you are interested, at twoives@swbell.net. She can send you the registration form, and also information about arranging your own overnight accommodations. Two vendors will be present: Katie Hartner of A Nimble Thimble (Tyler, TX), and P.D. Hankamer, Houston area teacher and supplier. Sylvia Hale will be teaching a beginner class. Advance registration required.

STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, TYLER, May 23-27, at the Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX. Contacts: Katie Hartner, khartner2@msn.com or Cynthia Norwood, canorwood@aol.com.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE, HOUSTON, is adding an additional hooking day to their third Saturday meetings. They will meet on the fifth Saturdays of each month (there are four months in 2010 that have 5 Saturdays), beginning Saturday, May 29. Therefore, in May, they will be meeting Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 29, 11:00-3:30, at Bethany Christian Church, Houston. Contact Lurie McAdow, luriemcadow@aol.com.

JUNE

EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, 9:00-5:00, at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62W, Eureka Springs, AR. Preregister by contacting Vicki Hardcastle, rughooking@hughes.net.

TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, 9:00-4:00, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Eight thousand square feet of shopping and hooking. Vendors, door prizes, rug show, refreshments. Registration/admission $20. Optional deli box lunch $13, available with advance registration only. Contact Susan Harper, texasrugfest@yahoo.com , 817-571-7825 or 817-681-3377.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S MID-SUMMER'S HOOK-IN, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098. Registration $25, includes box lunch. Vendors: Jo Ellen Dismukes of Lacey Jane Primitives; Linda Dipert of Cheap Sheep; Adrienne Dykes of Cal's Creations and Antiques; Jan Peckenpaugh of My Little House Rug Hooking Studio; and Donna Holt of Holt Custom Wood Footstools. Rug show, rug challenge. Register by June 1. Contact Lurie McAdow for a registration form and information, luriemcadow@aol.com.

NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GATHERING, June 27-July 1, at the Boutique French Quarter Hotel. Instructors: Diane Stoffel, Carrie Martin. Contacts: Dorothy Delaune, rgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net.

JULY

JANE OLSON WORKSHOP, sponsored by the Hub City Rughookers in Lubbock, TX. This is a 3-day workshop on July 18,19, and 20, with Jane Olson and Diane Burdett teaching rug hooking and braiding. It will be held at the Wolfforth Library in Lubbock. Rug hooking for beginner to advanced, and braiding for all levels will be offered. For registration form and details, contact Teresa Heinze, tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.

AUGUST

NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, Aug. 13-15, Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Bev Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact: Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

THIRD ANNUAL HOOK-IN CO-SPONSORED BY STONEHILL SPINNING AND COUNTRY GATHERINGS, Aug. 29-30, at the Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Vendors, mini workshops, and a special workshop by Edyth O'Neill on color. Registration $25 per day, or $45 for both days. Contact Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com.

OCTOBER

MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Registration $45. Contact Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com or 601-859-4252 for more information and to be put on the waiting list to attend.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, in Oxford, Mississippi, a charming historic Mississippi town near Memphis. Camp is held at the Downtown Inn and Suites. Teachers: Bea Brock, Bev Conway, Sibyl Osicka. For more information, see website, www.oxfordrugcamp.com. Contact: Donna Holdiness, oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.

NOVEMBER

KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX, in the historic Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. Teachers: Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact: Pamela Van Lieu at rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467. Registration deadline is June 15. Three days of classes, evening hooking, shopping, rug raffle, book sale, silent auction, rug show and sale.

JANUARY, 2011

GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Contact: Melody Lundquist, melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 HOOKING GROUPS

There are 7 ATHA chapters in Region 9. There are numerous other active and growing hooking groups. For information about a group near you, email me, mlowry52@hotmail.com. The news below does not represent all groups, just those who have sent in information recently. Please send in news about your group.

