ATHA Region 9 Update

Martha Lowry is beginning to circulate a monthly update about ATHA Region 9. Here is a copy of her e-newsletter.

Greetings! It is time for another of our Region 9 monthly updates. I would appreciate if you would forward this email to your hooking group members. I will try to email at-large ATHA members who might not be affiliated with a local group.

Thanks to all the group leaders who sent in news for the email. If I missed you, please email me. Here is the news from local rug hooking groups:

THE MAGNOLIA WOOL DUST SOCIETY (Mississippi)--This group has planned their calendar of meetings for the entire year. At the January 9 meeting, there will be a "Finishing Tips and Techniques" workshop led by member Martha Langley. At the February 13 meeting, they will make face pins. Much of their work during the year will be preparing for their annual Jail House Rock hook-in (Save the date: Oct. 21,22, and 23, 2010) in Canton, MS. Contact is Lisanne Miller (

HEARTS AND HANDS GUILD (Fredericksburg, TX)--This group has regular open meetings the second Monday of each month, 9-12 noon, at Stonehill Spinning's classroom building, 204 W. Ufer. Guild president Judy Burgess writes that she is having a MARCH MADNESS STASH SALE on Friday, March 5, from 9-3, at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, 201 S. Washington (Hwy 87S). You can shop for free. Or you can contact Judy to sell items from your own hooking closet and wool stash that you are ready to part with--it is $10 for a 4x8-foot table. Judy is not making any money on the event, as the fees go to the hotel for use of the space. Professional vendors may only bring items from their personal stash, not their business. If you want to spend the night at the hotel, Judy says mention "hookers" for a reduced room rate. If you need information, or want to bring items to sell, contact Judy at
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AGGIELAND RUG ARTISTS (College Station, TX)--Guild president Linda Kahil writes that this group, along with other fiber arts groups, had a fiber arts show at the Brazos Valley Arts Council Building in July. The show was a wonderful collection of fiber arts in a gallery setting, as I had the privilege to attend. Presently they are working on individual projects at their twice-monthly meetings. Secretary Emma Gene Schroeder writes that charter member Martha Hix has just completed embroidering a beautiful museum-quality Christmas stocking using llama wool for Santa's beard and angora wool for his fur trim, and that member Loyce Kahil completed hooking a wonderful turkey rug in only a month. The guild members are good friends and encourage one another's progress in their work.

HUB CITY RUG HOOKERS (Lubbock, TX)--This rug hooking group will be demonstrating rug hooking at "Candlelight at the Ranch" in Lubbock on Dec. 11-12. The rug hookers will dress in period clothing appropriate to the home in which they will be demonstrating. It is a true reenactment, as the rug hookers will not have interaction with the hundreds of visitors who will visit to catch a glimpse of years gone by. In January, the Hub City Rug Hookers will display their work at the Mahon Library. In the display will be rugs of all types, primitive, fine and seasonal. There will also be a display of tools, books and supplies, in order to educate visitors about the art of rug hooking.

LONE STAR HOOKING GUILD (Dallas, TX)--Fifteen guild members spent Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, with national teacher Gail Dufresne and two of her wonderful patterns, SUNFLOWER and SHEEP, at a workshop in Dallas. They learned to proddy, sculpt, and add mixed media to their rugs. This was the final official guild meeting, according to president Martha Reynolds. The Wednesday Hooking group will continue to meet. This group meets almost every Wednesday from 10-2, at Lakewood Methodist Church. There is a $2 donation for facility use fee. Martha will be the contact for the group.

KIRBY AREA HOOKING CIRCLE (Houston, TX)--This is a new hooking group in the Kirby area, which meets the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11-3, There will be no December meeting; the next meeting is January 16. Save the date for the MidSummers Night Hook-in which this group will host on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Contact is Lurie McAdow at

STASH SISTERS (Houston, TX)--This group recently had a worm swap and fall mat challenge at their October meeting. They are busy hooking a raffle rug, to be drawn for at their 5th annual Hankamer Hook-In. Save the date: Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, 2010. They are planning their 2010 calendar, which includes a mug and mug mat exchange for the February meeting. Contact is P.D. Hankamer at

KATY LAMBCHOPS (Katy, TX)--This group's regular meetings are the first and third Wednesdays, 10-4, in old town Katy, and also the first Tuesday evening of the month. Contact is Jan Peckenpaugh at

Our other hooking groups are active, also! Let us hear from you as to what you're doing, and if you are sponsoring any events. We would love to save the date, and join you!


Please consider sending in a rug photo and short article telling the story of your rug, to Judy Long, editor of the ATHA NEWSLETTER. The NEWSLETTER is a member-driven publication, and Judy relies heavily on the interest and support of ATHA members, who will take the time to share their rugs. Many Region 9 members have contributed. Congratulations and thanks to the Region 9 members who have articles published in the current issue of the NEWSLETTER (Oct/Nov):

Wanda Clark (Bulverde, TX) wrote an article about her dog pillows.
Melinda Smith (Katy, TX) sent in her horned lizard rug.
Deborah Neslage (Brady, TX) sent a photo of her scarecrow doorstop.
Lisanne Miller (Canton, MS) sent an article about a sheep rug workshop.

We enjoy reading about and getting to know fellow rug hookers.


Look for the information about the SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE in the February/March issue of ATHA NEWSLETTER. (Not "Hooked on Red", as I previously reported in error.) Region 9 members are inviting the general ATHA membership to join us in hooking an original 9x12-inch mat which celebrates the color red. The deadline to send the mats in is Jan. 15, 2011. The SEEING RED exhibit will go "on tour" throughout the year of 2011 and will be featured in the NEWSLETTER. We hope your hooking group will adopt the SEEING RED MAT CHALLENGE as one of your projects for the 2010 year. Details will be in the NEWSLETTER article. Contact is Martha Lowry at


If your group is interested in joining ATHA as a chapter, contact me for an information packet.


*All ATHA chapters receive liability insurance coverage for their regular meetings. It is important to inform the national organization of the time and location of your meetings, which is done by sending in the ANNUAL CHAPTER UPDATE FORM, due Nov. 30. You can download the form from the website. Go to and click on chapter presidents. You can click on the form you need at the top of the chapter president page. Send the original, along with a list of current members, to Susan Feller, Regional Coordinator, and a copy to me, regional rep. (Contact info at front, in ATHA NEWSLETTER.) Thanks for your effort in this matter, as most of you have already sent it in.
*Don't forget, that the ATHA chapters can also get liability coverage for their special events, such as rug shows, and hook-ins. There is no extra charge, but you must contact the ATHA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, Lisanne Miller, ahead of time, to get a Certificate of Liability for that event. Lisanne is a Region 9 member, and her contact info is at front of ATHA NEWSLETTER.
*Another reminder! Each ATHA chapter receives one free ad in the ATHA NEWSLETTER each year for a chapter event. The free ad is 1/6 page, black and white, valued at $75. You can upgrade the ad's size or add color, and apply the $75 to the upgraded ad. Don't forget the free ad when planning your events. Contact Ads Mgr, Cynthia Norwood (contact info in ATHA NEWSLETTER) well in advance of the event. The publication deadline is a couple of months ahead of each issue's pub date.


Let me know if you know of other hooking groups who would like to receive our Update. Let me know of any events, or just what your chapter is doing. Thanks for sharing your events and your ideas. We all learn from each other.

Martha Lowry
ATHA Region 9 Rep