RUG HOOKING GATHERING, second Saturdays, 11:00-5:00, at the Wool 'N' Cotton Shop, 602 Orient St., San Angelo, TX. Join the fun at "Wooley Thursday", held every Thursday evening, 5:00-8:00, where rug hookers and wool appliquers bring their sack dinner and projects to work on together. Newbies welcome. Contact: Judith Lester, woolncotton@verizon.net, or 325-659-2000. For more information, see Judith's website: www.judithlesterdesigns.com.

RUG HOOKING GROUP meeting in Brady, TX area. Contact: Deborah Neslage, Designs by Deborah, 113 E. Main St., Brady, TX 76825, 325-597-2277 or dneslage@hotmail.com.

AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS, College Station, TX, recently enjoyed an Easter party hosted by member Emma Gene Shroeder. Contact: Emma Gene at emmagene@suddenlink.net.

KATY LAMBCHOPS meet every Wednesday, 10:00-4:00, and the second Saturday, 10:00-2:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques, Old Town Katy, TX. The groups enjoy make-it-and-take-it projects; the April project is a wool applique bag. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, mylilhouse@hotmail.com, or 281-687-2088. For more information and a map, www.mylittlehousedesigns.com.

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY meets the second Saturday at the Old Jail House, Canton, MS. The May 8 meeting will be a workshop for the SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE, which is a regional mat challenge the group has chosen to participate. Contact: Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

ATHA NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

The current issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER (April/May 2010) contains articles by Region 9 rug hookers:

WOOL WITH HOPE, a wonderful 5-page article about an awareness rug devoted to the issue of Disappearance, written by Lona Gabree and Kristen Slesar, Harahan, LA
Bea Brock's (Kerrville, TX) second installment of her dyeing lessons: MARBLEIZING--NO DYE NEEDED
Carrie Martin's (Covington, LA) second installment of how to hook and dye a wide-cut shaded fruit rug

There was a "first" in this issue of the NEWSLETTER, also--a breathtaking two-page color photo of dyed wool hanging from trees in a beautiful spring garden. I have heard many comments about it from rug hookers I know.

If you are missing out on the beautiful photos, and instructive articles in the updated 60-page full-color ATHA NEWSLETTER, which is mailed to members 6 times annually, go to the ATHA website, www.atharugs.com, click on "How to Join", and you can join online using paypal, or download a membership form to be mailed in. Back issues of the NEWSLETTER can be ordered by ATHA members from Membership Chairman Joan Cahill for $5 each, includes postage.

And don't forget, that the NEWSLETTER is totally member-driven, and send your articles and rug photos to editor Judy Long, athanews@peoplescom.net.

SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE

Now is the time to start hooking your 9x12-inch mat, celebrating the color red, which must be mailed to ATHA Communications Director Lisanne Miller by January 15, 2011. Talk to your hooking group about joining the challenge. Details in the Feb/Mar 2010 issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER.

ATHA Region 9 Update for March 2010

From:
Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep
281-550-7562

MARCH
GARAGE SALE AT THE "HOOK-ME-UP" GROUP MEETING, Saturday, March 20, 10:00-3:00. This new rug hooking group is meeting the third Saturday of the month at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 East Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. Come to the large fellowship hall on west side of bldg. Bring sack lunch and drink. $2 donation for facility use. BRING ANY RUG HOOKING OR TEXTILE RELATED ITEMS TO SELL ON MARCH 20. BRING PLENTY OF CASH, CHECKS. EACH PERSON WILL COLLECT HIS OWN MONEY. Contact: Janet Kersh, woolgarden@hotmail.com.

SPRING FLING AT THE P, Saturday, March 27, at P is for Primitive, Canton, MS. All fiber artists are welcome--bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, needle felting and more, for a day of working on your projects together. Please RSVP for this event to Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

APRIL
HANKAMER HOOK-IN, April 9-10, Whites Park, 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr., Hankamer, TX. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER, CAN REGISTER BY APRIL 1. Vendors: Katie Hartner, Tricia Travis, Bea Brock, Susan Quicksall, Deborah Nestledge, Julie Burns. $20 for one day, or $40 for both days. Fee includes catered lunch each day. Mail checks, payable to Stash Sisters, to P.D. Hankamer, P.O. Box 166, Hankamer, TX 77560. Be sure to designate if you're attending Friday or Saturday, or both, so your lunch can be ordered. Contact: P.D.Hankamer, heartspd1@yahoo.com or 409-374-2258.

SNIPPETS IN THE SPRING, a rug hooking retreat, April 21-24, at the Duncan Gray Center, near Canton, MS. Mini classes include: dyeing, hooking simple faces, color planning from your stash, and making the most of your textures. Evening hooking, demos, door prizes. For more details, see website, www.pisforprimitive.com. Contact: Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252 or lisannemiller1@aol.com.

SCULPTED SANTA FACE CLASS, by artist Lebba Kropp, April 19 and 23 (a two-day class), at My Little House Rug Hooking Studio, Katy, TX. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, mylilhouse@hotmail.com.

RUG HOOKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS. The Hub City Rughookers will be demonstrating at the annual Arts Fair at the Civic Center in Lubbock, TX, April 16-18. They will also be demonstrating at Ranch Day, at the Ranching Heritage Center, April 24, 10:00-4:00. They will dress in the style of the early 1900's and assist visitors to experience a bit of Texas history. Contact: Teresa Heinze, tmheinze@sbcglobal.net.

MAY
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, TYLER, May 23-27, at the Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX. Contacts: Katie Hartner, khartner2@msn.com and Cynthia Norwood, canorwood@aol.com.

JUNE
EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, 9:00-5:00, at the Inn of the Ozarks, Hwy 62W, Eureka Springs, AR. Great vendors. Admission $20, includes lunch. Must preregister by contacting Vicki Hardcastle, rughooking@hughes.net. Also available, rug hooking workshops, Friday, June 11, must preregister.

TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, 9:00-4:00, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Vendors, door prizes, rug show. Registration $20. Optional deli box lunch $13. THE WEBSITE IS COMING SOON, SO CHECK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS FOR REGISTRATION FORM: www.texasrugfest.com. Or contact Susan Harper, texasrugfest@yahoo.com.

KIRBY HOOKING CIRCLE'S FIRST ANNUAL MID-SUMMER'S HOOK-IN, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098. $25 registration, includes box lunch. Hooking, vendors, rug show, and rug challenge. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Contact Lurie McAdow, luriemcadow@aol.com, and she will email you a registration form.

NEW ORLEANS RUG HOOKING GATHERING, June 27-July 1, at the Boutique French Quarter Hotel. Instructors: Diane Stoffel, Carrie Martin. Contacts: Dorothy Delaune, rgdelaune@aol.com or Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net.

AUGUST
NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers: Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Bev Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact: Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

THIRD ANNUAL HOOK-IN CO-SPONSORED BY STONEHILL SPINNING AND COUNTRY GATHERINGS, August 29-30, at the Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Vendors, mini workshops, and a special workshop by Edyth O'Neill on color. Registration $25 per day, or $45 for both days. Contact Tricia Travis at countrygatherings@mail.com.

OCTOBER
MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the historic Old Jail House, Canton, MS. Registration is $45 for the Thursday evening reception and two full days of hooking. Contact: Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com or 601-859-4252 or lisannemiller1@aol.com.

OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-November 4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, MS. Teachers: Bea Brock, Sibyl Osicka, and Bev Conway. For more information, see the website, www.oxfordrugcamp.com. Contact camp director Donna Holdiness, oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.

NOVEMBER
KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. Teachers: Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact Pamela Van Lieu at rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467, for an email containing registration form, teacher bios, and class descriptions.

JANUARY, 2011
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by the Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Contact: Melody Lundquist, melody.lundquist@yahoo.com.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 HOOKING GROUPS

Thanks to the groups for sending in the following news:

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY meets the second Saturday of each month at the Old Jail House in Canton, MS. Upcoming meeting topics include: annual potluck and membership drive (April 10); Seeing Red Mat Challenge Workshop (May 8); and Punch Needle Workshop (June 12). Contact: Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252.

HUB CITY RUGHOOKERS meet the 4th Monday of every month, 10:00-2:00, at the Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock, TX. They also hook at Rachaels Quilt Shop on 50th St. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1:00-4:00. Everyone welcome. Contact: Teresa Heinze, tmheinze@sbcglobal.net. They will be demonstrating rug hooking at two events during the month of April (see EVENTS).

WILD WEST WOOLIE RUG HOOKERS, San Angelo, TX, had an open house and rug hooking demonstration on March 6, at the Wool'N'Cotton Shop, 602 Orient St., San Angelo, TX, in the historic Baker Bank Building. For group information, contact Judith Lester, woolncotton@verizon.net.

HOOK ME UP, Carrollton, TX, meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00-3:00, at Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, large fellowship hall on west side of building. Janet Kersh reports they had a great turnout for their first meeting in February. A special class is planned for the April meeting: Janie Staples will teach a hooked accessory bag, designed by Cindy Goolsby. There will also be regular hooking for those who do not participate in the class. Contact Janet Kersh, woolgarden@hotmail.com, for more information. Class size is limited.

TULSA RUG HOOKERS, Tulsa, OK, enjoyed celebrating the 90th birthday of one of their members, Bernice, at a recent meeting. Bernice's three daughters are also rug hookers. For information about this group, which meets regularly at the Hardesty Regional Library, contact Mitzi Thomas, stitziandmyron@hotmail.com.

KATY LAMBCHOPS, Katy, TX, meet every Wednesday, 10:00-4:00, and the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00-2:00, at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy. This group enjoys "make it and take it" projects. They made an Easter needle punch project in March, and recently welcomed their rug hooking friends from Round Top, TX, at a day of hooking and potluck lunch. Monthly evening hook-ins begin in the spring. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, 281-687-2088 or mylilhouse@hotmail.com, to be added to the regular email list.

COUNTRY GATHERINGS, San Antonio, TX, hosts regular hooking groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Please contact Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470, to join one of these groups.

REGION 9 RUG HOOKING BLOGS

For more information about rug hooking events, check out these great blogs by Region 9 rug hookers:

www.redjackrugs.blogspot.com (Texas)
www.primitivesbythelightofthemoon.blogspot.com (Oklahoma)
www.patijanesprimitives.blogspot.com (Oklahoma)
www.thehogscaldholler.blogspot.com (Arkansas)

Please let me know about other rug hooking blogs by rug hookers in our region (Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas), and they will be mentioned in the Email Update, for all to enjoy.

SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE
Lisanne Miller reports that she received the first entry in the Seeing Red Mat Challenge on March 3!

For more information about the challenge, see the Feb/Mar issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER. The challenge is to hook a mat that is 9x12 inches, in any style and fiber, which celebrates the color red.

This question has come up several times: Does the mat have to be all red, or just partially red? Answer: It's up to the artist. It is the artist's decision how she/he wishes to celebrate the color red.

ATHA NEWSLETTER
Don't forget to check out this issue of the ATHA NEWSLETTER (Feb/Mar), for the list of Region 9 vendors and teachers in the center pull-out section. It's a great list to have for reference.

And please consider sending your rug photos with a short article to editor Judy Long, athanews@peoplescom.net.

ATHA Region 9 Update for February 2010

UPCOMING REGION 9 EVENTS
FROM MARTHA LOWRY, REP. FOR REGION 9

FEBRUARY
FIRST ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS HOOK-IN, sponsored by the Heart of Texas ATHA chapter, is this Saturday, February 27, 9:30-4:30, at the Hill Country Christian Church, 20845 HWY 46W, Spring Branch, TX 78070. Advance registration is necessary. Contact: Catherine Hickman, 210-481-5141 or catherine35@sbcglobal.net.

MARCH
MARCH MADNESS STASH SALE, Friday, March 5, 9:00-3:00, at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, 201 S. Washington, Fredericksburg, TX. Contact: Judy Burgess, jacknjudyb@austin.rr.com.

YELLOW ROSE RUG CAMP, March 14-18, Salado, TX. Martha Reynolds states there are still a few openings left, and the Camp Rug Show, which is free and open to everyone, will be Wednesday, March 17, after 1:00 in the Bluebonnet Lodge. For more information, the website is http://www.yellowroseevents.net. Contact: Martha Reynolds, rugbug48@gmail.com.

APRIL
FIFTH ANNUAL HANKAMER HOOK-IN, April 9-10, at Whites Park, 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr., Hankamer, TX. Vendors and rug show. Advance registration. Contact: P.D. Hankamer, heartspd1@yahoo.com.

SNIPPETS IN THE SPRING, a rug hooking retreat, April 21-24, at the Duncan Gray Center, just north of Canton, MS. (website is www.graycenter.dioms.org). Lisanne Miller, of P is for Primitive in Canton, will be teaching mini classes, including dyeing, hooking simple faces, color planning from your stash, and making the most of your textures. Evening hooking, all-inclusive pricing, demos, door prizes, and more...contact Lisanne Miller, 601-859-4252 or lisannemiller1@aol.com.

SCULPTED SANTA FACE CLASS, by artist Lebba Kropp, April 19 and April 23 (a two-day class), at My Little House Rug Hooking Studio, Katy, TX. Contact: Jan Peckenpaugh, mylilhouse@hotmail.com.

MAY
STAR OF TEXAS RUG CAMP, TYLER, May 23-27, at the Holiday Inn Select, Tyler, TX. Contacts: Katie Hartner, khartner2@msn.com and Cynthia Norwood, canorwood@aol.com.

JUNE
FIFTH ANNUAL EUREKA SPRINGS HOOK-IN, June 12, at the Eureka Springs Best Western Convention Center Hotel, Eureka Springs, AR. Vendors. In conjunction with the hook-in, rug hooking workshops will be held on Friday June 11. Workshop teachers include Judy Cripps, Victoria Ingalls, Aileen Anderson, and Vicki Hardcastle. Spaces limited. Advance registration necessary for either or both days. Contact: Vicki Hardcastle at rughooking@hughes.net.

ANNUAL TEXAS RUGFEST HOOK-IN, Monday, June 21, at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Vendors. Advance registration, contact Susan Harper, texasrugfest@yahoo.com.

FIRST ANNUAL MIDSUMMER KIRBY HOOK-IN, June 26, 9:00-4:00, at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX. Rug show open to the public from 1:00-3:00. Vendors. Advance registration, contact Lurie McAdow, luriemcadow@aol.com. If you would like to participate in the rug challenge, "Celestial Challenge", you can read about it on April DeConick's blog, www.redjackrugs.blogspot.com, on the January 18, 2010 post.

AUGUST
NINTH ANNUAL ANGELA PUMPHREY WEEKEND RUG HOOKING WORKSHOP, hosted by the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, August 13-15, at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Teachers include Elizabeth Black, Pris Buttler, Bev Conway, and Carrie Martin. Contact: Tricia Travis, countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

THIRD ANNUAL HOOK-IN CO-SPONSORED BY STONEHILL SPINNING AND COUNTRY GATHERINGS, August 29 and 30, at the Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX. Vendors, mini workshops, and a special workshop by Edyth O'Neill on color. Registration $25 per day, or $45 for both days. Contact countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

OCTOBER
MISSISSIPPI WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER'S THIRD ANNUAL JAIL HOUSE ROCK HOOK-IN, October 21-23, at the Historic Jail House, Canton, MS. Registration is $45 for the Thursday evening reception and two full days of hooking. There are only about 10 spaces left, so contact Lisanne Miller at 601-859-4252 or lisannemiller1@aol.com.

FIFTH ANNUAL OXFORD RUG CAMP, October 31-Nov.4, at the Downtown Inn and Suites, Oxford, MS. Teachers include Bea Brock, Bev Conway, and Sibyl Osicka. For more information, see website www.oxfordrugcamp.com. Contact camp director Donna Holdiness, oxfordrugcamp@bellsouth.net or 662-289-7738.

NOVEMBER
KERRVILLE TRADITIONAL AND PRIMITIVE RUG CAMP, November 12-14, at the legendary Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Kerrville, TX. Teachers include Karen Maddox, Judy Rippstein, and Pamela Van Lieu. Contact Pamela Van Lieu at rpvanlieu@gvtc.com or 830-336-4467, for an email containing registration form, teacher bios, and class descriptions.

January, 2011
GLEN ROSE RUG HOOKING RETREAT, sponsored by the Texas Rug Runners ATHA Chapter, January 14-16, 2011, at the Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center's Stillwater Lodge. Contact Melody Lundquist at melody.lundquist@yahoo.com to receive a registration form.

NEWS FROM REGION 9 HOOKING GROUPS

For a list of hooking groups in your area, contact Martha Lowry, mlowry52@hotmail.com. The following information does not represent every hooking group, but only emails that have been sent to be included in the Region 9 Update. Please send in any info about your hooking group.

HOOK ME UP, a new group meeting in Carrollton, TX, meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday, from 10:00-3:00, at the Carrollton Church of the Nazarene, 1529 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. There will be a $2 donation for use of the church facility. For more information and directions, contact Janet Kersh, woolgarden@hotmail.com.

KATY LAMBCHOPS meets every Wednesday from 10:00-4:00 at My Little House, inside Dovetail Antiques in Old Town Katy, TX. This group has been enjoying "make it and take it" projects, including proddy and quilling. For March, a needlepunch project is planned. A monthly evening hook-in will begin in the spring. To receive email reminders about meetings and upcoming special classes, contact Jan Peckenpaugh, mylilhouse@hotmail.com.

SEVERAL HOOKING GROUPS meet at Country Gatherings, 18771 FM 2252, San Antonio, TX. In addition to hosting the regular meetings of the Heart of Texas ATHA Chapter, the following groups also meet: two Tuesday groups which meet every Tuesday from 9:30-12:00 (each group meets 2 times monthly); a Wednesday group which meets two times a month from 9:30-12:00; and a Saturday group which meets two times monthly form 9:00-11:00. For information about joining any of these groups, contact Tricia Travis at countrygatherings@mail.com or 210-651-4470.

MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY ATHA CHAPTER meets the second Saturday, 11:00, at the Historic Jail House in Canton, MS. In February, they hooked face pins. Contact Lisanne Miller, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

THE SHEPHERD'S WOOL AND ANTIQUES, Wichita Falls, TX, hosts a regular hooking group. Contact Susan Myers at susanmyers0006@att.net for more information.

P IS FOR PRIMITIVE, Canton, MS, is hosting "Spring Fling at the P", Saturday, March 27. All types of fiber artists are welcome to bring their projects to work on. Contact Lisanne, lisannemiller1@aol.com.

IN MEMORIAM

The Kerrville Rug Hookers, Kerrville, TX mourn the loss of member LoisLee Ewing. Group member Karen Maddox sent in a lovely tribute to her: "LoisLee Ewing, a member of our Kerrville Rug Hookers, passed away on January 27, 2010. The family wanted the local rug hooking groups to have her wool, so we had two pickups and three cars loaded to take to the monthly gathering here in Kerrville. It was a sad time; however, everyone had so much fun choosing wool and sharing memories of LoisLee. What wool was left, we took to the Fredericksburg Hooking Gathering, and then to the Blanco Hooking Gathering. Some was given to the hooking group in Mexico, so Loislee will be in many a rug in the future! We will miss her tremendously, but her legacy lives on through the generosity of her husband and daughter."

Region 9 joins the Kerrville Rug Hookers in remembering LoisLee's legacy. A couple of her beautiful rugs are featured in Cynthia Norwood's book, CREATING AN ANTIQUE LOOK IN HAND-HOOKED RUGS. She hooked "Ligonier Duo" on page 6, and "Magdalena's Dogs and Crows" on page 39.

RAFFLE TICKETS
Contact Carrie Martin, mart3285@bellsouth.net, to buy raffle tickets for a rug hooking frame to support the 2011 ATHA BIENNIAL.

ATHA NEWSLETTER ARTICLES FROM REGION 9 MEMBERS

* Carrie Martin's (Covington, LA) how-to article about hooking wide-cut, shaded fruit (she will be guiding us through a primitive fruit pattern in a series of 4 articles, including dye recipes, and will include her own chair seat pattern in one of the articles)
* Laurie Gaddy's (Bellville, TX) how-to article about unusual binding techniques for finishing rugs
* An invitation from Region 9 to participate in the SEEING RED CHALLENGE, hooking a small mat featuring the color red
* Bea Brock's (Kerrville, TX) Dyeing Primer, a 6-part series about how to dye beautiful wool
* Amzi Collins's (Lake Charles, LA) article about her "Gentry Encore" rug
* Linda Gartner's (Fredericksburg, TX) article about her "Annie's Flower Power" rug
* A feature about Barbara Riley's (Houston, TX) rug hooking studio, with an invitation to send in photos of our hooking rooms to be featured in future issues

Congrats to Judy Long, Editor, for a great issue, and for featuring such interesting and in-depth how-to articles in the NEWSLETTER. Judy has requested articles and photos which feature fine-shaded rugs with spring and summer themes. Keep sending in your primitive rugs, too. You can contact Judy at athanews@peoplescom.net.

Don't forget, you can start your subscription to the ATHA NEWSLETTER by going to the ATHA website, www.atharugs.com, and clicking on "how to join". You can join online using paypal, or you can download the membership form and mail a check. Don't miss an issue of this great newsletter.

THANK YOU
Thanks for your support, and please keep sending information for this update. Email mlowry52@hotmail.com if you want to be removed from this distribution list, or if you are receiving it more than once.

Martha Lowry
Region 9 ATHA Rep
281-550-7562

Another great ATHA Newsletter

I was so pleased to receive a copy of the Feb/March ATHA newsletter and see more Texas rug hookers in it and Carrie Martin from whom I had the pleasure of taking a class two weeks ago.

  • Carrie Martin has a very informative article on how to hook wide-cut fruit using texture wools and over dyed materials (pp. 12-13).
  • Laurie Gaddy from Belleville, Texas, shares ideas about creating interesting borders and finishing rugs (pp. 16-17).
  • Bea Brock from Kerrville, Texas, has published the first part of a six part series called the 'Dyeing Primer' where she is sharing her vast knowledge of dyeing. She plans the series in terms of taking 'baby steps' in order to build confidence (pp. 22-25).
  • Linda Gartner from Fredericksburg, Texas, tells about her non-traditional floral which she began to hook at the annual Star of Texas rug camp in 2007 (p. 35).
  • Barbara Riley from Houston, Texas, opens up her personal wool room and rug hooking studio to us. What a fantastic space she has! And look at all those rugs. She has hooked 50 rugs in the three years she has been hooking (pp. 42-44).
  • Martha Lowry reminds us of the Region 9 ATHA special mat challenge 'Seeing Red' (p. 19).
I am reminded how lucky I am to be living in Houston in such a vibrant rug hooking community, a community with so many generous rug hookers who share their skills, creativity and enthusiasm for hooking so freely with each other. I am glad to be here among them.